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Are We On The Lookout For The Pure Water Of Truth Being Fouled By Satan?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 8:10 KJV – And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 8:10 KJV – And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

 

 

In this text Satan, pictured as a great star that is falling from heaven, is said to fall upon “the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters.”

Throughout the Bible, the gospel message (and other truths from the Word) are pictured as fresh drinkable water that gave and preserved life.  (Ezek 36:25, Zech 31:1, John 4:13-14, Hebs 10:22  Rev 22:1-2 etc).  Once cast out of heaven, Satan waged a war against the Word of God, this is what is pictured by Satan falling upon the fresh water sources of this world.

Two very common examples where we can see Satan’s first attempts to undo the truths of God’s Word include the garden of Eden when he attempted to plant doubts and denials in the mind of Eve (Gen 3:1-4), and his attacks on God’s Word during the temptation of Christ by directly opposing its teachings (Luke 4:1-13).

Folks, may we always be on guard against the misleading of Satan, making certain that we believe the truths of the Word and reject the Satanic false teachings of this world.  To do this we must be ever vigilant and equipped with the armor of God…

Eph 6:10-13 KJV

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

and follow the wonderful example of the Bereans, comparing the teachings they received to make certain they aligned themselves with the teachings of God’s Word  …

Act 17:10-11 KJV

(10)  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
(11)  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

 

By God’s grace, may we all receive His grace enabling us to overcome the workings of Satan in our lives!

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

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Satan imitates Christ, The True Light Of The World!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 8:10 KJV – And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…burning as it were a lamp…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 8:10 KJV – And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

 

 

In this text Satan, pictured as a great star that is falling from heaven, is said to be “burning as it were a lamp”.  Why would Satan be described as a “burning lamp” or a “lit torch”?

Keep in mind that our Lord is pictured throughout the Scriptures as a light or a lamp that points the way to a relationship with God (John 1:9, 3:19, 8:12, 9:5, 11:9, 12:46).

Satan is a great deceiver desiring to mimic Christ in an effort to rob Him of His deserved glory and worship…

(2 Cor 11:13-15)  “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

I believe that this is why Satan is pictured as a burning lamp.  It is reminder to us that not all things are as they appear.

 

Paul addresses that very issue in Galatians 1:8-10 and also in 2 Corinthians 2:11…

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”    

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

 

Folks, now that we understand that Satan is attempting to usurp Christ’s position as light of the world, my we always be on guard against his devices.  The only way to do this is to be constantly comparing God’s Word with the teachings that we receive.

If those teachings are in alignment with the Word of God, we can then wholeheartedly accept them as truth and cling to them as we live our lives for Him (1 Thess 5:21).  If, however, those teachings go against the Word of God, we are to recognize them as false, and cast them from ourselves.  Furthermore, we are to mark those who taught falsely and refrain from receiving any further teaching from them (Roms 16:17).

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

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Revelation 8: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

 

In chapter 7, we saw the events that will take place AFTER the events of today (chap 6) and immediately PRIOR TO His second coming.

Beginning here in chapter 8, and continuing in chapter 9, we will see the second coming of Christ and, especially, His wrath that will fall against lost mankind.  These truths about the wrath of God are presented in the fashion of seven trumpets that are sounded by angels.  They are divided into two types of trumpets.  Trumpets 1-4 affect nature directly and mankind indirectly.  Trumpets 5-7 affect lost mankind directly because of this, they are given the title “the three woes” 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER: 

  1. Revelation 8:1-6 – The Opening Of The Seventh Seal

In this section of Scripture, John sees the opening of seal seven which is followed by a period of silence.  This silence emphasizes the gravity of what is about to take place.  God’s wrath is ready to fall and Christ is ready to return to the earth at His second coming.  These are two of the greatest events that will ever take place throughout the history of all mankind.

Following this silence, seven angels receive the seven trumpets whose sounding will initiate the falling wrath of God.  The trumpets symbolically present a warning of the coming wrath and an announcement of the soon arrival of the coming King of Kings.

Another angel is seen receiving a golden bowl that contains incense offered with the prayers of the saints of God.  This symbolizes God’s pleasure with. and receipt of, the prayers of the saints asking for vengeance to fall upon their enemies.  God will answer these prayers shortly as His wrath begins to fall.

Later, the same bowl is used to initiate the falling of God’s wrath, pouring fire from the incense altar onto the earth.

 

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  1. Revelation 8:7-12 – The Sounding Of Trumpets 1-4

As John’s vision continues, he sees the opening of seals 1-4:

Seal 1 affects the Trees and Grass which symbolizes proud, rebellious and self-reliant, lost mankind.  This seal send hail, fire, and blood upon the lost, this symbolizes God’s presence and the physical suffering and death that will take place.

