Participants: Ivor Myers (Host), James Rafferty (Host), Yvonne Lewis, Jason Bradley
Series Code: SISS
Program Code: SISS000067A
00:31 So we are now in Revelation chapter 18
00:33 and again, I just want to emphasize here
00:36 Revelation chapters 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 basically... and 20...
00:41 basically... the judgments of God
00:42 and interspersed in between all of this
00:46 is the reason why the judgments of God are coming.
00:49 God reminds us why He's judging Babylon...
00:52 why He's bringing this all to an end
00:54 and it's really good news.
00:56 That last part of Revelation seems like, oh man!
01:00 and all these judgments and plagues
01:02 and all these terrible things are happening
01:04 but interspersed in here, you're going to find
01:06 some "Alleluia Amen's... Praise the Lords... "
01:08 and I'm not talking about us, I'm talking about heaven,
01:11 I'm talking about the people who are watching this
01:13 the angels... and they're just going,
01:14 "Yes, finally it's coming to an end"
01:16 and we're going to see this in Revelation 18,
01:18 we're going to see God's character vindicated
01:20 when He brings an end to sin and suffering and pain and evil.
01:24 His character is going to be vindicated in that
01:26 because even now people say,
01:27 "Why doesn't God do something about this?"
01:29 Well, He's about to...
01:30 and when God does something about it
01:32 it's at end of story... it's over.
01:34 I mean, the dragon is going off the table,
01:36 the beast is going off the table,
01:37 everyone's... everything is going off the table...
01:39 and God takes... He's cleaning up...
01:40 and that's really good news.
01:42 So, let's have a word of prayer,
01:44 Jason, would you like to pray for us?
01:45 Sure, "Dear Heavenly Father, we've covered so much material,
01:49 we ask that you would send the Holy Spirit
01:52 to bring back to our remembrance what we've studied in the past
01:55 what we've learned and help us to retain
01:58 the new information that we will be taking in
02:00 in this Program, in Jesus' name we pray, amen. "
02:02 "Amen. "
02:04 So I'd like us to divide Revelation 18 into two parts
02:08 the first part here is going to be verses...
02:10 Yvonne, could you read for us Revelation 18 verses 1 through 4
02:17 Sure, "After these things I saw another angel
02:20 coming down from heaven having great authority:
02:23 and the earth was illuminated with his glory.
02:26 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying,
02:29 Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,
02:31 and has become a dwelling place of demons,
02:34 a prison for every foul spirit,
02:36 and a cage for every unclean and hated bird.
02:39 For all the nations have drunk of the wine
02:42 of the wrath of her fornication,
02:43 the kinds of the earth have committed fornication with her
02:46 and the merchants of the earth have become rich
02:49 through the abundance of her luxury
02:50 and I heard another voice from heaven saying,
02:53 Come out of her my people, lest you share in her sins,
02:57 and lest you receive of her plagues. "
02:59 All right, so this first section... first four verses
03:04 are reminding us that God has done everything He can
03:08 to reach out to Babylon,
03:10 He has lightened the entire earth with His glory,
03:13 now remember, in previous chapters we've learned
03:16 that the whole world is going to wonder after the beast
03:18 but that's not in a vacuum,
03:20 God hasn't just stood back and said,
03:22 "Okay, go ahead, do that. "
03:23 No, He is lightening the whole earth with His glory...
03:27 there's a battle taking place here,
03:29 there's a conflict between good and evil
03:31 and remember what we read in John 1:9
03:33 that Jesus Christ is the light
03:35 that lights every man that comes into the world
03:38 and in John 3:17, 18, 19, 20, 21...
03:41 that this is the condemnation
03:43 that men love darkness rather than light.
03:45 Light's come into the world
03:47 but men love darkness rather than light
03:48 and so God honors...
03:50 the wrath of God honors our choice,
03:53 He gives us up to that which we persistently refuse to let go of
03:56 but He doesn't do it without a struggle...
03:58 He doesn't do it without a fight.
04:00 So, Revelation 18 is a reminder, this verse...
