Repent and Give Glory to God

Repentance for New JerusalemRevelation speaks about many judgements and disasters. After these, our God will fulfill His promises for “the restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21) and “new heavens and a new earth” (2 Peter 3:13). Why have these promises not yet come to pass? It seems that the answer is in 2 Peter 3:7-9

The heavens and the earth now, by the same word [of God], have been stored up for fire, being kept unto the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men….The Lord does not delay regarding the promise, as some count delay, but is long-suffering toward you, not intending that any perish but that all advance to repentance.

There will come a day for “destruction of ungodly men” but God’s desire is for repentance rather than destruction. Although He does not “delay,” He is “long-suffering” so that everyone may have an opportunity to “advance to repentance.”

A loud voice in Revelation 14:7 declares, “fear God and give Him glory because the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who has made heaven and earth and the sea and the springs of waters.” Those not killed by the earthquake in 11:13 are like this; they “became terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.” Thank Him for this result.

Unfortunately, many will not repent. Refusals to repent are recorded in 9:20-21 and 16:9-11. This sad response should move us to beseech the Lord to cause many to advance to repentance now. When we see news about a disaster or an accident or a shooting, it should remind us to “look away to Jesus” and to ask the Lord to use the trouble to bring more people to repentance.
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Photo of crops in Kansas, courtesy of NASA.

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  1. These verses really show us God’s heart: He does not want to see anyone perish but desires that all would repent. We can surely join with God’s desire and beseech Him that many would repent before the great tribulation.

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    • Yes, the best petitions and beseechings are those that reflect God’s desire expressed in His word.

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