Overthrow of the powers of wickedness in the heavenlies and on the earth
Chapter 24 sets before us
the overturning of everything in the earth. The land of
Israel is first in view. But there all the elements of
all the systems of this world will be gathered together
and judged. We have already remarked that this extends to
the judicial overthrow of the power of wickedness in the
heavenlies, as well as of the kings of the earth upon the
earth: the succeeding chapters shew us with what intent.
Without it the evil would not be set aside and put a stop
to. Hence when Christ rides into Jerusalem in Luke it is
said, "peace in heaven." For till the power of
evil is set aside thus, any blessing established on the
earth is soon corrupted and fades.
Before examining them, let
us retrace the objects of the judgments we have spoken
of; let us retrace them in their moral order. We have
Babylon, the power of organised corruption, where the
people of God are captive; the public open enemy of God
and His peoplethe Assyrian; the inward
enemythe Philistine; then Moab, the pride of man.
Damascus is that which has been the enemy of God's
people, but allied with the apostate part of that people
against the faithful part. From all these the people are
delivered. Afterwards we find, under judgment, Egypt, or
the world in its state of nature, the wisdom of which is
lost in confusion; Babylon, now desert in the midst of
the nations; Dumah, the liberty, the independence, of
man; Jerusalem, the professing people; Tyre, the glory of
the world; and, finally, all that is on the earth, and,
to sum up all power, spiritual wickedness in the heavenly
places, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.