April 24

Isaiah 23-27, Psalm 114

One of the most difficult things to give up is control. With world events moving forward as they are many have begun stockpiling things to prepare for the future disaster. These “preppers” store everything from food, water and arms for protection. All the while believing they can somehow beat the odds or weather the storm. Still believing that they are in control of their destiny rather than God.

As we continue through the Book of Isaiah, after describing the burdens or future judgments against the surrounding nations to Judah, the prophet next gives us an end time account which matches up very well with the Book of Revelation. We read in Isaiah 24:18, “And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear Shall fall into a pit, And he who comes up from the midst of the pit Shall be caught in the snare; For the windows from on High are open, And the foundations of the earth are shaken.” People mistakenly believe they can either worm their way out of judgment or somehow be overlooked. As we read of the Battle of Armageddon in Revelation 19:11-21, those not partaking in the actual battle, yet not covered by the blood of Christ, may think that they have escaped. But after the battle of Armageddon and before the Millennial Kingdom in Revelation 20:4-6, is the sheep and goat judgment in Matthew 25:31-46 where Jesus will judge all those left after the Great Tribulation.

As we read portions of Scripture like those in Isaiah today, or Revelation, many say they find these portions scary. But the Book of Revelation, and for that matter the Old Testament writings of the prophets, were written for the exact opposite reason. In fact the word, Revelation, in the Greek is the word apokalupsis from which we get apocalypse which means unveiling or disclosure. Essentially, it says despite the craziness and injustice that surrounds us, God wins. For those of us who are covered by the blood of Christ and whose hope rests on Jesus, we too win. Any peace outside of the peace of God, is fleeting. When we read Scripture like this it should excite us and move us to see the reality of these events. When our unsaved friends and family fret over current events with Syria, Russia, North Korea, our borders, Isis, etc., don’t join in, point them to Jesus, where our strength and hope rests.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato