ENOUGH!

Revelation – Jesus IS Coming Back!
 
When do we have enough? When are satisfied with what is? How far will we go to get what we think we need and want? When will it all stop being that important and of value to obtain?
 
Better question, perhaps, is what is so valuable in our eyes now that we cannot live without? Compare that to what God has in store for us. Now ask this question again. What is so valuable to me now? Will it have value to God? Will it raise His value of me to have and to hold it?
 
Humanity needs God. But many go after anything and everything but God to be satisfied and complete. There will be a time when all we think is valuable will be worthless and useless. There will be a time when the traffic of humans will be no more. There will be a time when God steps in and says, “ENOUGH!”
 
Before the Hallelujahs, God’s final judgement of sin provides an act of justice for all who believed and were martyrs for believing. This passage helps us see a glimpse of the final clean up of His Created world in which many of his created destroyed with their sin and selfishness. Those who believe are warned to get out of the way.
 
Revelation 18, The Message
Doom to the City of Darkness
18 1-8 Following this I saw another Angel descend from Heaven. His authority was immense, his glory flooded earth with brightness, his voice thunderous:
 
Revelation 18 babylonRuined, ruined, Great Babylon, ruined!
A ghost town for demons is all that’s left!
A garrison of carrion spirits,
garrison of loathsome, carrion birds.
All nations drank the wild wine of her whoring;
kings of the earth went whoring with her;
entrepreneurs made millions exploiting her.
 
Just then I heard another shout out of Heaven:
 
Get out, my people, as fast as you can,
so you don’t get mixed up in her sins,
so you don’t get caught in her doom.
Her sins stink to high Heaven;
God has remembered every evil she’s done.
Give her back what she’s given,
double what she’s doubled in her works,
double the recipe in the cup she mixed;
Bring her flaunting and wild ways
to torment and tears.
Because she gloated, “I’m queen over all,
and no widow, never a tear on my face,”
In one day, disasters will crush her—
death, heartbreak, and famine—
Then she’ll be burned by fire, because God,
the Strong God who judges her,
has had enough.
 
9-10 “The kings of the earth will see the smoke of her burning, and they’ll cry and carry on, the kings who went night after night to her brothel. They’ll keep their distance for fear they’ll get burned, and they’ll cry their lament:
 
Doom, doom, the great city doomed!
City of Babylon, strong city!
In one hour it’s over, your judgment come!
 
Revelation 18 depression11-17 “The traders will cry and carry on because the bottom dropped out of business, no more market for their goods: gold, silver, precious gems, pearls; fabrics of fine linen, purple, silk, scarlet; perfumed wood and vessels of ivory, precious woods, bronze, iron, and marble; cinnamon and spice, incense, myrrh, and frankincense; wine and oil, flour and wheat; cattle, sheep, horses, and chariots. And slaves—their terrible traffic in human lives.
 
Everything you’ve lived for, gone!
All delicate and delectable luxury, lost!
Not a scrap, not a thread to be found!
 
“The traders who made millions off her kept their distance for fear of getting burned, and cried and carried on all the more:
 
Doom, doom, the great city doomed!
Dressed in the latest fashions,
adorned with the finest jewels,
in one hour such wealth wiped out!
 
17-19 “All the ship captains and travelers by sea, sailors and toilers of the sea, stood off at a distance and cried their lament when they saw the smoke from her burning: ‘Oh, what a city! There was never a city like her!’ They threw dust on their heads and cried as if the world had come to an end:
 
Doom, doom, the great city doomed!
All who owned ships or did business by sea
Got rich on her getting and spending.
And now it’s over—wiped out in one hour!
 
20 “O Heaven, celebrate! And join in, saints, apostles, and prophets! God has judged her; every wrong you suffered from her has been judged.”
 
21-24 A strong Angel reached for a boulder—huge, like a millstone—and heaved it into the sea, saying,
 
Heaved and sunk, the great city Babylon,
sunk in the sea, not a sign of her ever again.
Silent the music of harpists and singers—
you’ll never hear flutes and trumpets again.
Artisans of every kind—gone;
you’ll never see their likes again.
The voice of a millstone grinding falls dumb;
you’ll never hear that sound again.
The light from lamps, never again;
never again laughter of bride and groom.
Her traders robbed the whole earth blind,
and by black-magic arts deceived the nations.
The only thing left of Babylon is blood—
the blood of saints and prophets,
the murdered and the martyred.
 
 
Think About It…
 
Who are what are we hanging onto so tightly, that is so valuable and worth giving all we have to get and keep it? Look around right now. What do we need most? If all is to be wiped away, what is left? WHO do we cling to? Who are we living for? Our honest and sincere answer is a matter of life and death.
 
“Everything you’ve lived for, gone!
All delicate and delectable luxury, lost!
Not a scrap, not a thread to be found!”
 
““O Heaven, celebrate! And join in, saints, apostles, and prophets! God has judged her; every wrong you suffered from her has been judged.”
 
“The only thing left of Babylon is blood—
the blood of saints and prophets,
the murdered and the martyred.”
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are God and we are not. We know and believe there will be a day when you will declare, ENOUGH! May we cling to You, abide in You and live for You reflecting Your glory. May we stayed focused and ready for the day when all the getting and obtaining is over and what remains is only You. I look forward to that day.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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