New Testament In a Year: December 24 – Revelation 16

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Revelation 16
(1-16) The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath
The last of God’s wrath is poured out on the earth. Each of the plagues hurt nature and human beings in some horrible way. But even with the plagues, those who do not believe in Jesus the Christ, still refuse to believe in Him. Instead of repenting and giving God the glory He deserves because of His power, they curse His name. The angels understand that God is judging the earth out of His spirit of justice and truth and not out of hate. For thousands of years, God has patiently stood by and witnessed people who He created reject His Son, reject His Word, and persecute those who did receive His Son and believe His Word. Now, He is avenging the shed blood of believers and punishing the world by giving it what it deserves.

After the sixth bowl is poured out, the stage is set for the final battle between good and evil, light and darkness, God and man, to take place.

(17-21) The Seventh Bowl
After the seventh bowl is poured out, God’s wrath is done. This is evidenced by a great earthquake taking place like has never happened before. The earthquake splits the city of Jerusalem into three parts and causes all the cities of the world to fall. If you’ve ever watched 2012, then you have a pretty good image of what falling cities around the world will look like. Imagine: the New York’s Statue of Liberty, Rio’s Christ the Redeemer, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge – all gone.

Once again, God’s Word will come true: earth will pass away (Matthew 24:35), but He and those who believe in Him will remain.

Favorite verse: (7) And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!”

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