Blessed is He who stays Awake!
Scripture reading for December 22nd: Revelation 16
In quick succession, the seven angels with the seven last plagues pour out the bowls of God’s wrath on the earth. These plagues bring to remembrance the plagues that God brought through Moses upon Pharaoh’s kingdom. Sores broke out on the people with the beast’s mark and the sea turned to blood, killing all living creatures. The rivers and springs became blood as well. “Then I heard an angel in charge of the waters say: “You are just in these judgments, You who are and Who were, the Holy One, because You have so judged; for they have shed the blood of Your saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” (Revelation 16:5-6) Surely God is just and true in His judgments! (Revelation 15:3)
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and gave it scorching power and the fifth poured his bowl on the throne of the beast and turned his kingdom into darkness. The sixth angel poured his bowl on the Euphrates River and dried up it’s waters. Evil spirits came out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet and they sent spirits of demons to draw the kings of the whole world to gather them for the final battle on the “great Day of God Almighty.” (See Joel 3:1-3,9-16) In spite of these judgment, the people of the earth curse God and blaspheme His Name! Sin is surely deceptive!
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (Revelation 16:15) The words of Jesus bring encouragement to His people to stay awake! This will happen suddenly and only those ready will make it! (See Matthew 24:42-44, 25:1-13)