It is quite pleasant to write and to speak of blessings. It cannot be said of Judgment. Nevertheless, judgment is a topic which must be addressed by those dealing with truth. Truth is more than philosophy; it is of God; because God is Truth.
My reading for today, as we near the finish line for the ninety days of reading through the Bible, was The Revelation of Jesus Christ chapters three through twelve. Though it is in yesterday’s reading I want to point you to chapter one verse three.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3 (KJV)
In the beginning of the reading of the Revelation we find that our Lord’s intent is for blessing those who will take the time to read this book, hear and obey what He says, and keep them as treasures in one’s heart. The time at hand is that of the completion of the redemption of the world. It is more than judgment it will be the final putting down of everything that is vile, evil, and morally reprehensible.
There is blessing for all those who will read, hear, and keep the the “words of this prophecy”. It is quite clear also that there is judgment for those who love this world and all its principalities and powers;
“Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10
“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Revelation 6:10
“And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, ‘Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!'” Revelation 8:13
It is important to note that following chapter four; chapters 2 and 3 being specifically to seven churches; the Church is mentioned no more, except in chapter five around the throne of God as the “twenty four elders” (4:4; 5:8). It is implied in chapters 21 and 22 for the Church to be in the presence of God in Heaven.
The judgment is not for those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. The judgment coming on the world that the Revelation speaks of is for those whose hearts cannot be torn away from the riches, fame, popularity, politics, and power of this world.
Blessing is what God desires for you. Blessing is what He has provided for all who will trust in Him, and the finished work of the cross of Christ. Refuse Him and be judged. Receive Him and be blessed.
-Tim A. Blankenship