Revelation 18:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 18:1, NIV: After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

Revelation 18:1, ESV: After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory.

Revelation 18:1, KJV: And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Revelation 18:1, NASB: After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated from his glory.

Revelation 18:1, NLT: After all this I saw another angel come down from heaven with great authority, and the earth grew bright with his splendor.

Revelation 18:1, CSB: After this I saw another angel with great authority coming down from heaven, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

What does Revelation 18:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After an angel had explained the meaning of the ten horns and the waters to the apostle John (Revelation 17:12–18), another angel descended from heaven. John notes that this angel has great authority and a glory that brightens the earth. Given these accolades, some Bible teachers identify this angel as Christ. They point out that the word translated "angel" has always literally meant "messenger," and certainly Christ is God's perfect messenger. He also has great authority and glory.

When He commissioned His disciples, Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18). John and Peter, who saw Jesus transfigured on a mountain, wrote about His glory (John 1:14; 2 Peter 1:16–17). Nevertheless, the Bible occasionally presents angels as having authority and glory (see Matthew 1:20–21; Luke 2:8–9).

Since Revelation doesn't give much detail on this particular being, it's best not to be dogmatic. Whatever the exact identity is, what we're meant to do is focus on the message being delivered.