John has a vision of the final reconciliation of all creation. For God is making (present active indicative) all things new. Rev. 21:5
This is the promised reality for us, the Bride of Christ. John gives us a vision of a redeemed and transformed creation from which all manner of evil and ungodliness are absent and the church is that beautiful, life-giving, at-one-ness with God.
I want us to remember and review the arc of Scripture and the arc of Revelation so that we better understand the new heaven and the new earth, the new Jerusalem, and the new Eden when we conclude next week.
The good news that John brings us is that it is not only Satan that is defeated in the end, but ultimately it is both Death and Hell.
The judgment Jesus speaks is a warning of what the opposition will reap if they did not stop sowing seeds of rebellion. To reject Jesus’ words of life is to die. This image in Revelation is intended to be Christ’s last call for repentance.
John’s command to leave Babylon behind is this call to leave behind earthly political power and command to leave behind an exploitative economy.
When you read Revelation 17 and the description of Babylon, see where the parallels are with today’s world and in today’s society.
The final act of God rendering recompense to his enemies begins now. All of the warnings and all of the intermediate punishments have been given. We are nearing the end of the opposition to God and to God’s people.
God’s wrath is always described as lasting but a moment. It is something that happens only for a while, and never something that abides forever.
God’s wrath is never spontaneous, irrational, and unpredictable but always is in reference to the behavior of humankind and motivated by God’s intimate concern for right and wrong.