Tag: I come like a thief
Scripture reading for December 25th: Revelation 16:1-21
John heard a loud voice from the temple commanding the angels: “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” At this command, each of these seven angels obeyed in sequence. The first angel brought ugly sores on all who worshiped the beast. The second angel’s bowl turned the sea to blood and brought death to every living creature in the sea. The third angel’s bowl turned all the rivers and springs of water to blood.
John heard an angel proclaim: “You are just in these judgments, You who are and who were, the Holy One, because You have so judged; for they have shed the blood of Your saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” (Revelation 16:5-6) God is the only one who can repay justly, because He is the only One who is Holy and omniscient! God commands His people not to take vengeance because it belongs to Him alone. (Romans 12:17-20; Deuteronomy 32:35) His judgment is poured out on those who have shed blood: they are given blood to drink!
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun and people on earth are scorched by fire. Global warming was taking place in this instance and it was caused by God’s wrath against sin on earth! The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast and plunged his kingdom into darkness. John notes: “Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.” (Revelation 16:10-11)
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the River Euphrates, and its water dried up to make way for the kings of the East. Three evil spirits come from the dragon, beast, and false prophet to draw them to battle with God. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air and a voice from the throne shouted, “It is done!” There was a great earthquake that shook the great city (Rome or Babylon) splitting it into three parts and collapsed the cities of the nations. It also leveled the mountains and sunk the islands of the sea! Hailstones of a hundred pounds fell on men and they cursed God! The warning: “Behold I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake . .” (Revelation 16:15a)