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Read devotionals for July 2020

August 1, 2020

Revelation 14:18 – And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

Thoughts: The harvest in verses 15 and 16 involve the harvest of the righteous. This harvest involves the reaping of those who are wicked. In the Last Day, both groups will be cut by the sickle and gathered. After the harvest, Judgment will come. According to the psalmist, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment (Ps. 1:5). In other words, they will not stand justified. They will fall to the sentence of condemnation. Sadly, they will experience the punishment of God. Each of us will be into one or the other group. Will you be able to stand in the Judgment?

Psalm 1:5-6

August 2, 2020

Revelation 14:19 – And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Thought: For those who have chosen to oppose God, harvest time will not be a pleasant experience. They will be cut with the sickle, gathered together, and cast “into the great winepress of the wrath of God.” When God afflicts the wicked, it is horrible and devastating experience. None of the guilty escapes. God makes certain that all those who do not bear His name are punished. Somehow man numbs his mind to the wrath of God. To do so, is a huge mistake. One inspired writer told us plainly that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Deuteronomy 32:32-35

August 3, 2020

Revelation 14:20 – And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horses bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Thought: The author of the Revelation now sees blood coming out of the winepress. Blood indicates the loss of life by those who experienced the wrath of God. The devastation was significant. The blood rose as high as the bridle upon a horse. It flowed “by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs,” approximately 200 miles. Some commentators see this as the destruction of the city of Jerusalem. Others believe that involves the conquest of the Roman Empire. In either case, the wrath of God is devastating. Victory belongs to the Lord!

Isaiah 63:3-4

August 4, 2020

Revelation 15:1 – And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

Thought: John has seen many great and wonderful signs, seven seals and seven trumpets. He is now introduced to seven vials containing seven plagues. These plagues will involve God’s wrath against His enemies. Although the word “victory” is only found one time in the book of Revelation, it is clear that victory is the theme of the book. Evil does not win against God. If the righteous will be patient and wait upon the Lord, their enemies will be conquered. No evil force is stronger than God.

Romans 2:3-6

August 5, 2020

Revelation 15:2 – And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Thought: In chapter 4, we first saw this sea of glass. There is was like crystal. Now it is mingled with the fire of God’s wrath. God’s faithful were standing on this sea and were preparing to praise the Lord God Almighty. Why? They were praising him because they “had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name.” All associated with the beast had been overcome. Victory demands praise!

Revelation 19:5-6

August 6, 2020

Revelation 15:3 – And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Thought: The redeemed are composed of those who lived under the Old Covenant and those who live under the New Covenant. Moses was the law-giver of the Old. Jesus, the Lamb of God, was the law-giver of the New. Thus, it is not surprising to hear a song sung by the redeemed about Moses the servant of God and about the Lamb. This psalm honors God and gives praise to all His ways. He is the Lord God Almighty and the King of saints. His works are great and marvelous, and His ways are just and true. This same God is worthy of our praise today!

Exodus 15:11

August 7, 2020

Revelation 15:4 – Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Thought: Those who are on the Lord’s side know of the greatness and power of God. Having seen His works and having experienced His deliverance, they ask: “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?” They could not imagine anyone not giving honor to this wonderful God. They know that He alone possesses absolute holiness. Eventually, all nations would come and worship before Him. His judgments will not allow anything less. He will have complete victory. The forces of evil will have no option but to bow in His presence.

Psalm 86:8-10

August 8, 2020

Revelation 15:5, 6 – And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: and the seven angels came out of the temple, having seven plagues, clothed in pure white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Thought: God is not finished with His adversaries. Seven more angels have been commissioned to pour out seven additional plagues on God’s opponents. They leave the temple clothed in pure white linen. They are holy beings. The mission upon which God is sending them is holy as well. They are also girded with golden girdles. These girdles indicate their rank in the heavenly realm. These angels are mighty warriors among the hosts of heaven. The enemies of God’s people should tremble in the presence of God’s heavenly forces.

Exodus 28:5-8

August 9, 2020

Revelation 15:7 – And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

Thought: The four beasts were introduced to us in Revelation 4. They represent the various aspects of God’s nature. One of them gives the seven angels vials or bowls. These would resemble the bowls used in the temple service. These vials are “full of the wrath of God.” The bowls are not partially filled. They are completely filled with divine wrath. In the next chapter, these bowls will be poured out. They will bring devastation to the enemies of God. My friend, when God’s wrath is full, fear should fill the hearts of men.

Revelation 4:6-9

August 10, 2020

Revelation 15:8 – And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Thought: The seven angels had come forth from the temple. The golden vials full of the wrath of God were given to them. Then, the glory of God filled the temple. The smoke represented His majestic presence. God’s presence was so overwhelming that “no man was able to enter into the temple.” In other words, no man would be able to enter the temple in order to make intercession for God’s enemies. God had made His determination to strike out at His opponents. There was no one who could change His mind. The plagues would be completely fulfilled.

Exodus 19:18

August 11, 2020

Revelation 16:1 – And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Thought: In Scripture, God is often referred to as “the Lord of hosts.” The word “hosts” refers to His angelic army that fills the heavens. He commands this holy and powerful force. In Revelation 16:1, we see Him commanding seven of His angels. He exhorts them to “go your ways, and pour out the vails of the wrath of God upon the earth.” This command will be obeyed. It should strike terror in the hearts of men. The commander of the heavenly army is on the offensive. His enemies will not be able to stand.

Psalm 103:21

August 12, 2020

Revelation 16:2 – And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Thought: The Lord’s fight continues against those who had the mark of the beast and worshipped his image. When the first angel poured out his vial, “there fell a noisome and grievous sore” upon the Lord’s enemies. The word “sore” can mean boil. It is described as being “noisome,” meaning “injurious” and “hurtful.” The word “grievous” means “hurtful, evil, and bad.” Even small boils upon the skin can inflict great pain. They hurt to touch them. They fester. They itch. They fill with infection. God intends for His judgment to be felt intensely.

Luke 16:20-21

August 13, 2020

Revelation 16:3, 4 – And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

Thought: The first vial was poured out on man. The second and third vials are poured out on the waters. The sea and rivers were a very important aspect of life. From these, many men made their living. Now, the sea was poisoned. “It became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.” Thus, the Lord afflicts the prosperity of man. A lack of income has terrible ripple effects throughout homes and society. Starvation, sickness, and death are just three of the impacts. God is serious. He intends to teach His enemies a lesson.

Psalm 78:43-44