Monday, December 30, 2013

Day 364: Revelation 15, 16, 17 and 18

Fallen is Babylon the Great! (Revelation 18:2).

The writer of Revelation delivers the same message with four different groupings of symbols. That message is, according to Marie Strong: “God is victorious over all the forces (and faces) of evil and the church will endure. The Alpha and Omega is coming to judge (Revelation 1:7-8 and 22:12-13) . . . we live with the hope that our suffering in the battle between good and evil will be answered by the one who ‘will wipe every tear from [our] eyes’ (21:4). We will then belong with the one who makes all things new!” [17].

In Chapter 18, we see the promised destruction of Rome. Rome has been around for a long time, and it seems like it will dominate the world for many years to come. But finally: the answer to our prayers. That which seemed like a long time coming, now comes quickly.

Our battles seem to go on forever. Satan shows no mercy and has no qualms about attacking us at our weakest point, or in waiting until we are exhausted or discouraged to give his plans a better chance of success. But there is coming a day when our Babylon the great – that force pitting itself against God’s people today – will go up in smoke. God wants Believers to know the outcome of the story – the end of the book. God wins! And so do those who remain faithful!

What’s fighting against you? Keep resisting.

Celebrate the assurance that even when it seems our battles go on forever, you’re on the winning side and, more importantly, God is on your side!

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