15 Dec 2018
Time Will Run Out When Jesus Returns
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Today’s scriptures from Micah and Revelation are filled with words that make us uncomfortable. They don’t add up with what we think we know about God’s character, yet if the whole Bible is God-breathed we ignore them at our peril!
A battle between good and evil is raging in the heavenly realms. It will continue until Jesus returns, bringing an end to the satanic reign over so many lives. The mysterious and prophetic words of Revelation 6 give us a glimpse into how it will be. The rider on the white horse, also mentioned in Revelation 19:11, is clearly Jesus returning for the last battle.
Yet even in these mysterious chapters we find oases of God’s love and forgiveness. Micah prophesies a stern message to the idol-worshipping Jews, but in Micah 3:12 he tells of the restoration of Jerusalem as God gathers “the remnant”. Micah 4 describes the “mountain of the Lord’s house” in Zion, where many nations will gather. Revelation 6 speaks of the cry of the martyrs who are each given a pure white robe.
In Micah and Revelation God threatens to avenge those who worship other gods, indulge in iniquity or love evil. He is holy and righteous in all His ways. He is loving and good, and it is not His will that any should perish. He has made an escape for even the vilest sinner through the precious blood of His Son. Sadly, those who come under His wrath will have no one but themselves to blame. Time will run out when Jesus returns.
Pause and reflect: “Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands… and bless the Lord. The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!” (Psalm 134:1-3).