It’s NoOne Else . . .

Revelation 19:11–21 (ESV)

The Rider on a White Horse

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

Verses 11–21
Christ, the glorious Head of the church, is described as on a white horse, the emblem of justice and holiness. He has many crowns, for he is King of kings, and Lord of lords. He is arrayed in a vesture dipped in his own blood, by which he purchased his power as Mediator; and in the blood of his enemies, over whom he always prevails. His name is “The Word of God;” a name none fully knows but himself; only this we know, that this Word was God manifest in the flesh; but his perfections cannot be fully understood by any creature. Angels and saints follow, and are like Christ in their armour of purity and righteousness. The threatenings of the written word he is going to execute on his enemies. The ensigns of his authority are his name; asserting his authority and power, warning the most powerful princes to submit, or they must fall before him. The powers of earth and hell make their utmost effort. These verses declare important events, foretold by the prophets. These persons were not excused because they did what their leaders bade them. How vain will be the plea of many sinners at the great day! We followed our guides; we did as we saw others do! God has given a rule to walk by, in his word; neither the example of the most, nor of the chief, must influence us contrary thereto: if we do as the most do, we must go where the most go, even into the burning lake.    Henry, M. & Scott, T., 1997. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.

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It burns . . .

 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

I need an antacid – please!! I wrote the blog a few weeks bag: Intimacy is Satan’s Weapon of Choice.  I wrote this because I noticed I was feeling susceptible to intimacy even though it was not something that I should have developed or I truly wanted, but it was something I deeply desired.  I believe also, this person I was sharing the same feeling also.

The challenge is, once I became attached, letting it go seemed impossible.  Several times, I ended it in my mind, but found myself right back where I was – and often more into the deeply connected than I was before.  Pulling away, the burn, the anxiety, I only prayed for it to be relieved, and it was – because all she had to do is send me one message to say hi and all of a sudden, the burn ceased.

Once I am hooked, I have the strength to run when my mind says run.  I keep going back and trying to quench the burn.  In addition, what is funny, the burn does cease, but no more than a little bit later, it returns.  I realize, the burn will never be put out by adding fire to it.  I realize so much how this desire in me has led me down paths I really did not want to go.  Therefore, here I am, passed the prime, been through some rocky bad relationships and I am now, just really focusing on not letting my burn control me.

I am somewhat envious of those that do not have this burning control them, I sometimes think they do not feel the way I do, it is not true, it just does not control them as it does me.  It is a focus for me to grown callus too, here in my prime years.  I do not want or have the energy to devote into a relationship I have to have this burning.  If it burns, it probably is not healthy, I am going to practice running when the red flags start going off.  Run . . . do not be sucked in, once the heart synchs up, it seems impossible to remove it from the other, the roots grow so deep so quick and are so strong – to me.  Really, it is that I am weak, that is where meds come in handy.

God was there for us, this intimacy did not lead down a path of destruction, it turned out to be something I hope is remembered as, well nice, warm, comfortable – maybe a little uncomfortable.  So, as hard as this is, this is goodbye, it had to be, I went past the point of where it was just a hug, I connected, rooted and now – I look at us differently.  I have a feeling, it will not be long until I return to normal and when I see her, I will be myself once again.  God Bless, everyone be careful and when you have the burn, I hope you also will find your antacid quickly.   I am only aware of these feelings, I need to figure out how to put them out before a fire starts and there is potential to be burned.

Confident Me . . .

Maybe I am, maybe more, maybe not, but I feel as though I am better.  I have never truly been a confident me, never.  Always relied on the input from others to the value I had of myself.  In the times I was confident or right, I felt wrong for being so, I apologized and lowered myself, just as they wanted me too.

So, what has changed, well in one simple statement, my entire world has changed.  Some for the better, ok, in God’s eyes, all for the better. Only not all because I wish I was in a better place in some areas of my life. However, without the experiences I have gone through, I would not be writing this now or having the feelings of confidence I have now.

In the book by Timothy Keller “The Reason for God”, he talks about how most of us rely on external factors to define us.  Who we are married too, who our kids are, our job, our job title, the house we live in, the money we make, the car we drive, the things we own and do.  He speaks of us humans as a three-legged stool.  When one of those legs is pulled out, we fall over – because we define ourselves through these three legs and balance who we are on top. 

