Today you should read: Revelation 8:1-5
Can you imagine the anticipation in heaven before Jesus opened up the seventh seal? It says in v. 1 that there was silence in heaven for a half hour before Jesus opened up the seventh seal. That half hour must’ve felt like forever. Just imagine, a glimpse of heaven is about to be revealed and all are waiting to see what Jesus will do when the final seal is open. His wrath on Satan, sin, death and judgment on all the earth is saved behind this final seal. When it finally opens we see the fruit of the prayers of the saints and the power of God unleashed on earth as an angel threw fire from heaven to earth causing thunder, lighting and an earthquake. These 5 verses about the final seal reveals a few things about God and our walk with Him.
- Your Prayers Matter.
When heaven opens up we see how our prayers rise up to heaven and are placed on the altar before Him. Sometimes we may feel like our prayers don’t matter or are not being heard, but when we see heaven we see that the prayers of the saints matter. Let us not forget this heavenly picture as we continue to lift up our missions offering, each other and Gospel sharing opportunities around us for those we are burdened for.
- God’s Power
We’ll see a bit more of this power in the rest of this chapter but the first thing we see outside of what is being lifted up to heaven is fire being thrown from heaven causing chaotic weather conditions and natural disasters (more like supernatural disasters when an angel is throwing the fire causing the earthquake). God is over control of the entire universe and in the end times we will be reminded of His power like never before. The thing is we can tap into that same power that will be unleashed then right now. The same power that can cause the earth to shake is the same power that rose Jesus from the dead and wants to give that same new life to us and others around us. Don’t wait for the end to pray for big things by our big God.
Posted by: Erik Koliser