15 And the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;
16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;
17 for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?” NASB
And so it goes in life. People have the attitude that they can eat, drink, and have fun, for that is all there is to live for. No one looks to tomorrow. That is just another day that can be planned when it comes, but tonight is now and that is the extent of our life as far as people are concerned.
No responsibility, no accountability, no cares in the world. Just text and tell, just post and pretend. The world is at our internet finger tips, who cares who is on the other end.
But one day, the end of our life always knocks at our door, and then what? And sooner or later the end of the world will be knocking and that is when life will be crashing down on everyone across the planet.
The image here is very moving and disturbing. The entire earth shaking, the consternation and alarm of the people, their renouncing confidence in all the things to which they had trusted, their rapid flight to get away, their appearing on high projecting cliffs in an effort to hide from God, are all abysmal and terrible images. They signify the extreme severity of God’s justice.
People hide from people by using closets, attics, hide outs and such. But to hide from God, how is that even possible?
God is omniscient. He knows everything even before you were born. God is foreknowledge. He knows everything you will think before you know it. God is omnipresent. He is everywhere simultaneously and can follow you like the skin on your own body. God is omnipotent. He created the universe in an instant and can shake the planet in its entirety with a blink of His eye.
And as the entire world collapses around people, whether it be life in general seemingly falling all around you, or at the end of history in the final days, Gods judgment is seen but no repentance accompanies it. People run and hide from what, to what end, to what destiny or future?
People refuse to recognize God, they refuse to recognize Christ, they refuse to recognize their own flaws and failures in reality. All they see is the here and now and they remain stubborn to their own change.
And the final blow to mans arrogance is going to be mentioned in the next and last verse in this chapter, which we will study tomorrow.