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Jesus and Political Power

Synopsis  -  Jesus refused political power when offered it by Satan. Should his disciples presume to embrace what he refused?  – Matthew 4:8-9 .  Master Wen on Unsplash Jesus refused to take and exercise the political power offered to him by the Devil. So, why do contemporary church leaders presume to embrace the very thing that the Son of God rejected? Satan tempted Jesus by offering him sovereignty over “ all the kingdoms of the world .” All he needed to do to attain absolute state power was to “render homage” to the "Dragon" - ( Matthew 4:8-9, Luke 4:5-7 ).

Rider on a White Horse

   SYNOPSIS  –  The Messiah “shepherds” the nations by the “word” that proceeds out of his mouth - His “armies” participate in his present reign  –  Revelation 19:11-16 .  The narrative anticipates the final destruction of the “ Beast ” and the “ False Prophet ” by introducing Jesus as a warrior figure riding a “ white horse .” The groundwork for this climactic “battle” was laid in Chapter 17 with the  announcement  of the impending victory of the “ Lamb ” over the “ Beast ” and the “ kings of the earth ,” for he is “ Lord of lords and King of kings ” - ( Revelation 17:14-18 ).

Heavenly Celebration

  SYNOPSIS  –  The heavenly celebration of the “wedding” of the “Lamb” follows the destruction of the “Great Harlot”  –  Revelation 19:1-10 .  Next, the  book of Revelation  presents a heavenly celebration over the final demise of the “ Great City, Babylon .” A “ great voice ” of many people rings out in praise of God because He has judged the “ Great Whore ” that seduced the “ nations ” and persecuted the “ saints ” – The “ servants ” of God.

Babylon Destroyed

    SYNOPSIS  –  The complete destruction of Babylon is God’s response to the persecution by “her” of the “saints”  –  Revelation 18:9-24 .  The  book of Revelation  now presents its detailed description of the destruction of “ Babylon ,” and the justification for this action. In part, the demise of the “ Great City ” is due to the hatred of the “ ten horns ,” the “ ten kings ” who are allied with the “ Beast from the Sea ” in their God-driven campaign to desolate and “ burn her utterly with fire ” - ( Revelation 17:16 ).

Babylon the Great is Fallen

   SYNOPSIS  -  The Fall of Mystery Babylon is pronounced, and her ritual impurity denounced by an angel from heaven  –  Revelation 18:1-8 .  In the next vision, John sees an angel descending from heaven, presumably not one of the seven angels that had the “ seven bowls of wrath .” This angel has “ great authority ” with which to pronounce the “ fall of Babylon ” and describe her ritual pollution by demonic spirits. His pronouncement is followed by a voice summoning the people of God to separate from the “ Great Whore ,” otherwise, they will participate in her “ plagues .”

Lamb Overcomes the Beast and Babylon

  SYNOPSIS  -  The Lamb overcomes the Beast and the kings of the earth, but in a very paradoxical manner  –  Revelation 17:14-18 .  Next, John is provided with the interpretation of what he has just seen. The “ Great Whore, Babylon ” is the “ great city ” that sways the political powers of the earth that are allied with the “ Beast from the Sea .” Her persecution of the “ saints ” is an extension of the “ war ” waged by the “ Dragon ” against the “ Lamb .” Inevitably, Jesus overcomes the “ Beast ,” the “ Great Whore ,” and the “ kings of the earth ”; however, he does so in a most ironic fashion.