Revelation 14 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Then I saw another angel flying in mid-Heaven, having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the Earth – to every nation, tribe, language, and people. He spoke with a loud voice: “Fear G_d and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of Heaven and Earth, the sea, and springs of water.” Revelation 14:6-7
In this chapter, G_d is shown working behind the scenes of history, preparing rewards for His people and punishments for those who disobey Him. Believers are warned against falling away and encouraged to remain faithful.
It is not easy to suffer, all the while blessing G_d. The whole scenario of “G_d-willed” suffering is askew with much of what the modern Community of Messiah (the Church) has adopted as doctrine. But it is important to remember that the suffering of believers is Scriptural, and thus good. We suffer for several reasons. G_d teaches us the depth of our faith, when situations He ordains demand that we either trust Him, or seize control. G_d rebukes the Enemy when we faithfully endure trials, such as the case with Job. Our shared suffering with non-believers is also a wonderful opportunity to bear witness to the object of our faith, peace, and joy.
Until now (In the book of the Revelation), what has seemed like G_d’s judgment, compared to our present-day life existences, has actually been intended to provoke people to repentance. Consider these verses, in light of the angel’s testimony in today’s passage:
“Even now – this is the Lord’s declaration – turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the L_rd your G_d. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and He relents from sending disaster. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him, so you can offer grain and new wine to the L_rd your G_d.” Joel 2:12-14
“The L_rd does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the L_rd will come like a thief; on that day the Heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the Earth and the works on it will be disclosed.” 2 Peter 3:9-10
Before the bowl judgments, even at this late hour of this World’s season, there is a final plea for salvation, addressed to anyone who would accept the message of the Gospel.
Have you come to the point in your spiritual life, where you know for certain that you have eternal life? The Lo_d has delayed His return, so that as many as possible might believe. But there is coming a time when that invitation will be withdrawn, and it will be as if a thief had stolen your moment away. Don’t let that “thief” be your own stubbornness. Turn to Yeshua today.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Friday, December 27, 2013