Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ABADDON (Hebrew – “Destruction”) & APOLLYON (Greek – “Destroyer”)

Today’s Reading: Revelation 9 

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You can see the remains of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. This temple and the idols of gold, silver, brass, stone and wood, which were in it, represents the efforts of man to replace Almighty God with likenesses of fallen angels and demons who desired to be worshipped as if they were “The Great Creator,” the One and only true God who is over and above His creation, yet is present everywhere, and who cannot possibly be represented by the works of man’s hands. At the writing of the “Revelation,” priests and people were in this building with the worship of (as Revelation 9:20-21 says), “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.”

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Key Verse: Revelation 9:20a

But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands…

 

Jim and Kathy Cantelon write today’s 100 Words segment (originally published in Crossroads’ Day Unto Day devotional series)…

By now you’ve seen how difficult it is to try to analyze and systematize the content of apocalyptic writing. John is describing a vision, and in doing so is attempting to describe the indescribable. Scores of well-meaning attempts have been made over the years to tell us what John “really meant,” but all such efforts should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially if the would-be interpreter is dogmatic about his interpretation!

This is why it’s refreshing from time to time in Revelation to come across material that hints at the purpose of the vision. Look at verses 20 and 21. These two sentences follow a description of two of the three remaining trumpet-disasters. The fifth trumpet precedes a fallen star unlocking “the shaft of the Abyss,” out of which a dense cloud of smoke produces a plague of tormenting locusts (verses 1-11). The sixth trumpet releases a supernatural army of 200 million who destroy a third of mankind. What’s the point of these cataclysmic horrors?

Apparently repentance is the point. Verses 20 and 21 tell us that the “work of [mankind’s] hands” is sufficient to bring heaven’s wrath upon the earth. That “work” is idolatry, murder, occultism, and sexual immorality. The scope of the disasters shows how enraged God is at sin. Were it not for the gracious work of Christ, mankind would have been destroyed long ago. That’s why we should repent of all sin now – while there is yet time.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Almighty God, I pray for continuous grace so that I may live in a repentant state, deliberately turning away from sin and moving always toward You! Lord Jesus, may I take my stand beside You at the entrance to the bottomless pit, Hell, and by every means at my disposal, seek to rescue the perishing multitudes. In Your Name, Jesus, I volunteer! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As a Pastor for many years, I would take the opportunity at least once a month to speak at a gathering of our young people. On one occasion I passed around papers and pencils, asking that they would describe modern warfare…tanks, fighter aircraft, flame throwers, etc., but they were not allowed to use any language which was developed in the past 100 years. One by one, I saw the lights going on in their faces as they understood what their Pastor was getting at. They faced the same challenge as did John in Revelation, trying to describe a battle scene which was 2,000 years into the future (Revelation 9:7-10). John uses the word “like” four times here. This means it’s symbolic, not literal.

It’s confession time for me. The reason I chose to use Jim and Kathy’s commentary on Revelation, besides my high respect for them, is that I can sometimes be a chicken (the opposite of a lion) when it comes to this book. Surprised? As I shared in a recent blog, I think it has something to do with my Doctor of Theology Dad telling me when I was just a boy that he had visited a library in London, England, which had over 1,000 commentary books on Revelation and, according to the librarian, not one of them, as far as he knew, agreed 100% in their interpretations. Sometimes, we just have to wait and see.  I remember coming home from grade 7 at Hopewell Public School, starting to cry when I saw my Dad, and telling him that my science teacher had made fun of me in front of the class because I had raised my hand and said that God created all things. My father put his hand on my shoulder and gently said, “Just wait David, God will prove Himself to you over the years.” I waited, and God has surely proven Himself to me over and over!

Yours for the blessing John promised we would receive from reading and hearing this book, even if we don’t understand everything at the present time,

David

8 thoughts on “Wednesday, May 16, 2018

  1. Thank you Indeed! It is so helpful to read the insights of David and now Jim and Kathy. Again I am encouraged to read and hear what God is saying to me today and not steer away from it. Satan, the biggest Antichrist, wants us not to read this Book which describes his end later on. Here’s to being bold in our testimony…”…and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”. Rev 12:11

  2. agreed in prayer with David! And truly appreciate Jim and Kathy’s comments regarding today’s scripture!

  3. Dear Christian friends

    please, please pray for me! I rebuke the devil and all his ways! a lot of things are happening that increases my stress level! I PRAY IN JESUS NAME THE INCREASES HAVE TO STOP!
    I ask the Holy Spirit to bless me with a financial breakthrough to clear debts, help family/friends/do upgrades/invest rest for a better income…..
    please pray for safety at home and on the road; TY Lord for the car;for swimming;for being free of smokes/alcohol;went to doctor to check toe on right foot;pray it clears up, thank you for doctors, all the medical staff in our clinics and hospitals,thank you Lord for the forgiveness of all our sins we pray in Jesus Name amen amen amen

  4. I find praising the LORD in song and hymns…and giving God glory…concentrating on God’s goodness and glorifying Him…gives me peace of mind. not giving any time or attention to the enemies’ schemes.

    Just a thought.

    Bless you Sah for your tender heart for the LORD!!

    • God bless you Irene
      I pray for healing to all who are in need; for prosperity to come to those in need;for family reunions;pray for our world leaders, all the leaders in the churches;in our towns and cities; pray that God will intervene where needed in His time, TY for the choirs that sing Gospel Music; TY for families in Jesus Name we pray amen

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