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Judgment against the Harlot

The harlot comes to judgment.

Revelation 16-20: The Sixth Facet

Week 8, Thursday: Judgment promised against the harlot

As nations and peoples become more captive to spiritual forces of wickedness, the wrath of God continues against them (v. 4), leading to a final, promised judgment (v. 8).

Read Revelation 18

Meditate on Revelation 18.1-8
1.      What is the call to God’s people in the face of the growing wickedness in the world? How does Paul qualify this command in 1 Corinthians 5.9-11?

2.      The beast and harlot are now associated with “Babylon.” Of what would this remind John’s readers? How is the “fall” of “Babylon” described in verse 2? We note that this is prior to the actual destruction of the city, promised later in this chapter. What kind of “fall” is this? How might we be able to tell when a nation or government had “fallen” in this way?

3.      Verses 6 and 7 put forward a principle of divine judgment. How would you explain it?

4.      If every sin is an infinite transgression against God, and sinners (as we have seen) will not be moved to repent by the poured out wrath of God – not even at the final judgment – what does this suggest concerning the kind of judgment they should expect in the end? Will it be temporary only? Should they ever expect to be relieved of this? How should knowing this affect our witness to lost sinners?

5.      The Lord is described as “strong” in judging “Babylon.” What kind of strength is this? Is this strength available to us? In what ways? For what purposes?

My Reflection
Meditate on 2 Peter 3.10-14 and 1 John 3.1-3, keeping in mind the story before us in chapters 16-18. What priorities do these passages suggest for you?

The Glory of God
God is omniscient (v. 5) and strong (v. 8), and He requires His people to live righteously in the face of the wickedness of the age (vv.4, 5). How should knowing this affect our worship of God?

Glory to Glory
How will you use the memory verses you’ve learned thus far in our study of Revelation to help you obey the Lord’s command of Revelation 18.4 today?

Memorize
Recite Revelation 19.7-9. How might you incorporate these verses into your personal testimony of faith in Jesus Christ?

Closing Prayer
What shall I render to the LORD
For all His benefits toward me?
I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD
Now in the presence of all His people.

Psalm 116.12-14

T. M. Moore

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The book of Revelation is the culminating episode in the story of God’s covenant. To learn more about that covenant, and to discover the way it integrates all of Scripture into the Gospel of Jesus Christ, order a copy of T. M.’s book, I Will Be Your God, by clicking here.

Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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