"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).



Lesson Number 17


By Given O. Blakely

Part 1

"Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. they had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth. And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things." (Revelation 9:1-12, NKJV).


We are witnessing the reaction of heaven to earth's rejection of the Lord's Christ, and the persecution of His people. Satan has deluded some into believing such reprisals do not take place. These deceived ones conceive of God as incapable of such things. As Peter would say, they are "willingly ignorant" (2 Pet 3:5). There is no excuse for such a distorted view of the God of heaven. Throughout Scripture, the Holy Spirit has presented the Divine nature with such precision that only a hardened heart can miss the message. The judgment of God upon Adam and Eve, Cain, Noah's world, Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, Egypt, Tyre, Sidon, and others speaks too loudly to be ignored. The seven nations expelled from Canaan also provide an example of Divine judgment (Deut 7:1; Acts 13:19), together with the overthrow of Babylon, the Mede/Persian empire, and the Grecian principality. The fearfulness of falling into the hands of the living God is also seen in the judgment of Jerusalem for failing to recognize the day of its "visitation" (Lk 19:42-44). There is such a plentitude of revelation on this subject, there is no excuse to remain in fundamental ignorance of it. Any view of God that accommodates the flesh and makes sinners comfortable is inexcusable. The nurturing of man's sinful nature is inexcusable!


"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).



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