I read the passages for this day out loud and my beloved said “where is the pretty happy ending?”. I commented that there will need to be justice first. Yet justice will be terrible.
To find yourself in the hands of the creator and see his wrath would destroy anyone. But too many people wear blindfolds, instead thinking that there is no God: desperately hoping that they are correct, for if their deeds are exposed they will be deemed evil.
To warn anyone of this fate is a mercy: it may be unwanted but it is a mercy nonetheless.
1 An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
God’s Wrath Against Nineveh
2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord is avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
he dries up all the rivers;
Bashan and Carmel wither;
the bloom of Lebanon withers.
5 The mountains quake before him;
the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
the world and all who dwell in it.
6 Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
7 The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
8 But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,[a]
and will pursue his enemies into darkness.
9 What do you plot against the Lord?
He will make a complete end;
trouble will not rise up a second time.
10 For they are like entangled thorns,
like drunkards as they drink;
they are consumed like stubble fully dried.
11 From you came one
who plotted evil against the Lord,
a worthless counselor.
12 Thus says the Lord,
“Though they are at full strength and many,
they will be cut down and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.
13 And now I will break his yoke from off you
and will burst your bonds apart.”
To those of us of Christ, there is mercy, justice, and security. To those who are adamantly opposed to Christ, there will be fear, with justification. They will at the end, believe in God, and tremble: at that time the window of mercy will be found closed, and closed by their adamant oppositon to the Gospel.
12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.[a]
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” 16 So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17 Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for 1,600 stadia
I am not going to get into the details of the apocylapse. We will, in retrospect, see how history following Christ fits within the revelatio of John. What we have to do in this time is endure.
And know that those who have died in Christ are blessed, and their workd will be hanoured for all eternity.
But since I have family who are not of Christ, I am motivated to pray for their salvation, before the final harvest of souls is done, and it is the end. God is delaying his justice out of mercy: he does not want to lose a single soul to the enemy.
Choose Christ, for at the end any other power will be seen as broken, and any other belief as pretension.