Week 52   Day 3


And when the angel opened the seventh seal,

there was silence in heaven for half an hour! 

            that's so dramatic I can feel it 

            it gives me pause

What caused the silence?

Was it fear 



            horror ...?


This is really dreadful reading but please bear with it 

            the final word is beautiful

Some people object to these horrible images

            being connected to a loving God 

Others like to see God portrayed in strength and justice 

Some enjoy trying to figure out who the different creatures represent

            and what all the numbers mean


I try not to get stuck on the violence

            but rather to look for the point

            that is being made 

It is an account of God finally being victorious over sin 

            and isn't it about time! 

And the underlying reason is that God loves us

            and wants us to abide in his house

            with him forever 

and that just can't happen until the problem of sin is resolved

            once and for all.




                                       SEVEN TRUMPETS

Burned earth, bloodied water, darkened skies, pain & death.

                                       Revelation 8, 9 & 11


    1When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in

heaven for about half an hour.  2 I saw the seven angels who

stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 

6The seven angels prepared themselves to sound.

    7The first angel sounded:  And hail and fire followed, mingled

with blood, and they were thrown to the earth.  A third of the

trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

    8The second angel sounded:  And something like a great

mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a

third of the sea became blood.  9A third of the living creatures

in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

    10The third angel sounded.  And a great star fell from heaven,

burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on

the springs of water.  11The name of  the star is Wormwood,

and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

    12The fourth angel sounded:  A third of the sun was struck,

a third of the moon and the stars, so that a third of them were

darkened.  A third of the day did not shine; likewise the night.

    13 I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of

heaven, saying, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth,

because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet about to sound!"

    9The fifth angel sounded:  A star fell from heaven to earth. 

To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.  2He opened the

pit, and smoke arose like a great furnace.  The sun and the air

were darkened because of the smoke.  Out of the smoke locusts

came, and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the

earth have power.  4They were commanded to harm only those

who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 

    13The sixth angel sounded:  And I heard a voice from the four

horns of the altar, 14saying, "Release the four angels who are

bound at the great river Euphrates."  15So the four angels were

released to kill a third of mankind.  16Now the number of the

army of the horsemen was two hundred million.

    15The seventh angel sounded:  And there were loud voices in

heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the

kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign

forever and ever!"  16The twenty-four elders worshiped.

    19Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and I saw

the ark of His covenant.  There were lightnings, noises,

thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.  
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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