Today’s Reading: Revelation 16.
(Context: The last judgement of the Tribulation is poured out on earth by God, referred to as “the bowls”. The Tribulation’s end is then predicted, as Satan’s unholy Trinity prepare to demolish Jerusalem. The short-lived battle and victory of Jesus Christ, King of Kings, is here called Armageddon, in reference to the valley’s name just outside of Jerusalem.)
A few weeks ago I received an interesting question by a listener for one of my weekly programs at the radio. The program is called, translated to English, “You Ask, the Bible Answers”, a sort of “Bible Answer Man”. The question went something like this: “Why didn’t God just destroy Satan when he first rebelled against God?”
Great question. I didn’t have an answer, I still don’t. Sure, we looked at several passages on Angelology and Demonology, but these were simply details on who Satan is and what he does. In the end I had to remind the listeners that the Bible was written for man and about man. We wish to know about Satan, demons, angels, etc. because we are naturally curious people, but such information is unnecessary. These are the hidden things, the mysterious things of God.
Revelation 16 speaks of some great future events leading-up to Armageddon, but the greatest question still remains. Why is Satan still a factor? Why is God giving him more and more chances to wreak havoc? Why will He still give Satan one more chance at the end of the Millennium?
I don’t know. Yet I find great comfort in this crucially important verse:
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
I am naturally a very inquisitive and skeptical person, which has great uses for me personally as a preacher and teacher. I can teach because I studied it for myself, not just because so and so told me. Yet there are things that were not made for us to know, not yet at least.
We are God’s children, in more ways than one, and there are times when he protects us from information we would not understand or grasp. Like when a small child asks his parents at the dinner table: “Mommy, where did I come from?” A parent will not tell the child the whole truth, only part of the truth. Sure, it is important not to lie, but it is also beneficial to the child not to know everything. Yet.
Let us trust God with questions to large for us, and let us leave the secret and hidden things to God to take care of. He is able to handle it, we aren’t.