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Unveiling Revelation: The Fall of Babylon & Victory of Christ Part 2 (Ep 61)
Episode 612nd May 2024 • My Ministry Mission • Jason McConnell
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Join Jason and Laura again for the conclusion of The Fall of Babylon & Victory of Christ in their Unveiling Revelation series.

References to Bible Verses:

Revelation 18:1-24; Isaiah 52:11; Jeremiah 50:8; Jeremiah 51:45; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11; Hebrews 8:12; Exodus 22:4-8; Proverbs 16:18; John 16:33; Jeremiah 51:61-64; Revelation 19:1-21; Revelation 6:10; Hosea 2:19; Isaiah 54:5; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-26; Matthew 26:29; Hebrews 1:6; Matthew 8:2; Matthew 14:33; John 9:38; Isaiah 64:1-2; Revelation 2:10; Luke 14:16-24; 1 Corinthians 10:16-21; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34;

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Jason: Hello, and welcome to another episode of Unveiling Revelation. We are your host, Jason.

Laura: And Laura,

Jason: The Book of Revelation unveils a vision like no other, a glimpse into the future where empires crumble and true power is revealed. In the chapters to come, we will dive into profound truths about the fall of Babylon and the triumphant victory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Laura: imagine a world in turmoil, forces of darkness and evil descending upon the earth like an ominous veil, but fear not, a beacon of light and hope emerges, a promise of deliverance, a proclamation of victory.

Jason: Prepare yourself, for the journey ahead is both treacherous and transcendent, but remember the words of Revelation 1:3, "Blessed are the ones who read aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take heart what is written in it, because the time is near."

As we make our way into chapter 18, we dive into commercial Babylon. Is this the same Babylon as was described in chapter 17? Scholars are actually kind of split between this being two separate manifestations of Babylon, one religious, one commercial, and seeing them as one Babylon and both judgments are happening at the same time. Regardless, both of these Babylons are under the rule of the Antichrist, both have ruling queens, both are filled with blasphemy, both hate the saints and shed their bloods, both are associated with kings in fornication, and both are under judgment. And end up destroyed. However, there are some differences between these two manifestations or iterations of Babylon.

Laura: Religious Babylon is symbolized as the harlot woman, while commercial Babylon is represented as the great city.

Jason: So Religious Babylon is identified with Rome, which is inland, while Commercial Babylon is identified with a port city, which is coastal.

Laura: Religious Babylon is a woman, harlot, and mother, whereas commercial Babylon is habitation, great city, and a marketplace.

Jason: Religious Babylon is guilty of religious abominations, while Commercial Babylon is guilty of greed and self indulgence.

Laura: And finally, religious Babylon was destroyed by a political power that once supported her, whereas commercial Babylon was destroyed by a sudden act of God.

Jason: So my commentary suggests that religious Babylon of Revelation 17 is judged at the midpoint of the tribulation, whereas commercial Babylon is judged at the end of the seven year tribulation. I tend to agree with this, which leads me to also believe that these are two separate manifestations of Babylon.

Now, one of the questions that remains is whether or not Babylon is a literal city or symbolic city. And again, there are some disputes in interpretations. Some believe that this will be a future rebuild of Babylon on Euphrates river. Which is now just a desolate desert in modern day Iraq. In fact, Saddam Hussein wanted to rebuild the ruined city of Babylon. Obviously, he failed. Some think that Babylon will be a world economic center backed by Mideast oil, but again, so far, no leader has made good on rebuilding the OG Babylon.

Laura: Most likely, this great city, this commercial Babylon, is symbolic, much like the religious Babylon. In this context, the destruction of commercial Babylon will describe God's judgment against the great satanic system of evil that has corrupted the earth.

Jason: And that being said, as we begin our journey into chapter 18, it seems that commercial Babylon is the political and economic center rather than its religious aspect, which was destroyed back in chapter 17 in the previous episode. This begins with another angel lamenting over the fallen Babylon in Revelation 18:1-3, "After this, I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries."

So my commentary suggests that this angel's splendor is a result of coming fresh from the presence of God. This is clearly the same kind of angel that we saw back in Revelation 17:1. And he begins by announcing that Babylon has fallen.

