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A Severe Mercy



This week at church, we journeyed from the book of Genesis to Revelation to see God’s unfolding plan from the very beginning; from the story of the fall of man to the Seven Trumpets in Revelation, God’s judgment and mercy are always found close together.

Key Takeaway

Judgment and mercy are always found close together.

Presupposition - what you're already thinking when stepping into something. Our presupposition to this text should be that we know it's God's world.

This is God’s world, designed to work God’s way, created to bring God glory and to bring man good.

The world is not an arbitrary canvas on which autonomous individuals play out their version of what is glorious and good with no consequence. We see this play out in the beginning. God's world. God's people. God's way.

We find mercy and judgment in fallen Eden. In Revelation 8, we pick up with the Seven Trumpets.

Key Takeaways

1. They did not repent.

Though there are consequences, there is mercy and time to repent. If we do it in God's way, we bring Him glory and gain good.

Knowing the reality of the consequences we will face helps us understand the weight of the people around us who don't yet know Christ.

2. We are messengers.

Revelation was given to us to give us a sense of what He is doing.

We're seeing judgment in Revelation 11, but we're also seeing mercy.

When we look at the presupposition given at the beginning of the message, we are reminded that we are in God's world and don't get to choose the consequences.

Maybe judgment is hard for you to wrap your head around—and you don't want it.

But you do want things that are wrong to be made right. For our city, our nation, and your family—that's judgment. Our message isn't judgment (period).

You're destined to die once. And after you die, you will face the God of the presupposition.

Jesus died once and appears for a second time to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

Our message is judgment (comma) mercy.

The atonement cover is the mercy seat because judgment and mercy are always found close together.

Beware, anyone who refuses the mercy of God; the trumpets are going to sound.

Change your mind about this so that you can change your life to become His.


"The Kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever."

Louie Giglio

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Scripture References

  • Revelation 8
  • Genesis 3:21-24
  • Revelation 9
  • Revelation 10
  • Revelation 11
  • Hebrews 9:27-28
  • Hebrews 9:1-5
Louie Giglio

Global Pastor

Louie Giglio Louie Giglio is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Institute.