Death will flee from them
God offers humanity the greatest gift that can be offered: life. But Christians are sad witnesses to the reality that most reject that gift, preferring the siren call of this world, of false religion and of their own desires. As we jump back into Revelation this Sunday, we’ll see in chapter 9 the hard truth about God’s imminent judgment and the tragedy of human pride that keeps people from turning to God even when all of the evidence points to him. Throughout Revelation we see that God graciously delays judgment to provide time and space for repentance, and yet they do not repent. We’ll look at this difficult chapter from the perspective of the believer, knowing that our agreement with God and turning to him has allowed us to escape all that awaits the unrepentant
Series: Great & Amazing—Revelation (Part 2)
Message: 15 - Death will flee from them
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Revelation 9:1-21
October 16, 2022
When I agree with God’s Word and turn to him, I escape…
…the torment of future judgment (v. 1-5, 12-19)
…the terror of facing God (v. 6)
…the trauma of sin’s effects (v. 7-11)
9 descriptors of the locust-like demons: (1) Wartime Mindset - Ephesians 6:11a (2) Victorious - 1 John 4:4 (3) Intelligent - Romans 12:2a (4) Swift - 2 Timothy 2:22, Psalm 119:11 (5) Ferocious - 1 Corinthians 10:13 (6) Formidable - 1 Corinthians 10:13 (7) Intimidating - James 4:7 (8) Effective - Ephesians 6:11b (9) Under Authority - Revelation 7:10b
…the tragedy of human pride (v. 20-21)
True repentance has a double aspect; it looks upon things past with a weeping eye, and upon the future with a watchful eye.
John reveals that these events signify God’s judgement, but that conclusion isn’t evident to unbelievers. They are just as likely to interpret what is happening as the result of chance, fate, or chaos of the world. The judgements should lead unbelievers to repentance, but they rationalize what is happening and spin out another reality.
Thomas R. Schreiner