The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
The book of Revelation offers a scary picture for those who will live through the Tribulation. Christians should not live in fear of it because we will not be subject to the wrath of God. What is astonishing is the reaction of people who do experience it.
The people who experience the plagues of Revelation and live through it do not turn from their idols and do not seek repentance. Whether these are literal idols or modern, manmade ones such as television or camping doesn’t really matter in this case. Incredible events should grab the attention of everyone but no one seems to question it.
We’ve witnessed similar reactions to catastrophes today. Whether the events are signs of Christ’s return is up for debate. We must remember that every generation has had people who declared that Christ was returning in their lifetime. The only thing we do know is that we are one day closer today than yesterday.
Regardless what the intention of the disasters is – and I believe it is unfair to call them God’s punishment for sin because we don’t know the mind of God in regard to any disaster – it should serve as a wakeup call. Survivors should lift up their heads, look around, and realize that they could be next. And what would their destiny be if they perished? Disasters should turn people’s eyes to God and repentance. Unfortunately the future won’t differ from today when hearts will grow harder instead.