The God of Glory thunders (w/audio)...

Those of you who, with me, wish you could have been there to hear the big bang of David's recent post, "Happiness on the Fourth of July," have to watch this video from a recent Texas Ranger's game. God thundered from heaven and the men on the field dropped to the ground or ran for the dugouts. Minnesota Twin Denard Span tweeted... “That’s the loudest noise I’ve ever heard. I thought Jesus was comin!”

As I watched, I thought of Scripture’s description of the unsaved man's reaction to the appearance of Jesus:

Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Revelation 6.15-17

Peter tells us the seeming delay in Jesus’ return is linked to. His patience and His desire for men to repent and be saved (2Peter 3:9). Sadly, many men respond to Christ’s graciousness with an increasing irreverence toward the Son of God. We plunge ourselves deeper into the sin that offends Christ. We don't fear God at all.

Here we see a simple thunderclap from heaven dropping one man to his knees while others flee, yet this demonstration of God's power is nothing compared to what God is capable of. God merely lifts His finger and men tremble. What will men do on the day when He roars from heaven?

Heed the command of the angel of Revelation.

(A)nd he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come...." (Revelation 14:7)

Comments

In the Institutes there's a reference to blasphemers who cringe when any sign of God's wrath appears. The footnote mentions a Roman Emperor who, despite his prideful show of fearlessness before the gods (and the God), would hide under his bed when it thundered. Been a while since I read this but if you've got it on your shelf, now's the time to look it up--it's well worth your while to find and read the notes (Battles edition, BTW). 

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