04:02 "the lightening of the earth with the glory of God"
04:05 doesn't fit in the context of the close of probation,
04:08 it's not after the close of probation that God does this...
04:10 it's before the close of probation that God does this
04:12 it's during the three angels' messages...
04:13 this is in fact... we could call this, "the loud cry"
04:17 the three angels' messages are just...
04:19 exploding into the whole world
04:22 and then in verse 4, another really powerful point,
04:26 it says there that God calls His people out of Babylon
04:31 Babylon has become the habitation of devils...
04:33 the cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
04:36 Not everyone knows that, God actually has good people,
04:39 faithful people... honest people...
04:41 in the confusion of what Babylon is
04:43 and all the sins and iniquities that are in Babylon...
04:46 these honest people don't really perceive or understand it
04:49 and so God calls them out,
04:51 His people are everywhere in all of this confusion...
04:53 in all of this evil and sin but they're honest people
04:57 so just because we identify Babylon as this false system...
05:00 this false religious system and...
05:01 supported by this... this other power
05:03 and the devil working through it,
05:05 that's because the system itself is misrepresenting God
05:09 and counterfeiting the truth of the Bible
05:12 but it doesn't mean that people in the System are bad people,
05:15 there are multitudes of people
05:18 within this System that are good people,
05:20 so God says, "They're my people"
05:22 so God is dealing here with institutions
05:26 not individuals
05:27 and those individuals God loves...
05:29 of course He loves all individuals
05:30 and He seeks to call them out.
05:33 Hmmm... hmmm... hmmm... hmmm.
05:34 So is this... this happens... is this kind of a...
05:37 kind of a re-cap before the plagues fall
05:42 because it says,
05:44 "Come out of her and receive not of her plagues"
05:48 so the plagues haven't fallen yet
05:49 so this is not a chronological thing... this is more...
05:55 so it's not in order, right, it's just...
05:58 Right, Revelation 18:1 to 4 does not belong
06:02 after the plagues are poured out,
06:04 it actually goes back to before the plagues are poured out
06:06 but what God is doing... the reason why He puts it in here
06:09 is because God is reminding us...
06:10 see, we've just gone through some tremendous plagues,
06:12 really bad plagues and then we see the judgment on the whore,
06:15 and God is reminding us,
06:16 "Hey, by-the-way, I just want to remind you
06:18 I lightened the earth with my glory before all this happened
06:21 and I called all my people out of Babylon
06:23 before all this happened. "
06:24 See, He's bringing us back to that... so that we can get
06:27 focused and understand what He has done in trying to reach us.
06:31 Moses in the Old Testament one time asked to see God.
06:40 He wanted to see His glory. Hmmm... hmmm...
06:41 And the Lord said, "Okay, I'm going to show you my glory... "
06:44 and you know what He does?
06:45 He hides him in the cleft of the rock
06:48 and then He passes by Him and proclaims His name.
06:52 Hmmm... Hmmm...
06:53 That is His glory... Hmmm... hmmm...
06:56 The Lord... yeah, the name of the Lord
06:58 I think it's Exodus 32,
07:02 Exodus 32, let's just go there real quick,
07:04 Exodus 32
07:11 and let's see...
07:18 we're going to find it...
07:23 It's going past here as far as...
07:27 Actually it might be Exodus 33 or 34.
07:31 It's 34... 33 and 34... yup... 33...
07:37 Exodus 33 what? 33:18...
07:42 so let's go... can you read that for me?
07:45 Sure, 33 verse 18,
07:48 "And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. "
07:51 Okay, so he's asking Him to show him His glory...
07:54 read on...
07:56 "And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee,
08:01 and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee;
08:03 and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious,
08:06 and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. "
08:09 All right, then over in Exodus 34 verse 5.
08:11 "And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there,
08:15 and proclaimed the name of the LORD."
08:17 Verse 6 and verse 7.
08:20 "And the LORD passed by before him,
08:23 and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God,
08:25 merciful and gracious, longsuffering,
08:27 and abundant in goodness and truth.
