God - Sin - Judgment - Man

Revelation 8 - 9

The last seal being opened, the book of God's plan of redemption is opened for the Lamb to read to the blessed ones. The half-hour's silence contrasts with the loud anthem of the great multitude, taken up by angels <Rev. 7:9-11>. It is the solemn introduction to the eternal Sabbath-rest, commencing with the Lamb's reading the book, heretofore sealed, which we cannot know until then. In <Rev. 10:4>. similarly at the eve of the sounding of the seventh trumpet, when the seven thunders uttered their voices, John is forbidden to write them. The seventh trumpet <Rev. 11:15-19> winds up God's vast plan of providence and grace, just as the seventh seal does. So the seventh vial <Rev. 16:17>. Not that the seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven vials, though parallel, are repetitions. They each trace the divine action up to the grand consummation in which they all meet, under a different aspect. Thunders, lightnings, an earthquake, and voices, close the seven thunders and the seven seals alike (cf. <Rev. 8:5> with <Rev. 11:19>). Compare at the seventh vial <Rev. 16:18>. (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)

I believe all interpretation to be wrong, which regards the blowing of the seven trumpets as forming a portion of the vision accompanying the seventh seal in particular: and again. I place in the same category all that which regards it as taking up and going over the same ground again. The Greek New Testament; Henry Alford, IV, 630

In Chapters 8 and 9 of Revelation we have the seven trumpets of God's Judgment on this earth. As we read these verses we want to recoil from such terrible judgment. We wonder what it is that could cause God to send such terrible judgments on mankind.

Some have rejected this whole book from the teaching and preaching of the church because they do not like to explain God in these terms. But God Himself gives us the answer in this passage. He lets us know what is the problem.

First we need to understand that the problem is not with God but mankind. God hates sin and man loves it. God hates injustice but men continue to be unjust. God is holy and cannot gaze on sin. But as long as man has been here, God has been forced to bear with man's sin and rebellion. But there is a day coming when God will reward this wicked world for its wickedness. He will vindicate His holiness.

God has been gracious in that He has provided an atonement for man's sin. God hated sin to the extent that only the sacrifice of His beloved Son could pay the debt of our sin. But what has mankind done in response to such a gracious loving act. Have they admitted their sin and left their lives of rebellion? No they have only become more adamant in their rebellion against this loving God.

But do not be deceived, God is not mocked. What a person sows, that is what they will reap. Galatians 6:7, 8. This world has treasured wrath up against the day of wrath. Rom 2:4-6 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who "will render to each one according to his deeds": (NKJ)

This section of the Bible is simply the fulfilment of Romans 2:4-6.

The purpose of the Great Tribulation is to demonstrate, over a seven-year period, the consequences of living under the judgment of God. The goal of such an appeal is to encourage men to repent in light of the certainty of God's eternal retribution, foreshadowed by the seven tragic years of terrestrial wrath. The result of this last appeal in terms of judgment demonstrates the essential depravity of man. With full cognizance of the judgment of God, men still do not repent. The Believer's Study Bible; Criswell Center for Biblical Studies Electronic Edition

 

  1. Silence in Heaven - Preparation for Judgment 8:1-6

1When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand. 5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.

