Genesis 4:9-10 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
A cry that God will AnswerHow much God Hates Sin
1- Cain’s Blood crying out
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. We know that, blood has no voice – so must try to understand what the bible is trying to say. 2- Blood of the Martyrs crying out
9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
Revelation 6:9 – symbolic expression of dead people crying out for vengeance – these are saints of God, those who died while serving God So, we have the blood of Abel crying out, and we have the blood of the martyrs crying out. What are they crying out for? the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood – how? How was the blood shed- murder – God is saying, that blood is crying to me – something must be done
3- Creation – natural world – is waiting for sons of God to be manifested.
When Christ was on the cross according to John 19:25 – 25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. – the mother saw Him -yes, was that her son – yes. What do you think was going through her heart? We cannot imagine what was going through Mary. Here is your boy on the cross – she fed Him, she breasts fed God. Now He hangs on that cross. Mary must have been so distraught, she would have loved to have taken His place on that cross, but she couldn’t. The disciples could not take it anymore, so they left, but Mary stayed – this suffering must be avenged – and the reason for it – Sin- where it is found? – sinners
In popular pulpits, today, God is presented as a God of love and that is it – which He is. There is no mention of God’s judgment. There is no mention of God’s anger. Even though the very first promise of the bible is promise from God to put hatred in our hearts for sin, telling us something of the mind of God towards sin. God Himself describes His son Jesus Christ in Hebrews 1:9 – 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” – God hates sin. Let us see how much God hate sin
How much God hates sin:
In the book of Revelation 16 – takes about the wrath of God. Talks about the seven last plagues. Before Jesus comes back, God will unleash seven plagues on this earth upon the wicked for all they have done – seven last plagues:
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the [a]bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.”
First Bowl: Loathsome Sores
2 So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a [b]foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood
3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died. – Every ocean turns blood
Third Bowl: The Waters Turn to Blood
4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying: “You are righteous, [c]O Lord, The One who is and who [d]was and who is to be, Because You have judged these things. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. [e]For it is their just due.” 7 And I heard [f]another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”
Fourth Bowl: Men Are Scorched
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. – Global warming – heat so intense. And they blasphemed God – there is a danger included in resisting the truth. The more a person resist the truth, the person eventually comes to a place, that nothing God does or says can change that person’s mind. When the heart is made up to disobey God, there is nothing God can do to change the mind of that person with all His powers – not only powers to bless, but power to punish. So, while they are suffering with this heat, they are scorched, they are cursing God
Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds. There will be so thick it will cause pain. In vs 11 we see sores – which they had in plague 1. When plague number 5 hits, plague number 1 is still going on. So, they are also suffering from plague 1, 2, 3, and 4 and 5
Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up
12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings [g]of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Demons in the last days will perform miracles. Paul also believes that in 2 Thessalonians 2:19 – 2 Thessalonians 2:9 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, – there will be real miracles not fake 15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” 16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, [h]Armageddon.
Seventh Bowl: The Earth Utterly Shaken
17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. – the worst earth quake is coming
19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. 20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly – this plague falls from Heaven. This is not the first-time God using the storm to destroy His enemies. See, Joshua 10:11- 11 And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the LORD cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword. Here is an example of God sending hailstones to destroy the enemy of His people.
Remember this, not all sermons got to have a happy feeling and put smiles on our faces: There was no smile on Christ when He was kneeling on the garden of Gethsemane- there was no smile on the face of the Father when He forsook His son and Jesus cried My God, My God why have you forsaken me- there was no smile on the face of the Jesus when they were nailing His hands and feet and put thorns on His head and pieced His ribs, and blind folded Him and slapped Him and said who did it? There was no smile when Adam sinned – All of Heaven must have cried, and God had to throw him out
Serving God, does not always means smiling. Sometimes it means crying. Sometime it means a broken heart particularly when you realized you have sinned. Sometimes it means just being crushed. When David heard, his boy had died – the one he had with Bathsheba, for 3 days he couldn’t eat, he slept on the ground, until the prophet said get up. A Christian walk is not always smile.
Why is God doing this?
Let us see Revelation 15:1- Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete -In all of God’s judgement on the Earth, the flood, the sun you name it, God has shown mercy. In every act of judgement over the earth, God has mingled it with at least a little mercy. This time when God expresses His wrath and His anger, there will be no mercy. Revelation 15:1 says, the seven angels having the seven last plagues, in them is filled with the wrath of God – the wrath of God, the focus of God’s wrath is in these seven lives
N// In the book of Revelation, all messages of mercy end in Revelation 14. (Revelation 1-5 is just a re-emphasis of what is found in Revelation 14) So, essentially all warning messages of the world end in Revelation 14 – because well after vs 14 – Christ is seen on the cloud with a crown on His head and sickle in His hand, that is judgement is coming down. All warnings of this world, the last warning message of this world is found in Revelation 14: 6 and 12.
The proclamation of Three Angels
1- Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” -Revelation 14:6-7
2- 8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon[f] is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” – Revelation 14:8 3- 9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. ” – Revelation 14:9-11 – Final message for this world
Compare Revelation 16:2 and Revelation 14:9 Revelation 16:2 – 2 So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a [b]foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
Revelation 14:9 – 9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
This time in Revelation 14:9 – the wrath of God is powered out in an instance without mercy.Observe that when we look at the seven plagues –
- – plague #1 – falls on those who warship the beast
- – plague #2 – falls on the sea
- – plague #3 – falls on the rivers and the fountains
- – plague #4 – falls on the sun
When this happens, God’s people will be protected. A study of the 10 plagues in Egypt, when God sent plague after plague after plague, they were ten, the plagues affected the Egyptians, the Israelites were protected. If you are a child of God, you don’t have worry about this message, because God goes out to protect His people. God does not punish righteousness, He punishes sin. Now do the righteous suffer? – Yes. Who was the most righteous person who ever lived? – Jesus. Did He suffer? – Yes. If Christ suffered for righteousness, we will and we must be prepared. But that suffering is NOT God’s wrath.
