Revelation 16:1,4-7,17 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God”... Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”... Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.”
The picture painted of the end times in these prophetic words recorded in Revelation seem much more than just simply events. While many of these events might take place soon, many seem to have already to have taken place if we understand these signs in the language of the Hebrews and there is much we can assimilate by inferring but is that what God wants us to do today?
I like to read my Bible with the desire to hear what God wants to say to me because His voice is recorded here in text and as relevant as it was thousands of years ago, it is amazingly relevant to us today in our modern day situations too!
Revelations 16 describes the last 7 plagues that are to come and as hard as they are to imagine and digest, what I found harder was the words spoken by the angel of the waters and echoed again by the altar of God.
How can the seas, the land and the rivers and streams pour the blood of saints and prophets and what justice is there for God to punish these elements?
Most people who call themselves christian consider the prophets of old and the lives of the apostles and even Jesus as stories of old. In all of the Bible, bloodshed seems a common theme and most of this blood was that of those most sincere in their faith and love of God.
Do you and I face a fraction of the challenges they did? Is our faith even questioned or do we just live lives of insignificance and follow christianity as a religion?
To follow Christ, we need to pick up our cross and walk with Him in a relationship, not just by actions. Jesus desires to have a real and meaningful relationship with us and therefore calls us to bring our burdens before Him so that we can focus on Him while He helps us carry our burdens.
Our families are the first areas of ministry for every christian. When we are transformed by God's love, we then learn to sacrifice self for others like Jesus did for us. With our families, can we sacrifice our needs for that of our family, can we put them first, can we love them first?
In the same manner, we need to apply this love and sacrifice in our daily lives and this will certainly cause a bloodshed because the world is ruled by Satan and he does not want Christ to be victorious.
That is when we will understand the voice of the angel of the waters and the voice from the altar. That is when we will be able to rejoice with the hosts of heaven and praise the Almighty God whose judgments are righteous and true.
Are you singing praises of this great God or are you still wondering what is the big deal of all this pain, destruction and death?
Exodus 7:17 'Thus says the LORD, "By this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, I will strike the water that is in the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and it will be turned to blood.
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