(19) And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
We all want God to remember us, don’t we? Well, in actuality, only those who have been saved by His grace should look forward to His remembrances…
Heb 6:9-12 KJV – “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
What a wonderful promise to those who are His people! When we serve our Lord, He remembers our service, sees our sacrifices and recognizes our acts of praise. Because of this, at His second coming, we will be rewarded for our good works that we have done for Him.
But, what about those who have never trusted Him as their Savior?
In our text, we are told that “great Babylon” (Satan’s kingdom as the origin and home of rebellion, selfishness and humanism) came into God’s remembrance. This holds a very different end for the unsaved…
Jer 14:10 KJV – “Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.”
These words were spoken by the prophet Jeremiah to the lost citizens of Judah. These lost inhabitants of Judah stand as an example of God’s remembrance of the sins of those who rebel against Him refusing to submit to His Lordship and trust in Him as their Savior.
What will lost individuals face in eternity? The Lord wrath falling upon them based upon their sinful motives and deeds…
Rom 1:18 KJV – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”
For those of us who have trusted in Christ as our Savior, may we all praise and honor Him with our speech and actions today. He loved us, redeemed us, saved us from the wrath to come…. and He will remember us!
For those who have never been saved, He will remember you also. However, His remembrance of you will include remembering your sin and spirit of rebellion against Him. Because of this you will be required to face God’s wrath. However if you turn to Jesus, submitting to His Lordship and trusting in Him as your Savior, He will save you from the punishment of your sins and remember your service to Him.
May we all take these truths to heart and mediate on the truth … He will remember us.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: