Another angel, with great authority and illuminating the world with the light of heaven, proclaims, “Fallen, Fallen is Babylon.”
But what does fallen mean? Does it mean crumbled as from an earthquake? Does it mean fallen as in an economic market crash? Does it mean defeated in battle? Or all of these?
The greek word that John uses in this quote is pipto. There are a few other places it is used in the New Testament. It is the word used to describe the wisemen in Matthew 2:11 who, upon meeting Jesus, “bowed down and worshiped.” It is also the word that Satan uses in Matthew 4:9 when he tempts Jesus after his time of fasting in the wilderness, “All this I will give you if you bow down and worship me.” It is also the word that is used repeatedly in Matthew 13 in the parable of the sower, “the seed fell upon…”
From these other uses, I think we get a deeper meaning of the proclamation of the angel. This is not simply a setback for Babylon, it has been literally brought to its knees in submission to the light of God.
We see this further in the word that the NIV translates as “haunt”. We think of haunt as a hangout, a meet-up, a place of congregation. But the original Greek word as translated in the NKJV gives a stronger meaning. It translates the word as “prison”.
The proclamation, not prediction, of the angel – a completed event not future possibility – is of a Babylon that has become its own prison of wickedness and brought to its knees in submission to the might of God.
Another angel coming down from heaven with great authority and illuminating the earth with his splendor, shouted with mighty voice
Fallen, fallen – she was corrupt from the inside out in every way and now she is fallen
They do not provide, they consume. They are never enough. They leave the hollowness on the inside. They drive people to communion with wickedness and lies and every unclean and detestable thing. They seek to elevate self only, not creating community or helping the widows, orphans, poor, disenfranchised.
The things that are of the kingdom to come and the will to be done. The things of heaven, not of earth. The Godly things that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Phil 4:8)