SCRIPTURE: Revelation 16
What happens when I put my hand in the fire? I get burned, obviously. Doing something stupid has consequences, we all know that. Do we also realize that all of our moral failures have consequences? Every little way that we fail to reach perfection (as we were created to be) has ripple effects that hurt so many people. Our lifestyle choices result in environmental, social, economic and personal consequences. The Bible is right, we reap what we sow [Galatians 6:7-8].
In these visions we see the full consequences of humanity’s corruption finally unleashed. The bowls of God’s wrath are not examples of His indiscriminate rage getting back at us for rejecting Him. They are the natural consequences of our actions finally unleashed. All this time God has been holding back the ‘wages’ of sin, but on the final day, He will finally release the consequences. And the result will be catastrophic disaster – sickness, death, violence, cruelty, hell on earth.
And the point of this is the same point of all these years of God’s patience and tolerance – to lead people to repent. Some will repent, but many more will curse God and blame Him, as if He was responsible for the mess this world is, and will be.
All of this will culminate in a final confrontation between Evil (and those who choose it) and God (and those who choose Him). Called ‘armageddon’, this final confrontation will conclude with Jesus final victory, and the final elimination of Satan, sin, death and hell (and all its partners).
According to this, the last days are going to be dark. The ‘lucky’ ones will be those who die in/with the Lord, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” [14:13].
Do we blame and curse God for natural disasters? For cancer? For war or famine or poverty or violence or environmental crises? Or do we see it as the natural consequence of sin (ours and the worlds). Curse God, or cling to Him for mercy. What will it be?
Lord, when I deal with terrible things, I do tend to blame against You. This is wrong, I realize that. Help me to see that all the evil and suffering that will ever come about, is the natural consequence of our sin, not Your fault.