08:29 Keeping mercy for thousands,
08:31 forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
08:35 and that will by no means clear the guilty;
08:38 visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children,
08:40 and upon the children's children,
08:42 unto the third and to the fourth generation. "
08:44 So He proclaims His name as His glory.
08:47 We understand that the name is symbolic of character,
08:52 okay, the final message to go into the world
08:55 is a revelation of the true character of God,
08:58 okay, the reason why that's so important is because
09:02 Satan has been doing all that he can
09:06 to distort the character of God
09:09 and it is this distortion of the character of God
09:12 that has turned people away from Him, right,
09:15 so, at the end of time...
09:16 that final message to go into all the world is,
09:19 "this is who God really is"
09:22 and that can only be seen through His people.
09:26 So when we talked about previous studies
09:30 that we have to have the character of Christ...
09:32 the faith of Jesus.
09:33 We have to represent His character
09:36 because it's through us that the world will see
09:40 who the Father really is... who Christ really is...
09:44 so, this is the message so that's why...
09:46 there are people in Babylon who may not understand the doctrine
09:50 they're like... "Huh, man, this doctrine doesn't make sense
09:55 but, I'm here anyway and it's all that I know"
09:58 but God calls them His people, why?
10:00 because they're living up to the character of Christ,
10:04 they are reflecting the character of Christ which...
10:09 it's a very sobering point that you can know truth
10:13 and not have the character of God...
10:16 Hmmm... Right...
10:17 Or you cannot know truth
10:19 and yet have the character of God
10:22 and God says, "Those are my people... "
10:25 they may not understand...
10:26 be able to put all these things together
10:28 but you know what... they reflect my character
10:31 longsuffering... merciful... gracious... all these things
10:36 so this is what God is doing at the end of time,
10:39 He's bringing truth and mercy together
10:40 right, He's bringing truth and character together
10:43 because He's bringing them together into one final movement
10:47 those that keep the commandments of God
10:49 and have the faith of Jesus...
10:51 that's the glory that lightens the world.
10:53 I really like this verse because this verse is so balanced
10:57 you've got gracious, longsuffering
10:59 abundant in goodness and mercy
11:00 keeping mercy for thousands,
11:02 forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
11:05 but will by no means clear the guilty:
11:07 visiting the iniquity of the fathers
11:09 upon the children, and the children's children,
11:10 unto the third and fourth generation...
11:12 in other words,
11:13 what we see in Revelation 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
11:17 is described here as God's character,
11:20 it's part of God's character and that's why
11:22 when this revelation takes place,
11:25 angels in heaven and voices from heaven say,
11:28 "alleluia, praise God"
11:29 what you see taking place in this verse is...
11:32 this word, "forgiving" actually the word is "Nasa"
11:36 and it's used in several places in the Bible
11:40 but one of the most important, significant places
11:43 it's used is in Isaiah 53,
11:44 "All we like sheep have gone astray;
11:47 we've turned every one to our own way;
11:49 and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all... "
11:51 and then it says in verse 4, "Surely he hath borne our griefs
11:55 and carried our sorrows... "
11:57 and that word, "borne" is "nasa"
12:00 here it's translated "forgiven"
12:02 and all through the Bible it's translated, "forgive"
12:05 "to forgive... to bear... to forgive... "
12:07 He's forgiven our... well, whose sins has He forgiven?
12:10 all of us... "All we like... "
12:11 so when you go back to Revelation chapter 18
12:14 just look at this verse... this is really, really powerful,
12:16 this is the next verse now in Revelation 18
12:19 that we haven't read yet, it's verse 5...
12:21 Jason, can you read that for us, verse 5?
12:23 Sure, "For her sins have reached unto heaven,
12:25 and God hath remembered her iniquities. "
12:27 He's done what to her iniquities?
12:29 "Remembered... " He's what?
12:30 "Remembered... "
12:32 He's remembered them, why does He say He's remembered?
12:33 Because up until this point, He's forgotten them.
12:37 Because Calvary paid the price for the sins of Babylon,
12:39 Calvary paid the price for the sins of all the world.
