How do you think you would cope if civilisation as we know it ceased to be? What do you really need in your life to be ok? In Revelation, John uses Babylon with all its material wealth and as a metaphor for the lure of evil. Babylon stands for all that is worldly and sinful in our lives today and if we are to believe what we read in the Bible, there will come a time when all that is worldly and corrupt will be thrown down violently. How would you cope without all that Babylon provides for us? If, suddenly, there were no modern comforts, where would you turn for relief? John reminds us that in Babylon they had slaughtered the prophets and God’s holy people. Isn’t it exactly the same here and now in our own time? So when it all comes to a crashing end, what will there left but ruin?
Revelation 18:21-24 NLT
Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a huge millstone. He threw it into the ocean and shouted, “Just like this, the great city Babylon will be thrown down with violence and will never be found again. The sound of harps, singers, flutes, and trumpets will never be heard in you again. No craftsmen and no trades will ever be found in you again. The sound of the mill will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The happy voices of brides and grooms will never be heard in you again. For your merchants were the greatest in the world, and you deceived the nations with your sorceries. In your streets flowed the blood of the prophets and of God’s holy people and the blood of people slaughtered all over the world.”
The book of Revelation paints a pretty scary picture of the end of time, and religious propagandists across the ages have used its verses to terrify and control the ignorant and vulnerable. But my goal is the exact opposite. I want to liberate and comfort the lost and frightened with the news that Jesus has won an eternal victory over death and evil. The whole message of the Gospels tells that all those who believe in Jesus will not perish when ‘Babylon’ or ‘Evil’ is overthrown. The reign of wicked and corrupt men, drunk on financial excess, will come to an end one day. When that day comes, many millions will be lost, but those who have put their faith in The Lord will be alright, because their hope was never in the things of this world. When you put your faith in God, nothing in this world can harm you. When I realised that, it felt like the best news I had ever heard, and I found that I was suddenly free.
Zechariah 10:1-11:17, Revelation 18:1-24, Psalms 146:1-10, Proverbs 30:33