Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 246/260: Read Revelation 8

What a scene depicted in Revelation 8! Immediately following the worship of chapter 7, with the angels and elders and four living creatures falling before the throne, the seventh seal is opened and “there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” One commentator called this period of silence “solemn reflection,” while another said it was “a waiting awe.”

Seven angels are given seven trumpets, and again the “prayers of all the saints” are lifted, and the power of God is unleashed. “Noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.”

The Jews had been God’s chosen people through whom He brought the Savior into the world, but they had presumed a superiority over other nations that was never intended. Thus, in 70 AD, Jesus came in judgment against the Jewish nation.

Regardless of our heritage, who our ancestors may be, let us never forget that we have a personal responsibility to faithfully obey what God revealed. The Jews rejected the Christ when He came and dwelt in the flesh; may we take heed that we do not reject Him in our actions today, else we be punished eternally.

“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9).

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Revelation 11:17. “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned.”

Pray

Pray for opportunities to confess Christ both in word and deed today.

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