Saturday, July 2, 2022
When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Revelation 8:1
Silence in heaven. Heavenly silence. While pondering this, the phone rang. It was Roxy’s dentist.
“Your wife is ready to be picked up.”
I wondered why the dental office called, instead of Roxy.
“She shouldn’t talk for about half an hour.”
I’ll just leave that right there, before I get in trouble.
Well, actually one more thing.
But please note, this is from somebody else, not me. I heard that somebody (not me) tried to use that verse to prove...there’d be no women in heaven.
Okay, let’s move on before I get buried in this hole I’m digging.
Silence in heaven, resembles what happen exactly one chapter earlier where the four angels from the four corners of the earth, held back the four winds.
There was a pause then, to protect and to praise. To protect the 144,000 Jewish Servants of God; and then, to witness the praise of a multitude so great no man could number.
Here, we see a moment of silence in heaven to prepare and for prayer. The Seven Angels prepare to sound their trumpets; and the prayers of all the saints are presented to God as incense.
This silence is the eye of a storm; between the chaos of the seals and the catastrophes of the trumpets. This solemn moment reflects the heart of God. He does not take this lightly. What’s about to happen on earth grieves Him, yet His righteous justice demands it. The Lord bares His heart regarding how He feels:
As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Ezekiel 33:11
His plan and purpose, is for all to be saved. Alas, His will is not always fulfilled.
And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Revelation 8:2.
Notice they were silent, not stagnant.
seven angels. Not just any angels, but the seven. The Seven Angels
Trumpet Band. Some scholars say one of the seven is Gabriel. It makes sense
because, Luke 1:19, says: I am Gabriel who stands in the presence of God.
Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Revelation 8:3-4.
Because this angel is performing a priestly duty by offering the prayers of the saints, some claim this angel is Jesus. However, the word “another” in the original text is, allos; which means, of the same kind. Jesus is God, and never referred to as just another angel. This angel is just as it is written, another angel.
Notice, not just a pinch, but much incense was given to him. Which makes sense because it represents the prayers of all the saints.
All means, all.
If you are a born-again child of God; your prayers are heard. And not just heard, but taken seriously. Here we see heaven go silent, to have a ceremony, in honor of your prayers, and mine, and the prayers of all the saints.
HE. Hears. You.
Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. 6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. Revelation 8:5-6
Prayers are powerful.
The same censer and altar used to offer prayers up, is used to throw fire down. Prayers go up, answers come down. In this case, the answers coming down, are in the form of judgement. Fire represents judgement.
During the tribulation there will be lots of prayers for judgement; for justice. Remember in chapter six, those under the altar cry out for justice. Today we find ourselves praying for justice, as we see injustice, not condemned, but condoned.
One day soon, these prayers
will be answered. Justice will be served. The tables will be turned,
like Jesus did in the temple, when they’d turned His House into a den of
First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck
The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. Revelation 8:7.
All the green grass and a third of the trees, all burned up. Just like that, the green new deal goes up in smoke. And the cows? What’ll they eat? Their stomachs will be full of what the green new deal is made of…a whole lotta gas.
Now, to be clear, we should be good stewards of what God has given, His creation. But, we must maintain a Biblical perspective. It’s all going to burn; no amount of tree hugging will stop it.
Take care of it, but don’t worship, or idolize it. Especially don't believe or be like, those who use it to control, manipulate, or make millions by fear mongering the masses.
Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck
Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. Revelation 8:8-9.
Some say this great mountain burning is a volcano. Others say it’s an asteroid or comet; which seems to be most likely. It’s so large and hits so hard that it turns a third of the sea to blood, destroys a third of sea life, and destroys a third of the ships.
After the first two trumpets, it’ll be hard to breathe. Oxygen levels will be compromised due to the destruction of a third of the trees and seas. We get oxygen from trees, and plankton in the ocean.
It won’t just be hard to breathe, it’ll be putridly, nauseating. Imagine the stench of one out of every three fish, rotting, on every shore.
We really don’t
want to be here for this.
Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck
Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter. Revelation 8:10-11.
This time there’s a falling star, burning like a torch. So, it’s a good deal smaller than the first trumpet’s great mountain; but because of where it lands, it does as much damage. Instead of salt water; it hits fresh, and poisons a third of the earth’s fresh water, causing many to die.
This star is named, wormwood; which means bitter. In Ukraine, the word for wormwood, is Chernobyl. The place of the nuclear disaster, April 26, 1986; where eight thousand died, two hundred thousand were affected. Scientists claim the land will be uninhabitable for twenty thousand years (they don’t know that God will fix all that, when He makes all things new).
Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck
Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night. Revelation 8:12.
This trumpet seems like it could be a natural result of the first three. After the earth is pummeled with falling, burning hail, mountain, and star, it’s no wonder a plume of dust and smoke and soot and ash dims the light of the sun and moon and stars for a third of the day and night.
An ominous reminder of
when all went dark, the last three hours of Jesus life on the cross, from the
sixth hour to the ninth.
And I looked, and I heard an angel (eagle) flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” Revelation 8:13.
If you’re using a King James or New King James version, it will say, “angel” instead of “eagle.” The original text uses the word, aetos; which means eagle.
Do you think this eagle could be a member of the friendly creature quartet we met, in chapter four? I do.
and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. Revelation 4:7b.
As we close out this chapter, look back at the first three trumpets. Notice, they're the result of cosmic catastrophes, (burning stuff falling from the sky); just as Jesus says will happen.
And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations; Luke 21:25.
He also tells us, I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven; Hebrews 12:26.
We should view this shaking, as a pruning and preparing, for a new heaven and a new earth; Revelation 21:1.
As a gardener prunes, it may appear as if he’s killing his plants and trees; but in reality, he’s preparing them for bigger and better.
This tribulation process, is God’s way of shaking out the wood, hay and stubble. Pulling the weeds, separating the sheep, removing the dross; so only those things which cannot be shaken may remain, (Hebrews 12:27).
All the while, hoping, they turn from their ways and live.
Now with that being said, let’s look ahead. What fell from above with the first four trumpets was hard, but, just as the eagle says, what comes next, is worse. It comes from the pits of hell.
Oh, and one more thing. Aren't you curious about why everything was "a third."? A third of the trees, and seas, and waters and sun, moon, stars, day, night, a third of everything. Want to know why?
Remind me and we'll talk about that next.
And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; Luke 21:25.
“Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Hebrews 12:26-27
Friday, July 1, 2022
these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number,
of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who
sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9-10.
a great multitude which no one could number
A couple chapters earlier, in 5:11, we saw, many angels, the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands (that’s 100 million, plus, thousands of thousands). That multitude was numbered. However, here, we have a great multitude which no one could number. That means this multitude is… A LOT.
of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues…
If you’re prejudice, you won’t like heaven—but you won’t have to worry about it, because you won’t be there anyway.
This massive, innumerable, white robed, palm branch waving group, is the manifestation, the birth, the real deal, for what was conceived, way back in the day, on that day, that glorious, triumphant day, when Jesus rode, on a never before ridden colt, into Jerusalem, and the masses couldn’t keep silent. Or, the rocks would’ve cried out, “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:6.
Only this time, here in heaven, it’s like Palm Sunday on steroids, and they shout with a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Worship is contagious, and like the flash mob we witnessed back in chapters four and five, we see it here again, with our old friends, joining in, the elders, the four creatures and the angels.
All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen.” Revelation 7:11-12.
a life of worship, and watch the world around you get brighter. God inhabits
the praises of His people. Psalm 22:3.
Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” Revelation 7:13.
One of the elders asked a question, for the purpose of providing an answer.
And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” Revelation 7:14a.
That’s a polite way of saying, “What are you asking me for? I don’t have a clue. You do.”
So, he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14b.
Wow. That simple answer/question tells us a LOT. We’ll just touch on a few.
1) Salvation from tribulation.
A great multitude no one can number will come from the great tribulation washed, cleansed and saved.
To be clear; there will be a multitude of souls saved, during the tribulation. Make no mistake, you do not want to be here to see it. Life will be awful. Now we’re called to live for Christ. Then, they will be required to die for Him.
Perhaps God had this great multitude in mind when He told Abraham, I’ll multiply your descendants as the stars in heaven and the sands of the sea and through your seed all nations of the earth will be blessed. Genesis 22:17-18.
The preaching of the descendants of Abraham, the 144,000, sealed servants of God, will play a major role in the salvation of souls.
During the tribulation God will still have His remnant; bullet proof evangelists, including: The 144,000 sealed servants, (Rev. 7:4-8); The Two Witnesses, (Rev. 11:3-13); and an angel, (Rev. 14:6). They will preach to every tribe, tongue and nation.
2. Maturing (growth, development) continues in heaven.
Did you notice something familiar about this great multitude who washed their robes? Have we seen them before?
In the last chapter, there was another group, smaller in number, but they too had come out of the great tribulation. Remember? They were under the altar not, before the throne and before the Lamb.
Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs
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. 10 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?” Revelation 6:9-10
They cried with a loud voice, too; but to a totally different tune.
This great multitude is praising God for His Salvation. Those under the altar were whining like impatient kids in the back seat on a long trip.
How long, O Lord…? “Are we there yet? I’m hungry? I’m thirsty? I gotta go…
How long, O Lord until You avenge our blood… “She touched me! Tell him to stop making dumb noises! He stole my fries!”
How long, O Lord until You avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth… because it’s all about my life, my blood, they killed me and it’s not fair, (they cry with a loud voice as they stomp their feet).
Why is it taking so long? I want them punished, now, for what they did to me, me, ME!
They were simply told to chill out, it’s not all about you, you, you. (Best way to get over self-pity, depression, is to take eyes off self).
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. Revelation 6:11
But now, here they are, one chapter later, all grown up, not acting like spoiled, rotten, selfish, baby, brats. They’re mature; not thinking of themselves, but praising God, and actually leading into worship, the elders, creatures and angels.
How’d they go from whining under the altar to standing, worshipping, before the throne?
Under the altar: Isn’t that an odd place? On the altar is where sacrifices are made. Beside the altar is where they’re given. But under? What goes under?
Yeah, but this is heaven, remember? They aren’t sacrificing bulls and goats and lambs, because The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world, has already been slain, once and for all.
What can wash away my sins?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh precious is the flow,
that makes me white as snow…
They were placed under the altar and we just read that they are those who washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
At first, under the altar, they cried out for their own blood. But after getting their eyes of their I’s; they changed. Under the altar, saturated in the cleansing, healing, blood of Jesus, they're made new.
Maybe under the altar, is heaven’s nursery.
Does Jesus show them His hands and feet and side? The only manmade thing in heaven—His scars.
Perhaps they’re taught all about the blood Jesus shed, just for their salvation. Is that why they cry out SALVATION! We don’t know. It doesn’t say. What we do know, is that go from crying about their own blood, to praising The Lamb, for His.
The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7
Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. Hebrews 9:22
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death. Revelation 12:11
3. There are different
positions in heaven.
Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:15-17.
Notice their position will be in the temple, serving God, day and night. It reminds me of the position of the Levites; the priests, who served in the temple.
This isn’t the same position as the Bride of Christ, seated on thrones.
The tribulation saints are not the same as the raptured Bride. They have a different role, place and position.
This may melt some modern minds, but here it is:
In heaven, all is not equal; however, all is equitable.
Notice the two groups in this chapter, are both called to serve. The 144,000 are called, servants of our God and the great multitude, are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.
Tribulation saints, will be saved, from hell, but they'll have a different position, they won't be the Bride.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:15-17.
She opened weary eyes. He was still there, as always, just as he’d been for over fifty years.
Their eyes met, by now she could no longer speak, he didn’t need to, their eyes spoke just fine.
She looked out the window and back toward him.
He nodded, knowing.
Her eyes got shiny and spilled one lonely tear.
His quivering lips kissed her cheek, absorbing the tear, and whispered, “Thank God, that’s the last one.”
She smiled, looked out the window, and was Home.
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:2-5
Coming up next, in chapter 8, we’ll see what God thinks of the Green New Deal, and hear echoes of the Chornobyl Ukraine disaster.
How can I pray for you?
Thursday, June 30, 2022
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. Revelation 7:1.
We’re in a parenthesis. An interlude. Chapter seven is a parenthesis between the sixth and seventh seals. Parenthetical.
Four angels, four corners, four winds.
Chapter six introduced four horsemen. Seven introduces four angels. The sky has rolled back as a scroll, (Revelation 6:14). The mask is down, the gloves are off the battle of Good versus evil is revealed.
Angels are covering the globe, corner to corner, all directions, north, south, east and west. The earth is surrounded. Shut up tighter than Joshua around Jericho, not even the wind, goes out or in.
The four angels are standing, at attention, holding their position. Ready. A reflection on earth of what takes place in heaven, upon the opening of the seventh seal; exactly one chapter from here (Revelation 8:1; we’ll get to that later).
Sidenote: AS I WAS highlighting, winds and wind in verse one, on my BibleGateway app. a wind warning popped up on my screen:
Warnings aren’t for scaring; but for preparing.
Are you ready?