6So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

  1. Silence in Heaven.
    1. The half-an-hour silence is the brief pause given to John between the preceding vision and one following: this implies the solemn introduction to the eternal Sabbath, which follows the seventh seal; and on the other hand, the silence ushers in the first of the seven trumpets (8:3-5). In the Jewish temple, musical instruments and singing resounded during the whole time of the offering of the sacrifices, which form the first part of the service; but at the offering of the incense, solemn silence was kept (Ps. 62:1; 65:1), the people praying secretly all the time. The half-hour stillness implies the earnest, adoring expectation with which the blessed spirits and the angels await the unfolding of God's judgments. The "silence in heaven" suggests delayed judgment, but it also emphasizes the dramatic effect.
    2. This is the lull before the storm; see Zech. 2:13; Hab. 2:20; Isa. 41:1; and Zeph. 1:7, 14-18. In 7:10-12, we have a great expression of praise from the heavenly hosts; here we have breathless silence in heaven as judgment is about to fall. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
  2. Seven trumpets.
    1. Trumpets are used to gather God's people to celebrate the great festivals (Num 10:3, 10; 29:1), or the beginning of the reign of the new king (cf. 1 Kings 1:34, 39; 2 Kings 9:13).
    2. The common feature of the first four trumpets is that the judgments resulting from them affect objects within the natural surroundings of the universe--the earth, trees, grass, sea, rivers, fountains, the light of the sun, moon, and stars. The last three, the woe-trumpets (8:13), affect men's lives with pain, death, and hell. New Commentary on the Whole Bible; Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Electronic Edition
    3. In the parallel second vial, the whole sea (not merely a third) becomes blood. The overthrow of Jericho (a type of the anti-Christian Babylon) and Israel's victory under Joshua (a type of the kingdom of God and of Christ) is perhaps alluded to in the seven trumpets. This judgment ends in the overthrow of all of Christ's foes and the setting up of his kingdom. On the seventh day, at the seventh time, when the seventh priest blew the seven ram's-horn trumpets, the people shouted and the walls fell flat; then followed the destruction of the enemy. New Commentary on the Whole Bible; Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Electronic Edition
  3. The prayers of the saints.
    1. Incense and prayer are connected in Ps 141:2.
    2. This offering in heaven corresponds to the custom of offering incense on the altar of incense in both the tabernacle and the temple. The censer would hold the coals, and a separate vessel would carry the incense which was to be poured on the coals once the altar was reached. The resulting smoke was typical of prayer ascending before God. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
    3. The martyrs pray that those living on earth and persecuting God's people will fall (6:10). New Commentary on the Whole Bible; Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Electronic Edition
    4. The prayers are both of the saints in heaven and of those militant on earth (6:8). The martyrs' cry is foremost and brings down the ensuing judgments. New Commentary on the Whole Bible; Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Electronic Edition
    5. Perhaps Todd is right in thinking we can infer from this "that the judgments foretold in this prophecy will be the consequence, in some remarkable manner, of the prayers of saints crying to God to accomplish speedily the number of His elect and to hasten His kingdom" ([op. cit.,] p. 131). (from Wycliffe Commentary)
  4. Fire cast to the earth.
    1. In Isa. 6:6-7 the angel takes a coal from the altar and touched Isaiah's mouth to symbolize a purification.
    2. The hot coals on the altar thrown down upon the earth symbolize fiery judgments about to descend on the church's foes. This is in answer to the saints' prayers that have just ascended before God and those of the martyrs (6:8). New Commentary on the Whole Bible; Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Electronic Edition
  1. The First Trumpet 8:7

7The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

  1. Hail and fire mingled with blood cast to the earth.
    1. The first judgment parallels the seventh plague of Egypt (Ex. 9:18-26). Egypt was the center of a godless world system, so it is logical that the plagues in Moses' day would be repeated on a worldwide scale during the Tribulation. Hailstorms can do terrible damage, but when fire is mixed with hail, the possibilities of desolation are staggering. One-third of the trees and green grass will be destroyed by this first trumpet of judgment. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
  2. One third of trees and all grass burned up.
    1. Although only one third of the trees are destroyed, all green grass is burned up. This seems to include things like crops, gardens or any plants other than trees.
    2. 5528 chortos- 1) the place where grass grows and animals graze 2) grass, herbage, hay, provender a) used of green grass b) used of growing crops. Thayer's Lexicon
    3. It is best to interpret these events literally though the description of the sea being turned into blood may be the language of appearance as in the mention of blood after the first trumpet blast. Reference to blood as a divine judgment is found in the plagues of Egypt (cf. Ex. 7:14-22). Obviously the results of these judgments are literal. The sea turned to blood results in the death of a third of the sea creatures, and the blazing mountain cast into the sea results in destruction of a third of the ships. The mountain is probably best understood as being a literal large body that fell from heaven. Since the results are literal, it is reasonable to take the judgments as literal also. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
  1. The Second Trumpet 8:8-9

8Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

  1. Fiery meteor falls into the sea.
    1. This event parallels the first plague in Egypt (Ex. 7:19-21). The burning object that fell was not a literal mountain; it was "something like" a great mountain. "The sea" here may mean only the Mediterranean; but it is likely that all the seas on the globe are involved. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
    2. Are these judgments to be understood literally? We think so. If God could send these same judgments to Egypt in Moses' day, what is to prevent Him from sending them upon the whole world? We can only imagine the tremendous economic consequences from the loss of farm and pasture land and from the pollution of pure water. Mankind has never appreciated the blessings of God's goodness in nature. Yet, even when He takes away some of those blessings, sinners will still not repent (9:20-21). Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
  2. Third part of sea become blood.
  3. Third part of life in sea dies.
  4. Third part of ships are destroyed.
  1. The Third Trumpet 8:10-11

10Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

  1. A catastrophe strikes fresh water sources.
    1. The third trumpet may involve atomic warfare or some other nuclear catastrophe, which, after taking multitudes of lives, contaminates the waters and thus brings about the demise of many more (vv. 10, 11). The Believer's Study Bible; Criswell Center for Biblical Studies Electronic Edition
    2. Whatever this is the result will be the same.
  2. Third of rivers and springs become bitter.
    1. The star was named Wormwood. Wormwood is a bitter desert plant mentioned only here in the New Testament. It is mentioned seven times in the Old Testament where it represents sorrow and bitter judgment (Deut. 29:18; Prov. 5:4; Jer. 9:15; 23:15; Lam. 3:15, 19; Amos 5:7). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
    2. Though many have attempted to interpret the third trumpet symbolically, it seems best to consider it as a large meteor or star falling on the earth from heaven and turning the water, as indicated, into bitterness so that people who drank it died. The contrast found in the Cross of Christ is symbolized in the sweetening of the waters of Marah (Ex. 15:23-25) and the turning of bitter judgment into sweet mercy, bringing life and hope. The third trumpet is another awesome judgment resulting in great loss of life. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
  3. People die from drinking the water.
  1. The Fourth Trumpet

12Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.

13And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!"

  1. This is the fulfillment of a prophecy by Christ in Luke 21:25-28 (see also Amos 8:9). It is interesting to note that God brought the heavenly bodies into being on the fourth day of Creation; when the fourth trumpet sounds, He will darken them. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
  2. Inhabiters of the earth
    1. The phrase "inhabiters of the earth" is found also in 3:10, 6:10, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 14:6, and 17:8. It refers not to those who live "on" the earth, but those who live "for" the earth. They are "earthlings"--people who reject heaven and its Christ for the comforts of this world. They are perfectly described in Phil. 3:18-20. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
    2. Such people will go through tribulation (Rev. 3:10) and will be responsible for the killing of God's saints (Rev. 6:10). They will rejoice when God's two witnesses are slain (11:10); but note the contrast in 12:12, where heaven rejoices at Satan's expulsion! Revelation 13:8 makes it clear that these earth-dwellers will worship the Beast, which means they will reject Christ completely. Having rejected the Truth, they will believe the lie. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
  1. The Fifth Trumpet

1Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

7The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth. 9And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

