John the Baptist's words "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world," captures Jesus' life and redemptional mission. Jesus came as a sacrificial lamb to atone for the sins of guilty sinners. All who trust Him know Him as the Lamb of God and receive His forgiveness and cleansing of our sins.
We are so accustomed to hearing the childhood song "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so" that we don't often think of Jesus as a Lamb of wrath. In fact, those who've been born again will never know the wrath of the Lamb.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ presents Jesus Christ as a Sovereign King who will one day show wrath toward unrepentant sinners. Sinners during the Great Tribulation will seek holes in which to hide from the wrath of the Lamb, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!"
As I read The Revelation I am both comforted and terrified. I know that I shall escape the wrath of the Lamb but I also realize with greater intensity that many of those I saw yesterday shopping the "after Christmas sales" will not escape the wrath of the Lamb. After reading Dr. David Jeremiah's book "What In The World Is Going On?" I sense an urgency in my spirit that we are living in the last moments before the Rapture. The world's stage is being set and all of the players are rehearsing their role. I won't be here for the opening of the curtain but many of my loved ones will be here along with millions who've never heard the name of Jesus Christ. They will experience, not the sacrificial love of the Lamb, but the wrath of the Lamb. It is real and it is terrible.
We must warn them. We must tell as many as we can.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
- What will the four horsemen and their riders bring upon the earth?
- What question do those who've been martyred ask?
- What does the sealing of the 144,000 tell you about God's plan for Israel?
- How does God reveal His love for those wearing white robes and who've come out of the great tribulation?
- What happens in heaven at the opening of the seventh seal? What does this tell you about this particular seal?
- What happens to the unanswered prayers prayed by those who've suffered at the hands of others for the Gospel's sake? When will those prayers finally be answered? What does this teach you about prayer?
- What type of invasion will occur in chapter nine?
- How are those who were not killed by the plagues described? What does this tell you about mankind?
- What does the appearing of the mighty angel in chapter ten indicate?
Ask the Lord to help you digest the seriousness of the coming judgment of God upon the earth and to help you to become a bold witness of Jesus Christ.