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Wall from Sennacherib's Palace blackened by fire 612 BC

What God’s Unavoidable Judgement Means for us

Scripture readings:

Nahum 3

Woe to the bloody city, 
all full of lies and plunder— 
no end to the prey! 
The crack of the whip, and rumble of the wheel, 
galloping horse and bounding chariot! 
Horsemen charging, 
flashing sword and glittering spear, 
hosts of slain, 
heaps of corpses, 
dead bodies without end— 
they stumble over the bodies! 
And all for the countless whorings of the prostitute, 
graceful and of deadly charms, 
who betrays nations with her whorings, 
and peoples with her charms. 

Behold, I am against you, 
declares the Lord of hosts, 
and will lift up your skirts over your face; 
and I will make nations look at your nakedness 
and kingdoms at your shame. 
I will throw filth at you 
and treat you with contempt 
and make you a spectacle. 
And all who look at you will shrink from you and say, 
“Wasted is Nineveh; who will grieve for her?” 
Where shall I seek comforters for you? 

Are you better than Thebes 
that sat by the Nile, 
with water around her, 
her rampart a sea, 
and water her wall? 
Cush was her strength; 
Egypt too, and that without limit; 
Put and the Libyans were her helpers. 

Yet she became an exile; 
she went into captivity; 
her infants were dashed in pieces 
at the head of every street; 
for her honored men lots were cast, 
and all her great men were bound in chains. 
You also will be drunken; 
you will go into hiding; 
you will seek a refuge from the enemy. 
All your fortresses are like fig trees 
with first-ripe figs— 
if shaken they fall 
into the mouth of the eater. 
Behold, your troops 
are women in your midst. 
The gates of your land 
are wide open to your enemies; 
fire has devoured your bars. 

Draw water for the siege; 
strengthen your forts; 
go into the clay; 
tread the mortar; 
take hold of the brick mold! 
There will the fire devour you; 
the sword will cut you off. 
It will devour you like the locust. 
Multiply yourselves like the locust; 
multiply like the grasshopper! 
You increased your merchants 
more than the stars of the heavens. 
The locust spreads its wings and flies away. 

Your princes are like grasshoppers, 
your scribes like clouds of locusts 
settling on the fences 
in a day of cold— 
when the sun rises, they fly away; 
no one knows where they are. 

Your shepherds are asleep, 
O king of Assyria; 
your nobles slumber. 
Your people are scattered on the mountains 
with none to gather them. 
There is no easing your hurt; 
your wound is grievous. 
All who hear the news about you 
clap their hands over you. 
For upon whom has not come 
your unceasing evil?

Revelation 18:1–3

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. And he called out with a mighty voice, 

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! 
She has become a dwelling place for demons, 
a haunt for every unclean spirit, 
a haunt for every unclean bird, 
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. 
For all nations have drunk 
the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, 
and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, 
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

Revelation 19:1–4

After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, 

“Hallelujah! 
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 
for his judgments are true and just; 
for he has judged the great prostitute 
who corrupted the earth with her immorality, 
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” 

Once more they cried out, 

“Hallelujah! 
The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” 

And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016).