Revelation 16:5-7 -And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!” And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!”
This text, found in the middle of the bowl judgments in the book of Revelation, reminds us of a very significant point. Regardless of how harsh the judgment, in eternity, all who witness the judgments of God will declare those judgments to be just and right. In our lives, we experience many things that are very difficult to comprehend. We struggle to know why it is that God would allow certain things to happen. We may, if we allow our sinful minds to wander, actually wonder if God is doing the right thing. But, when all is said and done, none of us will question the will and the works of God when we are in his presence for eternity.
Before putting this thought away, think of the significance of it. There are things that we will discover in eternity that, if we understood them now, might seem hard to take. But in eternity, there will be no question. If we find, in eternity, that someone was not truly saved that we believed to be saved, we will not accuse God of being unfair or unjust. We will declare what we see the altar declare in verse 7 above, that God’s ways are just. If we find that a truly evil person on earth was saved on their death bed, we will not complain. Instead, we will declare that God’s mercy is great and wonderful to behold.
It will do us good to acknowledge here on earth that we know that in eternity, all of God’s works and all of God’s ways are perfect. Even if we do not understand how God does things or why he does them the way that he does, we will never question his perfection or his justice. And if it is true that we will not question those things in eternity, maybe we can better learn to trust him now.