Our Just and True God
3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvelous are Your works, lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested."
5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.
6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.
7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever.
8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed. (NKJ)
The used to be little discussion as to what was right and wrong. But today the field is open. We have people promoting the most types of destructive behavior and claiming that their views are equal to all others.
Recently in Austria a pro-Nazi politician was brought to leadership by the popular support of the people. We have people supporting the most decadent types of lifestyle and receiving popular support.
But we as Christians know that the final say lies with God. He is the ultimate judge. He alone has the standard according to which all other views are to be judged.
When we come to this portion of Revelation we have come to the darkest moment. The pouring out of the seven last vials of God's wrath. The message of this chapter is that God is just and true. He is righteous and holy.
Some cannot study the book of Revelation because it does not fit their idea of God. There idea is that God is equally please with everyone regardless of the life course they have chosen. The think that God has bound Himself to bless us without regard to our sinful behavior.
But all one need do is look at the world in which we live. Let us see the terrible injustices that are being done in this world. Our world is ready for judgment. But the world on which will fall the final last judgments from God will be much more wicked than even today.
It is God's justice and holiness that demands punishment of the wicked. It is God's sense of what is right and wrong that demands that the wicked be punished for their sin.
- "Great and marvelous are Your works
- Man has tried to deny the works of God.
- Man has minimized the creation to mere chance.
- But in the tribulation, the events will be so horrendous that no one will be able to deny God is judging this earth.
- Lord God Almighty!
- Power is one of few things that man understands.
- And power, all power is what lies within the ability of only one being in the universe.
- I fear any man with power because I know he will have a tendency to misuse it.
- Just and true are Your ways,
- But our God is just and true.
- He could never be otherwise for His primary characteristic is holiness.
- Justice spring from a sense of right and wrong.
- God is the ultimate authority when it comes to right and wrong.
- O King of the saints!
- He is king of the saint!
- We are so blessed to have such a king.
- He will be faithful.
- He cannot be other than true.
- Although I am at times at odds with His holiness and justice, yet it is on them that I am depending.
- Who shall not fear You, O Lord
- Common sense says, that you reverence God.
- All those who are His reverence Him.
- Those who oppose Him need to learn to fear Him.
- And glorify Your name?
- God is due all glory and praise we can bring to Him.
- He is due all honor and homage that we can stir within us.
- For You alone are holy
- God is holy.
- People down through the ages have had to learn that about God.
- His holiness governs all else that He is.
- It is His primary attribute and cannot be annulled.
- He alone is holy.
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)
- That means that not even the angels are holy as the Lord is holy.
- None of us are holy like the Lord.
- When compared to His righteousness, our is compared to filthy rags.
- For all nations shall come and worship before You
- Today the nations worship all manner of gods.
- They do not worship the true God.
- That is a given understanding of this passage.
- They do not worship Him now.
- But they will come and worship Him at a future time.
- For Your judgments have been manifested
- Whatever man may deny about God, when the time of God's terrible judgements take place, man will have no question as the their author.
- In Ezekiel the Lord says, "then they shall know that I am the Lord"
- Each one of these is in connection to the judgment that God brought upon the Israelites and upon Jerusalem.
- Man may have experienced various natural disasters in the past.
- But when God pours out His wrath on the world at the end of this age, no one will doubt that God is judging this world.
CON: But today we live in a day of grace, not a day of judgment.
But no one can be sure how long this will last. You cannot be sure that you even have another day.
Jesus is waiting NOW, NOW is the only time we can be sure of.
This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com