How do you get your kids to obey? You discipline them. For the most part, they will follow your orders, but some of them are headstrong and do their own thing anyway; we are those children. If only we listened and followed God’s commands, things would go much better for us.
God told the angels to pour out his wrath upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshipped his image. When God tells the angels to do something, they do it without hesitation; they don’t question him or object; they follow his orders. So when we pray, “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” aren’t we asking that the people follow his orders as the angels do? The plagues mentioned in Revelation 16 are no joke, and I’m thankful that Jesus is my protection from them. It is to our benefit that we follow God’s commands and do our best to be the person he called us to be. Jesus is coming like a thief, and we need to do everything we can to be prepared.
(“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”) Revelation 16:15