God is Love, (1John 4:15). He is also just. That means He must punish unrepentant sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom 6:23.
Revelation 15 & 16 reveal that God’s Love is an Open Door Until the Very End – Reward for those who love God is contrasted by Judgment of all unrepentant unrighteousness upon the Earth. Throughout scripture, throughout time, the Holy Spirit Lovingly, continually calls out in many ways a warning, “To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart . . .” Heb 4:7. These two chapters also answer the cry of the Saints in Revelation 6:10 . . .“How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
The responsibility of God’s people upon the Earth is to give a testimony as He gives us opportunity. We sow seed. We water. But only God can give the increase. What an awesome privilege we have being co-laborers with God’s glory in this process! These chapters plainly emphasize the urgency for the Church, the Body Of Christ, to sow seed TODAY, while there is still time.
In Revelation 8:1, where it says “. . . there was silence in heaven for about half an hour,” may show God’s incomprehensible Loving patience. Could this silence be for all heaven to be intently listening as not to miss the pleas of any last souls on Earth crying out to God for salvation?
Chapter 15 picks up from the interlude begun after 11:19 and continues with the 3rd and last Woe – the 7th and last Trumpet – releasing the final judgments upon an ungodly world (the 7 bowls of “God’s wrath”). Revelation 11:18 contains a warning and a blessing:“And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.”
Notice that “those who fear thy name” are rewarded before His wrath is poured out on the ungodly. Be assured, God keeps watch over His people.
These chapters bring us full circle from the disobedience begun in Genesis and concluding in the purging of all wickedness from the Earth. Such frightfully terrifying words are recorded here that they cause one’s heart to break and knees to buckle. Unimaginably, the wicked blasphemed God and repented not, Rev 9:20; 16:9, 11, 21.
That wicked attitude is pervasive throughout the Earth today. Each morning’s headlines are filled with stories of “IRRATIONAL” hatred toward Christians, Jews, and Israel – groundless, demonically irrational hatred. The “weeping and gnashing of teeth” seen in Mt 8:12; Mt 22:13; Mt 25:30, etc., is far from sorrow. They “weep” for what they perceive God has deprived them. They hideously “gnash their teeth” in a satanic rage against God. There is no sorrow, just anger (Verse 18).
Jude says of them, “8. . . these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 12. . . feeding themselves without fear . . . twice dead, plucked up by the roots . . . 14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” Jude 1:8, 12-15.
John consoles us, “12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” John 1:12-13.
Paul sums it up, “. . . giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” Colossians 1:12-13 (NASB).
The consistency of Scripture is evidence of Divine Design. There are over 635 allusions to the Old Testament in Revelation, over 30 in Chapters 15 & 16. Psalm 46 slips in here perfectly.
Psalm 46 “To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth [a city]. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
We cry out, Maranatha!
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