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Judgment but no repentance!

Scripture reading for December 23rd: Revelation 16

Key Scriptures: Revelation 16:8-10 “The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch the earth with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the Name of God Who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give Him glory. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.”

When parents discipline their children, it is for their good and to bring repentance–a change of mind and attitude and actions. God’s final judgments, are just and true, but those remaining on the earth refuse correction and resist responding as God would desire. Instead, they curse God and refuse to worship or repent. Scorching fire upon the earth and darkness with plagues and human suffering brought cursing of God. God in His patience was offering one last opportunity to repent but man was stubborn and hardened in rebellion. The demonic spirits released on the earth through the beast now gather the people for a final battle at Armageddon. Beware: The end will come quickly and suddenly!

Revelation 16:15-16 “(Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed.”) And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for Your just and true judgments and Your mercy towards all mankind. Thank You that You will repay justly those who refuse Your mercy and harden their hearts in total rebellion. Give me opportunity today to share Your great mercy and love through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just and true are Your judgments and Your great mercy towards the humble and repentant!

Revelation 16:19-21 “The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of His wrath. And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found. And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.”

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God’s amazing patience!

Scripture reading for October 21st: Jeremiah 50-51, 2nd Peter 3

Key Scriptures: 2nd Peter 3:9-13 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”

Mankind is very short-sighted. They tend to live for each day and many worry about the future, but fail to prepare for it. Peter called the believers to patient endurance. The Lord is patient with each person, and He wants none to perish. The Day of the Lord’s return will come suddenly and bring everlasting destruction to the earth and the unsaved. But followers of Jesus are looking forward to a New Heaven and New Earth and eternal righteousness! It will happen suddenly too! Amen!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, help me daily to see the big picture and Your amazing mercy and patience with the lost. Use me to help others see Your patience and prepare them for Your sudden return!

Jeremiah 51:6 “”Flee from the midst of Babylon; let every one save his life! Be not cut off in her punishment, for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance, the repayment He is rendering her.””

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