Revelation can be the scary and most confusing book of the Bible, but one thing it’s not is pablum. For those that don’t know, pablum is baby food. No, Revelation was written for those that are of “full age,” those who are mature, who have courage, who won’t run when things get tough. It talks about lightnings and thunderings and mass destruction, of a great city gone in one day.
Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (KJV) God’s judgement is shown within the pages of Revelation, and he wants us to read it. He is a just and loving God, and he wants us to know that justice is approaching.
If you read Revelation, you will read about God’s wrath. In today’s culture, most people don’t want any type of wrath or punishment. In fact, they think it’s wrong. Yet, they are quick to insist on “justice” or retribution from anyone that has hurt them. We have law enforcement and courts and jails for those that break our laws, and yet we want to break God’s with impunity. We need to stop, think and understand that part of God’s goodness is the fact that he will not tolerate sin and evil forever.
We want heaven on earth, and we want it on our terms. We want a place where there’s no more sorrow, no more tears, no cancer, no traffic accidents, no human trafficking or death of loved one; and yet we don’t want what it takes to get rid of those. God will have to do something drastic to rid our world of those, and he will. However, he has given us a “free ticket” to escape that judgement, to get to the real heaven through Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection. BUT–and it is a big BUT–all those that do not accept his gift (None of us is perfect. We all need a Savior) will be separated from God and from heaven forever.
What a hard thing—and yet we cannot have both. We see the evil, we rant against it, against our government and ISIS and hate and disease, but without God’s intervention, it will be with us forever.
Instead God has promised to give us “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13
But before we get there, a lot is going to happen. There will come a great “falling away” of the Church first. That’s talking about Christians. Do you want to be one that falls away? I don’t. And yet, it is so easy to let the things of the world fill our eyes.
It’s time for us to become serious about Jesus and our walk with him. Today. Not tomorrow or later this week. But today. There is an immediacy in these words because the time is short. In fact, the Bible says in Revelation that the time is at hand. How much nearer now than before?
In John 9:4, Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” (NIV) We can’t be like the people in Noah’s time who remained ignorant of the coming day of judgment.
Remember, God has given us everything that pertains to life and to godliness. He tells us that we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices. Our only defeat then comes from our own hands. Wake up! The time is at hand.
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