One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.
— Revelation 9:12
The apocalyptic judgments of Revelation are shocking, and they’re meant to be. They are intended by God to shock readers out of complacent apathy. I wonder if sometimes we’re to busy trying to decipher the cryptic metaphors of apocalyptic passages such as these that we miss the ultimate point. What’s the point?
But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
— Revelation 9:20-21
God’s ultimate point in the plagues and woes of Revelation 9 is the repentance of lost men and women.
Don’t miss the forest for the tress of Revelation.
Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik
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Additional Daily Devotionals
My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers
Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon
Books on Revelation
If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:
- A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
- Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
- A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
- A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
- Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson