Apologies, I have been caught up for the past couple of days with thoughts and prayers for the Ukraine.
Revelation 12:12 ‘Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has gone down to you.’
The devil causes demonic chaos wherever he goes. There will be great relief when he is cast down from the second heaven and comes to earth.
It is generally understood that his spirit will take refuge in the person of the end-time beast that we see emerging in chapter thirteen.
This beast, the antichrist, surrenders his very self to the enemy and becomes a corrupt and evil incarnation. He will be tempted by deception to receive the false powers of the enemy but these will eventually cause his destruction.
The devil has always waged war in the heavenlies but from now on he will only be able to fight war on the world stage.
- 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!