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December 3, 2022

Last week we celebrated our annual day of Thanksgiving, which is usually when family and friends gather to eat and fellowship with each other. This day also causes people to take time to think and talk about the things for which they are thankful. I, like most, was grateful to be alive, healthy, and have the opportunity to spend time with my loved ones.

However, today I was reading Revelation 16:8-11, and these verses made me stop and ponder over that which I am most thankful. They read as, “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”

The book of Revelation basically shares information concerning events that will occur after the rapture of the church. It reveals to the readers the twenty-one judgments that will happen on earth. In the past, the world experienced local tragic events; however, catastrophic events will occur globally during the tribulation.

Revelation sixteen explicitly addresses those things that happen during the last seven series of judgments, and they are known as “the bowl judgments.” In verse eight, the sun causes the earth’s inhabitants to be scorched with fire; in verse ten, darkness, pain, and sores plague the individuals in the kingdom of the Antichrist. What struck me most was that despite the sufferings that the people experienced, they refused to repent and acknowledge God. These people were so deceived, haughty and stubborn that they rather suffer than submit to God. Their actions made me know that I am most thankful for my relationship with God. I recognize Him as my Sovereign God, and He chose me and adopted me into His royal family; I will live eternally in His kingdom in the future, and for this, I am thankful.


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  1. GREEN CYNTHIA permalink

    Praise the Lord for giving me the desire to accept salvation in my youth through my now senior years. For this I am
    Most thankful
    God bless you Shepherd Mother Joyce Smith.

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