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Revelation 18.14-19 – Serving God (or not).
Posted: 6 January 2012 in Revelation

“And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.”

It might reasonably be supposed that one day a similar lament to that of the merchants will be heard from all people who have spent their lives in pursuit of material prosperity, and their own will, rather than the will of God – and of course that means everybody.

It is difficult to overstate the extent of man’s dpravity, who will always live for himself, rather than for the God who is his Lord and creator. Without Christ there could be no salvation.

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