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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Day 364: The fall of Babylon

Plagues, blood, death. Not a pretty sight, today.
The seven plagues
Revelation 16:1-21
The woman sitting on the beast
Revelation 17:1-18
Destruction of Babylon
Revelation 18:1-8
Lament for Babylon
Revelation 18:9-19
The church to rejoice over her fate
Revelation 18:20-24
Praise to God
Revelation 19:1-5
The marriage supper of the lamb
Revelation 19:6-10

Great and terrible will be God’s wrath on those who have persecuted Christians. The hard pressed believers would cheer at this. Bit this was seditious writing, so John has to disguise it, with more talk of beasts and Babylon. It’s bloodthirsty stuff, and it grates to read of heaven cheering at the death of human beings. But I need to remember that this was written to people who had watched their friends and family tortured, humiliated and killed, unless they recanted their faith. They were in a war zone, and that changes your thinking. This is telling the beleaguered troops that victory is coming. It’s a rallying call to keep fighting.

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