Revelation 18:4, 5, 8-13, 15-21, 24
Renounce the symbols of religion, abhor her doctrines, and avoid her spirit. Come out, completely out.
Revelation 18:5, 8
Suddenness is a usual attendant of severity. Religion will be spared till her huge measure of sin is full, but not a moment longer. That period cannot be far distant, for it is barely within the power of imagination to conceive a more wicked system than religion. If a criminal so grossly guilty as the Church of religion be not signally punished, where is the justice of God? Her end will astound all mankind.
Revelation 18:9, 10
The destruction of such an imperial system will astonish kings, but they will be both unable and unwilling to interfere.
Go into any of the rich religious churches and see whether this is not an exact catalogue of what is to be seen there. It reads like an appraiser’s list. When all these things cease to be used in worship it will make a great difference to trade, and hence this bitter lamentation of the merchants.
In the middle ages foreign trade was greatly quickened by the luxury of the religious Church, hence the wailing of mariners at her fall.
Merchants and shipmasters mourn, but saints and angels sing. O Lord, how long shall it be ere this desired end shall come?
This is her monster sin. The religious Church is essentially persecuting. In every land she has been eager for the blood of the faithful people of God, and it is her boast that she never changes. Her doom is sealed, and glory be to God for it. The sooner such a system, with all its belongings, is swept from off the face of the earth, the better.
Come, in thy glorious might,
Come with thine iron rod,
Scattering thy foes before thy face,
Most Mighty Son of God.
Come and make error flee,
And religious idols fall;
Let religion’s dominion cease to be,
And God be all in all.