I grew up in a time where preachers preached about the judgment of our nation on a weekly basis. After a while, that type of preaching turned into white noise, and was replaced by how loving God is and has a great plan for your life. Do we have to discard the former while affirming the latter?
Last night, I taught from Revelation 8:6-13. Verse 13 was especially troubling:
“Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, ‘Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!'”
This takes place in the portion of the revealing on the seven trumpet judgments unleashed from heaven on the earth toward those who stood against God, His Word, and His people. He promised in Revelation 7 that He would seal His people from being swept away by His wrath as He unleashed the judgments on the earth. Good thing!
In Revelation 8:6-12, we see that the judgments unleashed would affect land, sea, rivers, springs, and the heavens (the light that emanates from the sun, moon, and stars). They would lose their sustenance–and that’s only the beginning!
But Revelation 8:13! When something is spoken three times in succession, this means the ultimate superlative of what’s spoken. “Holy, holy, holy” means “holiest, none holier.” So, this eagle swoops down crying out, “Woe, woe, woe!” This deals with judgment, damnation, and devastation–in this case, toward those who, again, stand against God, His Word, and His people.
I now understand those old-timey preachers! Given all that Romans 1:18-32 says about judgment comes, and will be revealed as unhinged sexual promiscuity, a confusion of gender roles, and overall rebellion to the fullest measure–and approval of those who practice such things, it’s becoming more and more clear that God’s judgment is upon us.
Yes, it’s here. And those who stand against this new cultural orthodoxy will stand against the majority in our culture who will work to silence us in every way–even as they know what Scripture says regarding such matters that our culture champions. Even those who occupy seats in the highest positions in our country are clearly and confidently shaking their fist at what God has said in Scripture, and sought to redefine all aspects of sex, marriage, and family.
The eagle is flying and crying the thrice-told woe. We either stand on the conviction of Scripture, or compromise to the culture.
In the meantime, watch this video of a John MacArthur sermon entitled, “We Will Not Bow Down.” Much needed tonic for discouraged Christians longing to stay true to the Word.