The Great Chapter Part 7
As I mentioned last week, for many, many months now in our study of Revelation, we have been talking about the wrath of God. And not a particularly common subject among preachers, not a common subject for preaching or discussion in our time today, but nonetheless one we’re bound to preach if we’re faithful to the Word of God.
Sometimes people think the wrath of God and the judgment of God is an Old Testament theme and not a New Testament one. That, of course, is not true. In John 3 and verse 36 we read, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Romans 3 and verse 5 talks about the God who inflicts wrath. Colossians 3 and verse 6 along the same line says it is on account of these things, that is immorality, purity, passion, evil … impurity, passion, evil desire and greed, it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come.
All throughout the New Testament the wrath of God, the judgment of God is a recurring theme. When you get into the book of Revelation, it takes center stage because now we’re focusing on the end time when God’s wrath really falls. And it is not only the wrath of God that is discussed, but as I noted for you in 2 Thessalonians 1, it is the wrath of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Revelation 6:16 it is called the wrath of the Lamb … the wrath of the Lamb.
I. A Great Command (vs. 1)
II. A Great Canker (vs. 2)
III. A Great Corpse (vs. 3-4)
IV. A Great Commendation (vs. 5-7)
V. A Great Consummation (vs. 8-9a)
VI. A Great Cursing (vs. 9b, 11)
VII. A Great Cloud (vs. 10)
VIII. A Great Collection (vs. 12-17)
IX. A Great Conclusion (vs. 17-21)
It’s to show the fury coming out of the throne of God as the final event in each of the series of seven unfolds. Each of them is introduced with the elements of a storm.
You remember already through the book of Revelation all kinds of things have been catapulting loose out of heaven, haven’t they, as the solar system has been breaking up. Huge massive chunks of the solar system crashing into the earth, and this cursed tottering imbalanced unstable shaking earth is set for a final shaking. And the final shaking, I believe, is to put it back the way it was before the curse, the Fall and the Flood.
And we’ve always had them somewhere in the world all the time. It’s an unstable earth. It never was designed to be the way it is. God created it perfectly and it didn’t shake, it stayed still until sin caused it to be broken up.
He’s going to split it, according to verse 19, into three parts. And then there’s going to be a spring that God creates right on Mount Zion that’s going to gush permanently through the Kingdom and Jerusalem will be the divide, its elevation being I think a mile high or more, and the water will flow both directions, east toward the Dead Sea, west toward the Mediterranean, gushing river of waters all year long through the entire Millennial Kingdom.
It is that great city that is first affected by the earthquake, but the effect is good. It splits, it creates a valley and a fountain of water that flows permanently. So the city of Jerusalem is not diminished, it is enhanced.
You want to know something interesting. Mount Zion which is just split and becomes the fountain for the streams that flow east and west may become the highest point in the earth, the pinnacle from which the Messiah will rule.
You know what happens to Jerusalem? It’s just made more glorious, more wonderful, more beautiful, getting ready for the arrival of the King whose feet touch the mountain and create the spring.
In fact, a lot of details because Babylon is a city rebuilt, it’s already been rebuilt, hasn’t it, by Saddam Huessein(?). It will become the capital city of the Antichrist’s empire.
It will become the capital city of the Antichrist’s empire. The term Babylon will refer not only to that city but the whole empire. But the city is mentioned here, Babylon the great, the capital city of Antichrist’s empire is going to be destroyed. Now the destruction of Babylon was predicted many, many centuries ago by Isaiah the prophet. I won’t read it, but Isaiah 13:6–13 is a text where Isaiah predicts the destruction of Babylon.
The term Babylon will refer not only to that city but the whole empire. But the city is mentioned here, Babylon the great, the capital city of Antichrist’s empire is going to be destroyed. Now the destruction of Babylon was predicted many, many centuries ago by Isaiah the prophet. I won’t read it, but Isaiah 13:6–13 is a text where Isaiah predicts the destruction of Babylon.
The topography of earth is altered drastically. Every island fled away. You know what islands are? What are islands? Mountains in the water, aren’t they? They’re just mountains in the sea. And the mountains are going to flatten out, the islands are going to disappear. That’s pretty frightening for people who live on them to think about. And mountains are going to flatten out.
Huge hailstones, about a hundred pounds. Actually that’s a term in the Greek that is intended to express the heaviest weight possible. And the way they expressed it was to conceive of the most weight that a normal man could carry.