Friday, July 30

Silence in Heaven

today's reading.
Revelation 7:13-8:5    Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?...
Revelation 7:13-17

think about it.
What happens when the seventh seal is opened (8:1)? What does the angel do with the contents of the golden censer (8:3-4)? How does this influence your attitude toward prayer?

the blog.
As we move into Revelation 8, the seventh and final seal is opened by Jesus. This act reveals the next set of judgments, the trumpet judgments. These seven judgments are much worse than what we've seen thus far. They're more intense, more devastating, more destructive. As soon as the seventh seal is opened and before the trumpet judgments begin, we're told that heaven falls into complete silence for 30 minutes (perhaps an indicator of the terrible judgment to come or to allow the prayers of the saints to be heard?). In the middle of this ominous silence, the saints who are around the throne are praying, and we're told their prayers rise up before God.

So what does this passage tells us about the importance and power of prayer? What does it show us about God receiving our prayers? Tami W.

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