Revelation 15

Jude 9 “But even when Michael the archangel was arguing with the devil and debating with him concerning Moses’ body, he did not dare to bring a slanderous judgment, but said, ‘May the Lord rebuke you!’”

Romans 12:19 “Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.'”

We are getting ready for the final judgment: seven plagues in seven bowls poured out by seven angels. The time is fulfilled. The kingdom of God is at hand. God has had enough of sin. God has had enough of His people being killed. The saints (or martyrs) praise His name, using new and old songs. They see what is coming as the fulfillment of the promise of the Old Testament: all nations coming to worship God. Of course, we recognize that has been at least partially fulfilled by both Jews and Gentiles being a part of the church!

As we are continually reminded of God’s judgment on the ungodly in Revelation, we might do well to remember that it’s His prerogative and place to judge. It’s certainly not ours. Even the archangel Michael understood that! And the Bible continually reminds us that God is the one who disperses judgment. It’s not our place to act as God’s agents in justice. He takes care of that in His time and His way. Our job is different:

Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

Luke 6:36 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

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