Revelation 6:16–17 (NKJV)
16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
I was studying a few weeks ago in preparation to teach chapter 6 of Revelation to our high school youth group and this passage instantly grabbed my attention. I was instantly struck with a thought… what if the people begging for these rocks were our loved ones? Pretty thought-provoking, I think anyway.
For those not as familiar with Revelation, God’s wrath has started to be poured out upon the earth as the period of tribulation has begun. We see widespread famine, wars and rumors of wars, and general destruction during this time. The earth is not a fun place to be. What we have here are non-believing people that have now started to experience the tribulation and instead of continuing on as the tribulation becomes greater, they are begging for the mountains and rocks to essentially kill them. I understand the picture being painted is pretty grim but it does strengthen the question, what if that was one of our loved ones?
The good news is that Jesus came to save everyone, not just the perfect, not just the ones that do great works for Him, He came to save every single soul. What part do we play in that? We are here to deliver that message to a world that knows He exists, but, up to this point have rejected His promise.
We have to be willing to spread the Gospel to every corner of the world, to every lost soul, to every loved one, and to every enemy. We have to be willing to step out in faith and deliver the message of salvation to our neighbor, we have to be willing to witness to the stranger down the street, to your coach, to your teachers, and especially our loved ones. It really is a matter of life and second death.
Believer, you truly have the key to eternity in your hand. You have been given God’s greatest blessing of salvation, it is time to spread that to everyone you know. Penn Jillette has been quoted as saying… “I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me alone and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?… I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”
He certainly has a point. We simply cannot sit around and hold the truth in while there is a hurt and dying world out there, a world desperately in need of the answer we have already found.
What if that was your mother asking for the rocks, what if that was your child, your best friend, or even your worst enemy? Would you want that person begging for death? Put fear aside and preach the Gospel with the power and promise of our awesome Savior.
Matthew 28:18–20 (NKJV)
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.