The Old Testament prophets foretold a time when Messiah would reign over a world full of peace and prosperity. This would be a time when even the nature of animals would be changed and the wolf and lamb would dwell together. The Messianic kingdom is still to come and is often referred to as the Millennium.
As the Old Testament led up to Christ’s first coming, the New Testament has been leading up to this. Revelation 19 can be considered the climax of the entire Bible. The Messiah is coming, but no longer as a suffering servant. This time He comes as a conquering King, to judge evil and establish His kingdom on earth.
Today’s chapter deals with the destruction of the great city Babylon and brings together numerous prophecies from the Old Testament. The encouragement for God’s people is that they should all leave the city. We’ll see what that means for us today.
The Bible makes a clear distinction between true and false religion. Jesus calls Himself “the truth” and calls the devil “the father of lies.” This chapter looks forward to the climax of all false beliefs in the form of “Mystery Babylon.”
We are about to witness the pouring out of the Seven Bowls, the final set of judgments. In Chapter 6, the martyred saints asked “How long?” before God would avenge their blood. In today’s chapters the final answer to their question is given.
The Thessalonian church was born in an environment of persecution. Moreover the faith of the Thessalonian believers was strong, despite having little early instruction. Many of the key passages in 1 & 2 Thessalonians deal with end times events and prophecies such as the Rapture and the Day of the Lord. Paul wanted them to stay focused on the return of Jesus Christ.