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We can refuse grace!

Scripture reading for December 26th: Revelation 8-9

As Revelation chapter 8 begins, the seventh seal was opened in heaven by the Lamb.   This seal reveals seven angels who have seven trumpets standing before the throne of God.   Another angel, who had a golden censer, stood at the golden altar right in front of the throne and was given incense to offer.  We are told that this incense was the prayers of the saints.   Our cries, worship, adoration and thanksgiving have a special place close to God’s heart!

God responds to our prayers!  The angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the golden altar and then hurled it to the earth.  This act produced thunder, lightning and an earthquake!  Then the angels with the trumpets began to sound them one by one.  With each trumpet blast, there was a corresponding reaction on earth that brought judgment and destruction.  As John watched the first four angels and the events on earth, an eagle that was flying in midair spoke in a loud voice.  “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the last three angels.” (Revelation 8:13)

The fifth trumpet sounded and John saw a star that had fallen from the sky.  This star was some sort of angel for he was given the key to the Abyss.  When he opened it smoke rose and darkened the sky.  Out of this smoke, creatures like locusts with the sting of a scorpion covered the earth. They were instructed to sting only those without the seal of God.  Their sting brought horrible suffering but not death, although death was desired by the bitten!

The sixth trumpet brought the release of four angels of death who were bound by the river Euphrates.  These angels brought death to a third of mankind.  They loosed what looked like an army of mounted troops numbering two hundred million.  These troops killed the third of mankind with plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur.  Even this display of mighty power did not cause any of the rest of mankind to repent of their demon worship, idolatry, murder or sexual immorality!   Sin has power to harden us so that we refuse God’s grace.   Check your heart today!

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Prayer moves heaven but not hardened hearts!

Scripture reading for December 26th: Revelation 8-9

Revelation chapter 8 begins with the Lamb opening  the seventh seal. ( I heard a questionable story where a person said that we can know for sure that no women will be saved because there was silence in heaven for half an hour!)  This seal reveals seven angels who had seven trumpets.   Another angel stood at the golden altar in front of the throne and was given incense to offer.  We are told this incense was the prayers of the saints.  Our cries, worship, adoration and thanksgiving have a special place close to the seat of all power in the universe!

The response to these prayers is instructive!  The angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the golden altar and then hurled it to the earth.  This act produced thunder, lightning and an earthquake.  Prayers have the power to move God to shake the earth!  We must never take the privilege of prayer lightly!

Then the angels with the trumpets began to sound them one by one.  With each trumpet blast, there was a corresponding reaction on earth that brought judgment and destruction.  As John watched the first four angels, an eagle that was flying in midair spoke in a loud voice.  “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the last three angels.” (Revelation 8:13)

The fifth trumpet sounded and John saw a star that had fallen from the sky.  This star was an angel who was given the key to the Abyss.  When he opened it smoke rose and darkened the sky.  Out of this smoke, creatures like locusts were instructed to sting only those without the seal of God.  Their sting brought horrible suffering but not death!

The sixth trumpet released four angels of death who were bound by the river Euphrates and  brought death to a third of mankind through an army of two hundred million mounted troops.  These troops killed the third of mankind with plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur.  Even this display of mighty power did not cause the unsaved to repent of their idolatry, murder or sexual immorality!

As God’s wrath is poured out, saints are praying!  Their prayers cause action from heaven upon the earth.  What amazing power is released by praying saints!  However, wrath does not produce repentance in the last days!

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Heavenly Silence!

Scripture reading for December 27th: Revelation 8-9

There is an old joke that goes something like this.  “Do you know that there are no women in heaven?”  “How do you know that from Scripture?”  Revelation 8:1 states: “When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” “There are no women that can keep quiet for that long!”  I always laugh, but for some reason the women are never amused!

Silence is one of the spiritual disciplines that help us to contemplate God and His holiness.  John observed the half-hour of silence as the seventh seal was opened.  The first series of judgments had been completed and another vision had been prepared for John to write about.  He saw seven angels with seven trumpets standing before God.  He also saw another angel with a golden censer come and stand before the altar.  This angel began offering up much incense on the golden altar before God’s throne.  Along with the incense were the prayers of all the saints.  The angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and hurled it toward the earth.  This set off another earthquake and peals of thunder.  (Revelation 8:5) It is interesting to note the implication that our prayers are like sweet-smelling incense offered before the throne of God.   It is also interesting to note the effect of the prayers before the throne.  God sent answers back to earth that had nearly instantaneous effect!  The prayers of the righteous avail much!  (James 5:16)

The seven angels began to sound their trumpets and with each blast, more severe judgments fell upon the earth.   The sixth angel sounded and a voice from the altar said; ” “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”  And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.  The number of mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard the number.”   (Revelation 9:14-16)  God has plans and He knows precisely the day, month, year and even the hour that each event will occur.  This particular judgment would kill a third of mankind and if it happened today, that would be over two billion people! An army of two hundred million is a big army!  These prophetic words would merit some silence before the Lord on our behalf!

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God’s Wrath and the Hardening of Hearts

Scripture reading for December 26th: Revelation 8-9

As Revelation chapter 8 begins, the seventh seal was opened in heaven by the Lamb.  I heard a questionable story about that.  The person said that we can know for sure that no women will be saved!  This is because there is silence in heaven for half an hour–no woman could keep quiet for that long!

This seal reveals seven angels who have seven trumpets standing before the throne of God.   Another angel, who had a golden censer, stood at the golden altar right in front of the throne and was given incense to offer.  We are told that this incense was the prayers of the saints.  Our prayers come before God’s throne in heaven.  They have the fragrance to the Lord like sweet incense.  Our cries, worship, adoration and thanksgiving have a special place close to the seat of all power in the universe!

The response to these prayers is instructive!  The angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the golden altar and then hurled it to the earth.  This act produced thunder, lightning and an earthquake.  Prayers have the power to move God to shake the earth!  We must never take the privilege of prayer lightly!

Then the angels with the trumpets began to sound them one by one.  With each trumpet blast, there was a corresponding reaction on earth that brought judgment and destruction.  As John watched the first four angels and the events on earth, an eagle that was flying in midair spoke in a loud voice.  “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the last three angels.” (Revelation 8:13)

The fifth trumpet sounded and John saw a star that had fallen from the sky.  This star was some sort of angel for he was given the key to the Abyss.  When he opened it smoke rose and darkened the sky.  Out of this smoke, creatures like locusts with the sting of a scorpion covered the earth. They were instructed to sting only those without the seal of God.  Their sting brought horrible suffering but not death, although death was desired by the bitten!

The sixth trumpet brought the release of four angels of death who were bound by the river Euphrates.  These angels brought death to a third of mankind.  They loosed what looked like an army of mounted troops numbering two hundred million.  These troops killed the third of mankind with plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur.  Even this display of mighty power did not cause any of the rest of mankind to repent of their demon worship, idolatry, murder or sexual immorality!

These trumpet judgments were inflicted on the unsaved of the earth.  They were so hardened in their sins that they refused to repent!  These chapters of Revelation show us the power of prayer and the protection of the seal of God on those who are saved.  They warn us of the power of sin to blind and harden us. Check your heart today!

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