While taking Bible Study Fellowship’s Revelation study; my leader asked these questions. “Where do you see darkness? Of what is God warning me?” Lastly; “Do I need to be sharing these warnings?” She challenged our group to use these questions as an opportunity to share Christ and His security.
As a child; I held onto Revelation’s well painted pictures of end time destruction. Though I know it’s horrible; as I study now, I realize and see the mercy and justice of God work together for the good of His sons and daughters. God limits His destruction upon all of mankind and allows time for repentance.
In Revelation 8 and 9, harsh judgement falls on mankind through the first six trumpets. Please take time to read these passages that confront us with the consequences of sin. You will read an eye witness account of destruction, bitterness, loss, pain, anguish, fear and death. In every case; God only brings destruction to one third of the land or one third of mankind. Why? In wrath He remembers mercy. He is a God of love but also a God of justice. He is allowing time for repentance.
Those with God’s seal on their foreheads will be protected from the judgment of God. We who belong to God; are the ones for whom the Lamb died. We have trusted and followed Him. We need not fear. God hears and will respond to the prayers of His suffering people.
For those who come to Christ during the tribulation; God will hear and respond to the prayers of His suffering people. He will give warnings of divine justice; against those who persecute them. “In a world that prefers degradation of sin, God’s people are safe; as God acts according to His holiness.”
To the very end of the world as we know it; “Even in God’s wrath; He will remember His mercy.”
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, through out Your Word; I have witnessed Your wrath upon sin. I have also witnessed Your mercy; as You lovingly give men and women chance after chance to repent. Thank You Lord, for being such a merciful God. Thank You for being a God of mercy, grace and justice. In Jesus Name. Amen