Saturday, May 12, 2012

Revelation Commentary, From A Handyman? Part 11

Okay God, I'm listening. Back to work...
Revelation 8
1And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

For one thing, anyone who believes that the time in Heaven and the time on Earth are different, in the words of Bill Engval, "here's your sign." There is no difference in time from the Creator of same and all else. The opening of the Seventh Seal Judgement brings on another seven judgements. As redundant as this all seems, God is doing everything short of lobotomizing the rank and file to turn to Christ and away from sin. This is also the means in which He's reclaiming the earth and His creation. All through the Bible in the Talmud (the Old Testement) incense is offered to symbolize the prayers of the people. In this case it's the saints (probably those raptured and definitely those martyred up to this time) and this is to bring judgement. Back in the day, God sent prophets to Israel and they also prayed for judgement and repentance on an unbelieving people. It would be really easy to give God all the credit for this, because He could use His infinite power. However, much of the judgements up to this point are more likely the result of man's desire to do thinks "my way." The four horsemen are a huge example of this. Most of the events described in this chapter could be the direct result of a limited nuclear war darkening the skies, poisoning the water and shaking the earth if warheads hit a fault line. Need I remind anyone that Chernobyl is "Wormwood" in Russian? Truth is stranger than fiction. Maranatha!

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