So, God will send these seven plagues upon this earth because of sin, and they will fall on sinners not God’s people., “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, – We have to know who is the beast and who is the image – especially the beast because that came first. And receives his mark – what does that mean? On his forehead or on his hand – what does forehead mean? And what does hand mean? So, the bible identifies those who will suffer these seven last plagues. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation.
Now, the wrath of God, continues beyond the seven last plagues. How? – let read verse 9 again microscopically: He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” – this is an ongoing expression of anger – when the bible says He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone – this does not happen when the seven-last plague is poured out. This happens 1000 years after Jesus Christ comes. Fire and brimstone represents the final destruction of the wicked. The seven-last plagues do not destroy the wicked, it makes them suffer, but the final destruction of the wicked will be when the fire of hell consume this earth and all the sin and all the sinners who refuse to accept the light as it shown. And so, God’s wrath, seven last plagues is a 1000 years gap and He finishes His wrath at the end of the 1000 years and after this, Jesus Christ comes back.
How can one escape these seven last plagues? – Righteousness. They were sent because people rejected the word of God, the authority of God, His roles as King, savior, creator – they have rejected God – and God finally must respond. We escape by making sure, our lives are right with God.
- – How did Lot escape the fires of Sodom? He was righteous. What is righteousness – doing what is right- by what power? – by the power of God. Because to do what is right in the sight of God, you need the power from God.
- – How did Noah escape the flood? – He was righteous – He did what God wants/says – Obeyed. Jesus said, as it was in the days of Noah, that is how it will be when He comes. How do we escape the seven-last plagues – righteousness. What is righteousness? – doing what God says.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 – 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.
Jesus puts it differently – Luke 18:18 – 18 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’”
– Jesus is saying, you know the commandments. The ruler had no mistake to what Christ was referring to. The he said, what must I do to inherit eternal life? He didn’t say – what must I do to give myself eternal life – so, this is not salvation by works. He didn’t say, what shall I do to give myself – no one can give himself/herself eternal life. He said, what must I do to inherit it to get is from somebody else and that is you, or the Father – And Jesus said – keep the commandments.
How do escape the seven-last plagues? – we make sure our lives are right with God. And a single question every day is, Father what would you have me to do? What do you want me to do?
When that time comes, your money won’t save you – so start giving it to the church. Your degree won’t save you. Your possession won’t save you. The only thing that will save us, if we are found covered in the righteousness of Christ – and the covering is really a covering of the heart not the skin.
There is a cry that God will answer. That cry, is a cry from His people. The cry from suffering creations, the cry from those who have given their lives and paid a painful price for the sake of right doing and righteousness and faithful to God and God will answer that cry. When He does, it will be terrible, because God hates sin!
So, make a decision today, Father, by the grace of Christ, let get out of the line of fire. 2 Peter3:10 – 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be [a]burned up. – the earth and every sinful thing and every sinful person.
God is saying, step out of the line of fire, by making a decision of commitment to obey me. When God sent one of the plagues to Egypt – the hail. When God sent the hail, He sent Moses to tell the Pharaoh – I will send hail to all of you – that will destroy every cow that is outside – all the cattle that is outside that is not protected will die. Interesting the bible says in Exodus 9:20-21 – 20 He who feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his livestock flee to the houses. 21 But he who did not regard the word of the LORD left his servants and his livestock in the field. When some Egyptians heard the warning, they had experienced the first plagues – they knew God was not playing. So, when Moses sent the warning, even the Egyptians, who obeyed God’s words, they brought the cattle into the house, and verse 21 sadly says but he who did not regard the word of the LORD left his servants and his livestock in the field -and of course they died.
Verse 20 says – He that feared the word of the Load among the servants of the Pharaoh – when you fear God, the natural response is to obey. The Egyptians that feared the word of God, brought the cattle into the house. Today, we have God’s word. Let us fear God’s word. Humble yourself before the authority of God who does not lie. There is a terrible time coming on this earth, it will come sooner than you and I think.
When world trade center happened September 11th ,2001. Things changed overnight. Things can change first. A few years ago, there was a volcanic eruption in Iceland – the eruption was so bad, planes could not fly in Europe and economy begun to alter. As I type this, 6 years after Randy Skeete made this sermon, in February, 2020 the current outbreak of coronavirus is a prime example of how things can quickly change. Flights are grounded, world economy is tinkering, people are dying and sick people are being quarantine in their homes – people are panicking all over. It does not take much for things to go wild just like that.
This is how Christ will come – suddenly. But today, let all say, Father I want to be safe and secure – from your wrath. I want to be among those who say in Isaiah 25:9 – 9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the LORD;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” – This is my desire. I want to see God as a savior not as a judge.
Remember – The Lord is not willing that anyone should perish. So, if God is to destroy, then you have to know, He has a good reason.
Here is a God who wants everyone to be saved – 1 Timothy 2:4 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Here is a God who says in Ezekiel 33:11 – 11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ – This is a God who will destroy. It will be a strange act, but He won’t have no choice. Let us be on the right side of God. That is a side of surrender and obedience of the heart.