Revelation Chapter 14. hath folly avenged you. She who once doomed you is now doomed herself (cf.Revelation 16:6).— . The joy forms the contrast to the mourning of the earthly-minded over the downfal of Rome. Greek. 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Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. .âBetter, Rejoice over her, O heaven, and the saints, and the apostles, and the prophets, because God has judged your judgment on (or, out of) her. this time will have prophesied in sackcloth, but shall now put it All of the apostles recognized what their fate at the hands of Rome would be. - Rejoice over her, thou heaven. Jesus invites us into fellowship with Him not only with His hand by knocking but with His voice. exceeding bad, as in ( Isaiah 1:2 ) ( Jeremiah Now has come the time of the avenging Luke 18:7, Luke 18:8. For God hath judged your judgment upon her ... Rome had burned the saints for the false reason that they had burned Rome; but now God would execute the judgment upon her which she had falsely imposed upon them. Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable … She retains human shape, as woman-does not become a beast-has the form of godliness, but denies its power. sorts of persons, of which heaven, or the church, consists: by Hence, Babylon has not only Israel's sins, but also those of the pagans. predicted and suffered. Heaven rejoiced over the fall of ancient Babylon too ( Jeremiah 51:48-49). This can be broken down into four sub-questions. Hover your mouse over the word “in” above for the tooltip. And a mighty angel took up a stone as a great millstone and cast it into the sea. Your judgment (comp. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. 96:11-13 ) or else the inhabitants of heaven, either the Rejoice over her = begins a very abrupt interjection in the dialogue of the sailors. But in this the proper import of heaven is misapprehended. . For God hath judged your judgment upon her. 18:20-24 That which is matter of rejoicing to the servants of God on earth, is matter of rejoicing to the angels in heaven. Babylon is fallen because of its great immoralities. hath avenged. Holy—Not an adjective, belonging to apostles, but a noun, saints.  Isbon T. Beckwith, op. The apostles and prophets are personally identical, or in the possessors of the apostleship prophecy also culminatesâcomp. His object is to render explicit the moral reasons why Christians should delight in the downfall of the city. lxii., where the kings and rulers condemned by messiah to eternal torment are to be “a spectacle for the righteous and his elect; they will rejoice over them because the wrath of the Lord of spirits resteth upon them, and his sword is drunk with their blood”; also Isaiah 30:29, for the call to exult over a fallen oppressor. What does Revelation 18:20 mean? We do this by being blameless and trusting God, even when all those around us are not doing so, … Revelation 6:10, "How long dost thou not judge our blood? For the most heinous of sins is that of those who know God's word of grace and keep it not. Prophets—Of whose ancient predictions this voice is a grand reverberation. This is a good example of my inner conflicts as an interpreter. by "prophets" are intended not the prophets of the Old Testament, The desire of unbelievers to accumulate wealth for themselves has resulted in untold opposition to the gospel and God"s servants throughout history (cf. wailing; not at that, simply considered, but as the justice of The judgment of God upon the guilty city is supposed to have taken place. Revelation 18:20. â We have had the voice from Heaven heard first in verse 4, and last in verse 20. The apostles, who are honoured and daily worshipped at Rome in an idolatrous manner, will rejoice in her fall. Is it the Christian believer or some other class of person? Here, sailors continue their lament by throwing dust on their head, by weeping, and by mourning. John does not mean that the events of chapter 18 take place … or "judged your judgment on her"; that is, has executed righteous Babylon, politically symbolized by the great city of Revelation 18, attempts to achieve its domination of the world by a world common market and a world government. The Verdict of Heaven (Revelation 18:20-24). It was especially-appropriate to congratulate these great servants of God, because they had been foremost in defending the lawful church of the Lord against the encroachments of the apostate church. Still another ancient interpretation is the symbolic nature of all of the numbers and details of Revelation, which would simply turn this chapter into another example of the ultimate conflict between God and the evil one (cf. The Greek reads literally, "God has judged (upon Rome) your judgment from her. Secondly. AR 790. The apostles, who are honoured and daily worshipped at Rome in an idolatrous manner, will rejoice in her fall. (Pastorini) --- By the words prophets, &c. are not meant those of the old law, as pagan Rome had not been the cause of their deaths, but here only includes all the prophets, saints, and martyrs, who had been put to death for Christ throughout the whole Roman empire. This is destroyed by the beast in Revelation 17:16 who thus fulfills the will of God (Rev. 11). KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. off, and put on the garments of praise and joy: for God hath avenged you on her; 21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. But it is contrary to the essential nature of the apostleship, that other persons should stand higher in the kingdom of God than the apostles. What does the warning imply? Though Rome has not fallen yet at the time of the writing of Revelation, the angel declares its fall in the past tense to show how surely Rome and her empire will fall. The judgment of God upon the guilty city is supposed to have taken place. Rejoice over her thou heaven, and ye saints and ye apostles and ye prophets, for God hath judged your judgment upon her. The first term is a general one, and includes believers both of Old and New Testament times; the second refers to those of Christian times (Ephesians 4:11), and "the twelve" as well; the third is, of course, the prophets of old. note and moment is done or spoken of, whether it be something Avenged—For this Babylon takes in the whole line of antichristic empires, including those under whom the ancient prophets predicted and suffered. 