God sent his Revelation to the apostle to shine light where life went dark; to give freedom where life oppressed; to give hope where life ceased. He wrote to a besieged church with a celebratory message needed by them and appropriate to our celebration service for sister Esther Wallace.
God filled the Revelation scroll with strict injunctions against compromise, surrender, defeatism or self-pity. It also shattered gloom with unmistakable assurance: Christians wouldn’t be untouched or unhurt, but God would make them unafraid!
The scroll also issued blistering epitaphs of doom against the besieging power: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!...Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.” While denouncing the enemy, God promised unconditional guarantees of rebirth for all trusting his Son. “Rejoice saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you....” Thus, “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns!” And “the Kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.”
Thus...God’s defiant, mocking words taunting the power belaboring and massacring Christians while exercising no power at all over them. God’s defiant mocking words spoken three centuries before barbarians sacked Rome’s treasures and estates. Amen. End, Part II