Wednesday, August 11
Justice, Wrath and Judgment
Revelation 14:6-20 And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people...
think about it.
What are the messages of the three angels (14:6-11)? What two harvests take place in these verses (14:14-20)? What do you think these two harvests represent? Where do you see yourself in these future events?
With Revelation 14 we find ourselves at an interlude between the seven trumpet judgments and the coming seven bowl judgments which will be much more severe than the prior judgments we've already seen. For the most part, this passage is quite sobering. The third angel tells of even more persecution for Christ followers and we're also given a look at what hell will be like for those who reject Christ. We then move on to a vision of the harvesting of people from the earth. The final verses focus on the harvest of the non-believing and "the winepress of the wrath of God" and blood will flow for 1600 stadia (approximately 184 miles) as high as a horse's bridle as a result (vs. 19-20).
The details in Revelation 14:6-20 are dreadful and gruesome. But those details show us that what God has told us over and over again in the Bible—that He is just and that He will make all things right—is absolutely true and that time has arrived.
So how can we use what we've read today to build on our understanding of the God we serve and how we serve Him? Tami W.
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