December 16, Reading 3 – Revelation 8

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SAA Notes

The seventh seal is silence. God waits for something – the prayers of the saints. Prayer is the signal for the trumpets – as on the Day of Atonement or the Feast of Tabernacles. The trumpets unleash God’s salvation – which is also His judgment, as in Egypt of the Exodus!

SJA Notes

“Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.”

Here at the end of things, where the seven seals are opened and the seven trumpets are blown – These are events of great importance!

And we are reminded of other events through God’s word.

When Moses is on the mountain with the Lord God, that great delivery of God’s law – His WORD, there is thunder and lightning – And there is the sound of the trumpet! (Exodus 20).

Job points us to this importance in chapter 37,

“After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic voice, and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.”

We can see Job knew the deep and profound gravity of God’s word, of His voice and the importance of Him speaking, His word.

There is another clear example of the weight in God’s word, when He speaks – In Matthew 27 we read of Jesus crying out again with a loud voice and yielding up His Spirit. And what happened?

“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. …” (and more powerful events)

Our God is almighty and sovereign. As C.S. Lewis wrote Mr Beaver saying, “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Our God is KING. He is to be FEARED with a holy and reverent fear.

And He will return one day; seals will be opened and trumpets will be sounded.

Our God is not to be trifled with.

* Father God Above,

Thank You for Jesus, who saves us from Your wrath, righteous and true as it is.

Thank You for Your grace, that You give to us eternal life, that which we do not deserve.

Thank You for Your mercy, that You do not give to us the just punishment for our sin, that which we do absolutely and definitely deserve.

Thank You Loving Father,

Amen.

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