12One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

  1. Star -
    1. Because of the he in verse 2 and "king" in verse 11, the star that fell to the earth was a person rather than a fragment of a star (cf. Isa. 14:12-17; Luke 10:18). Even in modern terminology it is customary to speak of an unusual athlete or performer as a star. This star, probably representing Satan cast out of heaven at the beginning of the Great Tribulation (Rev. 12:9), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
    2. He is called "Lucifer," which means "brightness" or "morning star." Isaiah 14:12ff describes the fall of Satan in the dateless past, and Ezek. 28:11-19 completes the picture. Note also Luke 10:18. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
  2. Bottomless pit
    1. Literally, "the abyss." This was the watery depths, the place of the underworld, thought of in terms of a vast subterranean cavern where the evil and disobedient spirits awaited judgment (see 20:1-3; Lk 8:31; Jude 6). In Revelation it is the place from which the beast will ascend (Rev 11:7; 17:8). Cambridge Annotated Study Bible; Electronic Edition
    2. The "Abyss" (abyssos) is the home of demons (cf. Luke 8:31; Rev. 9:11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3; in Rom. 10:7 it is translated "deep"). Satan will be confined for a thousand years in the Abyss during the reign of Christ on earth (Rev. 20:1-3). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
  3. The scorpion-like creatures
    1. Scorpions are native to the Holy Land, with some species growing to six inches in length. Their main weapon is the sting at the end of their tails, and they are used in the Bible as a symbol of painful judgment (Deut. 28:38, 42; 1 Kings 12:11-14). These hellish creatures from the smoke are also compared to the locust, since plagues of locusts were common scourges in Israel (see Joel 2). The creatures can only do harm to those who do not have the seal of God on them. This refers to the 144,000 sealed in chapter 7. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
    2. That these are not literal locusts is clear from the warning in v. 4 (see 8:7), and from the fact that they have a king (v. 11, see Prov. 30:27). They are forbidden to torment the sealed Jews (7:1-3); their time is limited to five months. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
    3. They have limited power in that they can torment them only five months.
    4. But still the pain inflicted is so great that people will seek death to escape them.
    5. Obviously John was describing what he saw but did not interpret each characteristic. The picture is one of Satan's awesome supernatural power and the demon world especially in relation to unbelievers. Unlike the previous judgments which apparently were short in time this judgment extended for five months (v. 10; cf. v. 5). This is important as it refutes clearly the notion that all these judgments will occur in a brief span of time immediately before the second coming of Christ. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
  4. Abaddon. Jewish Christians would recognize this Hebrew word (which means "Destruction") as an allusion to the underworld, already personified in Job 28:22. Apollyon. Greek Christians would recognize this word as meaning "Destroyer" and as a cryptic reference to the Greek god Apollo, whose symbol was the locust and whose name the emperor Domitian, the persecutor of the church, used of himself.
  5. For a comparison look at Joel 2 where Joel sees a strange army.
  6. Their faces were as the faces of men -- The term "as" implies that these locusts are not actually men. At the same time, they are not natural "locusts." They are probably some kind of supernatural, demonic beings.
  1. The Sixth Trumpet

13Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." 15So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed--by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.

  1. This is the second of the three "woes" promised in 8:13. The voice comes from the altar of incense because the prayers of the saints have gone up to God, asking Him to avenge their blood (6:9-11; 8:3). Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
  2. The sixth… trumpet seems to relate to the final military conflict described in 16:12-16 (cf. Dan. 11:40-45). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
  3. Kill a third of the world's population. The fourth seal (Rev. 6:7-8) resulted in a fourth of the earth's people being killed. Here a third of the remainder were put to death. These two judgments alone, disregarding all intervening judgments, would account for the death of half the earth's population. This fact is to be taken literally as it confirms the statement by Daniel (Dan. 12:1) and the words of Christ (Matt. 24:21) that the Great Tribulation will be without precedent and would end in the death of all mankind if it were not stopped by His second coming (Matt. 24:22). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
  4. The fact that John heard the number, as obviously he could not visually count 200 million men, seems to lend credence to the concept that this is literal and predicts that an army will come from the East crossing the dried-up Euphrates River (16:12). . . . A large invasion from the East and North in the end times is predicted in Daniel 11:44. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
  1. God - Sin - Judgment - Man

20But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

  1. The worship demons.
    1. According to 1 Corinthians 10:19, 20 demons are united with idols; therefore, to worship an idol is to worship a demon. The people here are described as continuing in this idolatry. New Commentary on the Whole Bible; Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Electronic Edition
    2. I read just this week where the U.S. Military has authorized witchcraft as a authorized religion given all the same privileges as any other.
    3. Even many of those who do not openly worship Satan and his demons worship the violence of Satan.
    4. If we do not think that Satan is behind the world turmoil in this world then we will not understand the power and influence of Satan.
  2. The word "sorceries" is pharmakeia in the Gk., the root for the English words "pharmacist" and "pharmaceutical." It means "having to do with drugs." This same word is translated "witchcraft" in Gal. 5:20 and "sorcerers" in 21:8 and 22:15. See also 18:23. The fact that sorcerers use drugs and potions in their devilish activities shows the connection between these words. John suggests that there will be a revival of witchcraft and an increase in the use of drugs in the latter days. Several organizations of witches exist worldwide, and spiritism is on the increase. As for the increase in the use of drugs, we need only read today's newspapers! Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe
  3. Fornication (sexual immorality - NKJ) --
    1. Is singular, whereas the other sins are listed in the plural. Other sins are committed at intervals; those who lack purity of heart indulge in perpetual fornication (Bengel). New Commentary on the Whole Bible; Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Electronic Edition
    2. We live in a day and age when there are few things that still considered immoral.
    3. We have become the immoral generation.
  4. No Repentance
    1. The trumpet judgments clearly grew in a crescendo, becoming worse and more devastating. In spite of the clear evidence of God's power to judge the world, no evidence was given John that there would be any change of heart on the part of the great mass of humanity. Though the sixth judgment produced fear, it did not produce repentance. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition
    2. Just as Pharaoh of the days of the plagues refused to repent and brought upon himself and his nation total destruction, so these of this generation will not submit to God. They refuse to admit their wrong. They still shake their fist in the face of God and rebel against Him.
 