Seal 2 involves a burning mountain which affects the sea and all in the sea.  This symbolizes God’s wrath falling upon the spiritual kingdoms (false religions) of this world.

Seal 3 uses the symbols of the star Wormwood falling upon the drinkable waters of the earth, poisoning them.  This results in many deaths.  This is a symbol of God’s wrath falling against Satan and false teachers who pervert the true life-giving gospel message.  We also see that those who follow his teachings will be destroyed as well.

Seal 4 reveals a “smiting” of the sun, moon, and stars, which symbolizes the political powers of the world. These powers will be destroyed and hammered into submission making way for the eternal Kingdom of the Lord in the New Heavens and the Earth.

 

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WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In the next lesson in our series, we will be looking at Revelation 9: which will look at the sounding of trumpets  5 and 6.  These trumpets are described as the first two of three “woes” that will fall upon mankind.  They will involve God’s wrath falling directly upon lost mankind and the wicked spiritual, political, and dark kingdoms of this world.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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Satan Fell Once…. But A Second Fall Is Coming!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 8:10 KJV – And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…there fell a great star from heaven …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 8:10 KJV – And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

 

 

In Revelation, God’s wrath that falls against sinful mankind is presented as seven trumpets that are sounded.  In the sounding of the first four trumpets, we find the description of the four core targets of the Lord’s great wrath:

  1. Trumpet 1 – Lost Mankind
  2. Trumpet 2 – The False Religions Of The World
  3. Trumpet 3 – Satan and The Demonic Powers Of The World
  4. Trumpet 4 – The Political Kingdoms of the World.

Throughout this week, we will be centering our study on Trumpet number 3… the role of Satan and the demonic forces of this world.

Satan and, by implication, the other fallen angels are pictured as the great star that is seen falling from heaven.  This is a very fitting symbolic representation of Satan in two ways:

 

  1. He is described as a “great star”

A star can appear like the sun but is a far lesser light than the sun.

We are told that Satan attempts to mimic the Lord the true light of the world and appears as “an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14) and the fallen angels are described as fallen stars (Dan 8:9-12; Rev 12:3-4,9).  Even the human followers of Satan are described as “wandering stars” (Jude 1:13)

 

  1. He “fell … from heaven”

In several OT accounts, we read of Satan and his angels falling from heaven (Isa 14:12, Luke 10:18).

This took place due to Satanic rebellion against the Lord, refusing to submit to his proper place of servitude but choosing to attempt to usurp the exalted position deserved by Christ alone. (Ezek 28:13-17)

 

Folks, what an important truth lies before us.  The same Satan that chose to oppose Christ and seek to usurp His glory, is the same Satan that was cast out of heaven, and is the same Satan that will face the wrath of God at His second coming.  We should never believe that Satan has won, or will win, the ultimate victory over Christ and His people…

  1. His victory was prophesied (Gen 3:15);
  2. His victory was achieved at the cross (Col 2:13-15);
  3. His victory will be clearly displayed at His second coming (1 Cor 15:24-28)

Folks what a wonderful truth to hold onto in today’s troublesome times…. Satan has already been defeated and faces the upcoming wrath of God and eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.  There is no doubt about this truth!

Heb 2:14-15 KJV – Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

 

 

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Do We See Demonstrations Of The Greatness Of God Around Us?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 8:5 KJV – And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

 

 

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Revelation 8:7-12 “Trumpet Judgments 1-4”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:                            

 

Now, trumpet judgments 1-4 are revealed…

 

Rev 8:7-13 KJV

(7)  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
(8)  And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
(9)  And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
(10)  And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
(11)  And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
(12)  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

Please remember that the final judgment of God is described in many Scriptures as consisting of literal fire that falls from heaven. (2 Thess 1:7-10, 2 Peter 3:3-13, Psa 102:26, Isa 51:6, Zeph 3:8).  This is what will literally take place during the final wrath of God.  At Christ’s second coming, fire will precede Him punishing the lost and renovating the world for His arrival.

Keeping in mind that the final wrath of God only consists of fire falling from heaven, we can see that trumpet and the vial judgments are describing this wrath in purely symbolic terms.  In other words, the events that take place in the trumpets and vials are not literal events that will take place, but are symbolic descriptions of the final wrath of God that manifests itself by fire falling from heaven.

In chapter 8 and 9, John sees the opening of seal 7, which will symbolizes the beginning of God’s wrath coming upon the fallen earth and sinful mankind.  His wrath affecting the earth is emphasized in trumpets 1-4. Trumpets 5-6 (the first two woes) are judgments that directly affect lost mankind.

