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, 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.
That is exactly why I love the book of Revelation. It speaks sobering truth. It is a wake up call from the slumber of satanic lies. It is a reality check amidst the intoxicating pleasures of sin. Its unflattering and graphic language of judgment leaves us with no illusions about our loving God’s abhorrence of sin.
That is exactly what we need, beloved, lest we be duped into thinking that the love of God gives us a licence to live anyhow.
Thus today’s text makes it crystal clear that serving the kingdom of darkness is neither a joke nor an option. Toying with idolatry in any shape or form, such as the occult, dark arts, cults, magic or divination is a dangerous game–with eternal repercussions. Many today unwittingly flirt with the devil. The consequences are dire, brethren!
In our world of political correctness, we get the impression that we are free to live as we like. Often we just expect a rap on the knuckles for our sins and transgressions. We think there’ll always be another chance. The concept of divine justice is taken lightly. The reality of eternal judgment is not taken seriously and we fabricate an image of “God” after our own likeness!
Let us rather serve the Lord with joy mingled with holy fear. Let us walk in His light and love without compromise. Let us rather play the fool now, as we esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of the world (Heb. 11:26).