Carri Lynne Pratt
"He (the angel) was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne." Revelation 8:3
A positive discovery from today's reading is that we who have accepted Jesus as Savior are called "Saints" and our prayers are heard by God! They go up to heaven and appear before God's altar. Is there power in prayer? Yes! Yes there is! Prayer is a spiritual weapon that we need to use more often.
Now let's take a look at the seventh seal:
"When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven
for about half an hour." Revelation 8:1
This statement gives me chills. The seventh seal ushers in something so devastating that the beings in heaven will not even speak.
Have you ever heard news so horrifying that you could not even speak? Perhaps you just clasped your hand over your mouth and looked at the person in shock?
Let's take a moment to review the events leading up to this moment. Jesus was given the scroll which had seven seals upon it. Each seal was broken, one at a time, and caused something to occur:
1st Seal: A Rider on a White Horse brings peace to the Earth
2nd Seal: A Rider on a Red Horse takes peace away from the Earth
3rd Seal: A Rider on a Black Horse brings famine
4th Seal: A Rider on a Pale Green/Gray Horse brings death
5th Seal: We see the souls under the alter crying out
6th Seal: A Great Earthquake, Sun turns black, Moon turns blood red
7th Seal: Silence in Heaven before the 7 Trumpets begin to sound
This news is devastating for those not in Christ. We are reading the book of Revelation so that we will understand what will come but so that, again, we will have peace knowing that we who are in Christ will either be raptured (my hope!) or in some way protected by God.
Keep reading (and praying) faithful Sister!
Many many blessings to you.
Reflection: Do you understand how powerful your prayers truly are? When you see a post or hear a request for prayer, do you pray for that person? Do you ask others to pray for you? Who can you pray for today?