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Week 52 Day 3
And when the angel opened the seventh seal,
there was silence in heaven for half an hour!
that's so dramatic I can feel it
it gives me pause
What caused the silence?
Was it fear
This is really dreadful reading but please bear with it
the final word is beautiful
Some people object to these horrible images
being connected to a loving God
Others like to see God portrayed in strength and justice
Some enjoy trying to figure out who the different creatures represent
and what all the numbers mean
I try not to get stuck on the violence
but rather to look for the point
that is being made
It is an account of God finally being victorious over sin
and isn't it about time!
And the underlying reason is that God loves us
and wants us to abide in his house
with him forever
and that just can't happen until the problem of sin is resolved
once and for all.
Burned earth, bloodied water, darkened skies, pain & death.
Revelation 8, 9 & 11
1When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in
heaven for about half an hour. 2 I saw the seven angels who
stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.
6The seven angels prepared themselves to sound.
7The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled
with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. A third of the
trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
8The 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. 9A third of the living creatures
in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10The 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. 11The name of the star is Wormwood,
and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
12The fourth angel sounded: A third of the sun was struck,
a third of the moon and the stars, so that a third of them were
darkened. A third of the day did not shine; likewise the night.
13 I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of
heaven, saying, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth,
because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet about to sound!"
9The fifth angel sounded: A star fell from heaven to earth.
To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2He opened the
pit, and smoke arose like a great furnace. The sun and the air
were darkened because of the smoke. Out of the smoke locusts
came, and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the
earth have power. 4They were commanded to harm only those
who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
13The sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four
horns of the altar, 14saying, "Release the four angels who are
bound at the great river Euphrates." 15So the four angels were
released to kill a third of mankind. 16Now the number of the
army of the horsemen was two hundred million.
15The seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in
heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the
kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign
forever and ever!" 16The twenty-four elders worshiped.
19Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and I saw
the ark of His covenant. There were lightnings, noises,
thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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