Babylon the Great is fallen “because (3754 ὅτι hoti) she made all nations drunk (4095 πίνω pino; Rev. 14:8; 18:3) rendering them insensible to God’s truth, to what is right.
The great city of Babylon will be rebuilt in the end time bringing both the city and an ecclesiastical Harlot back to life. She is said to have made men mad by inflaming lusts (2372 θυμός thumos) for false gods and spiritism. The Secular Babylon works as one with the ecclesiastical harlot to exploit the people, for gain perverting what is right (Rev. 18:3). The repetition “Fallen fallen” might refer to the two stages of the coming fall, first to the Harlot then to city, it more likely implies the totality of her fall. She will become a cemetery home of demons and unclean spirits where carrion birds feast on carcasses (Rev. 18:2; Is. 13:20–22; 34:11–14; Zeph. 2:13–15).
The Harlot is guilty of eternal sin (cp. Mk. 3:29), a reprobate (Rom. 1:28) therefore “fallen” is repeated twice to indicate the intensity of her destruction, she will die “the second death” from which there is no resurrection/return (Rev. 2:11; 20:6, 14; 21:8). The great city will be destroyed and never rebuilt (Rev. 18:19-24). This so certain its spoken of in the past tense:
The aorist verbs ἔπεσεν ἔπεσεν, “fallen, fallen,” emphasize the certainty of the fall of Babylon… This is an example of the perfectum propheticum, “prophetic perfect,” used to describe a future event with a verb in the past tense as if it had already happened (GKC § 106n; Mussies, Morphology, 338). The phrase “fallen, fallen is so-and-so” originated as a lament uttered upon the death of an individual and is transferred to the actual or anticipated demise of a political unit such as a tribe, city, or nation (Eissfeldt, Introduction, 91–92; Yarbro Collins, “Revelation 18,” 192–93). The term πίπτειν, “fall,” was frequently used in the ancient world in the metaphorical sense of a person’s violent death, usually in war (Exod 32:28; 1 Sam 4:10; 2 Sam 1:19, 25, 27; 3:38; 21:22; Job 14:10 [LXX only]; 1 Chr 5:10; 20:8; 1 Macc 3:24; 4:15, 34; 2 Macc 12:34; Jdt 7:11; Gk. 1 Enoch 14:6; 1 Cor 10:18; Barn. 12:5; Iliad 8.67; 10.200; 11.157, 500; Xenophon Cyr. 1.4.24; Herodotus 9.67).-Aune, D. E. (1998). Revelation 17–22 (Vol. 52C, p. 985). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.
The angel who came down from heaven is special, the earth is illuminated by his glory. That signifies this angel represents the Holy Spirit, and the light of revelation is unmasking what was hid in the darkness. Babylon has fallen prostrate to demons, it has become their home. Therefore her destruction will be complete. Imprisoned spirits within her (cp. Mt. 12:38-45) will incite chaos and ruin trying to escape. With Rwandan Genocide like madness Babylonians will begin slaying one another (cp. 2 Chron. 20:23-24), the Harlot former lovers now demand repayment for her exploiting them, they demand revenge and will burn her with fire (Rev. 18:7-8).
Babylon is full of the names of blasphemy (Rev. 17:3) because she contains the name of every false God since the Tower of Babel. When Christendom fell away (2 Th. 2:3-4) and accepted the miracle working “man of sin” to lead her, it became Babylon.
This was alluded to by the imagery of the true church surrounded by tares (Rev. 11:1-2) and Lady Zion fleeing into the wilderness to be nourished by God (Rev. 12:6, 14). That the wilderness was “Babylon” is confirmed by her being called out after the 1, 260 days of protection have ended (Rev. 18:4-5).
Christendom whose apostasy made it a part of Babylon had already fallen prostrate to demons when the Dragon spewed out a river of spiritism (Rev. 12:15) intending to carry away the church (cp. 1 Cor. 12:2; 1 Jn. 2:18-22; 4:1-6; Mt. 7:22-23), but only the TARE/earth greedily drank it up. It was not possible to deceive God’s elect (Mt. 24:24).
But now at midweek the man of sin morphs into the Antichrist Beast (Dan. 9:27) and the Harlot is in his way. So her destruction comes with great violence (Rev. 18:21; Jer. 51:63-64), and being in her midst affords no political protection at all (Dan. 12:7; 8:24). Therefore, its time to come out:
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
5 “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. (Rev 18:4-5 NKJ)
6 Flee from the midst of Babylon, And every one save his life! Do not be cut off in her iniquity, For this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; He shall recompense her.
7 Babylon was a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, That made all the earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; Therefore the nations are deranged.
8 Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her! Take balm for her pain; Perhaps she may be healed.
9 We would have healed Babylon, But she is not healed. Forsake her, and let us go everyone to his own country; For her judgment reaches to heaven and is lifted up to the skies. (Jer 51:6-9 NKJ)
The ten horns (kings) ruling one hour with the Beast view the Harlot an obstacle to the New World Religion of the Beast. They destroy the Religious Harlot Babylon (Zech. 5:5-11) dwelling in the Rebuilt Babylon (Rev. 17:12-18).
Shortly after the rebuilt city itself is destroyed by nations from her north (Jer. 50:2-3, 9-13; 51:27-29) “Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz” which perhaps represent “Turkey, Russia and Iran. They destroy rebuilt Babylon so thoroughly its likely tactical nuclear weapons were used (Rev. 18:8-9, 19-21). Then is when Britain and America unite to join the revived Roman Empire coalition to heal the sword wound the Antichrist’s Revived Roman Empire Beast suffered (Rev. 13:11-17) by its destruction, and they put down all opposition to the Beast’s rule.
So all this happens after the Antichrist Beast declares himself “God” in the temple of God the church, and it becomes just another part of Babylon the Great. The church is called out of Babylon. Thirty days after the Antichrist rose up, at 1,290 days the Great tribulation begins for refusing his mark (Rev. 14:8-13; Dan. 12:11). At 1, 335 days the Rapture occurs (Rev. 14:14-16; Dan. 12:12).