Vengeance is mine, saith the
Lord. It is well that remember that
vengeance is truly his, for He alone is
capable of righteous judgment.
In this passage we can see some of
the principles of this judgment:
• It is from “her own cup.” Her grief is “as” her glory and luxury. This is nothing more than the principle laid down by Christ in the Sermon on
(Mat 7:2 NIV) For in the same way you judge others, you
will be judged, and with the measure you
use, it will be measured to you.
The prophet Obadiah explicitly ties
this to the Day of the Lord:
(Oba 1:15 NIV) "The day of the LORD is near for all
nations. As you have done, it will be done
to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.
The principle of “double” in judgment sounds harsh to us. It is an old principle:
• The thief caught in possession of his
neighbor’s goods was to return double (Exodus 22:4, 7, 9)
• Jerusalem -- the type of the church --
received double for her sins (Isaiah 40:2)
• The first born heir was to receive a double
portion of the inheritance (Deuteronomy 21:17)
• The payment for the wickedness of idolatry
is said to be a double payment (Jeremiah
Take them all together, and apply
them to the Roman Catholic Church. She
claims to be the original (“first born”)
church; her idolatry is well
known; she is in possession of what rightly belongs to God (worship) and as “church”
the type of Jerusalem applies. God is just.
The last principle is even more
important. As you boast, so shall you
fall. Can she really fall in one day?
In one hour? What about the
original Babylon’s fall -- see Daniel
5:30-31. (Mene, Mene -- now you see why
And who did Christ condemn on this
earth? The proud, the hypocrite. This is the prostitute shown here.
(Lindsey sees this fulfilled in the
economic fall of the Common Market;
Smith sees it as a nuclear blast on
whatever city this might represent.)