Today’s message summary of April 3, 2016 from Pastor Gus Brown:
How many of you have ever made the statement, “It’s not fair!”
What we should be looking at is whether or not God is just, because He is indeed fair.
In Revelation, when He pours out His wrath on the people, was He being fair about it?
He was just and fair in His punishment.
In Revelation 15:2, you are able to see the saints that are present and they proclaim victory over the beast.
In Chapter 6:10, you hear the cries of those who were slain asking how long it will be until God brings justice.
The date has been set for when God’s wrath will be poured out on those who do not believe in Him.
He will repay each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness; affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek, but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. There is no favoritism with God.
God will be able to recall everything that you did that was for or against His Word. For those who desire to and actively practice evil, God declares that it will not go well for them.
Those who desire to practice righteous and obedience can always rely upon the Lord to get through situations and circumstances. Things will still happen to those who believe in Him, but He provides peace and comfort to those who rest in Him.
Being God’s offspring them, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination. Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.
Scripture tells not to measure us in comparison to others. The Word shows us the holiness and character of God, and it helps us to understand God and overcome this self-image that we would have of who God is. We are not to come up with an image of who God is rather than rely upon His Word to tell us who He really is.
He calls for the repentance of those who are in sin, for the Day of Judgment has been set.
I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory over the beast, his image, and the number of his name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God.
The people were celebrating their victory over the beast because they were now present with God and experiencing His fullness (v. 3). They sang the song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-3, 11).
When times are difficult, the peace of God is what comforts a believer.
A believer sees that God is trustworthy and just in His ways. He is holy and righteous in his ways.
The Rock–His work is perfect; all His ways are entirely just. A faithful God, without prejudice, He is righteous and true.
His salvation is very near those who fear Him, so that glory may dwell in our land. Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace. Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven.
Let whoever is wise understand these things, and whoever is insightful recognize them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.
After this I heard something like the loud voice of a vast multitude in heaven, saying: Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God, because His judgments are true and righteous, because He has judged the notorious prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality; and He has avenged the blood of His slaves that was on her hands.
Lord, who will not fear and glorify Your name? Because you alone are holy, for all the nations will come and worship before You because Your righteous acts have been revealed.
I long for You in the night, yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You, for when Your judgments are in the land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Then I heard someone from the altar say: Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.
God’s righteousness and His peace are inseparable. Those who act in the flesh cannot experience peace because of unrighteousness.
Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them? I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?
After this I looked, and the heavenly sanctuary—the tabernacle of testimony—was opened. Out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, dressed in clean, bright linen, with gold sashes wrapped around their chests. One of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven gold bowls filled with the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. Then the sanctuary was filled with smoke from God’s glory and from His power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.