Hi, and welcome to this Sunday Review. Life goes well and the seasons continue to spread their wings despite the recent stormy batterings.
I was teaching a small group this week regarding tribulation. The word itself, ‘thilipsis’, conjures up the image of a river flowing through a gorge that becomes ever more narrow. The river becomes constricted and the water begins to boil with turbulence. Soon though, the gorge comes to an end and the river is released to become the calm and peaceful waters of eternity once more.
We are heading towards a narrow gorge, towards a time of bitter tribulation. Take heart though, because this time will not last forever, indeed, the time will be cut short that we might survive.
Matthew 24:22 ‘If those days had not been cut short, no-one would survive but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.’
Both Israel and the Church will come through this bitter time, chastened and purified, as the waters reach out into the wonderful expanse of the eternities.
God has decreed that such a gorge persecution must happen but He will guide us through and be with us every step of the way.
Revelation 7:17 ‘For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd, he will lead them to springs of living waters. And God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.’
- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!