Revelation – Jesus IS Coming Back!
Just before take off a little girl was running around, up and down, the aisle of the plane. People were complaining as she run into them. The flight attendant told the mother she was going to have to restrain her child. The mom settled her into her seat with a strong warning to behave while tightly buckling her in for the journey. The feisty little girl was smiling broadly. Her exasperated mother asked why in the world she was smiling and even giggling. The defiant little girl said, “I may be buckled down but in my mind, I’m still running around!”
Are there people in and out of the church who are like this little girl? Are there people who look good and have it all together with God to the outside world, but on the inside of their hearts and souls are still “running around”, living as the world dictates to them? We find in our passage today that God will pour out the Cup of His wrath on those who refuse to follow Him, who continue to run from Him.
“Keep watch! I come unannounced, like a thief. You’re blessed if, awake and dressed, you’re ready for me. To bad if you’re found running through the streets, naked and ashamed.”
God knows our hearts well…better than we know them. Are still “running around” bumping into people, hurting them with our actions, making life difficult for others and worse still…refusing God? Who we think we are hiding from? This is God!
Revelation 16, The Message
Pouring Out the Seven Disasters
16 I heard a shout of command from the Temple to the Seven Angels: “Begin! Pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on earth!”
2 The first Angel stepped up and poured his bowl out on earth: Loathsome, stinking sores erupted on all who had taken the mark of the Beast and worshiped its image.
3 The second Angel poured his bowl on the sea: The sea coagulated into blood, and everything in it died.
4-7 The third Angel poured his bowl on rivers and springs: The waters turned to blood. I heard the Angel of Waters say,
Righteous you are, and your judgments are righteous,
The Is, The Was, The Holy.
They poured out the blood of saints and prophets
so you’ve given them blood to drink—
they’ve gotten what they deserve!
Just then I heard the Altar chime in,
Yes, O God, the Sovereign-Strong!
Your judgments are true and just!
8-9 The fourth Angel poured his bowl on the sun: Fire blazed from the sun and scorched men and women. Burned and blistered, they cursed God’s Name, the God behind these disasters. They refused to repent, refused to honor God.
10-11 The fifth Angel poured his bowl on the throne of the Beast: Its kingdom fell into sudden eclipse. Mad with pain, men and women bit and chewed their tongues, cursed the God-of-Heaven for their torment and sores, and refused to repent and change their ways.
12-14 The sixth Angel poured his bowl on the great Euphrates River: It dried up to nothing. The dry riverbed became a fine roadbed for the kings from the East. From the mouths of the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet I saw three foul demons crawl out—they looked like frogs. These are demon spirits performing signs. They’re after the kings of the whole world to get them gathered for battle on the Great Day of God, the Sovereign-Strong.
15 “Keep watch! I come unannounced, like a thief. You’re blessed if, awake and dressed, you’re ready for me. Too bad if you’re found running through the streets, naked and ashamed.”
16 The frog-demons gathered the kings together at the place called in Hebrew Armageddon.
17-21 The seventh Angel poured his bowl into the air: From the Throne in the Temple came a shout, “Done!” followed by lightning flashes and shouts, thunder crashes and a colossal earthquake—a huge and devastating earthquake, never an earthquake like it since time began. The Great City split three ways, the cities of the nations toppled to ruin. Great Babylon had to drink the wine of God’s raging anger—God remembered to give her the cup! Every island fled and not a mountain was to be found. Hailstones weighing a ton plummeted, crushing and smashing men and women as they cursed God for the hail, the epic disaster of hail.
Think About It….
When I read about The Cup of wrath I am reminded of another Cup, the Fourth Cup at the Table of the Lord on His last night on earth before He offered up his life as a sacrifice “poured out” for our debt of sin. He told his followers, “I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” What a blessed thought! (There is much significance here with the cup.)
We have a choice of two cups…The Cup of God’s Wrath or the Cup offered to us in communion with our Savior. It’s pretty simple, cut and dry.
Jesus paid it all…and yet, people still refuse this wonderful, incredible gift of salvation, freedom to be all God created us to be. God provides a way out of the misery, injustice, pain and suffering we bring upon ourselves because of our own sin. And yet, people refuse. We will suffer for our faith and in our faith because we live in a fallen world, but God sees us through it all. He will also pass the cup of judgement to those who refuse to follow Him and wreak havoc on his people. The revelation causes us to commit. What cup will it be? From what cup will we be drinking from forever?
“Done!” The last bowl is poured out. “Great Babylon had to drink the wine of God’s raging anger–God remembered to give her to cup!”
In my heart and mind, I am not still running around, I’m running after my King, Jesus Christ, Savior and Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your salvation. Thank you for helping us over all the hurdles of this race to You. Sometimes the journey is hard, confusing and takes patience and wisdom, but You are quick to respond for you are always with us, abiding in our hearts. Continue to guide us as we walk with You.
In Jesus Name, Amen