Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him;
for the hour of his judgment is come:
and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea,
and the fountains of waters.
I did not grow up in a Christian home.
My parents had a form of godliness, a (mostly) moral lifestyle, but did not go to church or take me to church. I did not hear the gospel until I was around 19 years old and went to spend the night with a friend who had joined Campus Crusade for Life. She opened up a Bible and told me about Jesus out of the book of Matthew.
I listened eagerly to everything she said. I believed. But I do not remember her telling me that there was something I had to do. I had to acknowledge my sin, feel remorse for it and ask forgiveness from God. I had to pray and ask Jesus to be Lord of my life. So I left her house not knowing much more than when I arrived.
A couple years later, I heard the gospel again and it came with an admonition for action. OH! Now I know what to do. And I did it. I asked God to forgive my sin and I knew I had something more to do. I had to learn how to serve Him. That was 1977. I’m still learning and doing my best to be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer only.
A friend I worked with 1977 gave me a Bible. She told me to read Revelation. (Odd choice of a suggestion for Bible study to a new Christian. I would recommend Matthew…but anyway…)
God knew what He was doing. Of course. I read Revelation and it scared me to the core. I did not want to be here and I wanted to know what to do to avoid it. As the years went by, of course, I learned more of what was in the Bible, but the FEAR of God is a big part of what has kept me! We ARE to FEAR GOD! 1 Peter 2:17
The Fear of God Makes a Good Foundation for Our Faith
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Psalm 111:10
It is the …beginning of knowledge. Psalm 1:7
We are to …perfect holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
We are to …serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear… Hebrews 12:28
So reading Revelation gave me a very healthy fear of disobeying God. Of course I understand His love! But I also see Him as the Judge of all the earth and I know there comes a day SOON when He is done tolerating what is being done by wicked sinners, the apostate church and the lukewarm prosperity-seeking Christians who have made mammon their god.
From the very beginning of my walk with Jesus, and before I ever read this verse in Matthew, I felt this way: …Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
I have read Revelation many times. Are you familiar with those events that are not far off? Do you fear God? Does your life give Him glory? If not, this video is a very good description of what is about to fall on planet Earth and unless you know Jesus and serve Him in reverance and fear….YOU will face it.