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1. And after these things I [the John Class] saw another angel [messenger, the Lord] come down [or sent] from heaven [the Divine authority], having great power; and the earth [society] was lightened [given knowledge] with his glory [of his presence].

2. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great [confusion and counterfeit of Christ’s kingdom] is fallen, is fallen [from divine favor], and is become the habitation of devils [dwelling place of demons], and the hold of every foul spirit [impure teaching], and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird [stronghold of every indecent and detestable anarchists and communists].

3. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication [partaken of the doctrine of its passion and illegitimate associations], and the kings [rulers] of the earth [society] have committed fornication with her [illegitimately associated with her], and the merchants [preachers] of the earth [society] are waxed rich [made influential] through the abundance of her delicacies [not only its monetary wealth, but wealth of education, respect, titles, etc.].

4. And I [the John Class] heard another voice [proclamation] from heaven [the Divine authority], saying, Come out of her, my [true] people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues [afflictions].

5. For her sins have reached unto heaven [accumulated so as to come to the attention of the Divine authority], and God hath remembered her iniquities.

6. Reward her even as she rewarded you [render in return even as she dealt with you, the faithful saints], and double unto her double according to her works [recompense her equally for her works]: in the cup [from the Bible] which she hath filled [or misused to mingle into it its intoxicating teachings] fill to her double [use equally in administering the judgments written].

7. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously [in wantonness], so much torment [affliction and sorrow for a recompense] and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen [concluded within herself, I am situated as an associate ruler, and am not without associated rulers], and am no widow [not without courtesans], and shall see no sorrow.

8. Therefore shall her plagues [afflictions] come in one day [probably a literal year, see Reprints 2553], death [destruction], and mourning, and famine [destitution]; and she shall be utterly burned with fire [consumed with destruction]: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

9. And the kings ["political and financial," see THY KINGDOM COME, 1916 Foreword, p. iv, par. 1] of the earth [society], who have committed fornication [illegitimately associated with her] and lived deliciously [in wantonness] with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they see the smoke [evidence] of her burning [destruction].

10. Standing afar off for fear of her torment [affliction], saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon [government of confusion], that mighty city [government]! for in one hour [of the harvest] is thy judgment [crisis] come.

11. And the merchants [preachers] of the earth [society] shall weep and mourn over her [lament and sorrow over her]; for no man [Christian] buyeth their merchandise any more [will receive their teachings any more]:

12. The merchandise of gold [teachings concerning divinity], and silver [the spirit nature], and precious stones [character adornment], and of pearls [character development through trial], and fine linen [righteousness], and purple [royalty], and silk [nature transformation through baptism and actual death], and scarlet [justification], and all thyme [or scented] wood [everlasting life which is a savor of life unto life], and all manner vessels of ivory [the standing or condition of the saints], and all manner vessels of most precious wood [noble humanity], and of brass [perfect humanity], and iron [strong authority], and marble [strong structure for characterthe highest form of stone before you go to the category of jewels].

13. And cinnamon [understanding], and odours [spice, Amomum, knowledge], and ointments [perfect sacrifice], and frankincense [wisdom and praise], and wine [the vicarious sacrifice of Christ], and oil [holy Spirit], and fine flour [worship], and wheat [true discipleship], and beasts [sacrificial service], and sheep [docility], and horses [church dogmas], and chariots [organizations], and slaves [subjected humanity], and the souls [lives] of men [Christians].

14. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after [fulfillment of the desires of the heart] are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty [costly] and goodly [magnificent] are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

15. The merchants [preachers] of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment [shall remain aloof for the fear of her afflictions], weeping and wailing [lamenting grievously].

16. And saying, Alas, alas, that great city [government], that was clothed in fine linen [invested with righteousness], and purple [royalty], and scarlet [justification], and decked with gold [divinity claims], and precious stones [claiming apostolic succession], and pearls [claiming succession to the ancient worthies]!

17. For in one hour [hora, or hour of the harvest] so great riches [wealth] is come to naught [laid waste]. And every shipmaster [missionary], and all the company in ships [converts in the missions], and sailors [mission workers], and as many as trade [proselyte] by sea [among the restless masses of society], stood afar off [remain aloof].

18. And cried [lamented] when they saw the smoke of her burning [evidence of her destruction], saying, What city is like unto this great city [What government is like unto this great government]!

19. And they cast dust on their heads [sorrowed in great despair], and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city [government], wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea [were made successful with those who had missions among restless society] by reason of her costliness [its great resources]! for in one hour [of the harvest including the vine of the earth] is she made desolate.

20. Rejoice over her [her fall], O heaven [new spiritual government], O saints and apostles and prophets [ASV], for God hath avenged you on her.

21. And a mighty angel [messenger, THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON, referring to its whole testimony on the Armageddon story], took up a stone like a great millstone [referring to the apostate church which allegedly was like a great preparer of spiritual food, claiming to have apostolic succession and also claimed to have the keys of Peter], and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon [the false church government] be thrown down [overwhelmed by restless society which was illustrated in miniature form during the French Revolution], and shall be found no more at all.

22. And the voice of harpers [message of those who interpreted the Word of God], and musicians [Bible harmonizers], and of pipers [character teachers], and trumpeters [proclaimers of dispensational truths], shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman [constructor of character structures], of whatsoever craft [talent] he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone [grinding out religious teachings] shall be heard no more at all in thee.

23. And the light of a candle [truth of the Scriptures] shall shine no more at all be in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride [Lord and of His church] shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants [preachers] were the great men of the earth [members of society]; for by thy sorceries [its doctrines of demons] were all nations deceived.

24. And in her was found the blood of prophets [teachers of truth who were either excommunicating or literally slain], and of [true] saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth [excommunicated or literally slain in society].


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