Today’s Reading: Revelation 9-11
Today’s Reflection: Revelation 9:20-21
20) The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, 21) nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Revelation chapter 9 describes three terrible plagues that will come in the last days and destroy a third of all life on earth, including a third of all people. Though it’s unclear what exactly brings this death and destruction about, it’s easy to imagine the terror that would cause throughout the world. But not enough to bring about change.
People often ask about the need for God’s judgment. Why does anyone need to be lost for eternity? Does God truly give people the opportunity for repentance? Is His judgment fair? This is one example that shows the need for God’s judgment and for eternal punishment. The word makes it clear that even the threat of destruction and seeing one in three people die in an earth-shattering cataclysm isn’t enough to move those committed to living life their own way to turn to God and repent. If that wouldn’t cause people to change, nothing would. And those who are devoted to their own way will not be happy in the heaven and earth made new—a world where everything works according to God’s will, way and purposes.
Jeremiah 25:31 – The clamor will resound to the ends of the earth, for the LORD has an indictment against the nations; he is entering into judgment with all flesh, and the wicked he will put to the sword, declares the LORD.’