A Great Mystery of Heaven
As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you see the patience of Jesus!
When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.
-Revelation 8:1-2, emphasis added
Revelation 8 explains one of the great mysteries of heaven-how God responds to the prayers of His saints. As we gaze into the inner court of the Lord God Almighty, seven archangels are standing in God's presence. Before His throne there is an amazing silence as the voices of myriads of angels, the heavenly creatures, and the saints heard in chapters 4 and 5 are all strangely silent.
It is as if the coming judgments are so dreadfully frightening, so unsettling, that those surrounding God's throne are struck dumb, and all heaven becomes speechless. There, in a holy hush, the Great High Priest, who ever lives to intercede for us, approaches the throne of God and pours out the prayers of His saints.
In this chapter, we will learn how the patience of Jesus and those powerful prayers of His saints work together to fulfill God's purposes and how the vengeance God has promised to His people is poured out upon sinful earth in heaven's perfect time. We will also learn why we need hope and how we can have it.
Revelation 8 is divided into the following topics:
Verses 1-2: God Waits-Time to Repent
Verses 3-5: God Listens-Time to Pray
Verses 6-13: God Responds-Time to Flee
God Waits--Time to Repent: Unlike us, God is patient. Before the judgment actually starts in Revelation 8:7, He waits a long time. Because we are a people of action, waiting is something that is hard for most of us. But God says that the greatest action that we can perform is being still before Him and praying. The half hour of total silence before the throne of God reminds us that this chapter is about the power of prayer and silence. As we offer our prayers before His throne, we will see God respond to those prayers, the angel pour out the censer, and the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepare themselves to sound as God begins the Tribulation.
What are some of the lessons ahead in this chapter's study? The coming judgments are dreadfully frightening, terribly unsettling, and the earth dwellers will have a horrifying end. The coming judgments should make us humbly reach out to our God of love and mercy while there is still time. Remember: only you can choose your destination. If you have not already humbled yourself before our merciful almighty God, I urge you to do so today!
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