Are you sick of all this judgment yet? I know I’m getting there. I feel like, “Yeah, yeah…I get it already! Can we move on now?”
As I groped for a modern equivalent, it occurred to me that this scene is like the fall of Sauron at the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. When Frodo finally casts the ring into Mount Doom, it takes several minutes of screen tie for the mountain to blow its top, the eye to extinguish and Sauron’s great tower and walls to finally fall. If all you’d seen was the 10 minutes leading up to the finale, it would probably seem like Peter Jackson waaaaay overdid it in his treatment of Mordor’s collapse. But if you watched the whole way through the trilogy (or had read the books even once), you relished every brick crumbling and every Orc falling into the fissures.
I imagine that’s how John’s readers felt here. Hooray! FINALLY, the demise and misery we’ve been waiting for. FINALLY, the vindication and retribution we deserve. FINALLY, God brings justice to our plight. Yes, though it seems a bit redundant for us I’m sure they were soaking up every word. As I try put myself in their shoes for a minute, a slow smile comes to my face. Yes, my God is just. Yes, God wins!!