Friday, July 15, 2011

Rejoicing In The Justice Of God

       When God acts finally against evil, He will reign supremely.  I do not mean to say that He will finally act, for He is acting now.  But I mean that God will one day act in finality.  Psalm 10:16 encourages us, “The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations have perished out of His land.”  His reign is eternal.  He allows nations to rule the land for a time, but His rule is forever.  People bring evil for a time, but God’s righteousness is everlasting.  He owns it all and the nations will perish.  Verse 17 tells us that He hears us, “LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble...You will cause Your ear to hear.”  The prayers of the suffering never go unheard.  God will act and He will reign.        
In Revelation 6:10 we see Jesus opening the seals of the scroll as judgment is being poured out upon those wicked people who have opposed the saints.  In verse 9 the fifth seal is opened and it contains the cry of the martyrs.  Those dear people who “had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held” and their question is this, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood?”  Their question is the same as Psalm 10.  It is the same for us.  God, how long will you allow this evil to continue?  The rest of the book is God’s powerful judgment being poured out upon the earth.  Seals of judgment are opened.  Trumpets of judgment are blown.  Bowls of judgment are poured out.  The devil and the Antichrist are cast into Hell.  He will finally deal with evil, and He will do it omnipotently, mightily.  And please notice the cry of the saints at the end of these divine judgments.  Revelation 18:20 says, “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”  God will act.  God will reign.  And we will rejoice.  He will avenge every affliction we have suffered.

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