Today you should read: Revelation 18:15-24
We are now in the thick of God’s judgment on the earth. We see here a great city being burnt down and the people of the world exclaiming how, at one time, it was a great and powerful city. The city was full of potential, power and influence over the whole world. It was a place of great wealth and renown. It was beautiful and luxurious. The city was full of trade, art and industry. Some have speculated this “Babylon” to be America, which is certainly possible and would definitely fit who we are as a nation.
Whether or not this is America, another place or just a general analogy for the world, here is what we do know and can take away here.
- The glitter and gleam of fame and fortune does not last.
One day all the treasures of this world and all the power and influence will be done away with. All those who have put their hope and trust in money, power, fame, and the like, will be brought to nothing when god brings judgment on the world.
2. This same glitter and gleam will, soon, bring total persecution upon Jesus’ church.
We see that this “wonderful city”, once exposed, was discovered to have “the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people”. A place that seemed so perfect was found to have slaughtered those who had the message that would have spared them the anguish of God’s wrath. This statement is true in most places in the world and, I fear, will be here in America sooner rather than later.
3. This judgment is coming soon and will be swift.
We see a few times reference to just how quickly and completely this ruin came about. Twice the phrase, “one hour” was used. Whether or not this is a literal hour or not is unknown but we definitely can tell that it happened fast.
So, knowing this, what is your answer to these questions:
Where is your treasure? Where is your trust, hope and security?
Posted by: Robbie Byrd