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All Things Must End [8-21-22]



In our study of The Book of Revelation, we've been cautious in our approach to the imagery and words of John's vision. We know some people can get lost in phantasmagorical interpretations and predictions of the straightforward text. There's a profound theological word for how people can get carried away with The Book of Revelation…whackadoodle. Almost all of us have seen it or heard it or read about it sometime or another.


Here's something to help us maintain clear-eyed focus:

THE VISIONS ARE INTENDED TO CONFRONT READERS WITH VIVID PORTRAYALS OF THE TRUTH OF A FINAL DAY OF JUDGMENT RATHER THAN TO SUPPLY THEM WITH DATA FOR A PRECISE CHRONOLOGY OF THE END TIMES.


Chapter fifteen is the preamble to chapter sixteen. In other words, all the certainty and completeness of divine wrath against all sinfulness is going to

break loose in chapter sixteen. Chapter sixteen will build in intensity, from putrid and grievous sores, through water turned to blood, and scorching sun, to an earthquake so great that the entire configuration of the earth is violently altered:

Show Slide of Pangaea…

While this took tens or probably hundreds of millions of years, the next movement is going to be sudden and convulsing and cataclysmic. Absolutely horrific.

With chapter sixteen comes the final judgment.


So, in order to lead us confidently into chapter sixteen, chapter fifteen is all about praise and worship. That's a great place to be. The momentousness of chapter sixteen calls for words of assurance that God's ways are just.


Before we begin with verses 1-2, let's look at an obvious Bibl