Revelation 16 Lesson

God's Wrath

THE WRATH OF GOD

Revelation 16 is a chapter that describes the awesome wrath of God!

John’s revelation goes into great detail describing God’s wrath including:

  1. Malignant sores being placed on those with the mark of the beast,
  2. The turning of the sea, rivers, and springs into blood, and the destruction of all life within them,
  3. The sun scorching men with fire,
  4. The beast’s unrepentant kingdom being darkened and tormented,
  5. The Euphrates River is dried up,
  6. Lightning,
  7. Earthquakes,
  8. The destruction of mountains and islands,
  9. And one-hundred-pound hailstorms.

The Psalmist describes God as a “Righteous judge, and a God who shows indignation every day.” (Psalm 7:11)

The definition of the word indignation is “Anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean.” (source:Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

The followers of Satan reject God’s love and are unrepentant of their sins. This has eternal consequences and God will have His righteous vengeance at the appropriate time.

John’s writings in the Book of Revelation are a call-to-action to repent of our sins and get right with God before it is too late!

REPENTANCE

The word repentance means, “ To turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life. ” (source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

The words, “Repent,” and, “Repentance,” appear more than seventy times throughout the Bible. Through His inspired word, God pleads with us to repent before it is too late.

THE PRODIGAL SON

When we repent, we bring joy to God the Father! That is the point that Jesus makes in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). In this parable, the younger son asks for blessings from his father and receives them. Instead of honoring his father with what he has been given, he goes off to a far country and squanders everything he had.

When adversity struck in the form of famine, the Prodigal Son became poor and desperate. Luke writes that he finally came to his senses and decided to return to his father. After being miserable for so long, the son began to see his father, himself, and his circumstances in a new light.

He humbly approached his father and asked him if he could be his servant. The son believed that he had sinned so badly, that the only way his father would accept him back was in a working capacity.  He had accepted responsibility for his actions, turned away from his sins, and returned to his father.   That is the example God wants us to follow!

Later in the parable, we see that God is filled with Joy every time somebody repents of their sins and returns.

Luke writes:

  • “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, hisfather saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.   And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.” – Luke 15:20-24.

CONCLUSION

All of us are aware of the sins that we commit. When we sin, we have two choices:

  1. We can repent of our sins and please God,
  2. We can continue in our sins and suffer God’s wrath.

God understands that we are going to sin. When we repent, we acknowledge God’s authority and demonstrate that we are sorry for what we have done.

Consider the following scriptures:

  1. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.” – Romans 3:23-25,
  2. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” - 2 Peter 3:9.

How happy we make God when we turn away from a life of sin and devote ourselves to serving Him! 

We will end today's lesson with the following two scriptures. They show us the great mercy that God has for those who repent:

  1. “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:8-9,
  2. “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” – Hebrews 8:12.

Comments

OKELLO JOEL

it's so in interest and if we don't ripen den we do not no we're we are going

Reply
JB
OKELLO JOEL

"Unless you repent, you will likewise perish." - Luke 13:3.

Reply
Annette Michelle Waite

The wrath of God will consume those who have no love and fear for Him. The incidents sound very detrimental to those who are not in Christ. My prayer is not just for me to gain wisdom and strength in Him but for those who are earnestly seeking Him as well. To God be the glory.

Reply
John

Sounds horrible. "Fear God and keep His commandments" - as Solomon summed up everything for us. I want no part of those horrible bowls of wrath.

Reply