Death and plague, but no repentance!

Scripture reading for December 12th: Revelation 9, Psalm 97, Proverbs 30

Revelation 9: 18-21 “By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound. The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”

John witnessed in heaven the sixth trumpet sounding and the resulting plagues on the earth. In this judgment, four fallen angels have been bound at the Euphrates river. They are allowed to kill a third of mankind by plagues of fire and smoke and sulfur coming from a large number of mounted troops who are riding demonic horses. In spite of the death and the plagues, the people remaining on earth refuse to repent. They cling to their idols, who can neither see or hear or walk! They continue in their hatred, murders, sorceries, and immorality, although they know these actions have brought upon them the judgment of God Almighty. This is the mystery of iniquity: it blinds its perpetrators and takes them captive to their own destruction.

Psalm 97:7-8 “All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship Him, all you gods! Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of Your judgments, O Lord. For You, O Lord, are Most High over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.”

Prayer: Father God, these sobering judgments cause me to cling even closer to Jesus Christ! Have mercy on our world and its inhabitants, Lord! Open their eyes to truth and draw them to repentance. Forgive them of their idolatry and selfish sins. I will be glad and rejoice when Your mercy accomplishes salvation for believers and Your justice fills the earth! You are exalted above all the earth! Worthy is the Lamb!

Proverbs 30:12-13 “There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth. There are those–how lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift!”

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