Summary: Revelation has confronted us with images that might make us feel evil has the upper hand - but Satan is on a leash.
“The Overthrow of Satan in This Broken World”.
Today we are going to focus on Revelation 19:1-20:10. We are going to break it up into three sections – some of these sections are easy to understand – and one … well; not so easy.
It is pretty easy to see that this section is a hymn of praise in heaven.
A great multitude is singing the praises of God because he has brought destruction to Babylon the prostitute.
No longer will Babylon be able to cause pain and suffering for God’s people.
No longer will we be tempted and tested and distracted and torn away.
No longer will all that is evil in this world have the ability to stand against all that is good.
God’s justice has been delivered. And we say Hallelujah!!
Which sounds a little bit callous doesn’t it?
In the recent Syrian uprising there have been images of rebel fighters dancing around the bodies of dead Syrian Army officers. Some of these soldiers have been shot after being captured. It is meant to be a result of justice. These rebel fighters celebrate with great intensity that a small step of freedom has been achieved.
On the one hand we understand. On the other hand it seems cruel and callous.
These dead soldiers had families – wives, children, people who loved them. People who are now grieving.
That is what happens isn’t it – but that is not the right time to say “Hallelujah”.
Hallelujah is not a cry of revenge. Hallelujah is a cry of relief.
Since the time of Adam our world has been under a curse – the curse of sin.
Why do wars happen?
Why do natural disasters happen?
Why do people die?
Why did my marriage fail?
Why was I abused?
Why is my health failing?
Why am I afraid?
Why do I doubt?
Why am I full of guilt?
Everyone has a WHY. Think about your own why for a moment.
It’s hard isn’t it? Living in a world cursed by sin.
Now imagine if the curse was gone. That all your WHY’s no longer exist. Can you picture it? It seems impossible. It seems out of reach. But if … when … sin’s curse is gone. What would you say?
One day Babylon will be gone – the prostitute who is the temptress. We won’t be celebrating the death and destruction. We won’t be dancing on graves. We will take a deep breath and thank the Lord that the WHY is no over because sin’s curse is gone.
That is what these verses are about. Let’s keep reading.
Who is the rider on the white horse?
Called Faithful and True.
Eyes of fire.
A robe dipped in blood.
King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Who is the rider … that’s easy isn’t it. Jesus.
Now what is he doing?
He is leading an army of people dressed in fine white linen.
He is going against an army lead by the beast.
He defeats the beast and the false prophet, both who end up in the fiery lake of burn sulphur.