Yesterday I wrote about the great prophesy in Revelation, that the great and evil city of Babylon would be overthrown. Today we read of the reaction of the heavenly hosts to this, and we see that when the great ‘prostitute of Babylon’ has been punished, the marriage of the Lamb – Jesus, to his bride – the Church follows. As I pointed out yesterday, many non-christians are terribly confused about the nature of God’s love when they read of his righteous anger or vengeance and punishment. But as it is written in today’s passage, we see that his judgements are true and just. It is not at all surprising to hear from non-believers that, in their opinion, our God is unjust, inconsistent, unloving and vengeful. All through the scriptures, The Lord warns of the consequences in store for those who deny him. He has warned his creation, through the prophets, across thousands of years. The choice is straight forward, either you believe, repent and live, or you don’t believe, don’t repent and face the consequences.
Revelation 19:1-8 NLT
After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Praise The Lord! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. His judgments are true and just. He has punished the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality. He has avenged the murder of his servants.” And again their voices rang out: “Praise the Lord! The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!” Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Praise the Lord!” And from the throne came a voice that said, “Praise our God, all his servants, all who fear him, from the least to the greatest.” Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honour to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
The heavenly hosts praised The Lord when he finally intervened and threw Babylon over. Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings added their voices and praised The Lord. But the loudest shout of praise, like the roar of the ocean or the crashing of thunder, came from the whole heavenly host rejoicing in anticipation of the great wedding feast of the Lamb and his bride. My goal is to add my voice to the roar of the heavenly hosts as they praise The Lord and give him honour because his judgements are just and true. I will also make it my daily focus to prepare myself for my part, as a member of Jesus’s church and therefore his bride, in this great wedding feast. I hope one day to be worthy to wear the finest pure white linen as I kneel before my Lord Jesus as his bride, his servant and his child.
Zechariah 12:1-13:9, Revelation 19:1-21, Psalms 147:1-20, Proverbs 31:1-7