Read verses 1-3
Q: Whose voice is speaking here?
A: The voice of “the nations” or, literally translated, “the Gentiles”.
Q: What is the basic attitude of their voice?
A: The word “uproar” could also be translated, “to assemble tumultuously”. In other words, it is the voice of rebellion.
Q: And against what is mankind rebelling?
A: The reference in v.3 to “tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords” means that they are rebelling against God and His rule, that under their earthly leaders they are resisting God and Christ.
Q: So what is it that the nations desire?
A: Freedom from God’s rule. It is God who originally provided for the nations who do not want to ascribe to His plan nor ways.
From these the coastlands of the nations were separated into their lands, every one according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.
— Genesis 10:5
“When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
When He separated the sons of man,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
According to the number of the sons of Israel.
— Deuteronomy 32:8
and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
— Acts 17:26
Q: In what ways have the nations displayed their continued rebellion against God even to this present day?
A: They have rejected God’s people (first Israel, then the church), then rejected God’s Word, and ultimately rejected God’s Messiah.
Q: According to Scripture, what do we know is the eventual and final end of this rebellion?
A: The kings of the earth will ultimately unite together to fight against God.
And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”) And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.
— Revelation 16:13-16
Application: The voice of the nations: The basic nature of mankind is rebellion against God and His Messiah.