Revelation 18. Forum Discussion

God allows us to be tempted, but Satan is the source of all temptation

When you look at all the sin coming out of Babylon as described in the first part of chapter 18, perhaps you are drawn to the “other” voice coming from heaven. After one angel describes the magnitude of the sin problem in Babylon, John hears this “other” voice coming from another angel that says:

Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” – Revelation 18:4-5

God is aware of all the temptations that surround us here on earth, but He is not the source of these temptations. To drive home this message, let us look at two scriptures:

  1. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” – James 1:13
  2. “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Notice that the scripture says that God, “Will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.” While God is not the source of these temptations, He does allow Satan to tempt us. God allows us to go through these temptations to discipline us and to teach us, but He is not the source of those temptations, Satan is. Satan knows our weaknesses and is always looking for ways to tempt us.

“Be of sober spiritbe on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ” – 1 Peter 5:8 

From our study today, we learn two important things:

  1. God is not the source of the temptations in our lives, Satan is.
  2. God will ALWAYS provide a way for us to escape, if we seek Him for help.  

In Revelation 18, God is warning His followers to flee from Babylon so that they, “Will not participate in her sins and receive her plagues.”

This is another example of how as humans we are affected by the company that we keep, for better and for worse.

If we are keeping Godly company, the part of us that wants to do good gets reinforced and strengthened.

Conversely, if we keep bad company, we are more likely to sin.

“Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Sometimes in life, the smartest decision that we can make is to leave a bad situation before it leads to sin. Through the study of God’s word, and trust in the Holy Spirit, God’s plan will be revealed to us in due time, if we seek God with all our heart.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13. Amen


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Do you have any thoughts or comments related to today's lesson, or anything else?

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I was struck by the scripture from today's lesson, "“Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”

Sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time can cost us dearly. I am glad for the Bible that reminds me to flee from places that are practicing sin. It is dangerous and I am better to avoid any temptation.


Just as God allowed Satan to tempt Jesus 3 times. I believe in that case, it was to teach Jesus what temptation feels like while He was still in His fleshly body. Sometimes it is not fun, but God teaches and disciplines those that He loves, sometimes by allowing Satan to tempt us.