Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Revelation 8-9~One way to look at the 1/2 hr. of silence.~ Day 114

There is a verse in the Old Testament that says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” (Isaiah 30:15)  God was saying this to the rebellious nation of Israel.  

From that verse, scholars feel that silence conveys trust and confidence in God.

Keeping that in mind, the half hour (a symbolic amount of time) of silence can imply that God’s people were using that time of silence to pray (8:3).  It’s thought that those prayers were for justice.  So, in answer to those prayers, God releases his judgement (8:5)

It’s interesting that the next few judgements only destroy a third of the earth.  The “partial” judgment reminds me of how merciful God is.  Remember when Peter said, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness.  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)  Even at this time of judgement, God is giving 2/3 of the earth a chance to turn and repent. 

Sometimes, God uses hard times in people’s lives to get them to turn to him.  Not with all people, but with some…he knows what will ultimately turn you toward him.  

If you are going through a hard time, turn to him!  Trust in him so that you can experience the rest he wanted to give the Israelites and that he wants to give you.  And....wouldn’t a half hour of silence be nice?! 

2 comments:

  1. Interesting take on it. Wow, the destruction is awful and in great detail.....

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    1. I noticed that the first four trumpets sounded like natural disasters but the fifth trumpet sounded like a huge spiritual attack on humans. Those that didn’t have the seal of God we’re tortured. (9:5)
      Doesn’t that sound like people today with “mental illnesses” that feel tortured?
      To me these verses show the power of demons over unbelievers (going on yesterday, today and until Jesus comes back) and that they are “allowed to torture”. The hope, if you were watching this in movie form, would be that the nonbelievers would came to their senses and turn to God. It is so sad to read, they “still did not repent” (9:20-21) this sounds like it’s already going on today!

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