Trumpet 7 (the 3rd woe) is the completion of God’s wrath falling upon the earth and mankind.  This last trumpet brings to completion what was begun in trumpets 1-6.  Trumpet 7 is made up of the seven vials.  Each vial corresponds to a specific trumpet. Each vial simply expands, intensifies and brings to completion the wrath that was begun in its corresponding trumpet.

 

Trumpet Vial Area Of Earth Affected By Trumpets (Area of Earth Affected By Vials) Areas Of Mankind Affected By Trumpets (Areas of Mankind Affected By Vials)
1 1 1/3 Trees. Green Grass(All the Earth)
2 2 1/3 Sea(All the Sea)
3 3 1/3 Rivers, Springs(All the Rivers, Springs)
4 4 1/3 Sun, Moon, Stars(Entire Sun)
5 (Woe 1) 5 Men Not Sealed By God(Entire Kingdom and All Worshippers Of Beast)
6 (Woe 2) 6 1/3 Mankind(Whole World)
7 (Woe 3) 7 God’s Wrath Intensified and Completed Against Earth and Mankind Described By The 7 Vials(The Final Destruction Of Babylon and Lost Mankind {The Battle Of Armageddon})
 

 

As we continue our study all of the above will, hopefully, become more clear.

For now, let us just understand that the falling of God’s wrath during the second coming appears to be progressive; growing in intensity, severity and devastation as He descends and His presence draws nearer to the earth.  This is much like the tribulation in today’s time (first six seals) that will gradually increase in intensity and frequency as His coming draws near.

As we have said seal seven is divided into seven parts, symbolized by trumpets that are blown.  Here is a short outline of the upcoming lessons on seal 7 …

  1. Sounding Of First Four Trumpets – 8:7-8:13
    1. 1st Trumpet – vs 7
      1. Judgment – Hail, fire, blood
      2. Affected – Trees, grass
    2. 2nd Trumpet – vs 8
      1. Judgment – Great burning mountain, sea to blood
      2. Affected – Sea, sea creatures, ships
    3. 3rd Trumpet – vs 9-11
      1. Judgment – Burning Star (Wormwood)
      2. Affected – rivers, springs, men
    4. 4th Trumpet – vs 12
      1. Judgment – Striking
      2. Affected – Sun, moon, stars
    5. 3 Woes Announced – vs 13
  2. Sounding Of Trumpets 5 & 6 – 9:1-21
    1. 5th Trumpet (1st Woe) – 9:1-12
      1. Falling Star given Key To Bottomless Pit
      2. Locusts From Pit with King Of Locusts – Abaddon, Apollyon
    2. 6th Trumpet (2nd Woe) – 9:13-21
      1. Release of The 4 Angels & 200,000,000 Army From Euphrates killing Mankind
      2. Mankind does not repent
  1. Please note 7th Trumpet will be revealed in Rev 11:15 & Rev 16: which will reveal the completion of God’s wrath against the earth and sinful mankind.

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

In this text we find trumpets 1-4 revealed.  All four of these trumpets affect nature directly and only affect mankind indirectly.

Also please note: Many, if not all, of these trumpet judgments are variations of the plagues of God sent against Egypt (during the enslavement of the Jews) and the unbelieving Jews (during the wilderness wanderings).  This helps us to understand that all of these trumpet judgments are being sent against the willfully rebellious who have abused God’s people.

 

Rev 8:7-12 KJV

(7)  The first angel sounded,

The first angel sounds his trumpet revealing the first truth concerning God’s final judgment of fire upon the fallen earth and lost mankind.

 

and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth:

John sees hail, fire and blood cast upon the earth.  All of these are used throughout the Old Testament as tools of judgment against sin and rebellion throughout the Old Testament.

Especially, we see these active in the 10 plagues that the Lord sent against Egypt…

  1. Hail and Fire (Exo 9:23-26) – These emphasize God’s presence in this time of judgment (Psa 18:12-13)
  2. Blood (Exo 7:17-21) – This emphasizes loss of life during this time of judgment (Gen 4:10)

 

and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Trees and grass are very important symbols in this trumpet.  They are describing those who will feel the wrath of God upon them:

  1. Trees – represent the proud, physically mighty, and rebellious (Isaiah 2:10-22, Zech 11:1-2)
  2. Grass – represents those who are evildoers and enemies against the Lord (Psa 37:1-2, 92:7, Psa 129:4-7)

Note on “the third part” : The first six trumpet judgments are said to affect a portion, but not all the earth and men upon the earth.  This helps to emphasize that God’s wrath will be progressive and gradually increasing as time passes.  This time of God’s wrath is symbolized as becoming complete with the seven bowls of wrath (Revelation 16:). These bowls of wrath is symbolize the completion of this fallen world and lost mankind in it.

