Summary: Judgments from nature of never before seen magnitude, yet the unsaved will not repent.
Revelation 6: Terror, Confusion, Rejection (vs 12-17)
So far in our return to Revelation in the past few weeks, we have studied five of the seven seals in the scroll opened in sequence by Jesus Christ. These judgments upon evil mankind include the metaphors of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, representing the rise to power of Antichrist by diplomacy and intrigue, world war, famine and death. Last week we discussed the Tribulation saints that would be tortured and martyred for their faith in Christ, and how they were told to rest for a while until all of their brethren yet to die would be martyred as well.
As I had mentioned last week, the church--in the USA and in other "developed" countries--has largely fallen asleep. Or, better, said, fallen asleep to the necessity of serving others. Most people that profess Christ are looking for what they can get from the church and God, and are not interested in what they can do for Him.
A few years back, a popular book was written based on this verse:
1 Chron 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested. NKJV
So many people bought into the idea that they should ask the Lord to bless them. I feel that a large part of the prayer is just fine and dandy; there is nothing wrong with asking God to be with us in a powerful way, or for us to not cause pain to others. However, you have to remember that in the Old Testament it was a system of blessing and cursing; do well, be blessed, do bad you would be cursed. However, we live under grace, where you are already blessed because you have been saved by the blood of Christ.
Over the past ten years, I have seen people come and go from our little church in the country. Only two have left our church for doctrinal reasons, some have moved away but the vast majority of them have left because of just plain stupid reasons to be honest. One of the reasons that people have left is because they are looking for "the bigger, better church" with more programs and more "fun". They have become consumers in Christ instead of serving right where they are. Most often, people of this ilk want others to serve them and do not serve others; they are instead trying to get more "bang for their offering buck".
In countries of great persecution such as China, such thoughts are completely foreign to them. They are interested in furthering the gospel of Christ first and foremost. In fact, they are willing to suffer and die for that privilege that God has given them. Oh, how I wish this was the case here in our country, that we would have that same passion for lost souls!
There is coming, very soon, that day when the church will be no more; it will be in Heaven. We must strive to not look to be blessed, but to bless with the Gospel. And there is great blessing in the doing!
I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. Rev 6:12, NKJV