While reading through these chapters of Revelation, I was comforted mostly by the words in Revelation 16:17
The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” Revelation 16:17, ESV
the seven bowls of the wrath of God Sound terrible! Painful sores, bloody water, scorching heat, utter darkness, dried up river beds, a massive earthquake and monster hail… but three words of comfort.
“It is done.”
For those who are alive in the earth during this time, it is going to be really bad! The reality is that this would be (and should be) the terrible fate of every person who has ever lived and who ever will live, but God sent Jesus to absorb the wrath of God On our behalf. Everyone who trusts in Christ alone for salvation WILL have eternal life with Him!
Yes, things get bad. They get real bad, but for those who trust Christ, the bad things also come to an end. The good that He has waiting for us with Christ in heaven will never end.
I love this description of Jesus from Revelation 19.
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. – Revelation 19:11-16, ESV
In this season of Christmas, where we celebrate the first coming of Christ as a human baby boy, it seems fitting to at least consider the second coming of Christ, as the rider on the white horse with eyes like fire and a sword coming out of His mouth.