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Scripture reading for December 29th: Revelation 14-16
God is love and He is kind and loving towards all He has made. Some people focus just on this fact and believe that because God is loving, that all men will be saved and none will perish. However, God is also just and punishes sin and rebellion. “I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues–last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.” (Revelation 15:1) John’s attention was again captured by this sign. He had written about the seven seals opened by the Lamb, the seven trumpets blown by seven angels, and now seven angels with seven bowls of the wrath of God.
He then saw a company of people in heaven, playing harps and singing the song of Moses. Moses and Miriam led the Israelites in a song of worship because of God’s deliverance from their enemies characterized by Pharaoh and his army. In John’s vision these overcomers were singing of God’s ultimate triumph over their enemies and the wonder of God’s marvelous deeds that would bring all nations to worship Him. As they worshiped, the tabernacle of testimony was opened and the seven angels appeared with their golden bowls of God’s wrath. The tabernacle was God’s dwelling place among men. God wanted to be close to His people and mark them with His presence. Worship opens our hearts to experience God’s presence and understand His will.
As the bowls are poured out on the earth at the command from the temple, plagues struck the people of the earth as in the days of Moses. Despite the signature of God’s great power, people refused to repent but instead cursed God and gnawed their own tongues in agony. (Revelation 16:8-9) The sixth bowl released three evil demon spirits that looked like frogs and they came out of the mouth of the satanic trinity of beast, dragon, and false prophet. These spirits enabled miraculous signs that would deceive the kings of the whole world and bring them to the final battle. (Revelation 16:12-14)
Another warning by Jesus: “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) Believers must be ready and clothed in Christ’s righteousness to avoid judgment. Check your own heart and life today. Jesus is coming!