4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;
In the midst of the tribulational period God sends out a call to his people to remove themselves from the sinfulness of city of Babylon, to not participate in her sinful ways lest they also fall into the same judgment. In one sense it reminds me of the removal of Lot and his family from Sodom before God rained down fire from the heavens to destroy that city. Peter says in his second epistle that if God knows how to rescue righteous Lot, then he also knows how to rescue the godly from trials. This will be a trying time, even now the birth pains of these great trials are upon us as believers, but God is rich in mercy and grace and strength and he knows how to rescue us from our trials today just as he did Lot and just as he will do for those who find themselves in the midst of the Great Tribulation. As we wait for his rescue let us heed these warnings to not participate in the sinfulness around us lest we share in the punishment of the unrighteous. Or as Paul says in Romans 8: For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.