Rev 18:20 – “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”
In John’s vision, he hears the saints of God (ye holy apostles and prophets) to rejoice over Mystery Babylon’s defeat. Keep in mind, the defeat of Mystery Babylon involves the total destruction of the false religions of the world and those who were a part of them.
What would be the basis of this rejoicing?
- Most importantly…God was keeping His promise to avenge the abuse of His people.
- God’s glorious person was displayed (His Strength, Holiness, Justice, Faithfulness, etc etc)
- Satan and his kingdoms are defeated and rendered helpless
- Sin has been eradicated from the Earth
Yes, there will be much reason for our rejoicing at the defeat of Satan’s kingdom.
The above list helps us to understand the basic intent behind verses such as Psa 58:10…
“The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.”
The righteous are not merciless people who enjoy seeing the great suffering of the lost. On the contrary, they are people who are rejoicing because their God has won the victory over wickedness, eradicating it from the earth, revealing His great attributes, and avenging the abuse of His people.
They are rejoicing because their Lord has been glorified and honored as He should, only receiving what is His due, which fulfills the greatest desire that exists in the hearts of His people…
1Pe 4:13 – “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: