(20) And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Historically, islands and mountains were used as places of refuge and security by mankind. When nations were invaded, many of its inhabitants would seek to find shelter; by foot they would travel into the mountains; or they would go by boat to an isolated island to escape the invaders grasp.
In the context of our passage this morning, as God’s wrath falls upon mankind at Christ’s second coming, these much used places of refuge will be done away. In other words, there will be no hiding places or safe places for mankind during this time of wrath from Holy God.
This foreshadows a very important truth concerning the eternal wrath of God that falls against all lost mankind in the Lake of Fire. In the same way that lost mankind living on the earth will have no escape from God’s wrath at Christ’s coming.. so too, all of lost mankind that ever lived on the earth will have no escape from God’s eternal wrath.
Over the years, I have heard those who have rejected Christ say that they believed that they could find escape from God’s wrath in many different ways… same say that the love of God will not allow His wrath to fall upon anyone; others may say that they can find security in their good works of charity towards others; some believe that their practice of their religious ceremonies holds the key to escape punishment for their sins; or in some cases, their hope is placed upon their belief that God and/or the Lake of Fire simply do not exist. This list seems to be endless.
Folks, the Bible is very plain on this issue. The ONLY WAY to escape God’s wrath is through His Son and His work on the cross…
1Th 5:9-10 KJV – “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”
Act 4:10-12 KJV – “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
This is one of the clearest teachings found in God’s Word. The entire message of the Bible is centered upon presenting Christ and His work for mankind.,,,
Act 10:38-43 KJV – “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”
Christ’s is the main theme of God’s Word because of His central role in the history of mankind. He was the Only Son of Almighty God who came to the earth and died for the sins of His people. In doing so, He took upon Himself the punishment for those sins, redeeming His people from their sins and saving them from the wrath to come.
This is the Jesus of the Bible. This is the Only Redeemer of Sinners. This is the ONLY way of escape from the wrath that is to come. Without Christ, there is no island or mountain where sinful man can flee as he stands before Almighty God in judgment for his sins.
May we all come to a mental acknowledgement of this truth and, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, may we come to see ourselves as sinners deserving of God’s coming wrath. Then as the Lord draws us to Himself, may we see our need of Jesus, turn from our sins and, by faith, turn to Him accepting Him as our Lord and our only hope of salvation from the wrath to come.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: