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It is done!

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 will be 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!  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)

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Just Judgments!

Scripture reading for May 14th: John 8:1-20

When we think of going before a judge to face charges, our hearts race knowing that our future and fate is bound up in the decision of one in authority.  We have no control over how they will rule and often we doubt that they will be fair.  We all will have to face judgment as believers and a different judgment if we are not a believer.  Jesus Christ will be the judge, but we do not have to fear any injustice!

As Jesus was again teaching in the Temple, the Pharisees brought a woman to Him who had been caught in the very act of adultery.  “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.  Now what do You say?”  They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him.” (John 8:4-5)  These men were intent on tripping up Jesus, but Jesus took his finger and began to write in the dust of the ground.  After being pressed for an answer, Jesus replied, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

As Jesus continued to write in the dust, all the accusers left and the woman was there with Jesus.  Finally, Jesus stood up and addressed the woman. “Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?”  “No one, Sir,” she replied.  “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.  “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:10-11)

Jesus skillfully turned the tables on these religious Jews who were trying to trap Him.  Jesus is a capable judge and knows everything about each person.  His judgments are just and true because they come from the Father who also knows everything.  These two witnesses, Jesus and the Father, are always trustworthy and perfect.  (John 8:14-18)  Jesus would rather show mercy on one who was humble and repentant than to judge.  He came to pay the penalty for sin and open the door to mercy for everyone who believes.

As believers, we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive reward for the deeds done in our body.  (2nd Corinthians 5:10)  Unbelievers will stand before the Great White Throne and be justly judged.  (Revelation 20:11-14)  Each judgment will be just and true!

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“It is done!”

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)

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