Remember, the wicked had earlier celebrated the death of the two witnesses. App-6. We have been looking at the Second Coming of Christ and all the accompanying cataclysmic events that will be with it. .—Better, 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. The world makes God’s people suffer (see note on Revelation 2:20). (Revelation 11:10). But some of the other stones are more unfamiliar. Threefold Hallelujah Over Babylon’s Fall - After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Rome has be… Many of the roles and responsibilities of this temporary, earthly priesthood provide insight into the permanent heavenly role of the Lord Jesus as our heavenly High Priest. Once again the angel speaks with prophetic certainty. Now has come the time of the avenging Luke 18:7, Luke 18:8. Revelation 21:14. The speaker is evidently the angel ( Revelation 18:4; cf. It has been urged, that since the apostles appear here as already in heaven, the author seems to have thought of himself as different from the apostles, and hence could not be the apostle John (Lücke, p. 389). In contrast to the earth-dwellers, God"s people will rejoice when Babylon falls (cf. Believers characteristically have greater interest in glorifying God and helping other people than they do in hoarding earthly treasures for themselves ( Matthew 6:19-34; Matthew 22:34-40). Revelation 4:1, John was even in heaven when he saw the Revelation. B. Lippincott Company, 1964), p. 400. 152-153, 157-161). Cf. Note others also for this word. [62] Isbon T. Beckwith, op. "God has judged your judgment upon her," that is, the righteous judgment passed upon Babylon by saints, apostles, and prophets — for all had suffered at her hands — is now executed by God Himself. God is displayed therein: heaven may be literally understood, Lament Over Fallen Babylon - After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. 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." "[60] There comes a time to rejoice over the defeat of evil. Matthew 18:20(HCSB) Verse Thoughts How we rejoice to know that where two or three are gathered together in the name of the Lord Jesus, He has promised to be there among us - for He is our living Head and we are all members of His body. is not in the Greek, which should be rendered, addressed consists of the classes next named in the verse, whose chorister the, first named. at ch. What does the warning imply? ch. 2. 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. Be glad! He has vindicated them by punishing their oppressors (cf. Revelation 11:10). Thus this mournful interlude closes in a climax of triumph. All of the apostles recognized what their fate at the hands of Rome would be. Literally judged your judgment (App-122 and App-177); i.e. Revelation 18:21. Here, sailors continue their lament by throwing dust on their head, by weeping, and by mourning. Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. Thus this mournful interlude closes in a climax of triumph. а того, что Божья праведность и справедливость победили. preaching the Gospel; the same with the two witnesses, who till Jesus appeals to those inside the house by His knock. This verse forms the close of what is said by the voice from heaven, to which all between this and Revelation 18:4 belongs, without any interruption. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door. The three classes, saints, (or the body of Christians,) apostles, and prophets, are those in and constituting the heaven first named. Revelation 20:7. or "judged your judgment on her"; that is, has executed righteous 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. A symbolic representation of the destruction of Babylon is to be given; and for this new vision a third angel appears, the first having appeared at chap. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye saints, and ye apostles, and ye prophets; for God hath judged your judgment on her. Revelation Chapter 14. God will ultimately avenge His people. avenge his elect sooner or later. John seems to assume that all had a case against Rome as victims of her cruelty, probably in the main as martyrs and confessors. And, Thirdly. He does this again and again by making Babylon fall. The meaning, then, is that the “saints” in heaven are called on to rejoice over the fall of the mystical Babylon. Revelation 17:1, Revelation 20:4), the doom which she pronounced upon you, the judgment which she held over you, your condemnation. (Haydock), God"s people, in contrast to the worldly minded, are told to rejoice over the punishment of sin. Later, an angel is seen locking things in the bottomless pit (20:1–3). 