12:42 Jesus bore them...
12:44 and He bore them so that we would have time
12:47 to see His love for us and accept what He did
12:50 but those who don't accept that,
12:52 guess what? God remembers them...
12:54 He remembers their sins, He doesn't want to remember them
12:56 see, but we're putting them in His face...
12:58 we're forcing Him to remember them.
13:00 In 2nd Corinthians chapter 5 it says
13:02 that when God reconciled the world to himself,
13:05 He did it by not counting their sins against them.
13:08 That's how He did it and then He says,
13:11 and He wants us to become ambassadors
13:13 of that reconciliation
13:14 but what has Babylon become? It has become a pariah...
13:17 it has become a merchant of sins...
13:20 it is... it is... it is a System
13:22 that is augmenting the sins of the world,
13:26 rather than becoming an ambassador
13:28 and not holding men's sins against it
13:30 it has been merchandizing sin, merchandising sin,
13:33 I mean, when you read the list here
13:35 and it's an incredible list but when you read the list here,
13:37 I mean, one of the verses that really gets me
13:40 it's from small to great but it talks in verse 13 about...
13:45 that this System has been merchandizing
13:49 the merchandise of cinnamon and odours and ointments
13:52 and frankincense, and wine, and oil and fine flour
13:55 and wheat... it seems pretty innocent...
13:56 and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots,
13:58 and slaves, and souls of men.
14:02 I mean, if you are in any way indignant
14:04 about human trafficking
14:05 and the fact that there are more slaves in the world today
14:08 than have ever been in history
14:09 and most of these slaves are under the age of 18,
14:13 children, sex slaves and being indentured servants,
14:17 we're talking probably about millions... we don't even know
14:21 and even in America... the I 5...
14:25 human trafficking on the I 5... from Canada down to Mexico,
14:28 it's just horrendous and I live right off the I 5...
14:31 so this is happening right in our backyard.
14:34 Is God upset about this?
14:36 Is He indignant about this?
14:37 See, people will ask that question,
14:39 "Why doesn't God do something about it?"
14:41 Let me tell you... the reason why
14:42 God doesn't do something about it now
14:44 is because, He gave His Son to die for our sins
14:47 and He wants everyone to be reconciled...
14:49 He wants everyone to be saved
14:50 because when God does do something about it,
14:52 look out... look out... Revelation 15,
14:55 look out... Revelation 16,
14:56 look out... Revelation 17, look out... Revelation 18,
14:58 when God does something about it, look out...
15:00 so, right now, we need to tell people
15:03 God is longsuffering but we need to make sure
15:05 we don't exclude the fact that He visits the iniquities
15:10 of the fathers upon the children... in other words...
15:13 God is not going to pass by sin and transgression,
15:17 He's not going to pass by evil and pain and suffering,
15:19 He's going to do something about it.
15:21 I think that's a really important part
15:22 of the character of God.
15:24 I'm glad you clarified that because I was going to ask
15:26 "visiting the iniquities of the children"
15:29 so, it doesn't mean that the children are held responsible
15:33 for the sins of the fathers, does it?
15:36 What is that?
15:37 What that means is... is that...
15:38 those sins are visited...
15:40 are passed on to the next generation...
15:41 passed on to the next generation
15:42 and God is going to visit those sins...
15:44 He's going to visit all the sins
15:46 all the way down through the generations that are passed on
15:47 in other words... every single human being gets the opportunity
15:52 to do differently than he was taught...
15:54 or than he was raised to do.
15:55 I am doing differently than I was raised,
15:59 I was raised in an environment of alcoholism
16:02 so my grandmother, my mom, my dad, my aunt
16:06 my grandfather owned a pub in Ireland
16:09 so that all comes down to me
16:11 and as a young man, I was an alcoholic.
16:13 I was drinking so much
16:15 that I was having blackouts at the age of 19
16:17 and that's where you drink
16:18 and you can't remember what you did the night before
16:21 but when Jesus Christ became my personal Savior,
16:23 I rejected that inheritance,
16:25 I rejected it, I turned away from it.
