23.5 Revelation – Sharing the Truth

Many job applicants think the interview starts when they enter the room with the interviewer.  For most jobs, the evaluation starts far earlier.  It starts with the resume and cover letter.  The professionalism in answering the phone when called for the interview counts.  The interaction with the receptionist counts.  Every interaction is being inspected and evaluated.

In the same way, our witness for the Lord does not start and stop when we get to say our practiced script about how we came to a personal relationship with Jesus.  Those around us are watching the way we live, how we speak, how we give, how we interact with others at home, at school at work and in the community.  They assess our demeanor.  They assess what seems to be most important to us.

On one hand, this is terrifying because it implies that we are always on duty.  On the other hand, we are only conduits for the work of the Holy Spirit.  This is not a sales job.  This is a job that revolves around one simple thing – the Truth.

But, as a sinful person, how do I provide a witness that serves God?  Prayer.  Plain and simple, it is through continuous prayer.  Ephesians 6, after discussing the full armor of God concludes with verse 18: And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

My Answers:

Destruction – to be thrown down as a millstone thrown into the sea

Because of the eternal communion with God, resurrection, just as Christ was resurrected from death, to be drawn to heaven and live forever in the kingdom of God

The troubles around us, though severe and troubling, are temporary

Teaching, leading through example, sharing my faith and what it means.  Being sure to use the name of the Lord – it is a phrase that is quickly being lost to the language in a positive sense as we become more babylonian

23.2 Revelation – Brought to their knees

Another angel, with great authority and illuminating the world with the light of heaven, proclaims, “Fallen, Fallen is Babylon.”

But what does fallen mean?  Does it mean crumbled as from an earthquake?  Does it mean fallen as in an economic market crash?  Does it mean defeated in battle?  Or all of these?

The greek word that John uses in this quote is pipto.  There are a few other places it is used in the New Testament.  It is the word used to describe the wisemen in Matthew 2:11 who, upon meeting Jesus, “bowed down and worshiped.”  It is also the word that Satan uses in Matthew 4:9 when he tempts Jesus after his time of fasting in the wilderness, “All this I will give you if you bow down and worship me.”  It is also the word that is used repeatedly in Matthew 13 in the parable of the sower, “the seed fell upon…”

From these other uses, I think we get a deeper meaning of the proclamation of the angel.  This is not simply a setback for Babylon, it has been literally brought to its knees in submission to the light of God.

We see this further in the word that the NIV translates as “haunt”.  We think of haunt as a hangout, a meet-up, a place of congregation.  But the original Greek word as translated in the NKJV gives a stronger meaning.  It translates the word as “prison”.

The proclamation, not prediction, of the angel – a completed event not future possibility – is of a Babylon that has become its own prison of wickedness and brought to its knees in submission to the might of God.

My Answers:

Another angel coming down from heaven with great authority and illuminating the earth with his splendor, shouted with mighty voice

Fallen, fallen – she was corrupt from the inside out in every way and now she is fallen

They do not provide, they consume.  They are never enough.  They leave the hollowness on the inside.  They drive people to communion with wickedness and lies and every unclean and detestable thing.  They seek to elevate self only, not creating community or helping the widows, orphans, poor, disenfranchised.

The things that are of the kingdom to come and the will to be done.  The things of heaven, not of earth.  The Godly things that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Phil 4:8)