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. Hover your mouse over the word “in” above for the tooltip. The judgment is not that of the people of God but by the Judge Himself (v. 11). church, called the earth, because its members, doctrines, and The holy Apostles and Prophets, whose sacred writings the whore hath perverted, to her nefarious trade, in slaying the souls of men. Revelation Chapter 18. God will judge the world in vengeance! Revelation 18:6, and Revelation 6:10; Revelation 13:10). It is probably at this point that the passage drifts over from the conception of a voice heard (Revelation 18:4) to that of direct utterance on the part of the prophet; unless we are to suppose that the voice speaks till the close of Revelation 18:20 (a similar instance in ch. Avenged you on her - `judged your judgment on (exacting it from) her.' The saints respond to the call which is here addressed to them, and express their joy in ch. For by the time that the revenge should be executed, the still living saints, apostles, and prophets, must long since have gone to their rest. This does not mean a judgment which the saints have decreed, but the judgment which Babylon wrought on the holy is now exacted from her (comp. This verse interrupts the sequence of 19 and 21 in which the ruin of Rome is illustrated by the dramatic action of the angel. Revelation 18:20. — We have had the voice from Heaven heard first in verse 4, and last in verse 20. 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? He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. Heavenly rejoicing over Babylon"s fall18:20. 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. It comes in with a delightful tide of joy, in the midst of the troubled waters. Revelation 19:2-3). the Alexandrian copy and Complutensian edition read, "and the 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. ", 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. wailing; not at that, simply considered, but as the justice of Eternal life through Jesus Christ is the blessed assurance John describes in … There are three classes: saints, apostles, and prophets (R.V. These words are best understood as being uttered by the writer, as in Revelation 12:12 (see on Revelation 12:10). 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. So C but 'Aleph (') A B, Vulgate, Syriac, Coptic, Andreas, 'ye saints and ye apostles.'. I admire this verse. A Parisian workman, who was looking down at the corpse of Robespierre, was overheard to mutter, with relief, “Oui, il y a un Dieu”. 17:17). The ungraceful. of He calls out the message of judgment. "[61], "The analogy of this passage shows that this verse is not directed to saints in heaven - nothing is implied as to where these are, or whether they are living or dead."[62]. Your judgment (it is said to the saints) is judged on her. He does this again and again by making Babylon fall. Revelation 1:9, John himself, the saints, apostles, prophets, and killed them with the sword. 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. The desire of unbelievers to accumulate wealth for themselves has resulted in untold opposition to the gospel and God"s servants throughout history (cf. Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 18:20 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - BM Home - Full Page. Judgment, therefore, begins with the harlot, as in privileges the house of God (1 Peter 4:17). 19:11-12). The downfall of Satan’s capital is a just penalty for her sins, and a salvation to the world. nor such under the New who had the gift of foretelling things to Holy apostles. Her rightful Husband, Yahweh-Christ, and the goods of His house, are no longer her all, but she runs after the visible and vain things of the world. First, the inhabitants of heaven, meaning the Church now in glory, who, when upon earth, felt and groaned under the oppression of the whore. The judgment of God upon the guilty city is supposed to have taken place. The key is apparently in the possession of an angel (20:1); however, a star fallen from heaven is given the key and opens it (9:2). Thus do all holy men, whether on earth or heaven, joy when any giant evil is swept away. Revelation 1:18. Rejoice over her thou heaven, and ye saints and ye apostles and ye prophets, for God hath judged your judgment upon her. ‘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.’. Upon heaven as the dwelling-place of the militant and triumphant church, see on ch. She who once doomed you is now doomed herself (cf.Revelation 16:6).— . That John himself in part appears as the speaker, is the less to be supposed, as in vision—understood in the closer sense—according to the rule, all is merely seen and heard; the Seer himself does not come forth as a speaker, no otherwise than in converse with his heavenly guide, and generally within the sphere of the vision—comp. Ch. judgment on her, for all the evils done by her to the saints in 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.). KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. 