Themes in Revelation: Tribulation
Week 12, Saturday: The Wages of Sin Collected
Tribulation will come to an end, and the wages of those who have perpetrated tribulation will be paid and collected in full.
And it won’t be pretty.
Read Revelation 19.17-21, 20.7-15, and 21.7 and 8.
Meditate on the following passages from Revelation
1. Meditate on Revelation 1.7and 8. Here is a hint of where sin and tribulation are headed. How does this verse function in the book of Revelation? The saints are warned about this throughout chapters 2 and 3. How can you see this?
2. The ruin of sin and tribulation is foreseen in Revelation 6.12-17. What is implied in the final question of this passage?
3. Revelation 11.15-18 again look forward to the destruction of sin and the end of tribulation. What is the nature of the “wrath” God displays at this time? Do people deserve to be warned about this, as Jesus warns us? How do you incorporate this “warning” into the Gospel as you share it?
4. Perhaps the most gruesome depiction of the ruin of sin and the tribulation it causes is in Revelation 14.17-20. Is it necessary to represent this situation in this way? Why?
5. This brings us to Revelation 19.17-21, 20.7-15, and 21.7 and 8. The ruin of sin and tribulation is here in view, but not the ruin of those who were the cause and agents of it. How can you see this?
How does the coming ruin of sin and tribulation, and the consequence to unrepentant sinners, affect you?
The Glory of God
Is God really glorified in all this destruction and damnation? Explain.
Glory to Glory
Think of creation, as it moves from the glory of Genesis 1 and 2, through the work of Christ, to the glory of Revelation 21 and 22. Does this suggest a pattern for our daily lives? Explain.
Recite Revelation 1.9. Share this verse and what you’ve learned from it with a fellow believer today.
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns;
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved;
He shall judge the peoples righteously.”
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth.
T. M. Moore
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