What are the weapons of God’s indignation? Let us consider the passage from the Book of the Revelation:
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords(Re.19:11-16-NIV)”.
Now let us try to enumerate these:
firstly weapons of indignation come from heaven (19:11). So God as the Judge holds them in reserve. The passage from the Revelation shows God putting an end to the powers of iniquity that had for long held the world in thrall. All judgements executed by God before this must therefore be considered as partial judgements. For example the Great Flood at the time of Noah was one such. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually(Ge.6:5). Deluge of water with the fountains of the deep breaking up is one weapon. It was set off on command from heaven. Similarly fire and brimstone raining from heaven upon the cities of the plains, and not to mention of drought hunger, pestilence war earthquakes which break out in diverse places to warn the nations that are lulled into false sense of security.
Secondly these weapons are directed against a specific group which we can infer from the following verse. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;(Ro.1:18)”
(The Harlot Church and the the false prophet who had performed the signs on behalf of the beast (19:20) are not something set in distant future. The spirit of antichrist is very much in our midst.)
God does not judge anyone but has instead put all things into the hands of his Son. It is what we see in the passage from the Book of the Revelation. Jesus Christ shall strike down all nations so no one can escape. It is the Word of God and He does not judge by hearsay. He shall know how his word is given a twist by the spirit of antichrist even in our own times. For instance have not heard lately from some quarters among the evangelicals citing the age disparity between Joseph and Mary in order to excuse some of their candidates (albeit child molesters) standing for office? When such are the candidates whom the modern churches tout as worthy of emulation are they not holding truth in unrighteousness?.
“They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land(v.5)”.
Prophet Isaiah while speaking about the Medes gathering forces to oust the Babylonians broadens it out to the end times. We have seen it from the discourse of Jesus Christ regarding the destruction of the Temple. From the specific he veers of to the end times in Matthew ch.24. While speaking of Babylon it is significant that the Spirit mentions the destruction of Babylon in the Book of the Revelation ch,18. Law of Gradation is a narrative mode by which the Spirit places destruction of Jerusalem side by side with several other events. Rationale for it is that these seemingly disparate items are part of the divine Judgment. Classic example for this unity is provided in the line Re.11:8 Egypt, Babylon and Sodom are set cheek by jowl as it were.
6 Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.