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. Revelation 6:9-11). The saints are the genus, the apostles and prophets the most eminent species included in it—comp. saints, and the apostles, and prophets"; making three distinct The worldliness of the Church is the most worldly of all worldliness. of v. 20). hath folly avenged you. 20. Character of the 144 000. which sometimes is addressed when anything of very considerable off, and put on the garments of praise and joy: for God hath avenged you on her; By ch. It is a terrible thing to sin unto yourself; it is even more terrible to lead others into sin. Revelation 18:20. conversations; and by "apostles", not the twelve apostles, or Is it the Christian believer or some other class of person? This applies to Babylon in Revelation 18, because she led others into sin. 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She retains human shape, as woman-does not become a beast-has the form of godliness, but denies its power. For God hath judged your judgment upon her. Revelation chapter 18 KJV (King James Version) 1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and … "This is not a song of gleeful rejoicing, but an announcement of the vindication of God's justice and righteousness. note and moment is done or spoken of, whether it be something "—the blood which the unrighteous persecutor had shed. Verse 20. 'Heaven more rejoices at the harlot's downfall than at that of the two beasts. well as to themselves: vengeance belongs to the Lord, and he will persons in such an office as they were, but ordinary ministers of AR 790. Revelation is a book of personal meaning. . 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. Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her. These are destroyed by Christ at His second coming (Rev. saints, so at the confusion and destruction of their enemies; and Heaven rejoiced over the fall of ancient Babylon too ( Jeremiah 51:48-49). The term takes on a more explicit meaning in Revelation. 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. Here there are several sorts of persons called upon to rejoice in her destruction. Prophets—Of whose ancient predictions this voice is a grand reverberation. often goes by the name of heaven, in opposition to the apostate 2:12 Jeremiah If the apostles were diverse from the prophets, the order would have stood thus: saints, prophets, apostles. What colors are the precious stones in Revelation 21:19-20? Figure of speech polyptoton. And ye holy apostles and prophets; and ye saints, and ye apostles, and ye prophets, is read in א, A, B, P, etc., and adopted by the Revisers.The Authorized Version reading is found in C, 1, 17. Salem Media Group. The songs in Revelation 19:1-5 may be their response to this invitation. In Revelation 9:1–2, an angel is given a key to, or control over, the bottomless pit, and he uses the key to open that pit. App-104. ages past, the predecessors of the persons here mentioned, as Revelation 18:1. . The apostles and prophets are personally identical, or in the possessors of the apostleship prophecy also culminates—comp. 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. 20.Rejoice—The divine voice closes its mercantile catalogue with a lofty jubilate. Secondly. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Revelation 13:10 is parallel, "He that leadeth into captivity, shall go into captivity; he that killeth with the sword, must be killed with the sword." [⇑ 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. En. The Greek reads literally, "God has judged (upon Rome) your judgment from her. Your judgment (comp. [59] George Eldon Ladd, op. What does Revelation 18:19 mean? "[59] "How can there be anything but rejoicing when wrong is righted and truth justified? 1. The apostles, who are honoured and daily worshipped at Rome in an idolatrous manner, will rejoice in her fall. 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). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 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 Christ’s kingdom. the Syriac version reads, "heavens and angels"; or else the souls For, when one member suffers, the other members suffer with it. Psalms It is their responsibility to open the door. 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). For the most heinous of sins is that of those who know God's word of grace and keep it not. cit., p. 718. This seems more likely than the interpretation that they should rejoice because God was punishing their enemies in kind. This is said by the voice from heaven, ( Revelation sorts of persons, of which heaven, or the church, consists: by Revelation 18:20-24 20 "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!" Jesus cannot fellowship with those inside the house unless they invite Him in. The doom or judgment of Rome was spoken of in ch. 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? God will judge the world in vengeance! [Note: Hughes, p194.] No greater cause of rejoicing could be imagined. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye saints ... For God hath judged your judgment upon her ... For God hath judged your judgment upon her. When John wrote, in the time of Domitian, all the apostles but himself had probably deceased. Thou heaven—From which this voice chanted its celestial interlude. 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