Rob Barkman is running a series on Revelation. His latest is an interesting post on the fleeting nature of riches. We are all familiar with the story of the rich young ruler who wanted to follow Jesus, but could not let go of his riches. Matthew (Matthew 19:16-26), Mark (Mark 10:17-31), and Luke (Luke 18:18-34) tell the story. What most people remember is this verse.
Matthew 19:23-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Most of us read Revelation less often than the four Gospels, but that book is about Jesus too. Revelation has lessons for us too, and during the Tribulation there are still rich people who love their money and have trouble letting go of what they do not need in exchange for what they do need. And yet is that not the problem with every idol, whether it be about the love of sex, the love of government, the love of our self, or the love of stuff (that is, riches or money).
Rev 18:17 – “For in one hour so great riches is come to nought.”
The rapid loss of the riches found in Satan’s kingdom, helps to illustrate the passing nature of the riches of this world.
Riches are fleeting…
Pro 23:4-5 – “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”
Therefore to love riches, and live our lives in their pursuit, leads to a worthless, wasted life… (continued here)
Note that Revelation 18:11-24 “Warnings To Depart From Babylon (2)” considers Revelation 18:17 in context, and that is worth doing.