Revelation 18:1
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New International Version
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

New Living Translation
After all this I saw another angel come down from heaven with great authority, and the earth grew bright with his splendor.

English Standard Version
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory.

New American Standard Bible
After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory.

King James Bible
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After this I saw another angel with great authority coming down from heaven, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

International Standard Version
After these things, I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was made bright by his splendor.

NET Bible
After these things I saw another angel, who possessed great authority, coming down out of heaven, and the earth was lit up by his radiance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And after these things I saw another Angel from Heaven, who had great authority, and The Earth was brightened by his glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After these things I saw another angel come from heaven. He had tremendous power, and his glory lit up the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.

King James 2000 Bible
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was made bright with his glory.

American King James Version
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

American Standard Version
After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after these things, I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power: and the earth was enlightened with his glory.

Darby Bible Translation
After these things I saw another angel descending out of the heaven, having great authority: and the earth was lightened with his glory.

English Revised Version
After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Weymouth New Testament
After these things I saw another angel coming down from Heaven, armed with great power. The earth shone with his splendor,

World English Bible
After these things, I saw another angel coming down out of the sky, having great authority. The earth was illuminated with his glory.

Young's Literal Translation
And after these things I saw another messenger coming down out of the heaven, having great authority, and the earth was lightened from his glory,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:1-8 The downfal and destruction of the mystical Babylon are determined in the counsels of God. Another angel comes from heaven. This seems to be Christ himself, coming to destroy his enemies, and to shed abroad the light of his gospel through all nations. The wickedness of this Babylon was very great; she had forsaken the true God, and set up idols, and had drawn all sorts of men into spiritual adultery, and by her wealth and luxury kept them in her interest. The spiritual merchandise, by which multitudes have wickedly lived in wealth, by the sins and follies of mankind, seems principally intended. Fair warning is given to all that expect mercy from God, that they should not only come out of this Babylon, but assist in her destruction. God may have a people even in Babylon. But God's people shall be called out of Babylon, and called effectually, while those that partake with wicked men in their sins, must receive of their plagues.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven; after [omitting "and"]... coming down, etc. The usual form of introduction to a new vision (cf. Revelation 4:1; Revelation 7:1, etc.). The "mystery" of the beast and the harlot having been declared, the angel now describes the doom in store for them. The angel is from heaven, as carrying the news of the judgment which is sent from heaven (cf. Revelation 10:1; Revelation 19:6, 15, 17; Revelation 15:1, etc.). Having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. The great "authority" refers to the judgment which follows, which, however, is not acted out before the seer, but only described. The last clause records the visible manifestation of the great power (cf. the description in Ezekiel 43:2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And after these things,.... The vision of the woman on the scarlet coloured beast, and the interpretation of both by the angel:

I saw another angel; not the Lord Jesus Christ, though the several things said of this angel agree with him; nor one of the ministering spirits, though the characters of him will also suit with one of them, but rather a minister of the Gospel, or a set of Gospel ministers, who will arise a little before the downfall of Babylon, in the spiritual reign of Christ; though not the same with the angel of fire, Revelation 14:18 as some have thought, because of his illustrious appearance, and the loudness of his voice; but the same with the angel, or third thundering voice in Revelation 14:6 for not only the times of both agree, but the selfsame words are expressed by one as by the other; and this angel is distinct from him that showed John the preceding vision, and gave him the interpretation of it, and from all the seven angels that had the vials, and is described as follows: and first by the place from whence he came, John saw him

come down from heaven; denoting the suddenness of his appearance and cry; he came down at once, and cried out immediately; the subject of his cry, the destruction of Babylon, being what will be at an unawares; and also the commission and authority of the ministers signified by him, who will have their warrant from heaven to say what they will deliver; so that this likewise expresses the truth of their message, since both that and they come from heaven:

having great power; to do great work, to declare the fall of Babylon the great: or "having great authority"; being sent from the King of kings, in his name, as his ambassador, to proclaim what shortly will come to pass; an event of the greatest importance to the glory of God, the interest of Christ, and the comfort of his people:

and the earth was lightened with his glory; see Ezekiel 43:2 by which is meant the glorious Gospel of Christ, the light of which will at this then be very great: these ministers will run to and fro the earth, and knowledge will be increased, and the earth will be filled with it: the Arabic version reads, "with the splendour of his countenance"; and the Ethiopic version, "with the splendour of his countenance, and his glory"; see Isaiah 60:1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 18

Re 18:1-24. Babylon's Fall: God's People Called Out of Her: The Kings and Merchants of the Earth Mourn, While the Saints Rejoice at Her Fall.

1. And—so Vulgate and Andreas. But A, B, Syriac, and Coptic omit "And."

power—Greek, "authority."

lightened—"illumined."

with—Greek, "owing to."

Revelation 18:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Babylon is Fallen
1After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. 2And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 43:2
and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory.

Revelation 10:1
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars.

Revelation 17:1
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters.

Revelation 17:7
Then the angel said to me: "Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.
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