Friday, July 21
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!” Great political power, great military might, great wealth, great corruption and resistance to God and to his ways in the world. Babylon represents all the great powers of the world who have used their power and wealth in service of self and in opposition to God’s Kingdom. In John’s time, Babylon would have been the Roman Empire as they persecuted God’s people. In every time and place there have been Babylons. Who or what is the Babylon of our age? Who or what is using it’s wealth and power in service of satanic goals in opposition to God’s Kingdom? Whoever or whatever it is, those powers are doomed to fall. All the power and military might of this present age pales in comparison to the armies of Jesus Christ who will bring about their utter defeat at his return.
Jesus came to Jerusalem the first time gentle, riding on a donkey. When he comes again it will be as a warrior on a white horse leading the angelic hosts to victory over the forces of darkness.
Once again, for John’s original audience in Rome, these images of the conquering Christ returning to defeat the broken powers of this earth who had been persecuting God’s people must have filled their hearts with hope and expectation. It would have given them courage to continue following Jesus Christ, even in the face of suffering and death.
How often are today’s Christians tempted to give in to the lure of worldly power? How often are we tempted to join forces with Babylon? Where are we willing to compromise our faith in order to receive short term, temporary benefits?
Revelation reminds us that, as powerful and appealing Babylon might seem, it’s fate is certain, Babylon will fall. It makes no sense to give our support to an enterprise that is destined for destruction. Instead, it makes sense to support the one whose ultimate victory is guaranteed. Jesus Christ will prevail, the Kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our God and of his Christ! Hallelujah!
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