Life can feel like a never-ending series of decisions at times. One after another, decision after decision. It can be exhausting.
First impressions can be comically wrong. Maybe the first time you met your best friend you thought he/she was totally obnoxious. Or maybe the first time you listened to your favorite band you thought their music sounded weird.
Anyone who’s ever spent time talking with kids has likely noticed a central theme in those conversations. No matter if you’re telling them to eat their vegetables or to not pull on the dog’s tail, there’s one question it always seems to come back to: the question of why. And most times, it’ll be a series of why? after why? until you run out of answers and defer to, “That’s just the way it is.”
The world looks grim right now. This year alone, we’ve faced the political tension of an impeachment trial, a global pandemic, economic turmoil, and civil unrest. And that’s not even accounting for the personal tragedies or challenges we’ve each faced.
So, don’t distance yourself from Revelation, or any book of the Bible for that matter, simply because its uncomfortable, bittersweet, or hard to read at times. Take in Scripture. Trust that God gave us these books for a reason. Absorb the truths. Let them change you.
The imagery and consequences of Revelation 9 make it one of the most jarring chapters in all of Scripture as the fifth and sixth trumpets of the apocalypse are blown. To get a glimpse of the terror this chapter contains, we’ll take a look at two passages of it.