“And they swarmed up over the broad plain of the earth and encircled the fortress (camp) of God’s people (the saints) and the beloved city; but fire descended from heaven and consumed them.” Revelation 20:9 ->me: Here we see the final act of God to extinguish evil. As the hordes of godless nations surrounded God’s people and they city they are in God sends fire from heaven to consume the followers of the great deceiver in a quick moment…no battle, no war, just a quick judgement executed by a holy and pure God. What keeps going through my mind is not the swiftness in which God doles out justice in this passage but all the opportunities He provided leading up this moment; the many instances of grace to allow a people turned from Him to acknowledge His Son as the One True solution to their problems. Some might look at this and see a wrathful God anxious to pour out a consuming fire, but what I see is the final stoke of a loving God after so many years, opportunities, and signs that point to Him as the only Hope. Directly succeeding this is the hurling of the dragon (satan) into the lake of fire where he will stay with the beast and the false prophet forever and ever. Knowing what comes ahead I am again reminded of how much work there is to be done.