Laura: One of my commentaries suggests that this Babylon is the same Babylon that fell in chapter 17, just in a different way. It says, "Once a beautifully dressed woman, Babylon or Rome, became a desolate den for demons and unclean birds like vultures." And it kind of gave me a bit of an image of Fantine from Les Miserables.

I mean, she started off as this beautiful young girl, full of life. And then she became pregnant out of wedlock and had to give her child to others to raise. Now when she was found out, she was fired from her job and had to take a job as a prostitute. Which, you know, I'll be honest, I prefer the movie's order of the songs rather than the stage show, but never mind that.

She then ends up contracting tuberculosis and dies after giving her child over to her former boss. I mean, same woman, but minimum of two falls, where she looks different each time we see her. I mean, could that be the case with Babylon here in Revelation?

Jason: That is certainly interesting. Robert H. Muntz suggests the verses that describe demons and impure spirits are "a prophetic picture of absolute desolation, where the proud achievements of man become the demonic haunts of unclean and horrible creatures." And it's sad to consider this when we ponder and think about the great potential that we have as humans, that we were given by God.

That being said, Commercial Babylon's sin was not just idolatry. No, this Babylon, her great sin was also rooted in pride, greed and holding wealth selfishly.

Laura: We journey on with a warning to escape Babylon's judgment to God's people, starting in Revelation 18:4-5, "Then I heard another voice from heaven say, Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues. For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes."

Jason: So these verses draw a distinction between religious Babylon and commercial Babylon. Now it's inconceivable that a child of God would take part in religious Babylon.

Laura: You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Okay, well, maybe it does, but I couldn't help my Princess Bride reference here.

Jason: Have to work on your Inigo Montoya.

Laura: Sorry, my accents are terrible. Go ahead.

Jason: That's allright. However, commercial Babylon has a materialistic lure and is. A constant threat that we should always guard against.

Laura: It does go back to that old saying, bad company corrupts good character. Which is what this verse seems to be warning against.

Jason: So there is an interesting correlation here, Laura. This warning against plagues for the saints puts them kind of in the same position as Lot was in while he lived in the city of Sodom in Genesis 19. And what I mean by that is this, these are God's people in a place they don't belong, a place destined for destruction.

I mean, we're talking Isaiah:

Laura: Check ourselves before we wreck ourselves?

Jason: Yes.

Laura: I do believe that Hebrews 8:12 applies to believers, no matter where they find themselves. That being said, though, it is entirely too easy for believers who spend time doing things the world's way to choose to forsake what they know. I've heard of several Christians who renounced Christianity, although I'm not entirely sure for what reason.

Jason: So this is inspired a scrabbit trail. There is a thing called Christian atheism, and I know that sounds contradictory and it kind of is, but it's also called non realistic Christianity. And it's a strange quasi spiritual philosophy. These Christian atheists keep all of the liturgical practices, but seek to demythologize the faith.

movement started back in the:

Laura: Yeah, and moving on to Revelation 18:6-8, with a call to those who will carry out Babylon's judgment. "Give back to her as she has given. Pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart, she boasts, I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow. I will never mourn. Therefore, in one day, her plagues will overtake her, death, mourning, and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her."

Jason: So the ancient Greek word for give back or render in other translations is "apodidōmi." Which means to pay a debt and in the context of giving back what is due and the verse goes on to demand she pay back double for what she has done. And if we look at Exodus 22:4-8, we see that the law demands any theft be paid back in double.

So this might suggest that Babylon made her fortune through dishonest means.

Laura: We're talking about the embodiment of the secular world here, Jason. Could it be anything other than dishonest?

Jason: I mean, no, it's, it's, it's also important to understand that this passage. references a threefold sin. We have self indulgence or the luxury, and we have pride through this self glory and then the avoidance of suffering by not being a widow and will never mourn. And all of these three things represent worldliness and materialism.

Laura: Babylon sure does seem prideful in the first part of these verses, doesn't she? I mean, pretty sure she's never read the Book of Proverbs chapter 16, verse 18 reads, "Pride goes before destruction," and that destruction is imminent.

Jason: Indeed.

So Babylon has been judged and now it's sentencing time. Things start to really heat up in Revelation 18:9-10, and yes, that was actually a pun that will make sense here in a moment.

Laura: Aw, Jason, I thought you were referring to summer in our respective states.

