Revelation 9:20-21: “But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
During the Great Tribulation, the world will change dramatically. This will not be limited to just one region or geographical area, but these terrors will be worldwide. No one will be exempt from the destruction and Judgment that will be poured out on this planet. God, in His mercy and grace has been generous and kind with humanity. He has been crying out for this world to repent and change from their wicked ways. During this time of destruction and mayhem the earth will be scarred and will never be the same as it once was. The only thing that will not change is human nature.
There have been earthquakes and unnatural occurrences. People have died and strange things have taken place. Yet, with all of this there will be people who will not repent and turn to God. The scriptures states, “did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” They continued in their sinfulness. They blatantly continue in their behavior, rebelling as they always had.
We as a people rebel against the laws God has set up. The 10 commandments in Exodus chapter 20, give us a basic list of life skills that will make us better people. These laws are not set up to punish us or to limit our “fun.” They are rules that when followed, give us a good life. Why would God want us not to murder people, commit adultery, lust over things and people, lie about things, and all the other commands? He desires this because we will be a better community and live a harmonious life with our neighbor if we would simply live by His commandments. However, we do not do those things that He has set down, and so we reap the consequences. Why are marriages failing at a staggering rate? They fail because we lust after pleasure and covet after things. How much more would our lives be better if we did not have to worry about lying and stealing? However, we will reap the consequence of disobeying God.
These two woes that we read about in this chapter are not metaphorical or allegorical, they are true and literal “afflictions” that will be released on this earth. They will come and will destroy. The truly terrifying aspect of these scriptures is that in those days people will try to kill themselves to hasten the pain that will be inflicted, and will not be able to die. I do not know the suffering one will endure, but there will be no way out. The Bible tells us that God will not be mocked. If this world and especially this country enjoys God’s blessings, without acknowledging Him, then we mock God and that, my friend, is the reason for the great and terrible judgment that awaits this world.
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