(17) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
The second coming of Christ is looked upon by His people as a wonderful event that will bring great eternal blessings to them. It is so highly desired that His coming is described as the “blessed hope” for the people of God…
Tit 2:13-14 KJV – “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
However, to those who do not know Christ as their Lord and Savior, His second coming is looked upon with fear and regret. This day is not only a day of great blessing to the saved, but it is also “the great day of His wrath”. It is a day when the justice, and anger, of God is sent forth against those who have rejected His message (and displays of mercy and grace) and have chosen to live lives in rebellion against Him…
Rom 2:4-6 KJV – “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”
Our text goes a step further and asks “who shall be able to stand?” When the greatness of God’s wrath is fully experienced man, governments or armies, fallen angels, or even Satan himself, will not be able to resist it. They all will be brought to utter ruin when the Lord returns to judge mankind for their sin and willful rebellion against Him…
Psa 76:7 KJV – “Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?”
Not only is God wrath a great motivation for our fear of Him, but also His great mercy and love that He has bestowed upon His people….
Psa 130:3-4 KJV – “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.”
Folks, may we all come to a greater reverence and fear of our wonderfully just Lord, who not only punishes sin, but offers complete forgiveness for those sins through faith in His name! As we go through our day, let us always honor Him with our lives as we remember His great grace He has shown to us.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:
Seals 1-4: http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ
Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6: http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc