“And the angel called out with a mighty voice: ‘Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!’ (…) Rejoice over her, O heaven, O saints and apostles and prophets, for God has given judgment for you against her!” (Rev 18:2,20).

Let us consider Babylon as a symbol of the powers hostile to God, with whom the kings of the earth “committed fornication”, and whose fall the nations mourn, because “in one hour she has been laid waste” (v. 19).

However powerful evil may appear, forgetting in its pride that one day it will have to give an account to God; however much its allies may feel that they are the rulers of the world, the end will take them by surprise. The “day of the Lord” will come upon them as a thief in the night (2 Pet 3:10), for the truth demands its due.

Every house that is not built upon the foundation of God will fall and not be able to stand. All human kingdoms that despise God’s commandments are doomed to failure. Only conversion and return to the Father through the forgiveness of sins through the blood of His Son can save people. Those who willfully refuse this forgiveness are living in illusion and deception. All will have to give an account before the Son of Man, and then they will see their lives in the light of God and receive their judgment.

When the judgment of the powers hostile to God and the devil is carried out at the end of time, and the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur (Rev 20:10), there will be great joy.

It is the joy that the victory of the Lamb has been accomplished and the kingdom of lies and rebellion against our Heavenly Father has been exterminated.

Our Father will then separate the light from the darkness: “Nothing unclean shall enter [the holy city], nor any one who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev 21:27).

Rejoice, for the Lord will bring all this to pass!

The hour of grace for mankind is not yet over, but time is pressing and it is urgent to return to our loving Father. He has paved the way for us through His Son, whose birth we are about to celebrate.