God will continue to offer eternal salvation up until the end but no one knows when the end will be. John continues to give us his vision of the end in Revelation 16, there is an expansion of the seventh trumpet judgment as the seven angels pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.
The seven bowls of God’s wrath
The people who had the mark of the beast developed painful sores (v. 2)
Sea turns to blood and everything in the sea dies (v. 3)
Rivers become blood (v. 4)
The sun becomes scorching hot (v. 8)
Darkness and so much agony they gnawed their tongues (v. 10)
Euphrates River dries up (v. 12)
Thunder, earthquakes and hail (v. 18)
When John explains about the sixth angel pouring out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, demonic spirits that looked like frogs came out of the mouth of the dragon, the mouth of the beast, and the mouth of the false prophet (v. 13). Their goal is to gather the kings of the whole world at Armageddon for the battle on the great day of God Almighty (v. 14).
The people respond by cursing God instead of repenting and asking for help. Instead of listening to God’s messages and making the needed changes, the vision tells that they will continue to blame Him for their situation. The Good News is that God will continue to offer the chance for people to repent and change up until the end. That is why it’s important that each day, we take the opportunity to share with others about who God is and who each person can be, an important name in history – one of His children
Our purpose as we get closer to the time of the second coming when Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, will suddenly come again to judge the world is to share with others and provide the means for them to accept Him as their Lord.
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John explains in his vision that smoke fills the Temple in Revelation 5:7. The Temple expresses the very nature of God who is our hope. Like an anchor to help us hold course until the storm subsides or a candle that lights our path and lights other candles, our hope is in the Lord. Here is a link to a video that can bless you and start you out for a terrific day: My Hope is in You – Aaron Shust!
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:12
Reading in Revelation 15:5-8, we are being prepared for the seven Bowl Judgments that God will execute upon antichrist and his followers; fulfilling the prophecies and promises of His Word. The angels are prepared for their work, clothed with pure and white linen, their breasts girded with golden girdles, representing the holiness, and righteousness, and excellence. They are armed with the wrath of God against His enemies.
John sees one of the four living creatures give the seven Angels the seven golden bowls of wrath (v. 7). When this is done smoke fills the Temple which expresses the very nature of God. There is a cloud of glory that John expresses in this vision which is a visible manifestation of God’s presence. It would be impossible for anyone to enter the Temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels are completed (v. 8).
Even in dark or difficult times, God is present. We can rest assured that He will ultimately defeat His enemies so this day, let us lay out our concerns in prayer. Whether big or small and with great boldness, ask for help to execute His purpose.