However, if we put our entire selves in the trust and love of God, the one thing God does not do is take away his love and faith in us.  Thus, if we defined ourselves by the relationship we have with God through Jesus Christ, then we are forever confident in who we are.  Yet, I believe most of us will never truly experience the total loss of whom we are in order to find ourselves.  Just like the rich man who asked Jesus how he could get into heaven.  The young man had done everything correctly, but when Jesus told him to sell all of his belongings and then follow Him, the young rich man walked away disappointed, for he could not give up who he was through his wealth.

Since 2008, I have gradually lost just about everything that was dear to me or I thought was dear to me.  As I lost each part of me, I could feel myself drifting into an unknown territory, a person with no purpose, no value.  With each loss, however; I had to figure out how to stand on my own, not to be pressed down to a point of no return, one where they start thinking if this life does not need me; maybe it is time to move on from this life.  Never a serious thought, but a strong feeling from time-to-time. 

My core was God’s love for me.  If God is for me, who can be against me.  The idiom, “God did not make any junk” also came to mind.  Stories of the Bible raced to mind, how these great men went through incredible trials, much more than I was going through, but remained strong in their faith and love of God.  Realizing, my situation was miner compare to those who I admired in the Bible and who God trusted, I began to look within myself for something that I could use to stand on my own regardless of my situation. 

I started taking note of myself, who am I, what do I think, what kind of person am I.  I developed opinions about myself, found evidence to support them and did not apologize for having them.  I had to, I had to believe in myself, for I had nothing to prove that I was more than I said, but me, I had me to present.  I discovered that regardless of my position in life, this did not demean my opinion, my talent, my thoughts, and my love, who I really was.  I quit apologizing for being good, for being right even for being wrong.  I did apologize but never in a way which demeaned myself.  I have learned to be proud of myself, to believe in what I believe.  I have to attribute this to my continued strengthened relationship with God.  For as it becomes stronger so have I.

One of the hardest lessons I am learning, is not just listening to God, but doing what he has said.  It has taken me a long time to get to this point, but when God says run, I am learning to run.  When God says, do not turn back, I do not turn back, for maybe I too will turn into a pillar of Salt and die.  It is so funny, I will follow through on God’s word, but then I get the anxiety that starts sending me back, and then I go back and I get the message again: RUN!!  So, I am getting better at this, I run and will ask questions later.  Interesting enough, when I do follow those commands, my confidence increases significantly.  When I do not, it is because I lack the confidence and I then come back smaller than I left.  As I feel now, it is time to go . . .

In summary: Strip away everything you have.  Find out that you are not your car, your house, your spouse, your children, your sport, your money, you are as God see’s you, his child and be strengthened in knowing, as God’s child, he will never forsake you, never pull his love, always be there to support you, give you what you need. 

 

 

Created for who . . .?

Have you been at home and maybe watching TV and see one of those ads to travel to see some of the most amazing things your mind can imagine?  Like the Seven Wonders of the World.

Maybe you are like me, and you just sit in wonder and maybe awe and maybe some jealousy of those that have been able to see some of these or similar.  What amazes me the most however, is for the thousands of years, these natural wonders have been around and for most of those thousands of years, no one knew they existed.  Just like the fish of the deep, unless we had invented scuba gear, we would never know about what is in the ocean.  Without communication, we would never know about the tallest mountain or the lowest place on earth or the saltiest lake or highest waves of the ocean.

What about all the animals of the world, would you or I ever see a Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, maybe the forest of Butterflies in South America, or a rare frog from the rain forest.  My point is, there is so much to see here on this earth, but for most of us, we will never see the beauty, most of us may not even know they exist.  So, why did God create such a beautiful planet if so much of it would never truly be seen by us?  Think about all the generations before we had worldwide communication, the people of the past glided through there life without ever feeling envious of not seeing these magnificent creations of God.

So, did God do it out of pride, or is it just a natural result of God.  God does not have pride as we do, but I do believe He cannot make anything not beautiful, like us!    You know, when I meet Jesus Christ, I want to ask him this question about beauty not seen. However, for some reason I have this vision that once I am on my way to Heaven, so much of the mysteries we have here on earth will be revealed to us.

I wonder why we feel envious or have the feeling that we should visit these unique places on earth.  We often give status to those who have “traveled” around the world, as though they have more wisdom and intelligence than we do.  They may about those things, but it does not make them smarter on our life, our family, our talents, the things we believe and hold valuable.    What does make me feel less, is knowing I will never see these things. I feel cheated somehow.  I know they exist, but why cannot I go see them.  I guess that is why the person answered the question to climbing to the top of Mt Everest: “Why did you do it?” his reply “Because it was there.”

