BOWL JUDGMENTS 1-4
Chapter 16 reveals 7 Bowl Judgements, representing the final judgements
on a reprobate world.
Christians have been taken away. The people who are left behind are
those who are continually shaking their fist in the face of Almighty
God. It isn’t nice to shake your fist in the face of Almighty God!
there will be some people who will repent and come to Jesus Christ after
the Holy Spirit (residing in the hearts of Christians) leaves the world.
Most of these converts will have been martyred by now and, consequently,
taken to heaven.
of the people who will experience these last judgements will indeed be
enemies of God, fist-shakers.
still loves them and gives them one more chance, even in the midst of
these final judgements.
at the first 4 of these Bowl Judgements.
reveals the instructions given by God (as we discovered last time, the
actual marching orders will come from one of the "four
living creatures" (which I still think is fascinating).
I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go and
pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth."
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I CAN ONLY IMAGINE
Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you Jesus?
Or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence?
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine
Some day, all believers will stand before Jesus
in heaven. We will stand there, not as a group, but individually,
independently, all alone, face-to-face with our Creator, our Lord,
I got to wondering. What will I do? How will I
I can only imagine!
This famous song, written and performed by
MercyMe, should make all believers think about how they will respond
to the future face-to-face encounter with Jesus.
And, you know, there is not one right answer.
Some of us will just stand there in awe, in
reverence, not "able to speak at all".
I kind of feel like that will be my reaction.
I mean, you’re finally standing before Jesus!
There is nothing between you and him, no distractions, no place to
ZOE AT THE BEACH
You never know how your new dog is going to react
the first time she sees the beach.
Zoe was scared of the big bad ocean at first, but
quickly adapted, and even more quickly, learned to love it.
By the end of our few days in Myrtle Beach, we
couldn’t get her to come in to the camper at night - she wanted to
chase the waves, bark at the sea shells, play with the other dogs,
run with the kids.
And get herself generally beach-nasty!
When we came back to the camper for the evening,
she had to be cleaned up before the sand and salt water caused a
skin irritation. Plus, mama was not going to allow her to come into
the camper with the beach all over her.
By the way, the same rules applied to the
Zoe is not a fig fan of taking a shower. My wife
is not a big fan of giving Zoe a shower. I would not attempt to give
Zoe a shower!
OK - so we have a predicament. The dog is dirty,
with salt water and sand that will have to be washed off, knowing
all along that she will be at the beach again the next day.
Fortunately, we have an outside shower on the
camper. My wife and I acted as a "tag team" to hold our little
"beach bum" long enough to rinse cool water over her little legs and
Believe it or not, she actually got to enjoying
the shower about as much as she enjoyed the beach.