Jason: Yeah, no, that's happening too, but here's Revelation 18:9-10, "When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxuries see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her, terrified at her torment. They will stand far off and cry, woe, woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon. In one hour, your doom has come."

Now, some believe that this may suggest that some sort of nuclear weapon is involved in the judgment of commercial Babylon, but as this is revelation, it could be symbolic. However, those kings who see her burning are mourning over her, but also terrified by her torment. And my commentary suggests that the heat was so great that these kings had to stand at a distance because even though they were joining her in sin, they weren't willing to share in her suffering.

ith the stock market crash of:

nts also lament in Revelation:

Laura: "The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargos anymore. Cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth, every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron, and marble. Cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh, and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat. Cattle and sheep, horses and carriages, and human beings sold as slaves. They will say, the fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered. The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out, Woe, woe to you, great city, Dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, And glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls. In one hour, such great wealth has been brought to ruin."

Jason: So, there is a long list of merchandise, and none of these things are necessities. They are all luxuries. This mourning is rooted in self interest. I'm going back to Walvoord who wrote, "The combined picture is one of complete abandonment to the wealth of this world and complete disregard of the God who gave it." But it wasn't just the merchandise that has been lost. We were also talking about slavery, which in today's world would also include human trafficking, prostitution and pornography. I mean, this ends with despair at the eternal loss of these things, these luxuries, which reminds us that ultimately hell will be a place of unfulfilled desires.

ait, there's more! Revelation:

Jason: I mean, there's not much more to add other than this, those who lament Babylon's fall are doing so for very selfish reasons. They aren't going to miss her, just what she could do for them,

Laura: Yeah, they're also not mourning the deaths of the people. World leaders, friends, family, and so on. They're mourning their financial losses. And like with most other things in Revelation, Babylon could mean the city itself, but the effects of the destruction mentioned in these verses will reach throughout the earth.

Jason: Yep, and I don't know if you caught it, but this repetition of, of one hour caught my attention and I went through numerous commentaries, study Bibles, and I couldn't find anything too significant about it other than it represents how suddenly events occurred. And in this context, it may suggest that any wealth that is not used in obedience and worship of God will quickly be taken away. Perhaps a reminder that we own nothing. It all belongs to God.

Laura: One of the commentaries I consulted indicates that this sudden loss could be both physical, like with weapons of mass destruction, or financial, like in a stock market crash.

Jason: Kind of a big gap between those two.

Laura: Well, yes, but it could be both.

Jason: That's true.

eople celebrate in Revelation:

Laura: So why are God's people rejoicing? I mean, why are they celebrating the judgment of this Babylon? One might think it's because of her destruction, because they finally have their revenge. Been in the revenge business so long, don't know what to do with the rest of my life. And no, I'm not going to become Dread Pirate Roberts.

Jason: Fair enough.

Laura: And while you and I might think that way, God's people and all of heaven are actually celebrating because of the righteous resolution that God's judgment brings. Yes, God's people are happy that their time of recompense has come, but I think it's highly unlikely that they would be taking pleasure in the misery of others.

Jason: This is a picture of how we should view our enemies and those who persecute us. Remember, we are to forgive them and pray for them. And here's some imagery for you. Imagine someone you love dearly has been viciously murdered. And now the murderer is on death row and about to be executed. Now you and I are going to be drawn to this feeling of vengeful exuberance. Finally, this terrible person is being put to death. But I don't think that's how Christ would want us to behave. Though it's tough as Christians, we are held to a higher standard. We should be forgiving the person. We should mourn them because they chose not to join us in service to God and being a blessing to others instead of doing harm.

r the words of Christ in John:

Laura: And think about it this way, forgiving those who've wronged us doesn't excuse their behavior. It doesn't let them off the hook. What it does is let us off the hook. When we choose to not forgive, we are holding that anger and bitterness inside. My unforgiveness does not hurt the other person. It hurts me.

Because that anger I'm holding on to will lead to hate, and that hate will lead to suffering. And yes, it can manifest itself as real physical symptoms, and a well placed Star Wars reference. I've also heard it said that not forgiving someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

And one more bit of a scrabbit trail here. How do you suppose Steven and the other Christians greeted Sol turned Paul? When he eventually died and got to heaven, just some food for thought.