God - Sin - Judgment - Man

Revelation 9:20-21

20But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

As we look back on chapters 8 & 9 of Revelation we see such terrible judgments that we wonder how God could do such things.

In the first four seals almost every aspect of the earth is affected. The first trumpet destroys all grass and annual crops as well as one third of the trees.

The second trumpet pollutes a third of the oceans destroying a third of marine life and a third of the ships.

The third trumpet makes one third of the fresh water sources non-drinkable.

The fourth trumpet block our one third of the light of the sun, stars and the moon.

These first four trumpet judgments all affect the creation and not primarily man but only secondarily. The fifth trumpet judgment releases a horde of demonic creatures who only purpose is to torment people for five months. But there is a difference made at this trumpet between the saved and the lost. These creatures only torment the worshipers of Satan not the children of God. This judgment is so great that it is referred to as one of three great woes that are coming on the earth 9:12

When the sixth angel blows the trumpet four demonic angels are loosed in the area of the great river Euphrates. With the loosing of these demonic angels a army is gathered of 200,000,000. These shall kill one third of the population of the world.

The seventh trumpet does not take place until a couple chapters later. There is a parenthetic passage between both the sixth seal and seventh seal as well as the sixth and seventh trumpet.

But these things are not the focus of the message this morning. If you would like an exposition of the trumpet judgments, pick up a set of the notes on the table.

Our Message this morning deals with the last two verses of this section.

  1. Why Does God Send Such Terrible Judgments?
    1. God is Holy
      1. Exod 15:11 "Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (NKJ)
      2. Lev 11:44 'For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate ourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. (NKJ)
      3. 1 Sam 2:2 "No one is holy like the LORD, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God. (NKJ)
      4. Isa 6:1-5 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." (NKJ)
    2. God Hates Sin
      1. Zech 8:17 Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,' says the LORD." (NKJ)
      2. Prov 6:16-19 These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. (NKJ)
  2. How Much Does God Hate Sin?
    1. Enough to destroy a whole world with a flood.
      1. 2 Pet 3:3-7 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (NKJ)
    2. Enough to destroy whole nations that become a stench of corruption.
      1. Nineveh
      2. Babylon
      3. Israel
      4. Judah
      5. America?
    3. Enough to send those who will not repent to the lake of fire for all eternity.
    4. Enough to send His Son to die as an atonement for our sin.
  3. Is Sin All That Important?
    1. Life in America today.
      1. Today people do not talk of sin, they are preferences.
      2. Today we can have known corruption as high as the White House and people never even turn their heads.
      3. Today on the soaps 95% of the characters are sleeping with someone other than their mates. And if any one has a baby you can be sure it is not her husband's.
    2. But for the Christian Sin is Important.
      1. It was our sins that took Jesus to Calvary.
        1. 2 Cor 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NKJ)
      2. It was our sins for which He suffered and died.
        1. I Jn 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (NIV)
      3. It is our sins that separate us from a loving and compassionate God.
        1. Isa 59:1-3 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity. (NKJ)
      4. It is our sins that plunges us into discouragement and despair.
        1. You see the child of God cannot sin and get away with it.
        2. Christians cannot be happy as long as they live in sin. That is the grand mark that separates God's people from Satan's.
        3. I Jn 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. (NIV)
    3. Paul says that if we are Christ's we have died to sin and it no longer controls us.
      1. Rom 6:1-2 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (NIV)
      2. 1 Pet 4:1-3 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do-- living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. (NIV)
    4. Sin destroys the moral fiber of a nation and brings it to judgment.
      1. Prov 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (NKJ)
      2. Ps 107:32-34 Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the company of the elders. He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it. (NKJ)

Rom 2:4-10

4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?

5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

6 God "will give to each person according to what he has done."

7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;

10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (NIV)

 

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com