December 13/Revelation 9

What does it take to get people to turn from their sins and turn to God? The storms in chapter 8 are mild compared to the two storms in this chapter 9. God will do what ever it takes to rescue people from hell even to creating hell on earth! And yet look at the responses of the people going through these two demonic storms.

Verse 6 > They will seek death but they will not seek God. Do you know any people like that today who seek for anything that will give them peace, hope, direction, meaning, satisfaction, pleasure, love etc. but they will not seek God?

Verses 20 > But the people who didn’t die in these two demonic storms still refused to repent and turn to God. Wow! Talk about hard hearts they just kept on sinning. Their sins are the same sins we have around today > murder, theft, witchcraft, sexual immorality, and the worship of idols > those things that take God’s place in our hearts.

When you read about these two armies you know that Jesus was right when he said that Satan is only out to steal, kill, and destroy; because as soon as they were given a little freedom that is exactly what they did. In fact the name of the king angel from the bottomless pit is called ‘Destroyer’, duh!

As ungodly as these people are portrayed did they still have a prayer? As ungodly as people are in our day do they still have a prayer? The answer to both questions is YES. Until they die or until Jesus comes back again everybody has a prayer. It doesn’t matter what they have done or who they are they have a prayer. King Abijah of Judah, who was Solomon’s grandson, shows us that we do. I Kings 15:3 says that he was not faithful to the Lord; then in 2 Chronicles 13 we read that he was in a fight with King Jeroboam of Israel. Abijah’s army was outnumbered 800,000 to 400,000, 2 to 1. He was being attached from the front and the rear. It doesn’t look like he has a prayer. So what does unfaithful, ungodly Abijah?

2 Chronicles 13:13–18 (NLT) — 13 Meanwhile, Jeroboam had secretly sent part of his army around behind the men of Judah to ambush them. 14 When Judah realized that they were being attacked from the front and the rear, they cried out to the Lord for help. Then the priests blew the trumpets, 15 and the men of Judah began to shout. At the sound of their battle cry, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel and routed them before Abijah and the army of Judah. 16 The Israelite army fled from Judah, and God handed them over to Judah in defeat. 17 Abijah and his army inflicted heavy losses on them; 500,000 of Israel’s select troops were killed that day. 18 So Judah defeated Israel on that occasion because they trusted in the Lord, the God of their ancestors.

They prayed! I believe this story is recorded for a very simple but significant reason: to remind us of the readiness and willingness of Father God to respond immediately to a prayer offered in sincerity. The enemy will tell you God won’t answer your prayer because you haven’t prayed in a week or you haven’t tithed in a month or you haven’t been living as you know you should. Here we see the grace of God in action. Abijah certainly did not do anything to gain the favor of God. We serve a gracious and merciful God. One who comes when we call. We must tell people about this Jesus.

Romans 10:13 (NLT) — 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The first terror shows a marked separation between the believers and unbelievers. For 5 months the unbelievers are tortured with stings to the point they want to die bur cannot while the believers are not attacked by the locusts. What’s more, a lord of demons, Apollyon, leads the attack on unbelievers at God’s command. As seen f r om the second woe, this was not enough to turn the unbelievers back to God. The unbelievers saw the pain but not God’s restraint to not kill two thirds of them immediately for unbelief.