Will visiting the land where Jesus walked make Him more real to me.  Will it make me be, feel or act like a better Christian.  Will it be something I might loath over others?   I feel sometimes, those who have had the chance to travel and see some of those incredible sites, whether buildings, animals, or natural creations, I feel those people seem to feel they are a step above others who have not.  True, they are blessed to have been able to do these incredible trips.

A thought just occurred to me.  Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus seem to ever want to go see these creations of his Father.  Never asks to go to the top of Mt. Everest or to the bottom of the ocean.  His focus was on his mission.  Therefore, that is going to be my focus too.  I will leave the question until the special day, maybe we can all talk about it then too.

AMEN and God Bless

 

 

 

 

James . . .

James (ESV)

James

Introduction

Sometimes called “the Proverbs of the New Testament,” the book of James practically and faithfully reminds Christians how to live. From perseverance to true faith to controlling one’s tongue, submitting to God’s will, and having patience, this book aids readers in living authentically and wisely for Christ. Many have claimed that James and the apostle Paul differed on the question of faith versus works, but in reality the spiritual fruit that James talks about simply demonstrates the true faith of which Paul wrote. Their writings are complementary rather than contradictory. Possibly one of the earliest of the New Testament writings (a.d. 40–50), the book is believed to have been written by Jesus’ brother James (Gal. 1:19).

Greeting

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:

Greetings.

Testing of Your Faith

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Hearing and Doing the Word

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

The Sin of Partiality

2 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Taming the Tongue

3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Wisdom from Above

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Warning Against Worldliness

4 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Warning to the Rich

5 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.

Patience in Suffering

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

The Prayer of Faith

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Hallelujah . . .

Revelation 19:1–10 (ESV)

Rejoicing in Heaven

19 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,

“Hallelujah!

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

for his judgments are true and just;

for he has judged the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her immorality,

and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

Once more they cried out,

“Hallelujah!

The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”

And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And from the throne came a voice saying,

“Praise our God,

all you his servants,

you who fear him,

small and great.”

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals 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

with 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.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

 

Verses 1–10
Praising God for what we have, is praying for what is yet further to be done for us. There is harmony between the angels and the saints in this triumphant song. Christ is the Bridegroom of his ransomed church. This second union will be completed in heaven; but the beginning of the glorious millennium (by which is meant a reign of Christ, or a state of happiness, for a thousand years on earth) may be considered as the celebration of his espousals on earth. Then the church of Christ, being purified from errors, divisions, and corruptions, in doctrine, discipline, worship, and practice, will be made ready to be publicly owned by him as his delight and his beloved. The church appeared; not in the gay, gaudy dress of the mother of harlots, but in fine linen, clean and white. In the robes of Christ’s righteousness, imputed for justification, and imparted for sanctification. The promises of the gospel, the true sayings of God, opened, applied, and sealed by the Spirit of God, in holy ordinances, are the marriage-feast. This seems to refer to the abundant grace and consolation Christians will receive in the happy days which are to come. The apostle offered honour to the angel. The angel refused it. He directed the apostle to the true and only object of religious worship; to worship God, and him alone. This plainly condemns the practice of those who worship the elements of bread and wine, and saints, and angels; and of those who do not believe that Christ is truly and by nature God, yet pay him a sort of worship. They stand convicted of idolatry by a messenger from heaven. These are the true sayings of God; of Him who is to be worshipped, as one with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

 

Henry, M. & Scott, T., 1997. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.

Revelation 18:20–24 (ESV)

20  Rejoice over her, O heaven,

and you saints and apostles and prophets,

for God has given judgment for you against her!”

21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,

“So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence,

and will be found no more;

22  and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters,

will be heard in you no more,

and a craftsman of any craft

will be found in you no more,

and the sound of the mill

will be heard in you no more,

23  and the light of a lamp

will shine in you no more,

and the voice of bridegroom and bride

will be heard in you no more,

for your merchants were the great ones of the earth,

and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.

24  And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints,

and of all who have been slain on earth.”

 

Verses 20–24
That which is matter of rejoicing to the servants of God on earth, is matter of rejoicing to the angels in heaven. The apostles, who are honoured and daily worshipped at Rome in an idolatrous manner, will rejoice in her fall. The fall of Babylon was an act of God’s justice. And because it was a final ruin, this enemy should never molest them any more; of this they were assured by a sign. Let us take warning from the things which brought others to destruction, and let us set our affections on things above, when we consider the changeable nature of earthly things.

 

Henry, M. & Scott, T., 1997. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.