20.Rejoice—The divine voice closes its mercantile catalogue with a lofty jubilate. Revelation 19:1-4. Remember, the wicked had earlier celebrated the death of the two witnesses. 1. Who is this warning applicable to? Heaven, and every class of those whose citizenship has been in heaven, are bidden by the heavenly voice to rejoice The covetous and the worldly mourn; their minds were set upon a material glory, which has slipped away from their grasp. This is said by the voice from heaven, ( Revelation I admire this verse. church, called the earth, because its members, doctrines, and Verse 20. Revelation 13:7, where it is said of the beast in its Roman phase, "And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them." "This is not a song of gleeful rejoicing, but an announcement of the vindication of God's justice and righteousness. While it is a source of lamentation to the wicked, it is a joy to the righteous, and they are now summoned to experience that joy. God will judge the world in vengeance! Revelation 12:12, Revelation 13:6. Holy apostles. The songs in Revelation 19:1-5 may be their response to this invitation. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye saints ... For God hath judged your judgment upon her ... For God hath judged your judgment upon her. 'Heaven more rejoices at the harlot's downfall than at that of the two beasts. To get what Revelation 18:20 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. The question concerns the intent of these verses and in essence asks; does a believer who adds to or takes from the word of God lose his or her salvation? Revelation 1:9, John himself, the saints, apostles, prophets, and killed them with the sword. Â§ 39, n. 4).— . Revelation 17:1, Revelation 20:4), the doom which she pronounced upon you, the judgment which she held over you, your condemnation. He calls out the message of judgment. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] This passage has described the fall of a city—possibly representing an entire nation or culture—as judgment from God for their wickedness and evil. Revelation Chapter 18. Revelation 11:10). Revelation 18:6, and Revelation 6:10; Revelation 13:10). They may be clear. Revelation 18:20. or "judged your judgment on her"; that is, has executed righteous judgment on her, for all the evils done by her to the saints in ages past, the predecessors of the persons here mentioned, as well as to themselves: vengeance belongs to the Lord, and he will avenge his elect sooner or later. Note others also for this word. which sometimes is addressed when anything of very considerable have been long crying for vengeance on account of the shedding of What they wrote was divinely inspired truth. That is, what does; "If any one shall add to these things" or"if any one take from the words of the book of this prophecy"mean? The ungraceful thou is not in the Greek, which should be rendered, O heaven. Babylon, and to take vengeance on her, now calls upon all good Revelation 18:7. He writes in the same triple rhythm as the source, and his hand is to be seen in the whole verse not simply in . The verse, however, has no reference whatever to the question: it is not meant to state who have passed into heaven and who have not: it is simply a summons to all who have fought on the side of their Lord to rejoice at the removal of one of the great obstacles to the manifestation of Christâs kingdom. Verse 20. (Revelation 11:10). 2:13 ) or something exceeding great and good, as in ( [Note: Hughes, p194.] Salem Media Group. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. And, Thirdly. REVELATION 18:20. "âthe blood which the unrighteous persecutor had shed. He does this again and again by making Babylon fall. d. The Futurist View: This approach believes that beginning with chapter four, Revelation deals with the end times, ... (Church History, III.18, 20 – from the Nicean and Post Nicean Fathers Series 2, Volume 1, pages 148-149) ii. When the heartless, bloody Robespierre was finally overthrown in Paris, and he lay wounded, bleeding, and dirty with his jaw shattered by a bullet and hanging down upon his chest, someone approached and after gazing a long time said, "Yes, Robespierre, there is a God. Here there are several sorts of persons called upon to rejoice in her destruction. Revelation 21:14.  