Text: Revelation 7-8; Isaiah 59
As we get deeper into Revelation a pattern becomes apparent. God will bring things to an end and wrath will come in the form of vast acts of desolation. The things that follow the “trumpets” (see Rev 8) are the stuff of apocalyptic motion pictures. But notice that every time God’s judgment arrives, only a third of things is actually destroyed. If He was fully done with us, all would be destroyed. What we see is His wrath – which is good and right and just given that it is poured out on evil – and His mercy – which is undeserved but yet poured out on those He loves. For those who are in Jesus, we find these sweet words:
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
The end of the world at the hands of God will be awful and wondrous at the same time. Awful for evil and evil doers, and sweet for the redeemed. Pray for the lost. Give thanks for our salvation. Worship the King.
in Him, Mike