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Friday, December 30, 2016

When God Hands Out Musical Instruments (Revelation 16:5-6)

"You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve."

Chapter fifteen opens with the saints singing the song of Moses, the servant of the Lord and the song of the Lamb, accompanied by harps given out by God. When God hands out musical instruments it is time to sing.

After such global devastation the saints are singing while all others are cursing. What would cause such a song? Those who've partnered with the Devil and his demons finally get their just desserts.

Humanity has thumbed its nose at the Lord Jesus Christ for long enough. They've killed His servants; they've rejected His word; they've ignored His warning and they've hardened their hearts toward His call to repentance. Some people just will not repent. No amount of destruction will bring them to their knees. Therefore the wrath of God is poured out upon them. The rebellious ones reap the bitter fruit of their rebellion against the King and the King's army sing in honor of Him who is finally vindicated. Good! It is time to sing! No time for tears, but singing.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Revelation 15:1-18:24
  • What do the seven bowls contain?
  • What does this tell you about God? About sinners?
  • How do the people respond to the intense heat of the fourth bowl and the darkness of the fifth bowl?
  • What does this tell you about people?
  • What warning is given between the sixth and final bowl and to whom is the warning given?
  • The great prostitute is false religion. What characterizes false religion?
  • Who bears the brunt of false religion?
  • How is the great city of Babylon described and why is her downfall mourned?
Turning truth into prayer
It is easy to get so caught up in living that we forget the coming outpouring of God's wrath upon this world. Ask the Lord to help you "stay awake and be prepared". Ask Him to help you become spiritually alert and prayerful.