The defiant survivors of the first two woes of Revelation 9!
Those who survive the first two woes still refuse to change their minds (repent) concerning the works of their hands. The idea of human works as a means of appeasing God (or more accurately “the gods”) is deeply ingrained and interwoven in the soul of sinful, fallen humanity. It is like a death grip that invariably leads people to create false worship and then to cling to what they have created. This false worship reveals itself itself in thousands of variations, but everyone who worships what they have created walks the same path of death, the way that seems right and natural to a man or woman.
(Proverbs 14:12 The Message) There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell.
People will not give up the only thing in which they have hope. And we see here, even in the face of God’s wrath and judgment, they defiantly cling to their direction. Therefore having no hope except what they can manufacture themselves these people are driven to satisfy the deep desires of their mind and soul, only finding solace in deeds of darkness. Driven by false hope they are imprisoned in murders, sorceries (drugs), sexual immorality and theft (taking what belongs to someone else).
What is ultimate reality? Can we have an accurate view of reality if we only take into account the here and now?
Many people, even it seems many professing Christians, are disturbed to hear about the coming doom that Revelation prophecies. Why is that? Why would we want a view of life that does not take into account eternity? Because most people live in a world of pretend.
Ultimate reality is a view of this world and the next from the pages of God’s holy word, the Bible. The wrath of God being poured out as he ends Earth history is not a pleasant picture, but it is accurate and it is necessary for us to live in a way that honors him.
The Bible … believe it or don’t believe it, but each of us will give an account.
REVELATION MESSAGE 16 – Doom Is on Its Way
God’s holy angels were wowed at the scene before them!
All they could do was fall on their faces and worship their God!
(Revelation 7:11–12 ESV) And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Angels do not know everything. They are not gods but beings created by God as we are. In Revelation 7 we are going to observe a scene in heaven in which the angels are going to be absolutely wowed before their holy God. What has happened? They see “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands” (7:9).
And what did they do in response to this great assembly of those dressed in white and purchased by the blood of the Lamb? They fell on their faces and worshiped God. What a joyful day, a great day of affirmation for their God and his salvation work, and they are completely swept off their feet (if they have feet) by the joy and majesty of the moment. Savor the moment. The angels have anticipated something like this for thousands of years at least. Peter writes concerning this interest of God’s holy angels in the salvation of God’s people.
(1 Peter 1:10–12 ESV) Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
Message: “The Lamb Will Be Their Shepherd”
Message Text: Revelation 7
REVELATION MESSAGE 14
The Great Day of Wrath – Revelation 6
“The great day of their wrath.”
Why is God so harsh in his judgment? Why does he have to bring, in the words of Isaiah, “a cruel day with wrath and fierce anger … to destroy sinners”? Other prophets call our attention to wailing, weeping, terror, pain, anguish, mourning, doom and darkness in anticipation of this great day of wrath. Isn’t that overkill? Hasn’t the hellfire and brimstone thing outlived its shelf life? Why does God insist on going to such extremes?
Because sin is bad, really bad. And sin has to be dealt with fully and completely for any of us to have any hope whatsoever.
We may think we know how bad sin is, and we obviously have some idea, but how much do we truly understand of a battle that stretches out over eons and from heaven to earth. Do we truly grasp the chasm that now exists between God and man?
Think about it. The scope, the extent, of the conflict. God’s creation … angelic first and then human, choosing a different path and rebelling against him, becoming the enemies of God.
You have heard the expression—“God only knows.” What could be more true when it comes to sin and the effect it has had on this planet. But there are some people who think they “have a handle” on sin. They deem themselves wise enough to make their own rules. They live by self-constructed moral codes, laws and standards. In fact, many in our world believe that they understand the sin issue so well that they have redefined sin. This new and improved version of sin is taught and promoted in our universities and many seminaries and even churches.
These people not only believe that they understand evil better than God and his prophets, but they scoff at the outdated and culturally irrelevant doctrines of Scripture. To them, God’s holy word is passé with the exception of selected texts that they regard as acceptable or satisfactory according to their standards.
So what happens then when you redefine evil? You next redefine the gospel. The biggest threat today to the sound teaching of the gospel is not in the wild, in the world, not the gay/lesbian groups, not liberal politicians, but right in the church, more specifically people in our churches, in leadership, in the pulpit and in the pew, who do not believe what God says about the sinfulness of humans before a holy God.