Maybe this weekend you will be attending carol services where pretty angels will dance and wave their arms in the air and you will be happy that your little one played such an amazing part. Beautiful that is not all the angels are involved in beautiful activity!
We have come across several angels in the Revelation. Here we have a mighty angel who carries out another play but this time of Biblical judgment. Remember what Jesus said of our abuse of children? “It would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18 v 6) Also in Jeremiah 51:63-64 he prophesies of Babylon falling: “When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring on her. And her people will fall.’” Here comes the final act towards the life which is outside of God:-
“Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. 22 The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.
23 The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. 24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.” (Revelation 18 v 21-24)
What does this look like? Catastrophe of a proportion so big it destroys everthing!
In September 2008 the Wall Street Investment Banker, Lehman Brothers, collapsed. It led to the global financial crisis we had not seen before. The US debts totalled $619 billion. That is a hard figure to compute! I read yesterday that there are severe warnings of a global collapse which would make the 2008 debt sit at just 1% of what will happen with a staggering $80 trillion at stake!
There seems to be a cry from many quarters saying this world cannot carry on at the pace it is doing. This year, 2022, the 3 major crises endangering the Earth according to scientists is climate disruption, biodiversity decline and human overconsumption and overpopulation. (https://www.livescience.com/ghastly-future-global-crises.html)
So we see all these warning signs and yet the oldest one is here in these verses. Babylon will be destroyed.
Consider taking all the music and the entertainment from the world.
Consider taking all the employment from the world.
Consider taking food from the world.
Consider taking all light from the world.
Consider taking all joy such as weddings and parties from the world.
Why would God do this?
It is because of the violence towards people, v24. The migrant workers deaths in places such as Qatar, the hangings of protestors such as in Iran, the death camps in places like North Korea, the drownings of the asylum seekers trying to get to the UK, the killings of school children in the US, do we need to go on? Plus all the suffering and martyrdom for Jesus Christ!
Millstones are signs of judgment and God will judge the world for judging one another.
In a final act towards all that we know of this world, here comes an Angel, a mighty one and ends it all.