Today’s reading is Revelation 16.
This may sound shocking, but Revelation is not looking ahead to literal plagues that will be coming, it is looking back to literal plagues that had happened generations ago. That is, do you notice how these plagues mirror several of the plagues surrounding the Exodus: boils, water turned to blood, hail, darkness, waters dried up (like the Red Sea). Then there are flashes of lightning, rumbling, peals of thunder, shaking earth like the Isrealites saw at Mt. Sinai. Granted, God can do what He wants. If He wants to send literal plagues like this again, He can. However, that is not really the point. The point is to tell the Christians under Roman persecution (or perhaps Jewish) and then by extension Christians under any other persecution afterwards that God knows how to judge nations, false religions, and enemies who oppress and persecute His people. Not only does He know how, He will. It may seem like the enemies are getting the upper hand, just as Israel once thought Egypt had the upper hand, but God always wins. And there is a message for the churches in this as well. Remember how many of the members of the seven churches were called to repent? These members and churches must not think they will miss out on the judgment if they don’t heed the call to repent any more than the worldly in this chapter. Don’t quit! Conquer! Hang on to Jesus, He always wins.
Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 17.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, I bet you thought of the Ten Plagues on Egypt when you were reading this. I don’t know why adults so rarely think of it as they are reading. Perhaps it is because we so often put those Old Testament accounts and stories in Bible classes for children. Then as we grow up we move on to other topics of study. Can I encourage you in something right now? Keep studying. Keep learning. But don’t think the stories you are reading now are kids’ stories. They aren’t. They are God’s stories. Re-read them. Re-study them. Remember them. They will help you serve the Lord as you grow.