Revelation 16-20: The Sixth Facet
Week 8, Friday: The final judgment of sin
John is given a glimpse toward the end, when sin will finally be destroyed and all heaven will rejoice.
Read Revelation 18
Meditate on Revelation 18.9-20
1. Sin is being destroyed, and we cannot help but notice the contrast of emotions between those who indulge sin (vv. 9-11, 19) and those who have overcome it (v. 20). How do we account for these different responses? Why is it important that we see this contrast?
2. We note the catalog of things that satisfied the souls of men on earth (vv. 12-14). What counsel for believers is implicit in this situation?
3. Meditate on Matthew 5.17-19 and Mark 10.42-45. How does greatness in the City of God compare with greatness (Rev. 18.16) in the City of Man? What’s the answer to verse 18?
4. Ruin comes upon “Babylon” “in one hour.” Meditate on Daniel 5. Do you suppose Jesus, in showing this vision to John, may have had Daniel 5 in mind? Explain.
5. Meditate on Revelation 18.20. In what sense is this scene a work of “avenging”? Who is avenged? For what? Who does the avenging? How should the promise of this affect our ability to overcome?
Consider all that we have examined thus far in the first six facets of the book of Revelation. In the light of John’s words in Revelation 1.9, summarize your thinking about each of the following;
Kingdom of God:
Tribulation in the world:
Patient endurance (overcoming):
The Glory of God
God is glorified in the destruction of sin and all those for whom sin is the “fruit” of their souls. How can this be? What do we learn from this about God that should lead us to glorify Him?
Glory to Glory
How does today’s passage counsel us concerning the priorities we should be devoting our time and strength to in these last days? What are the implications of this for you today?
Review Revelation 19.7-9. Write a prayer based on these verses.
Pray the prayer you wrote from your memory verses. Write it on a card and carry it with you to pray it over and over today. Pray it and keep praying it, so that your desire for the return of Christ will increase, and you will continue to prepare yourself diligently to meet with Him in glory.
T. M. Moore
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