December 30

Today’s Text: Revelation 14:1 – 19:5.

Highlights: Yesterday we read about the dragon and his allies and their goal to deceive mankind. Today we read about the fall of those who fought against God.

Note how today’s reading ends: “After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” (19:1-3).

In chapter 14 the Lamb is pictured as victorious and angels begin announcing the fall of Babylon and those who worship the beast.  The time for judgment has arrived. This story unfolds with 7 angels pouring out 7 bowls of God’s wrath.  In 17 and 18 the great Babylon is described like a harlot, appropriate for the immoralities being practiced, but it is really talking about a city (see 17:18).

Consider 17:14.  It appears the outcome of these battles was never really in doubt. Whether men will trust God may be in doubt but we know God will win. Why does 17:14 tells us God will win?  Why does it say we will win with Him?


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3 Responses to December 30

  1. Mary K

    Because he is Lord of lords and King of kings. There is no being greater than Him. His faithful followers will share in His triumph. This very much reminds me, although on a grander scale, of the seemingly hopeless battles God won for the Israelites when they entered Canaan.

  2. Andrew

    He wins because He has, and always had, authority over all creation. As Mary K said, there is no one greater. There are two sides. One is Jesus and His followers, who will be victorious. The other side is Satan and his followers, who will not be victorious. If we are followers of Christ, we will be taken into victory by Him.

    Side note: I fully support a church using only acapella singing in their worship. I prefer it over a large musical production. We have taught over the years that is how it should be done. I think there are some who would say it would be sinful to use instruments in worship. Wouldn’t Rev 15: 2-4 be an indication that musical instruments could be used? God Himself gave His faithful followers harps as they sang praises. I have a hard time imagining them just holding the harps and not playing them while they sang praises. If they were indeed playing harps and singing praises and it was pleasing to God in heaven, wouldn’t it be acceptable for us on earth? Again, I fully support acapella singing. I think someone singing praises to God from their heart is the most beautiful music there can be. Yet, I have a hard time saying someone absolutely can’t use musical instruments in worship when I read a passage like that. To be true, I have never devoted much time to studying the subject completely. What are other’s thoughts?

  3. Jimmy

    I appreciate where you are coming from Andrew and thank you for making this comment. I think the argument would be yes we see it in heaven, but can we assume anything practiced in heaven is also acceptable in the church? For many that assumption is a “no brainer”.

    I guess it depends on a person’s approach to Bible authority, or how important he/she believes it is to have specific instructions for how we worship. I think we all agree that how we worship is important – John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” But again, how careful do we need to be?

    The fact is there isnt any clear example or command for it in the church. Neither Jesus not His apostles commanded it nor was it practiced in the church as far as we know.

    The question is similar to noting how we saw it practiced under the law of Moses – do we assume anything practiced under the Law of Moses can be practiced in the church? God was truly pleased with it then (2 Chronicles 29:25). I think we agree many of the things under the law of Moses have no place in the church: sabbath observance, capital penalties for certain sins, animal sacrifices, feast days, a specific family serving as priests, etc.

    Again, I appreciate the point of view. Hope this helps explain why those seeking authority for all they do come to the conclusion they do.

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