16:27 so the iniquity of my previous generations
16:30 I rejected it, it wasn't passed on to me,
16:32 and it was passed on to me but I said, "No"
16:35 so there's no "iniquity" to visit...
16:37 if you see what I'm saying.
16:38 Oh... got you.
16:39 God is saying, basically,
16:41 "If you would have continued with alcoholism
16:42 and if you continued doing the things you did
16:43 under the influence of alcohol...
16:45 you would have reaped the consequence of that,
16:46 I'm not going to ignore the consequence of that...
16:48 I've given you opportunity, I'm drawing you to myself,
16:50 I'm your Savior, I love you,
16:52 I died for your sins... accept that,
16:53 if not, there's a consequence, 'the wages of sin is death'
16:56 and I'm going to visit that consequence on every generation"
16:59 is basically what He's saying.
17:01 Hmmm... hmmm... thank you.
17:02 If you go back to chapter 18 verse 5,
17:06 and just... let's read what it
17:12 "For her sins have reached unto heaven,
17:14 and God hath remembered her iniquities. "
17:16 Okay, so it says, "Come out of Babylon" why?
17:19 "Because her sins have... " what?
17:21 "reached unto heaven. "
17:22 So, again, when we study the Bible,
17:25 you always want to just kind of have in your mind...
17:28 that's why it's good to know, you know, really like
17:32 know the stories of the Bible,
17:33 because you always want to be... going through your mind
17:36 there's something that is...
17:37 that this connects with and guess what?
17:39 There's a story in the Old Testament
17:41 of a guy named Nebuchadnezzar who was a king of...?
17:46 Babylon... and in... I believe it's Daniel chapter 4
17:51 he has a dream and in that dream,
17:54 there's this great big tree
17:55 and the tree, the Bible says, reaches unto heaven,
17:59 all right, that dream...
18:02 that tree was a symbol of Nebuchadnezzar's pride.
18:06 What does the Bible say about pride?
18:09 "Pride goes before destruction
18:13 and a haughty spirit before a fall. "
18:16 You see, so, Nebuchadnezzar's pride,
18:19 right, reached unto heaven
18:22 and as a result, God says, "Okay, it's time... " okay...
18:25 Nebuchadnezzar was a king of Babylon
18:27 so the question we want to ask is,
18:29 "Well, at the end of time, who is the king...?"
18:33 there we go back again right?
18:35 "Who is the king of Babylon?"
18:38 Right, it's that three-fold union
18:40 but notice how in chapters 3 and 4 it says,
18:45 "Babylon has become the habitation of devils... "
18:48 Like, "we live here now... "
18:50 like, at some point, they weren't living there,
18:53 but now, yeah, "we've made this our home,
18:55 this is our kingdom that we have built. "
18:58 Now, you look at the list of sins,
19:00 and all those sins really point back to pride
19:03 because what did Satan want to do in heaven?
19:06 Right, he wanted to exalt himself
19:09 right, above the throne of God, above the stars of God...
19:12 and it's interesting because in the book of Job,
19:14 chapter 41, it speaks of Leviathan,
19:18 the very last verse... it says,
19:21 "He's the king... James: Of pride...
19:23 Ivor: And the king of the children... " in fact...
19:26 James: Oh yeah, that's right, let's read it.
19:27 Ivor: Yeah, Isaiah 41 verse 34.
19:30 James: No... Job...
19:31 Ivor: Job... I'm sorry, I'm sorry, Job 41:34...
19:35 Right before Psalms...
19:39 You said chapter 34?
19:42 No, chapter 41 verse 34.
19:45 Yeah, you're right Ivor.
19:47 Yeah... speaking of Leviathan, right,
19:50 which is a symbol of Satan,
19:52 notice what it says in verse 34, who wants to read that?
19:54 "He beholdeth all high things:
19:57 he is a king over all the children of pride. "
20:00 Hmmm... hmmm... Hmmm...
20:01 All the children of pride,
20:03 those who are lost in the end of time...
