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Gone in one hour!

Scripture reading for December 27th: Revelation 18:1-24

John’s visit to heaven continued with the appearance of a shining angel with great authority.  This angel announced the fall of Babylon the Great.  God’s judgment would come upon her because she had become home to every demonic power and had used her evil to cause all nations and kings to become drunk on her evil wine of adultery.  This is the spiritual adultery of idolatry!

“Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven and God has remembered her crimes.  . . .Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine.  She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.” (Revelation 18:4-5, 8)   God called His people out of Babylon.  Babylon was to be suddenly destroyed.  In just one day her plagues would overtake her.  She would be given back double for all her sins! This verse echoes the warnings from Jeremiah six hundred years before Christ!    ” Flee from Babylon, run for your lives! . . .Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken.” (Jeremiah 51:6-11)

John next heard the report of the kings of the earth mourning because of the fall of Babylon.  They would see the smoke of her burning and weep and lament over her downfall: “Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power!  In one hour your doom has come! (Revelation 18:10)  The kings of earth now speak of this destruction taking place in one hour!  In just one hour all the glittering wealth of Babylon had come to ruin and the world system of humanistic power and trade was gone forever.

The saints were called to rejoice because of the judgment of God on the system that had mistreated them.  “Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:  With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.” (Revelation 18:21)  John saw this mighty sign in heaven and was probably reminded of the prophesy of Jeremiah.  He also had something similar to do in Babylon with his prophesy.  (Jeremiah 51:59-64)  The end of all will come suddenly and violently for those who are in rebellion against God!

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One more night with the frogs!

Scripture reading for January 21st: Exodus 7-10

When I was younger, we would hunt frogs each fall on a late October night that was lit by a full moon.  It was an annual ritual that our neighborhood used to enjoy.  The men would go out after dark with flashlights, spears, and burlap sacks and head for the farm ponds.  The frogs would be gathering in clusters, getting ready to head down into the mud for the winter.  They were easy picking!  After harvest, the neighbors would gather to eat fried frog legs and pot-blessing, play cards and swap stories about the harvest.  It was great food and a good time!

In our reading today we have another story about frogs.  Moses had decreed a plague of frogs on the land of Egypt because Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go to worship God.  Frogs filled the land.  They were in the fields, houses, marketplace, Pharaoh’s palace, and even in the bedrooms!  Pharaoh summoned Moses to ask him to pray to God to get rid of those frogs.  Moses, trying to be polite, allowed Pharaoh to set the time when the frogs would be gone.  Pharaoh’s answer was, “tomorrow”.  Why tomorrow?  Did Pharaoh want one more night of frog hunting too?  Did he enjoy sleeping with the frogs?  Maybe one of his magicians had turned one of his kids into a frog?  These are some silly questions to ponder about this story! There are more serious ones.

It amazes me that when God offers us freedom to ask Him for anything, (John 14:13) we often answer just like Pharaoh: “tomorrow”.  Do we want one more night with our addiction?  Do we want to be sick one more night?  Do we want one more night to be angry and bitter?  Tomorrow never really comes.  When we procrastinate, we are saying that we love our sin or problem more than we love God.  We want one more night with the frogs!

Ask the Lord to help you break the bondage of procrastination.  Sit down with him today and get it taken care of!  Frogs may be tasty animals, but you don’t need another night with them!

“Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7

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