Read verses 1-4
Q: Given the historical context, why do you suppose they are holding a feast at a time such as this? What does this reveal about their spiritual condition?
A: Most likely they are confident in what they’ve built and are displaying the core spiritual weakness from which nearly all sin springs: pride.
Q: How does their pride take sin to an even deeper level?
A: Just having the feast in the face of the invading enemy who is just on the other side of the city walls is arrogant and haughty, but they now elevate their arrogance further against God Himself in taking out and using the things dedicated for use in His temple.
Q: What is the biblical term for what they’re doing to God by desecrating His things in this manner?
A: Blasphemy. This is the worst kind of spiritual assault that a human can attempt against the One True God.
Q: What is often associated with wine and drunkenness in Scripture?
Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the Lord,
Intoxicating all the earth.
The nations have drunk of her wine;
Therefore the nations are going mad.
— Jeremiah 51:7
And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.”
— Revelation 14:8
“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”
— Revelation 18:3
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
— Revelation 17:1-5
Q: They blaspheme God, but who does Babylon worship?
A: “...the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone”. (v.4)
Point: This is EXACTLY as it will be in the Last Days. Paul states...
Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
Application: Babylon is the ultimate spirit of the Antichrist in not just being the worst kind of spiritual influence, but the ultimate working of spiritual deception so as to lead others to actively blaspheme and rebel against God.