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“Crime and Punishment”

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Revelation 16:1-21

Crime and Punishment”

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There is no greater area that God is falsely demeaned than when we read of Hs righteous judgment. In the 16th chapter of the book of Revelation John witnesses God’s righteous judgment upon the earth. There are two equally wrong perspectives with regards to God’s judgment:

  • First, those that see God as indifferent towards sin. They see that His judgment is long over due. To which Hebrews 10:30-31 says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
  • Second, those that see God as a mean restrictive ogre who punishes poor mankind on a whim.

According to the Bible there are six reasons God is perfect in His judgment:

  1. Ps. 90:8 “You have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.” Eccl 12:14 “For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.” Mark 4:22 “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” Simply put… God see every hidden thing as well as the “the thoughts and intents of the heart.
  2. Rom. 1:18 “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness”. Not only does man “miss the mark” concerning how God created him he does so willingly as he suppresses the truth.
  3. Rom. 2:5 “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God”. Further more mankind continues to harden their heart while God is patient giving them time to repent.
  4. Ps. 78:21-22 “Therefore the LORD heard this and was furious; So a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel, because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation.” Mankind continually refuses to trust God which is yet another reason for His judgment.
  5. 2 Sam 6:7 “the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.” Mankind not only refuses to trust God he rebelliously attempts to approach God on his own terms.
  6. Finally, God’s judgment is upon mankind’s continual disobedience that will never change.

What great reason to examine our heart and turn from sin so as to escape God’s righteous judgment.

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!