Between Revelation chapters 6 and 8 there is an intermission, a pause before the judgments of the 7th seal begin. The four angels who are about to harm the earth and the sea are restrained –
“After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” – Rev. 71-3
Before God unleashes these judgments on he earth He seals His servants on earth. There are 144,000 of them from the 12 tribes of Israel. A strange fact is however that Manasseh and Joseph are listed but the tribe of Dan is missing. Joseph had two sons who became tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim so why are the tribes of Dan and Ephraim missing? Continue reading
The sixth seal unveiled a coming great earthquake, the likes of which the world has never seen. Not only is the earth shaken but also the heavens. Suddenly mankind finds itself facing the wrath of the Lamb of God, and we have passed from the age of grace into the age of judgment. People don’t like to think about this time. They see Jesus as one who turns the other cheek to mankind’s abuse and rejection, thinking there will always be time to make it right with God, or that God wouldn’t cast someone into the burning flames of hell, even though the words of the Bible clearly say He will.
“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” – Rev. 6:12-17 Continue reading
The next seal to be opened is the one of persecution.
“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” – Rev. 6:9-11
The Bible warns Christians to expect persecution but it never says we should accept it – God doesn’t, and all those who persecute will be severely judged by God.
“He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” – Rev. 13:9 Continue reading
In the Book of Revelation as John is called up into heaven, he saw God sitting on the throne and holding a scroll which was sealed with seven seals. An angel proclaimed with a loud voice – “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”. But no one was found in heaven or earth that was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. What is this scroll and why is it so important? This scroll contains the final history of man and the creation. What began in the Creation also will have an ending and this scroll tells it all. John wept because no one was found to open the scroll. Continue reading
As Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem His disciples asked Him –
“Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” – Matt, 24:3
Man has always wanted to know about the end of all things. It seems mankind is created with an inner knowledge that what has a beginning also has an end, that this life on earth is not the whole story. Indeed God seems to have built this question even into the creation. On the fourth day, as He created the stars and heavenly bodies, He stated –
“Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;” – Gen. 1:14 Continue reading
The Bible tells the story of Peter and John speaking to the Pharisees, the rulers, elders, and scribes about Jesus. They said –
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
This disturbed them because hey knew it was true but they didn’t want to hear it so, they said –
“But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.” – Acts 4:17 Continue reading
“If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.” – Leviticus 7:12
This is the month of Thanksgiving, a time for reflection on the testings and blessings of our lives. Yes, even trials and testings are to be given thanks for because they serve to make us stronger than we were before. And blessings because they are a sign of God’s goodness to us. Sadly, most of us receive these blessings without so much as a thank you. And we often take them for granted, that is until they are taken away. Continue reading