Topic: The Day Of His Wrath
[DCLM Daily Manna 30 July 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Revelation 16:13-21 (KJV)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
Key Verse: “And there were voices, and thunders, and lightenings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great” (Revelation 16:18).
In addition to the biblical warnings of catastrophes that would herald the end time, natural disasters amongst others are part of the signs prevalent today. There are for instance reports of floods that sweep away entire communities, causing scores of deaths in major cities worldwide. We also have news of earthquakes, drought and forest fires that destroy lives and properties.
Then on Sunday June 4, 2018, Elvocan de Fuego in Guatemala erupted violently killing at least 62 persons with many missing. It was a horrifying sight as human beings were being dug up – some dead, others severely wounded and few lucky ones partly or completely submerged in earth rubbles. It was a day of pain and sorrow as the news went viral. All these are signs of the day of God’s anger coming soon.
Our passage of reflection tells of impending judgment of God coming upon the inhabitants of this wicked world. The wrath of God in our text is meant for those who refuse and reject God by their life and deeds. They opt for Satan to the point of accepting the mark of his beast and worship his image. Many backsliders and rebellious skeptics wish away such prophecies. They dislike the idea that the Master and Maker of the universe will one day examine every man and woman who has ever lived in this world with the view to meting out punishment or commendation to them according to their works.
The coming judgment will be sudden and unexpected like an earthquake. Its impact on the world of sinners will be devastating and painful. The only way of escape is to make peace with God today by turning over to Christ in penitence and total surrender. He has promised to help with His grace and to work out the details of your escape from the eternal doom to come.
Thought For The Day: Flee from the wrath to come.
The Bible In One Year: 2 Thessalonians 1–3