. But moving on to Revelation:

nd this goes back to Jeremiah:

Jason: One of these days, the world systems we have now will pass away. It will sink to the bottom of the sea like a great stone, how much this hurts us really depends entirely on how much we buy into commercial Babylon's materialism and worldliness. Remember what I said at the beginning of chapter 18, commercial Babylon has a materialistic lure, and it is a constant threat that we should guard against.

Laura: And as mentioned in previous verses, this destruction will be sudden, dramatic, and unavoidable, at least for those who are on earth.

of God's people in Revelation:

The word used to describe magic spell or sorcery in other translation is the Greek word "pharmakeia". Now this also represents "to prepare drugs," which speaks to the sin offered by commercial Babylon being much like a drug addict.

Laura: And this could tie into drug production and trafficking. I mean, illicit substances used to control and enslave people, to manipulate them into doing one's bidding, which isn't entirely out of the realms of possibility.

get that answer in Revelation:

Laura: Yeah.

Back in episode 45, we talked about Revelation 7:9-14, and we saw a great multitude that was saved out of the tribulation. Well, as we begin Revelation chapter 19, we see this great multitude again, alongside the 24 elders and the four living creatures.

Jason: Beginning in Revelation

19:1-5, they are all giving praise to God for the judgment of Babylon. "After this, I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting hallelujah, salvation, and glory, and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants. And again they shouted, the smoke from her goes up forever and ever. Twenty four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God. Who was seated on the throne and they cried, amen hallelujah. Then a voice came from the throne saying, praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small."

Laura: These verses are really the climax and continuation of Revelation 18. In the previous chapter, Babylon's supporters mourned her fall, but in the beginning of chapter 19, we see God's people celebrating it.

Jason: This great multitude, those martyred saints who were murdered by the antichrist during the tribulation, they all cried out for God's judgment and Revelation 6:10. Finally, their prayers are answered. The word hallelujah appears four times in Revelation 19, and it's actually derived from Hebrew, it means "praise the Lord." And this is meant as both encouragement and exhortation to praise our Lord. But finally, this voice from the throne of God could be Jesus or one of the angels that serve at the throne. It's not entirely clear who is speaking these words.

Laura: And I'm not sure it really matters in the grand scheme of things, but I'd lean more towards an angel speaking. I mean, I don't know if Jesus would actually say, praise our God, but it does say the voice came from the throne, so I'm stumped.

Jason: Another mystery. So this next part requires a bit of context. In Revelation 19:6-9, it talks about the marriage of the Lamb. Now let's read that part and then we can contextualize it. "Then I heard what seems to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty pearls of thunder, crying out, Hallelujah, for the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory for the marriage of the Lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready. It was granted her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and pure, for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, write this, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the lamb. And he said to me, these are the true words of God.

Laura: This great multitude is filled with praise and excitement, because it's time for the Lamb of God to be joined in marriage. But we're talking about a union of Jesus with his people, a union that is so close that it can be compared to the marriage of a man and a woman. This marriage of the lamb is presented to us throughout scripture. In the Old Testament, we have verses like Hosea 2:19, "And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice. In steadfast love and in mercy."

Jason: Yep, and we also see it in Isaiah 54:5, "For your maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name and the Holy one of Israel is your redeemer, the God of the whole earth. He is called."

And we also see this in the New Testament in verses like 2 Corinthians 11:2, "For I feel a divine jealousy for you since I betrothed you to one husband. To present you as pure virgin to Christ."

Laura: Alright, I'm gonna back up and make a bit of a leap here. While many verses in scripture do relate the church to being the bride of Christ, I propose that the verse in Isaiah 54 that you just read, Jason, actually refers to Israel being the bride or wife of God. As we read about the marriage supper of the Lamb, we read in verse 9 that "blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb."

Now this leads me to believe that not everyone in heaven will fall under the Bride of Christ category, because the bride isn't actually invited to the wedding. She's part of the main attraction, right? I mean, obviously the angels are guests. And I would submit that the Old Testament saints are guests as well.

And there is one commentary that I read that suggests that the tribulation believers are included as guests, since they believed after the rapture of the church. But, that interpretation depends on where you fall in your eschatological views of the rapture. And there is a debate on whether this feast happens in heaven or on earth. I mean, I kind of got this picture in my head of the tribulation ending. The wedding feast happening, and then getting into verse 11 and beyond as Jesus leading his bride back to earth to lock up Satan, the beast, and the false prophet.

