Jesus Has Securing Power
Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.
-Revelation 16:17-21, emphasis added
Against the rumble of the seventh bowl's massive quake comes the final glorious portrait of Christ!
The Seventh Bowl--A Massive Earthquake: As we study this mega-quake, the "Big One" that has long been feared, allow yourself to hold on to the immense and powerful security we have in Christ.
The judgments of Revelation 16:17-21 I take to be literal. What is described here is very possible with today's weapons. Other than the hail and lightning, the same effects would result from both hydrogen and plutonium bombs.
Have you ever looked at a map of the fault lines of the earth? Like an egg, God has cracked the earth just right for this moment. Note where they run: from Alaska to Chile, from Siberia to New Zealand, from the southern Mediterranean fanning out across the Mideast and then across Asia and south to the heart of Africa. When those tectonic plates move in one quake, the power of 20,000 nuclear bombs is unleashed. With far-reaching devastation than that ahead, our ultimate security can only be found in Jesus.
Jesus has securing power. In verses 17-21 of Revelation 16, we see that without Jesus there can only be hopeless destruction. As the world converges on Jerusalem in Satan's last effort to destroy the Jews, God will convulse the earth and obliterate them with hailstones. But with Jesus there is securing power from the One who gives us our ultimate eternal security (Romans 8:31-39; Hebrews 7).
Make a choice to live in hope: At Calvary there rang up to the gates of heaven a victorious cry, "It is finished!" And at Armageddon there rings down to earth an answering cry from the temple gates in glory, "It is done!"
Both events shake the earth--the quake of Matthew 27:51-54 at Christ's Resurrection and here in Revelation 16:18, the greatest quake of all time. Both events attack and conquer Satan's domain. At Christ's death the graves opened and saints were raised from death (contrary to Satan's power); in Revelation 16 the seven bowls will be poured out on the air-the present headquarters of Satan.
Both events represent a path: which are you on? One leads to the enduring hope of eternal bliss in the presence of your glorious Savior, Jesus Christ. The other leads to utter hopelessness and devastation with the ultimate destiny of eternal suffering in hell with the devil and his fallen angels-forever separated from the God who loved you and gave himself for you.
Jesus has sanctifying, life-giving, satisfying, liberating, enlightening, conquering, and securing power. Faith in this beautiful Jesus is the victory that overcomes the world! So rejoice if you have Christ!
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