Verse 7 (NASB)
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7. and he said with a loud voice, "Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and the springs of waters."
This verse confirms the previous verse that an ETERNAL GOSPEL is being preached. It has the three attributes of a Gospel: conviction, conversion, and consecration.
This is not only a Revelation conclusion. "The Preacher" (Solomon) in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 concludes that we should "FEAR GOD, and keep His commandments....".
We used to hear "hell fire and damnation" sermons and people were saved. These sermons are much less frequent now. Ever wonder why? Conviction by a reverent fear of God was used in New Testament times, too (Jude 23).
Note that the HOUR and not DAY is used here. Time is really getting short (Revelation 12:12).
This is the first use of the term "judgment" in the Revelation. Previously, the word used was "wrath". Later on in Revelation, "judgment" is carried out (Revelation 16:7; Revelation 18:10; and Revelation 19:2)
parallels with the trumpets and bowls
and lends support that the Revelation is really "parallel consecutive"
So the question is: WHOM DO WE REALLY WORSHIP? (Romans 1:18-32)
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