Jason: That's fair. And personally, I think it'll be in heaven. By that point, the earth might not even exist. However, we see this in Ephesians 5:25-32 as well, but we'll come back to that in a minute. I've mentioned the process of marriage in ancient times more than once in other non revelation episodes.

But just as a reminder, there are two major events that occur. First is the betrothal and then second is the wedding. Now the betrothal period lasts about a year, but this period was intended to be a period of faithfulness that resulted in a wedding. Now this wedding began with a procession to the bride's house, followed by a parousia, or second coming, or return, To the grooms for the marriage feast. We are seeing the same scenario play out here in Revelation I think between the people of God and Jesus, we are starting at the bride's house here on earth. And we will return to the house of the groom up in heaven for the great marriage feast. And this is probably why I lean more towards the supper in heaven.

Laura: And I completely agree with that.

Jason: So what do we have to do to prepare for this wedding? Well, there's a lot, but it comes down to. Ultimately, the work God does in us, which we see as we circle back to that Ephesians 5:26-27, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with the water through the word."

Laura: In a perfect union with Jesus Christ, his people will be made clean. In this verse, cleansing her comes from the Greek word "katharizō," which reflects purity, loyalty, and faithfulness. And all of these are characteristics of the New Jerusalem, which is coming in a later episode. Sneak peek.

Jason: Getting back to revelation. These fine linens, which are the righteous deeds of the saints, represent divinely prepared good works that will fill the hope chest of the bride of Jesus or the people of God or the church. But just for context, a hope chest was a wooden chest that girls and young women would put things into that they sewed for their future home.

Laura: I had one of those. Maybe not things I sewed, but things for the home.

Jason: Moving on, marriage banquets, they were a big deal, like a huge deal. I mean, it was considered the best occasion anyone knew and was a time of incredible joy. In fact, according to one source in rabbinical teachings, obedience to the commandments were suspended during the wedding celebration, if obeying a commandment might lessen the joy for that occasion.

I don't know about that. but

Laura: That sounds a little sus to me, but anyway,

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Jason: He is, it's hard to say, but you know, God is forgiving.

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This is a solemn moment. Everything we've researched, everything we've recorded and talked about all comes down to right now, this moment in Revelation. And it feels like everything up to this point was just like a prelude to Jesus Christ returning to earth and all of his glory.

Laura: and what a honeymoon trip, eh?

Jason: He rides in style.

Laura: True that. According to Zechariah 14:3-4, Jesus will first return to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and in that moment, the plea of Isaiah 64:1-2, will be fulfilled. "Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you. As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down and make your name known to your enemies, and cause the nations to quake before you."

Jason: So Jesus comes back on a white horse where this color represents victory and the horse itself represents honor, power, and speed. Because in those days, most soldiers were foot soldiers. He comes both as judge and as a general. And he will be judging those who rejected him and still reject him upon his return. Now, something that strikes me as interesting, if not ironic here, is the perception of Jesus prior to his first coming. So the Jewish people expected the Messiah to come as a warrior to defeat the Roman empire. Instead, he came as this humble man and willingly died for our sins. Yet here, he returns in that very role of a warrior. I mentioned general and judge. And is defeating this metaphoric Roman Empire. Right?

Laura: That is a very good point, and one that keeps getting pointed out to me lately. We know God will do as he has said, but we get this idea in our heads of what that should look like, and it might very well turn out that way after something else has happened first.

Jason: Yep, and that being said though, Let's take a moment to reflect on the patience and grace God has shown up to this point. I mean, there was no rush to judgment. As we've mentioned before in previous episodes, God's given warning after warning, and instead of joining God, these people hated him. And now it's too late.

I mean, Walvoord sums this up quite well, when he wrote, "All of these passages point to the sad conclusion that in the day of judgment, it is too late for men to expect the mercy of God. There is nothing more inflexible than divine judgment where grace has been spurned. The scene of our Awful judgment, which comes from this background is in flat contradiction to the modern point of view that God is dominated entirely by his attribute of love."

Laura: When it comes to God, there are no desires of ambition, no lust for power, no drive for conquest or domination. God's judgment is righteous in principle, and it's objective. No man or woman can make this claim in earnest.

Jason: Anyhow, let's talk about the description of Jesus.

Laura: Yes, let's.