George Eldon Ladd, op. If there is lamentation on earth there is rejoicing in Heaven. Be glad! They, who in another Chapter are described as under the altar in heaven crying out for her destruction, Revelation 6:10. conversations; and by "apostles", not the twelve apostles, or By ch. It would have been wrong for Christians to seek to exact vengeance themselves, but Satan did the work for them, and it is always right that Christians rejoice in what God allows (Revelation 17:17), whatever it may be, for they know that what He does is right. The saints respond to the call which is here addressed to them, and express their joy in ch. men to rejoice at her ruin, while others were weeping and cit., p. 718. Apostles, who died as martyrs, and prophets are special groups of saints (cf. The voice from heaven is thus made to pass into a closing apostrophe to heaven and its inhabitants (cf.Revelation 11:18), imitated from Jeremiah 51:48 (Heb.). Rejoice....heaven, the holy apostles and prophets, and all the holy ministers of the gospel: and holy men are invited here to rejoice, because the divine justice is accomplished in the ruin of that guilty city. ages past, the predecessors of the persons here mentioned, as 3. kai(and) is interposed between the word “holy” and “apostle.” This is, doubtless, the true reading. Another angel comes down from heaven, carrying great authority and full of glory. Your judgment (it is said to the saints) is judged on her. When John wrote, in the time of Domitian, all the, —For this Babylon takes in the whole line of antichristic empires, including those under whom the ancient. There is joy in this because this system is an evil system of intolerance of mutual exclusive truth (Acts 4:12). It is their responsibility to open the door. The worldliness of the Church is the most worldly of all worldliness. of (Haydock), God"s people, in contrast to the worldly minded, are told to rejoice over the punishment of sin. Revelation 4:1, John was even in heaven when he saw the Revelation. Some of the precious stones in the foundations of the wall of New Jerusalem are common and you probably have an idea what they look like on earth. rather the true church of Christ upon earth, which in this book Revelation 14:1 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.. The meaning, then, is that the “saints” in heaven are called on to rejoice over the fall of the mystical Babylon. God’s Revelation Through Men God has also revealed Himself through men by influencing them to write scripture. ‘Rejoice over her, you Heaven, and you people of God (saints) and you Apostles and you prophets, for God has judged your judgment on her.’. Proud member The abyss has a key and is presumably kept locked (9:1). The holy Apostles and Prophets, whose sacred writings the whore hath perverted, to her nefarious trade, in slaying the souls of men. Those also rejoice among the saints, etc., who were not personally affected by the judgment of Babylon. The meaning is that that judgment on the wicked which the righteous have passed is regarded as executed for them by God Himself. Just so, the readers of the book could rejoice because the ultimate victory of good and righteousness had been assured. The great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore: Some day, this world system will pass away, like a great stone falls to the bottom of the sea. Revelation 11:18. There are three classes: saints, apostles, and prophets (R.V. saints, and the apostles, and prophets"; making three distinct These are destroyed by Christ at His second coming (Rev. "God has judged your judgment upon her," that is, the righteous judgment passed upon Babylon by saints, apostles, and prophets â for all had suffered at her hands â is now executed by God Himself. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. " There comes a time to rejoice over the defeat of evil. Rejoice over her, thou heaven angels, who as they rejoice at the good and happiness of the The earthy Aaronic priesthood is a shadow of Christ's heavenly Melchizedek Priesthood. Cf. at ch. Revelation 1:18. on ch. 19:11-12). sanctified by the Spirit of God, and live holy lives and Revelation 18:1 “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.. After these things - This refers to the sequence that chapters 17 and 18 were revealed to John but not necessarily the sequence of events recorded. Revelation 18:20 (1) Rejoice over her, (2) O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, (3) because God has pronounced judgment for you against her. There is besides an allusion to Jeremiah 51:48, "and heaven and earth rejoice over Babylon.". In our last lesson we showed the Rapture, on the other hand, will be a silent event (we will be here one moment and gone the next. " "How can there be anything but rejoicing when wrong is righted and truth justified? “Apostles,” omitted in Revelation 18:24, has here (as in Revelation 2:2) its wider sense (otherwise Revelation 21:14), but it must include Peter and Paul (Zahn, Einleit. of v. 20). Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The speaker is still the voice from heaven (verse4) which is bidding the apostles and prophets to rejoice over the downfall of Babylon (union of church and state). avenge his elect sooner or later. So C but 'Aleph (') A B, Vulgate, Syriac, Coptic, Andreas, 'ye saints and ye apostles.'. Threefold Hallelujah Over Babylon’s Fall - After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Nay, if heaven were to be regarded only as the abode of the just made perfect, the conclusion would be an overhasty one. . The fullest form of whoredom is where the Church wishes to be a worldly power, makes flesh her arm, uses unholy means for holy ends, spreads her dominion by sword or money, fascinates men by sensuous ritualism, becomes "mistress of ceremonies" to the dignitaries of the world, flatters prince or people, and, like Israel, seeks help of one world-power against danger threatening from another' (Auberlen). Revelation 18:20. Whereas three groups of mourners lament the fall of Babylon, three groups are encouraged to rejoice that Babylon has fallen. Revelation 12:12). Thus this mournful interlude closes in a climax of triumph. The three classes, saints, (or the body of Christians,) apostles, and prophets, are those in and constituting the heaven first named.
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