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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Seventh Seal Opens

Revelation 8:1-5 NIV

The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer
 

1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the Throne.

4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.

5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

Verse 1

The fact that the silence occurs in heaven is important. Since the creation of the angelic host, the adorers of heaven have continually praised and worshiped the great God of glory. That stops! There is only one event at this point in human history that could possibly render heaven silent—the wrath of God. Restrained since the Flood and promised since Adam, the eschatological wrath of God is about to finally begin. So dramatic is God’s wrath that all the eternal activities of heaven—praise and worship of the Magnificent God—stop for about half an hour!
The seventh seal is the last of the seven seals which keeps the content of the scroll hidden. Only now can the content of the scroll be known. The seventh seal is of the nature of the last three seals.
That is, the Wrath of God is in focus. The fifth seal requests the pouring out of the Wrath of God. The sixth seal announces the imminent outbreak of the Wrath of God. Now the seventh and final seal depicts the actual beginning of God’s Wrath in the form of seven trumpet judgments.

Now we go to Revelation 8:6-13 to see how the Wrath of God unfolds;

Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.(8:6)

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