Jason: First, first we see his eyes are like blazing fire. Spurgeon suggests that his eyes are described like this because he can discern all secrets of the heart. There's nothing we can hide. He can read us all like the pages of a book. I mean, Jesus already knows our innermost thoughts.

n in Greek here in Revelation:

In fact, he had multiple crowns, which is a representation of him being the king of kings. I mean, Jesus has unlimited sovereignty. Then it references him being clothed in robes, dipped in blood. Now there is some debate whether or not this is his blood reminding us of the cross or the blood of his enemies. Of course it could actually be both or something else like the blood of the saints. Simply put, it doesn't really say.

Laura: Well, Isaiah 63:2-3 kind of foretells this event with a question and an answer. Verse 2 says, "Why is your apparel red, and your garments like his who treads in the winepress?" Verse 3 answers, "I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with me. I trod them in my anger, and trampled them in my wrath. Their lifeblood spattered on my garments, and stained all my apparel." So, blood of the enemies it is. Or at least it sounds like it.

Jason: I mean, well played. Mystery solved! So Jesus is described as having a sword coming out of his mouth. Now, understand this is not holding a sword with his mouth, swinging his neck back and forth, slicing people.

Laura: That would make a really good movie scene though.

Jason: It would be interesting. Jesus is wielding his voice or spitting words. Now, remember God spoke the universe into existence. So don't think Jesus can't do significant damage with words. After all, he is the Word, right?

Laura: Right. And it does say, I want to say in Ephesians 6, that the sword of the spirit is the word of God.

Jason: Yep. And again, we have this reference to Psalm 2, where he comes to rule with an iron rod or an iron scepter. I spoke at length about this in episode 50, so I'm not going to beat a dead horse.

Laura: As long as it isn't this white horse, I think we're good.

Jason: I don't think I could, but suffice it to say, when Jesus comes, he will displace every government and take complete dominion and authority as the only true king. But finally, we see that on his robe and on his thigh are the words, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Yet, nobody knew the name written on him. This is a reminder that nobody can fully comprehend Christ, and it's also a reminder of his, again, unlimited sovereignty.

the good kind, in Revelation:

Jason: Yeah, this is ominous. So this angel, this angel is basically inviting all the birds, presumably carrion birds, carrion eaters to come and feast on the flesh of the Kings, the captains, men, horses, horse riders, basically everyone. Now you see when it comes to God's judgment, your station in life makes no difference from lowly servant. To the king himself are all subject to God's judgment. Charles Rosenbury Erdman senior, an American Presbyterian minister and professor of theology at Princeton Theological Seminary summed this up quite elegantly when he wrote about this judgment saying it was "a picture of almost repellent realism."

d to in Jesus parable in Luke:

Jason: Yes. And Newell goes on to explain that if you miss the first supper, then the second one won't have any meaning. And you won't be present at the third, but you will be there for the fourth. So basically everyone gets to attend at least one of these suppers. Choose wisely because some of us will eat while others will be eaten.

Laura: Oh, the mental imagery that goes with that sentence, Jason. I just can't.

Jason: Right?

ctory of Christ in Revelation:

Jason: You know, Laura, it amazes me that we reached this point in Revelation and there are still people so foolish as to oppose Jesus and his army.

Laura: Tell me about it.

Jason: Newell suggested that there was this "incurable insanity of sin, which wars away in spite of defeat after defeat against a holy God." This has been going on for literally thousands of years. God came to earth and we murdered him. That being said, it should be pointed out that the beast and the false prophet, well, they kind of get special treatment here. They get cast into the lake of fire alive before the great white throne judgment holds court. Which we talk about in the next episode of Unveiling Revelation.

Jason: So there we have it. Satan's armies are defeated. The beast and the false prophet are burning and we're out of time.

Laura: Oh, I have so many jokes here. So, Satan's armies can't be defeated because armies have hands, not feet. And where does Satan keep his armies? In his sleevies.

Jason: No,

Laura: One more. How do you defeat Satan? Cut off his legs. Alright, I'm done. I promise.

Jason: I think I'm done too. Next week, I'm going to have a real treat for you guys. The very first fellowship and faith discussion. This is intended to be a fun and informative fireside chat style conversation with a small group of Christ followers to talk about what it means to be Christian. You definitely don't want to miss this.

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God bless everyone.

Laura: Bye!

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