A second angel followed, saying: â€œIt has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen, who made all nations drink the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath.â€
Babylon symbolises the fallen Protestant churches of the world. Babylon means confusion. Confusion reigns among the denominations today. These churches have departed from the “Pure Gospel” as set forth in the Bible.
There is vast disagreements among them on doctrinal matters. Babylon has been fostering man-made doctrines, such as the natural immortality of the soul, the eternal torment of the wicked, the denial of the pre-existence of Christ prior to His birth in Bethlehem, and advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God’s holy, sanctified Seventh day.
These and kindred errors are presented to the world by the various churches, and thus Scripture is fulfilled when it is said, “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her adulteries” It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her adulteries, they are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false heresies which exalt the false Sabbath, and lead men to trample under foot God’s memorial.
As the churches get further away from God they will use the power of the state more and more to enforce man-made commandments. They will try to legislate God’s Kingdom into being. Jesus said,
“My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. “If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. As it is, My kingdom does not have its origin here.”
People can only be brought into God’s kingdom by the Holy Spirit. Not legislated into it. But, because the fallen churches are removed from God, they don’t have a spiritual remedy for man’s ills, only man-made solutions. They have arrived at this point because they have not allowed the Bible to interpret itself. But, instead, have listened to man’s interpretations of Scripture.