This Sunday we are covering a chapter fraught with symbolic language, and a myriad of interpretations down through the centuries. Generally speaking, it is about the religious and geopolitical system, "the world", as the New Testament refers to it. We live in the world now but are called to be separate from its ways.
This chapter reveals what is at work behind this world system, and none of it is pleasing to God in the least. We cannot be friends of the world and friends of God at the same time. This judgment of God is coming to the whole world system, and it is severe. He is going to judge it completely. It is His place to pour out that wrath; it is our place now to maintain lives of light and purity as we live in this world.