Our scripture for today gets a little gory, a little gruesome, but in a glorious way. We are repulsed by the idea of these scavenging birds being filled with the flesh of those fallen soldiers who stood in opposition to Jesus when He returns.
But lets step back and really look at this. The only thing of value from these individuals is their flesh. They lived by the flesh. They cherished flesh and bone over spirit. They not only denied Jesus Christ but they took up arms against Him.
Who forms an army to fight against the eternal God? What hope did they have? Yet, in their delusion, they saw themselves as equals to Christ and His army.
But, as the facts show, they were truly deluded. It did not take Christ’s army to defeat them. Everyone fell by the sword of His mouth.
But even out of their hatred, out of their death, God still did not waste. He prepared the scavenging birds to consume the only valuable part of these men.
The beast and false prophet did not even have this as a redeeming quality. They were so fully corrupt that nothing was of value even to the scavenging birds. Instead they were captured and thrown alive into the burning fiery lake of sulfur.
We hear of fire and brimstone warnings. This is the source. This is the lake of burning metal and noxious fumes.
The sword cuts and the flame purifies. But for these standing against the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, there is nothing pure in them.
Do not be deluded by the wicked ways of the world. Because they are common, because they are acceptable, because the provide worldly riches or fame, because they feel good – Does Not Make Them Right or True.
captivity for the beast and false prophet – thrown alive into the burning sulfur of the fiery lake. Rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse – birds gorged themselves on flesh
Where they put their treasure, where they put their trust, the lack of attention to the things of God, the ridicule of believers, the denigration of God to an “also ran”, the contempt for anything holy
Worship boldly – Do not hide, do not be hindered by wickedness (even that from those within the church), who speak in hurtful ways.