Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”. And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.
The words, “It is done”, marks the end of God’s judgement. These judgements of great earthquakes and storms create graphic pictures in our mind, pictures which make it very clear the enormous seriousness of sin and its consequences.
The words “it is done” are reminiscent of Jesus words on the cross. These words marked the beginning of the Age of Grace- our sins are paid for, the veil is torn, symbolically reflecting we can come to our Father in faith, forgiven and redeemed.
However, these words spoken by the angel signal the transition to a time of judgement. The number seven, the biblical number of completion, tells us that these judgements too, come to completion.
In journalist Greg Sheridan’s recent book “God is good for you”, he describes how the world is changing. Christianity in Australia and the West is changing, those with “no belief” are growing in number. Nominal Christians are falling away but the living church is growing. Despite being in the Age of Grace, Christianity is mocked, the return of Jesus is scorned; “Where is your Messiah?”
As these verses in Revelation tell us there is an appointed time when the Father’s will moves to a time when all are called to account.
In these days, when there is so much unbelief and darkness, we as a church are called to to shine, like a lighthouse in this darkness. The darkness and sin, will not last indefinitely, judgement will come, it will be done.
In the meantime as the darkness permeates around us, darkness is no match for light. Any light will rid its surrounding environment of darkness. The consequences of turning our back on God, this dar are catastrophic, not only as Sheridan describes on the fabric of society, but for our eternal destiny.
Let us keep in our hearts the hope of this final destiny-
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them.”
….. and until then keep working, until “it is done”.
Thank you Lord that we live in the beauty of your Grace. Let us not waste the great opportunity we have now to shine your truth and grace in a time such as this.