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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Merchandise Of The Souls Of Men”

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SIH TOTT ICONRev 18:12-13
The merchandise of … souls of men.

In our text, we can see that the false religions of this world traffic in the “souls of men”. In other words, they profit from the lives of men, their passions, and their lifestyles. They profit from men as they appeal to their lustful desires and their goals.

Stop and think about it, in most cases, the false teachings of Satan’s kingdoms appeal to the carnal nature of man. Some religions say that there is no god or higher authority to which men must answer. Others, say that there is a god but all roads lead to him. There are others who will tell men they can please god through proper motives or moral works. There are those who say that all truth is relative and man has the ability to discern what is truth in any given situation.

All of these, and many others, all appeal to the carnal nature of man, causing them to believe that, in one way or another, they control their own destiny and can attain everlasting bliss of their own merit.

This is exactly what Paul was speaking of when he said that…

2Ti 4:3-4 – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

It is “much easier on the ears” to hear a message that we control our own destiny and can find eternal happiness within ourselves, than to hear the truth about our fallen condition… We all have sinned, we are totally unable to save ourselves from our sins, our only hope is to receive the undeserved forgiveness through Divine intervention to save us from the wrath to come…

Joh 6:44 – “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (see also Roms 8:7-8, John 3:20 etc)

This Biblical message “goes against the grain” of our carnal natures, and creates in us an irritation and opposition to its acceptance. This is why the Lord warns His followers that when we proclaim the truth we can expect to face opposition and hatred apart from God’s intervention in the lives of those to which we witness…

Mat 10:21-22 – “And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

However, we can praise His holy name knowing that when we are faithful to take out His message of truth, He will always use it in a way that is pleasing to Him. In many cases, He will intervene in the lives of lost mankind opening their ears and eyes to the truth and leading them to salvation in Christ alone…

Isa 55:11 – “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

The false religions gain, and retain their followers based on a message of deceit which appeals to their carnal natures and results in eternal condemnation and separation from Christ. In comparison, those who are genuine followers of the Lord, come to Him as a result of divine intervention based upon the truths of His Word. Through the work of Christ on the cross, and the gifts of repentance and belief, followers of Christ receive eternal security and certain eternal communion with God Himself.

Which message are we following, the truths of His Word or the error proclaimed by the false religions of the world?

Which message are we proclaiming to others, the true message of hopelessness with Christ, or the message of finding our security within ourselves?

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:


  1. lovessiamese says:

    Well thought out post, easy to understand for the new believer as well as the “older” Christian. Thanks for sharing this Bible study.

  2. Kelly Zooms says:

    Men who have the backbone it takes to share the truth of God’s Word and dispel untruths are rare and greatly needed in this world. Thank you, Rob. Your faithfulness does not go unnoticed.

  3. Reblogged this on Tapestry ~Treasures ~~ Love is Faith in Motion and commented:
    We are reminded of Jesus words this time in which we are living:
    Matthew 24:21–22 (ESV)

    21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

    Bless you, Pastor Barkman for this study and may it lead many to the Cross of Jesus Christ to find His Grace and Salvation. Amen~

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Good study on false religions. It’s sad to see how little churches today teach on this topic given how pervasive the NT teaches on it.

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