SUNDAY, MAY 26
Scripture: Revelation 11:6
In Revelation 11:6 we are told, “These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.” In this verse, we discover some interesting things about God and man when it comes to the issue of God’s judicial wrath. His wrath can reach a point where God says to His people, “You are enduring the wrath of antichrist, therefore I am giving you judicial authority to use any way you see fit.” The key phrase in the verse is, “as often as they desire.” Judgment shifts from God to man, who is enduring the adversity of the culture. At one point, as believers are enduring the adversity of the culture, God’s judicial power-shift comes and what they decree is done! There is a point where the culture becomes so perverse that God says to believers, “Since you endure it, you judge it!” God says, “Whatever you think is appropriate, I will do. You declare it, I will perform it.” Now that is a shift that most of us have never made. Most of us have never thought that God would give us anything we ask concerning justice in the earth. Yet, that is one of the things the book of Revelation shows us. When the culture deteriorates, God says He will do whatever we ask. Are we coming to that place? I suspect we are. But the church does not realize we can enter that dimension. There is a major job to be done in the days ahead. The job is to grow the church to the place where they realize that we have a part to play in the dispensing of God’s judicial wrath. And it is based on what we are experiencing. That is a real shift in thinking, but it is Scripture. Unless we want to take a pen knife and cut the passage from the pages of the Word, that is what it says. Mature believers, give place to wrath, create a path!