20:04 pride, pride, pride,
20:06 pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit, before a fall.
20:10 so you see this spirit of pride elevating
20:13 so when the sins of Babylon reaches heaven,
20:17 it is because a few things are happening,
20:20 Satan has manifested himself, you have this exaltation...
20:24 same thing he was trying to do in heaven,
20:27 he is now the king over the children of pride
20:29 you see all these lists of sin, right,
20:32 which basically points us back to pride.
20:35 Hmmm... hmmm...
20:36 As you read further down... and James, this goes back to
20:41 when you talk about children...
20:43 these children that are going into slavery, right,
20:46 in the last part of Revelation 18,
20:49 Revelation 18 and verse... I believe it's around 18 or so,
20:55 so let's look, Revelation 18 verse...
21:01 Is it the one where you say... it says, "Rejoice over her"
21:07 "The angel takes up a stone... "
21:11 So, it's 21... it's 21...
21:18 There we go... it says, "And a mighty angel
21:20 took up a stone like a great millstone, and... " did what?
21:23 "Threw it into the sea... "
21:24 "Cast it into the sea, and said,
21:26 Thus with violence shall that
21:27 great city Babylon be thrown down,
21:30 and shall be found no more at all. "
21:32 Hmmm... hmmm...
21:34 Okay, let's go over it,
21:35 why does an angel take up a millstone
21:38 and throw it into the sea?
21:40 Let's go to Matthew chapter 18.
21:41 Oh... oh...
21:43 Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
21:49 Matthew 18 verse 2, oh, verse 1...
21:54 "And at the same time came the disciples unto Jesus saying,
21:57 Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
22:00 And remember, what were they struggling with?
22:02 "Who's going to be the greatest?"
22:03 Pride... pride... pride... and Jesus said...
22:06 "Jesus called and said... and called a little child unto Him
22:10 and set him in the midst of them and he said,
22:13 Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted,
22:16 and become as... " what?
22:17 "little children,
22:18 you shall in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven. "
22:21 You got to humble yourself, you got to humble yourself,
22:24 right, so... "whosever therefore shall humble himself
22:26 as this little child, the same is... " who?
22:29 "the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
22:32 And whosoever shall receive
22:34 one such little child in my name receiveth me.
22:37 But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones
22:41 which believe in me... "
22:43 Hmmm... right...
22:47 what does it say, again?
22:57 "it were better for him that a... " what?
23:01 "millstone... were hanged about his neck
23:03 and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. "
23:07 That's it right there... Matthew 18 and Revelation 18...
23:11 easy to connect those two...
23:13 it's pride... and here's the deal...
23:15 we think about... when Jesus says,
23:17 "whoever doesn't humble himself
23:18 won't enter the kingdom of heaven"
23:20 He's not talking about going through some gates
23:23 and entering into a physical place,
23:24 He's talking about experience.
23:25 "You're not going to experience
23:27 heaven unless you humble yourself
23:29 because heaven is about humility...
23:31 heaven is about selfless other-centered love,
23:33 that is what I'm about...
23:35 the kingdom of God is not meat and drink,
23:36 the kingdom of God is within you
23:37 it's within you... "
23:39 So in order to get to heaven there,
23:41 we have to have heaven here first.
23:44 It's humility... God can't put proud people in heaven
23:48 because we'll have the whole rebellion... all over again.
23:51 So, yeah, this is really powerful,
23:54 in fact, I want us to just move into this...
23:56 this basic... again... theme that we're looking at,
24:00 look at... Yvonne, would you read for us verse 20?
24:03 "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and the holy apostles and prophets;
24:08 for God has avenged you on her. "
24:10 Now, I want you to read 19... chapter 19:1 through 6.
24:15 "After these things I heard a loud voice
24:18 of a great multitude in heaven saying, alleluia;
24:21 Salvation, and glory, and honour and power,
24:24 belong to the Lord our God:
24:25 For true and righteous are his judgments:
24:28 because he has judged the great harlot,
24:31 who corrupted the earth with her fornication,
24:33 and he has avenged on her
24:35 the blood of his servants shed by her.
