Revelation 18:4, “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” King James Version (KJV)
|ESV||Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;|
|NASB||I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues;|
|NIV||Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “’Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;|
|NLT||Then I heard another voice calling from heaven, “Come away from her, my people. Do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her.|
Come Out Of Her My People: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
18:1-8 The downfal and destruction of the mystical Babylon are determined in the counsels of God. Another angel comes from heaven. This seems to be Christ himself, coming to destroy his enemies, and to shed abroad the light of his gospel through all nations.
The wickedness of this Babylon was very great; she had forsaken the true God, and set up idols, and had drawn all sorts of men into spiritual adultery, and by her wealth and luxury kept them in her interest.
The spiritual merchandise, by which multitudes have wickedly lived in wealth, by the sins and follies of mankind, seems principally intended.
Fair warning is given to all that expect mercy from God, that they should not only come out of this Babylon, but assist in her destruction.
God may have a people even in Babylon. But God’s people shall be called out of Babylon, and called effectually, while those that partake with wicked men in their sins, must receive of their plagues.
Revelation 18:4 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
Come out of her, my people—quoted from Jer 50:8; 51:6, 45. Even in the Romish Church God has a people: but they are in great danger; their only safety is in coming out of her at once.
So also in every apostate or world-conforming church there are some of God’s invisible and true Church, who, if they would be safe, must come out.
Especially at the eve of God’s judgment on apostate Christendom: as Lot was warned to come out of Sodom just before its destruction, and Israel to come from about the tents of Dathan and Abiram.
So the first Christians came out of Jerusalem when the apostate Jewish Church was judged. “State and Church are precious gifts of God. But the State being desecrated to a different end from what God designed it, namely.
to govern for, and as under, God, becomes beast-like; the Church apostatizing becomes the harlot. The true woman is the kernel: beast and harlot are the shell: whenever the kernel is mature, the shell is thrown away” [Auberlen].
“The harlot is not Rome alone (though she is pre-eminently so), but every Church that has not Christ’s mind and spirit. False Christendom, divided into very many sects, is truly Babylon, that is, confusion.
However, in all Christendom the true Jesus-congregation, the woman clothed with the sun, lives and is hidden. Corrupt, lifeless Christendom is the harlot, whose great aim is the pleasure of the flesh, and which is governed by the spirit of nature and the world” [Hahn in Auberlen].
The first justification of the woman is in her being called out of Babylon the harlot, as the culminating stage of the latter’s sin, when judgment is about to fall: for apostate Christendom, Babylon, is not to be converted, but to be destroyed.
Secondly, she has to pass through an ordeal of persecution from the beast, which purifies and prepares her for the transfiguration glory at Christ’s coming (Re 20:4; Lu 21:28).
be not partakers—Greek, “have no fellowship with her sins.”
that ye receive not of her plagues—as Lot’s wife, by lingering too near the polluted and doomed city.