Revelation Chapters 8 & 9-September 24, 2014

Background

The cycle of the seven seals teach something about the persecution. Although the cycle of the seven seals showed that evil was self-destructive even while imposing its will on God’s people, the cycle of the seven trumpets shows that nature itself is also involved in judgement. Since God is the One who controls the natural order such as described there indicates that God is an active participant this judgement. When evil is unleashed and uncontrolled the natural order can turn from its role of defender and sustainer of life to a destructive force. This happens because God can and does intervene in the continuing process of nature and history.

At the beginning of Chapter 8 there is the opening of the seventh seal and then there is a 30 minute pause in heaven. A long silence, some have said this may have been written this way to emphasize what was to come next. Occasionally there would have been a long pause before a battle, or the time of silence that existed before creation. There is no final answer but perhaps some part of all of these suggestions.

Seven Trumpets (Chapters 8-11)

The judgements that follow the first four trumpets are elemental forces of nature directed at the cosmos and which affect humanity but only indirectly.

This time of natural disasters or things that do not seem to make natural sense are the things even those who are not religious would probably notice.

The last three are demonic forces which affect humanity directly

Chapter 9

Trumpet 5- The beginning of this chapter John of Patmos describes seeing a star that was falling and that this star had a key to a bottomless pit.

This “fallen star” unleashed locusts, which have long been a symbol of hard times or invading armies; example, Joel chapter 1 & 2

These locusts have different features most notably human heads, evil has no entrance into the world except through human agency.

They will be unleashed for 5 months, also about the average span of time that would naturally occur in that region.

The king over the locusts is the angel of the bottomless pit. Hebrew name Abaddon, the destroyer, Greek Apollyon, who will attack those who have been oppressing the Christians for 5 months.

Trumpet 6-the unleashing of the 200 million horsemen to reign down fire and brimstone, this is a heightening to the vision and the things that are happening are getting worse.

Evil is self-destructive, but God also is involved in the judgement. The people of God suffer, but God will not allow them to be ultimately or finally defeated. Their witness is important to the final triumph of God’s will.

 

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I Am Grateful…

I Am Grateful…

To the ones who chose to serve
In times of ware or times of peace

To the ones who count the privilege
As much as the cost

To the ones who lived their lives
Willing to die to protect freedom

To the with the courage
To put boots to their convictions

To their families who daily sacrifice
For the service of their loved one

To those lives that are remembered
As the costly price of freedom

To those who have served, are serving, and will serve
I am honored and humbled by your service and sacrifice.

God Bless Our Veterans and their Families

 

The Moon

The Moon

I sit in speechless wonder, how many

Have you drawn into your trance, how many

Sailors have you guided through the darkened deep, how many

Star crossed lovers have met under your gaze, how many

Wolves have howled in worshipful response, how many

Children have dreamed about walking on your rocky surface, how many

Upon arrival look back putting the world and their lives in perspective, how many

Months or years since I took notice of your beauty?

Last Supper

Last Supper

Today would be his last supper

If she would have known

Perhaps she would have made his favorite meal

Tomorrow and the next few days

Others will bring her suppers

But next week she will make supper for one

Wondering when it will be her last

 

Today would be his last supper

Just a sandwich and some soup

Not steak and potatoes

Tomorrow and the next few days

Others will bring her suppers

But next week she will make supper with her sorrow

Wondering how long it will last

 

Today would be his last supper

Paper plates and potato chips

Not the nice dishes

Tomorrow, the day after, and then the next

Others will bring her sympathy suppers

But next week she will dine with regret

Scrubbing the pots and pans unable to forget

 

Today would be his last supper

A crumpled paper napkin

The final curtain call

Tomorrow and every day after

Others can have them all

But next week she will have her fill of emptiness

And choking down loneliness by the glass

 

Today, today would be his last…