Revelation 18:14 Luxury Will Be Destroyed

They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ Revelation 18:14

Wealth and luxury are the things that the majority of the world strive to get. For many it is seen as a status of having succeeded successfully at something and have all that one needs. The more things that a person has, the more successful he is in the eyes of many.

Losing everything that one has is seen as a disgrace. Those who have lost everything are often asked what did they do that was wrong.

In his vision, John describes Babylon, a former wealthy and successful place, as being destroyed. All their luxury and splendor are gone forever.

There is nothing wrong with having great wealth. However, many make their great wealth and luxury their god, rather than just something they have and use.

All throughout the world people strive to gain more and more wealth. Dreams of large mansions and fancy cars are on the minds of many, though for most, completely out of reach. Feelings that once a person has all these things, he will be set for life, with no worries or cares left.

Much of the wealth and luxury that the world enjoys is built upon sinful practices that go against God. Along with being sinful, will also bring on many worries and concerns.

Every piece of luxury will someday be destroyed, either with wear and tear or by someone else. In the end God will destroy the luxury of this world in judgment against sin. Nothing will last the test of time, except the human soul.

Rather than chase after the things of this world, one must seek God. He must pursue the things that will bring eternal life and last for eternity.

Regardless of how much you have or how little you have, there is always more things out there. All of those things are only temporary and will be gone some day. God will destroy all the things of this world in the end.

Do not seek the things of sin of this world but put your focus and attention on the things of God. Build up the kingdom of God so that your reward will be great with eternal things when you step into heaven when God calls you home. Live for God, not self-pleasure.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek the things of God in your life; that God will strengthen you to resist the false luxury of this world; that God will guide you in fleeing from all sin; and that you will know the value and reward of following Jesus.

Revelation 17:14 Jesus Will Have Victory

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is the Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. Revelation 17:14

Wars and battles have been fought by many nations and groups of people all over the earth for centuries. As these battles are fought, there are those who win and those who lose in the end.

On some occasions, the group that appeared to be weaker of the two ended up winning the battle. Some appear to be weak but are stronger than the opponent.

John states that there are ten kings who will wage war with the Lamb–Jesus, but Jesus will win in the end because He is The Lord and King of all. Those who are faith and chosen will be with Him in the winning.

It is easy for people to see physical battles and wars going on between nations. The bombs and killings are easy to see. Different groups are fighting for victory over someone else.

While these physical battles are going on, there is another war that is occurring that many do not fully see. It is more subtle at times. This battle is against Jesus and those who are for Jesus–all believers who obey His commands.

Satan and the world are out to destroy all belief in Jesus and the works that He and His followers are doing. They will use lies and deception in their attempt.

At times the world appears to be winning the war, but in the end Jesus and His followers will win. Jesus has already overcome death, so there is nothing or anyone who can overcome Him. All who believe in Him and follow Him will also have victory with Him in the end.

As a believer in Jesus the world is out to stop you and destroy you. Attacks will come at you from all sides and in all forms. You are in a war for your life and the lives of those you meet.

Do not lose your focus upon Jesus. Continue to trust in Jesus and obey His every command. Despite all of the attacks and wounds that you may go through, you will be on the winning side in the end.

Jesus will triumph against the world and you with Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remain faithful in following Jesus; that you will obey the commands of God; and that you will see victory in Jesus over the enemies of God.

Revelation 16:7 God Always Judges Correctly

And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.” Revelation 16:7

Courts across the nation and around the world are making judgments every day. Some are with just one person making the call, while others have juries deciding what is true.

Very often when a judgment is made, there are some that believe that the ruling was incorrect. There have been many times when years later evidence shows up proving the judgment was wrong. This can cause people to question the reliability of the judge and jury, which then often causes questioning of God’s judgments.

As John describes the pouring out of judgments, it is heard some stating that God’s judgments are true and just.

The world does not like when there is a line drawn in the sand as to what is right and what is wrong. It is taught in schools and colleges that right and wrong is subjective to the individual and the circumstances. With this type of thinking, people get angry with God for having a set standard and the idea that He will one day judge every one.

Without a set standard to live by, there is only chaos. God does not live in chaos, nor does He want people to live in chaos, but sets a standard that He lives by. This standard is one of holiness and perfection.

God is perfect love, understands everything perfectly and sees everything. With this ability, God is able to judge everyone and everything with perfect justice. He will never make a mistake. He understands the heart and motives of every action a person makes, whether good or bad.

Although people appear to be getting by with sin today, there will come a day when God will judge each and every person with a perfect and true judgment.

God allows things to occur in your life because of His perfect judgment of what should happen to make you the best you can be. These things occur to prevent a final judgment of condemnation in the end.

Instead of getting angry with God, realize that God is judging with perfection and perfect love. Learn from the judgments God has brought upon you.

Allowing this will prevent you from being cast out by God in the end when Jesus returns and God judges the entire world for eternity. Trust God’s true and just judgments.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal His purposes in events in your life; that you will trust God’s rulings in your life; and that God will make you more like Jesus each day.