Tag: Deeds will follow
Scripture reading for December 29th: Revelation 14-16
As the revelation of Jesus Christ continued, the theme of judgment flows through the vision. John saw the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion and 144,000 redeemed from the tribes of Israel. They were those who had kept themselves pure and followed the Lamb. (Revelation 14:1-4) This company was praising the Lamb with a new song that only they could learn.
John saw another angel flying in mid-heaven proclaiming an eternal gospel to those on the earth. “He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth the sea and the springs of water.”” (Revelation 14:7)
“A second angel followed and said in aloud voice: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”” (Revelation 14:8-9) A third angel warned of the wrath of God against those who had the mark of the beast. They will have no rest and the smoke of their torment will rise forever. God does nothing by judgment unless He warns His people by the prophets. (Amos 3:6-7)
“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” Yes”, says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor and their deeds will follow them.” (Revelation 14:13)
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (Revelation 16:15)
Those who read and heed this book are promised a blessing! (Revelation 1:3) God also encouraged those who trusted in Him and gave them instructions to help them in the warfare and patience needed in the last days. Death for the believer brings rest from the warfare and rewards for standing true to the Lord! He will come like a thief for those not ready, but His people will be awake, aware, and prepared by the blood of Jesus!
The bowls of wrath poured out on the earth, and men were terrified, but curse the God of heaven and refuse to repent! (Revelation 16:9, 11, 21) Sin takes us farther away from God, blinds us to the only way out and ends in terrible judgment! “You are just in these judgments, You who are, and who were, the Holy One, because You have so judged, . . .” (Revelation 16:5)