Jesus in Revelation (67)

The seven last plagues.

“I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues – last because with them God’s wrath is completed.” Revelation 15:1. The fulfillment of Jesus’ commission to proclaim the good news of the kingdom will culminate in return of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Immediately preceding Jesus’ return will be a time of unequaled troubles and distress in the world. Concurrent with the challenging time, God will pour out the seven last plagues on those who live on earth. The seventh kingdom on earth will be in turmoil, facing great uncertainty. In this unprecedented time, those who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb do not have to fear anything. The great prince will rise and protect his people. Daniel 12:1. Those who are not in the kingdom but live on earth will curse God because of their suffering. They will not repent from their self-reliant and self-righteous ways. They expected God to honor their self-perceived goodness. When they did not receive it, they grumble and criticize.

The description of the seven last plagues in the book of Revelation is a graphic portrayal of the severity of the troubles that will fall upon humankind’s seventh kingdom. The purpose of this portrayal is not to illustrate what will take place in exhaustive physical detail. Instead, its purpose is to emphasize that the events associated with this time of great trouble and the seven last plagues will be unequaled in their severity and the consequences. The most important portrayal of the seven last plagues is that God’s response to the evil persecution of his faithful will be adequate and commensurate with the level of evil deeds committed by those who follow the dragon.

When the sixth angel had poured out his bowl of God’s wrath, John saw three evil spirits that came out: the dragon, the beast, and the false prophets. The dragon is Satan himself. The beast is the one-world system. But who or what is the false prophet?

We know from the old Covenant scriptures that the mission of the prophets is to represent God and speak on His behalf to the people. Therefore, if a prophet were to present an erroneous image and description of God to the people, such a prophet would be a false prophet. It is the same today. We do not need a prophet to present God to us because, in Jesus Christ, we have free and full access to God the Father, in prayer in Jesus’ name. “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12. See also John 16:26. Therefore, if we present to the people a kind of God different from God Jesus revealed we are the false prophet. The tragic conclusion among members of Christianity, is that the death of Jesus on the cross at Golgotha is not sufficient to save us. If Jesus’ death on the cross could not save us, what can? The grim times could and will cause a widespread attitude of self-deception concerning God and what He has accomplished on our behalf. God always was love. He is love. And He will forever be selfless love. Jeremiah 31:3.

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Dan Lazich

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