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, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” Revelation 7:2-3.
This angel is “another angel” thus, similar to the other four.
He tells them not to harm the earth, the sea, or the trees. Did you notice the repetition? The four angels were holding wind, from blowing on, earth, sea and trees. Now we learn they have power to harm the earth, sea and trees.
Thus, it appears, wind may represent, the soon to come, blowing, seven trumpet judgements; not necessarily, actual wind.
The angel says, our God, indicating these are good angels.
sealed the Servants of God on their foreheads.
Those getting sealed, are servants of God.
This isn’t the first time God placed a seal of protection. He put a seal (a mark) on Cain, proclaiming if anyone kills Cain, he will be avenged sevenfold. (Genesis 4:15).
In Ezekiel’s vision a seal of protection was placed on the foreheads of those who were grieved over the evil in the land—all the rest were killed. (Ezekiel 9:4-6).
The blood of the Passover lamb was a seal over the doorpost so the death angel would see and pass over. Exodus 12:23.
This seal, will be a sign to the locust released from the abyss, to pass over, and not harm, those who are sealed.
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Revelation 9:4.
It will be imitated by the imposter, the antichrist, with the mark of the beast.
And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. Revelation 13:16.
And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed. Revelation 7:4.
So, now we know, 144,000, servants of God, from the tribes of Israel, are the ones who are sealed.
Now, God articulates exactly who they are. (So that we don’t get confused when the doorbell rings, and two really nice people with white shirt and tie, want to talk about being one of the 144,000).
of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
You Bible scholars, may have noticed, Dan is not in the list. Evidently, there were not 12,000 servants of our God in the tribe of Dan. Some say because of sin. Others say because antichrist will come from him. We don’t know. It doesn’t say. It could be that all (or many) of the Danites were saved and taken in the rapture. We know they’re not all lost, because they are included, actually listed first, in the land allotment to the twelve tribes of Israel during the millennial reign. Ezekiel 48.
If you’re curious what the seal may look like; check out, Revelation 14:1:
Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000 who had His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
So, with that, some are saying, “See, God likes tattoos.”
Bottom line is, those sealed are, 144,000 Jewish servants of God. Period.
Obviously, they missed the rapture, but then, connected the dots, and realized, Jesus is Messiah, and Lord. God in His awesome, tender mercy and loving kindness, grants them the extraordinary honor of being His, fire-proof, bullet-proof, locust repelling, servants of our God, end time evangelists for the greatest harvest of souls, the world has ever known.
The rest of the chapter paints a beautiful picture of what that looks like. Which we’ll take a look at next time.
Thank You Lord, for Your Words and warnings. Not to scare us, but prepare us. We pray You find us, serving You and ready.
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Roe Goes! Reckoning Arrives
Obama says it’s an attack on freedom; his wife claims to be heartbroken.
Jezebelosi calls it dark…and blames Trump.
Maxine Waters rallies for riots of thousands, no millions.
Demonicrats call for a night of rage
The justices simply corrected a grave injustice, of their own doing, fifty years and 64 million slaughtered babies, ago.
Anyone who does a moment’s worth of honest research, realizes the original ruling, in ’73, was egregiously wrong, unconstitutional, anti-American and antichrist. (Even “Roe” who never had an abortion, bore three children, and became pro-Life.)
Today, a heavenly spotlight shines on us all—exposing our hearts.
Are you heartbroken, enraged, think the ruling cruel, dark, an attack on freedom? Why? Open your eyes, this ruling is pro-choice.
Each and every state now has the right to choose. More importantly, millions of babies will have the right to choose, life.
Women haven’t lost any rights. They never had, nor ever will have, the right to kill another human being, just because they don’t want them around.
You have the right to choose to live responsibly, choose integrity, and live honorably. You have the right to choose, Life. Not to murder. Abortion is the taking of an innocent life. That is murder. That is wrong. That is sin.
It can be forgiven.
If you’ve had an abortion, please don’t live in shame, guilt, or condemnation.
Admit it was wrong, it was sin, it was murder.
Know that the penalty of sin is death.
Accept that Jesus, came to live perfectly, resisting all temptations to sin, and then, He offered to pay the penalty of death, in our place. God The Father, accepted this offer and raised Jesus from the dead.
Ask Him to forgive.
Receive His forgiveness.
Choose Life, a life, lived for Him.
Today, right now, in this moment; Life and death, is set before you. Choose LIFE.
Today I set before you Life and death, choose Life. Deuteronomy 30:19