Revelation 16:17-21 NLTse (17) Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!” (18) Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And a great earthquake struck–the worst since people were placed on the earth. (19) The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So God remembered all of Babylon’s sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath. (20) And every island disappeared, and all the mountains were leveled. (21) There was a terrible hailstorm, and hailstones weighing seventy-five pounds fell from the sky onto the people below. They cursed God because of the terrible plague of the hailstorm.
But wait! As soon as the three frogs gather all the armies together, a great earthquake suddenly hits. There is no mention of any battle, just an earthquake. Ever try fighting a war during an earthquake? Lots of luck explaining that one. Prophets may just as well switch to predicting earthquake rather than trying to explain the battle of Armageddon.
There will be a battle, but not until Jesus says it is time. Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. (Revelation 19:19 NLTse). The armies of this world will gather gain to face a final battle, the battle against Jesus.
Once again Babylon is mentioned. This time it is split into three parts. Strange as it may seem, Babylon was built on the Euphrates River. Where does that take us back to? The river drying up, allowing armies from the east to come in. Why would an army invade the capital of all that evil? These are all symbols we have to look at to understand.
Babylon was not the only city destroyed. Other cities fell. Babylon is used as a symbol for all that evil. The center of evil. Was it Satan’s seat? Does it matter where Satan’s seat is? What could we do if we knew the answer? The angels in Heaven know exactly where Satan is at all times. Shouldn’t that be enough for us?
Some people refer to Babylon as the gateway of the gods, and other such terms. I have no idea where that concept came from, if it is true, or when someone coined the phrase. You know how science works. Dig up a vase or stone, find some carvings in a wall, and let the imagination run away with what it means, when it was made, and its purpose. If some future generation from an unknown land found traces of your life a thousand years from now, how accurately could they piece together all the details of your life? They would be lucky if they got 1% of our life correct. But today, people flock to science like they have all the right answers all the time. Where is the Spirit in science?
For some reason Babylon split into three sections. Is that meant to draw us back to the previous plague where the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet were exposed? Splitting apart or cracking open exposes the inside. Those three frogs came from inside the dragon, beast, and false prophet. We are being shown how the true intends of those demons or people are coming to the surface. Previous plagues brought their emotions past the boiling point, to the point they are about to explode, and they do. Satan and his followers bring all their greed and selfishness to the surface, and the Universe sees exactly what their real plans have always been. God answers with one more plague, hailstones, and their reaction is the same. They are just as stubborn as Pharaoh was in Egypt. We know how fake his gods were. It wasn’t a battle of gods after all. It was a battle of pride.