“They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out: “‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.
The mourning of Babylon shows us that people will continue to rely on wealth instead of God to the very end. And they will have more grief for the wealth lost and how it will affect them, rather than the loss of lives in the city. I wonder if the same will be true of Seattle when it inevitably falls before the end of time?