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 Sermon on Revelation 14

Fear God, His Judgment is Come

By Brian Pepper

As Christians we are well aware that secular time is running out. As you read the newspapers and watch television you cannot help noticing how the crime rate is rapidly climbing; immorality is becoming more widespread and child abuse is reaching horrific levels. All this emphasises that the Bible prophecies are being fulfilled to the letter.

Jesus wared those who would be living in the last days that they would be seeing and experiencing the things that He spoke of so long ago.

Why Should we Fear God?

In the Book of Revelation there is a warning that goes out in the closing hours of time, that every inhabitant of this earth should be taking notice of. Revelation 14:6,7 says, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

Fear God, why should we fear God? Well the text says that the hour of His judgment is come. That is a solemn thought. The thought of Judgment in itself can be almost frightening.

I know of two people who have been waiting for months to have their cases heard. At first it was to be on a certain date not very far in the future. But when that time came it was postponed and then again until it dragged on into a year, then another year. These people have gone through a long drawn out period of anxiety and frustration.

However the average person, that is the man in the street, is not aware that there is such a thing as a judgment that is going to affect them personally. You see they have not heard the Last Call that God is giving to mankind, because they have closed their minds and hearts to the Word of God.

A man said to me the other day, “You are not bringing religion here, for if you are you are not welcome.”

People do not want a bar of religion and in some ways you cannot blame them, for religion has a bad connotation for all kinds of terrible things are done in the name of religion. So you cannot really blame folk if they do not trust religion.

I am positive that Satan has done his utmost to bring shame and even hatred upon the cause of Christ.

Need for the Everlasting Gospel

Today we are not talking about religion, we are talking about the Everlasting Gospel, the gospel which transforms lives and brings peace and joy to those who accept it.

Coming back to the message of the first angel who warns about the judgment, it should stir us as never before. But it does not grip us as it should. The reason for this is that there is too much happening from day to day. This world of ours is in a turmoil, what with domestic violence to national catastrophes such as earthquakes, floods, famines and droughts, our country (Australia) is in the grip of a terrible drought with no relief in sight. With all this taking place our minds are dulled, because it is almost too much for us to absorb and comprehend.

Yes, never has there been a time when the Everlasting Gospel is needed most to heal broken hearts, to reveal that God has not forgotten them, to alert them to the Heavenly Judgment so that they can put their spiritual house in order.

The wise man recognized that he needed to do this so he writes about it in Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

So what are we to do about this crisis hour for Mankind? We are urged to fear God; that is to reverence Him, to show respect for His majesty and glory, and to keep His commandments.

If a man or woman is to have peace in their hearts they must respond to this last and final call from heaven.

We all need to accept St Peter’s challenge in Acts 3:19. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

Not Always Justice in Earthly Courts

If we were facing an earthly judgment there could be a need to fear the outcome. It is most disturbing to realise that one can not always expect justice in the Law Courts these days. Often the sympathy of the Court is not with the innocent person, but it seems to be with the violator. We have the classic case of Lindy Chamberlain and many others who were victims of justice going wrong; especially when a man abuses innocent children and ruins their lives and gets off with 9 months in prison, what kind of justice is that? Yes, that person was let off very lightly in our Court system. But it will be different in the Heavenly Judgment. For if that man does not ask God for forgiveness and truly repents of his evil deeds, I would not like to be in his place in the heavenly judgment.

It is as Jesus said in Matthew 18:6. “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were drowned in the depths of the sea.”

That is a very strong statement and I am sure that we would all echo the sentiment expressed there.

Parent's Example to Children

Often we do not realise how, that as parents, we have a very strong effect on our children’s understanding of God. For instance a child’s image of God is often patterned after their own parents, especially his father. If the child’s father is happy and outgoing, loving and kind, that is how they see God. But if the parents are cold and indifferent, that is the way that God is reflected in their mind. And if the parents are angry and hostile, that is the way they think of God.

And isn’t that true? We ought to pray that the LORD will help us to put the right kind of image in the minds of our children. We as parents should give careful consideration to this.

I am sure that the LORD had this in mind when He inspired Jeremiah to write these words. Jeremiah 32:38, 39 says, “And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:  And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them.”

When we fear God, not only are we blessed, but so are our children.

No Need to Fear Judgment

As I said earlier, if there was a time to take heed of the call to fear God it is right now. And if we respond then we can expect mercy and justice in the heavenly Court session.

I would like you to notice Psalm 89:14. “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.”

Now I ask you isn’t that wonderful; for it means that we have no need to fear the judgment. I am so glad that we can expect mercy and justice when our cases come up in the heavenly Court session.

While we are in Psalms I would like you to notice another text which is of great encouragement to those who respond to the call to fear God. Psalm 85:9 says, “Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.”

Now I ask you, isn’t that great news; that salvation is for those who respect and reverence God; for those who recognise that Jesus has made it possible by His great sacrifice on Calvary, to be covered by His robe of righteousness so that we might be able to stand before God without fault.

How can we Give Glory to God?

Now I would like to come back to Revelation 14:7. “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

We are told not only are we to fear God but also to give glory to Him, to recognise that He is the Creator, the One who made this universe, the stars, the nebulas, the constellations, all the heavenly bodies.

But you might ask, how can we give glory to the One who is the Creator? Think of all the marvellous things that He has made. Would that not bring glory to Him? And they do for we are amazed at the remarkable things that He has created: the flowers with their glorious colours and intricate patterns, the trees so majestic and pleasing to the sight, the animals, amazing in variety and complexity of design. Then there is the Earth itself. As far as we know there is nothing like it in the universe.

Originally God intended that man (that is mankind) should be the climax of His creative power. That is how it should have been. But sadly man in the main has distanced himself from his Maker, and even become hostile to the One who made him in the first place.

It is sin that has so changed the nature of man, that in may cases he has become almost beastlike. Even little children have become killers without understanding why they did it, such as that tragic case in Sweden and England and America.

Sadly St Paul had to admit in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

God can Change Man

But man does not need to remain a sinner. He can reach out to Jesus who is able to change his sinful nature.

I am so glad that God did not give up on man. He was prepared to make the supreme sacrifice so that man could receive forgiveness of his sins and to come back into full fellowship with his maker. St Peter says in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

Now I ask you, isn’t it wonderful that when a person allows Jesus to change their life, their outlook, their values, their very nature, so that it becomes like God’s character, which is holiness, mercy, justice, kindness, forgiveness and love. And as we grow in Christian character we radiate some of the same characteristics of God, and in this way bring glory to our maker.

Let us submit ourselves to the cleansing and changing power of the gospel so that one day soon we may be able to stand with God on the Sea of Glass in the heavenly Jerusalem and bask in His glory.  


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