24:37 Again they said, alleluia.
24:40 Her smoke rises up for ever and ever.
24:43 And the twenty four elders and the four living creatures
24:46 fell down and worshipped God who sat on the throne,
24:48 saying, Amen: alleluia.
24:51 Then a voice came from the throne saying,
24:53 Praise our God, all you his servants,
24:56 and those who fear Him, both small and great.
24:58 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude
25:02 as the sound of many waters
25:04 and as the sound of mighty thundering's,
25:06 saying, alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. "
25:10 And then verse 7... sorry.
25:11 "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give him the glory:
25:16 for the marriage of the Lamb is come,
25:19 and his wife has made herself ready. "
25:21 All this praise... all this praise
25:24 in the middle of judgments.
25:25 I just want to remind us,
25:27 this is praise for the character of God
25:29 and the character of God that's being praised here...
25:32 is His justice. Hmmm... hmmm...
25:33 God is a God of justice
25:35 and that's what's being praised here.
25:36 Yes, finally, Babylon is ended, all the sin... all the suffering
25:40 all this pain, all this evil... it's coming to an end
25:42 and so when people say,
25:44 "You know, I can't believe in a God
25:45 that would allow all this pain" I want to say to them,
25:47 "Well, let's read Revelation chapters 15 through 19."
25:49 Hmmm... hmmm... Hmmm...
25:50 "Let's read those chapters...
25:52 let's read Exodus chapter 33 and understand
25:55 and 34... and understand
25:57 what the character of God is. "
25:58 "Well, I can't accept the Old Testament. "
26:01 "Well, the Old Testament is a manifestation of
26:03 the character of God just like the New Testament is. "
26:05 Sometimes I tell people,
26:07 "New Testament... the grace, the mercy, the forgiveness...
26:10 the Old Testament... justice, righteousness...
26:12 put them together
26:13 if you want to understand the character of God. "
26:15 Because, God could have started with the grace and mercy
26:17 and Satan would have said,
26:18 "God is just too merciful... too gracious... "
26:20 so then the justice comes...
26:22 He started with the justice and then the mercy came
26:23 but they both come together,
26:25 you can't exclude one from the other.
26:27 That's right, and yet, in the Old Testament
26:30 you do find the mercy and justice and grace.
26:32 Yes... yes... You know...
26:34 And in the New Testament, you find the justice...
26:35 You find the justice, right, it's amazing,
26:37 you look at some of these things and...
26:38 God... with the nations and... "Oh, He destroyed the nations. "
26:41 Do you know how much... God said,
26:42 "Listen, I'm just going to first send beasts...
26:44 if they don't move from the beasts... I'm going to... "
26:47 it's like, He gave them option after option after option.
26:50 Those destroyed were like the most persistent, resistant...
26:54 "I'm not getting on the ark... I don't care what... "
26:57 Right, God has always provided a way of escape,
27:00 when He sends judgment, He's like,
27:01 "Hey, I'm sending judgment
27:02 but there is a way of escape, you choose. "
27:05 And He's still merciful even through... throughout that
27:07 because you think about people like He said,
27:10 "If they don't have heaven...
27:11 if they're not living their lives according to the Word,
27:14 when they go to... why would they want to be in heaven
27:17 where we're going to be worshipping God...
27:20 we're going to be learning about things...
27:23 God's Word and all that stuff
27:26 like, if you don't like that now,
27:28 you don't want to spend eternity doing that,
27:30 so He's merciful...
27:32 Even in His justice... that's a really good point.
27:35 So what we're seeing here in this big picture
27:38 is we're seeing the character of God
27:41 justice and mercy...
27:43 and by-the-way, that centers in the cross,
27:44 on the cross, you see grace and you see justice...
27:46 justice is there
27:48 because Jesus suffers for the sins of the world
27:50 in justice as well as in mercy
27:52 and we're seeing the rejoicing
27:55 that sin is finally brought to an end
27:57 and we need to rejoice over that fact.
27:59 We need to rejoice...