Wednesday After the Seventh Sunday After Easter Revelation 11:15-12:6
WEDNESDAY AFTER THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
[You shall destroy] the destroyers of the earth.
The seventh angel blew his trumpet. It's time for God to settle up. It's taken a long time. It looked like He didn't care about evil spreading everywhere. Many have wanted to ask as did the "souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne . . . 'O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before You will judge and avenge our blood . . . ?'" (Revelation 6:9-10). The martyrs were told that the time wasn't right, however. It was still the time of sacrifice. There were still those who must die so mercy and forgiveness could be available and someone who was lost could be saved.
However, now everything has been done that could've been done. Now it's time for the great reckoning.
Then John has a flashback. As so often, his visions sweep forward and backward through time, like a movie camera filming the story of salvation. We see in one little glimpse what happened when Jesus came. John sees a pregnant woman. She's going to give birth to a boy, and that birth causes her great agony. The woman is the Church, God's congregation, the chosen people. It's the same people, the same woman, in the vision's imagery, in the old and new covenants. God’s Israel is Christ's mother. He was born there. The dragon was ready to devour the baby, but he couldn't. Christ performed His duty and was taken up to God. The woman, however, God's Israel that now is the Church, is left on the earth and has to flee into the wilderness, down into the catacombs, to go underground, or however we want to express it. For now all of the dragon's rage is turned toward her. Up to the end, he's the destroyer, someone who destroys and annihilates all the good God has done. From the destroyer has come everything that makes creation ugly and evil, everything that breaks it down and destroys it. However, now the end time has come for the destructive powers, just when it appears that they would be victorious.
Lord, why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and His anointed, saying: Let us burst their bonds asunder and cast their cords from us. But You who sit in heaven laugh, You talk to them in Your wrath and terrify them with Your fury when You set Your king, Your Son, Your only begotten, and give Him the ends of the earth as His possessions. He who can break them with a rod of iron. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him. Amen. (Paraphrased from Psalm 2.)