Summary:  In this first trumpet judgment we learn that the final wrath of God against mankind will involve Him, personally, sending His wrath against His enemies.  They consist of the sinfully proud ones who are reliant upon their physical abilities, status, and works to secure their salvation.  Their lifestyle is characterized by a willful attitude of rebellion against the Lord.

 

(8)  And the second angel sounded,

John now hears the second angel sound his trumpet which reveals the second trumpet judgment that continues to symbolize the wrath of fire that falls at Christ’s second coming.

 

and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea:

The great mountain burning is used to describe the defeat of the wicked spiritual Kingdom of Babylon including the worship of false Gods, organized rebellion against God, and the many false religions of this world. (Jeremiah 51:25-26).

 

 and the third part of the sea became blood;

This is very similar to the first plague against Egypt, turning the water to blood. (Exo 7:12-24)  This emphasizes the abuse and mistreatment of the children of God by the false religious systems of this world.

 

(9)  And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

The result of this judgment is death and destruction of both nature and mankind.

Summary of this trumpet: In this second trumpet judgment, we learn that God’s wrath will not only be directed against individual sinners, but especially the spiritual sinful kingdoms of this world.  In a special way, God’s wrath will judge the false religions for their organized efforts to abuse and martyr the people of God.

 

 

(10)  And the third angel sounded,

As John hears the third trumpet, he sees great heavenly wonders take place…

 

and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

A huge star falling to the earth.  John sees it put off a bright light, much like the light of a lamp.  This star affects the sources of drinkable water.

In God’s Word a star can represent Satan (Rev 9:1-11. 2 Cor 11:13-15). A star is a dimly shining sun.  This provides the perfect picture of Satan, the one who was cast out of heaven onto the earth trying to masquerade as the One True Light, Christ.  The drinkable water sources give life to men on earth.  They are a picture for us of life-giving gospel message that is proclaimed by the Lord and His followers but defiled through the deceptive work of Satan and His false prophets. 

 

(11)  And the name of the star is called Wormwood:

The name of this star is “Wormwood”.  This word simply means “to place a curse”, “to make bitter”, or “to cause a calamity”.  Satan has done all  of these.  He has brought the curse of sin upon the earth; through his perverting lies he has made bitter the true life-giving gospel message; and through his work, he has brought great calamity and confusion upon this world.

 

and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

When this star falls from heaven and strikes the drinkable water, it makes a portion of the waters “bitter” (undrinkable and poisonous).  In other words, the entrance of Satan in this world perverted the truths of God.  This false teaching then became the water of death for those who are deceived.   This symbolism points back to the OT event at Marah that embittered waters were healed by God teaching the Jews the great importance of following the teachings and leaders that God has set before them. (Exo 15:23-27).  In Jeremiah 23:15, we read that this is a judgment that will fall upon false prophets and false teachers of the Word.

In summary: This trumpet reminds us that it will only be when God’s wrath falls in the last days that the true harmfulness of Satan’s teachings will be understood in its entirety by those who are misled followers of Satan’s message.  God’s wrath will display that they were following the wrong teachers and teachings and now, although deceived, will face God’s wrath for their sinful condition and rebellion against the truth of God. 

 

(12)  And the fourth angel sounded,

John now hears the fourth trumpet sound.

 

and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars;

Once again, he sees great heavenly events.  He sees the sun, moon, and stars “smitten”.  The word for “smitten” means to flatten out by pounding.  This word expresses the use of great force to work great changes.  This seems to refer to the plague of darkness in Exo 10:21-23.

In the Bible, the sun, moon and stars can all represent positions of political and social authority (Psalm 138:8-9).

 

so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

This pounding by the Lord causes them to give off less light to the earth.  In other words, their influence will be gradually taken away as His wrath continues to fall.

In summary: This trumpet reminds us that, as God’s wrath falls, one by one the political kingdoms of the world will fall to defeat which will lead to all the kingdoms will be under the Lord’s manifest authority and rule.  No political power will be able to standup against the Lord and His falling wrath. 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, we have seen that the Lord’s wrath will touch the four main areas of rebellion found in our world today:

  1. Trumpet 1 – judgment of the willfully rebellious individuals
  2. Trumpet 2 – judgment of the spiritual kingdoms of this world
  3. Trumpet 3 – judgment of Satan and the followers of His teaching
  4. Trumpet 4 – judgment of the rebellious political kingdoms of the world

Christ as the Just Judge that punishes the appropriate people, governments and false religions that stand in opposition to Himself and His people.   None will escape His hand of judgment, nor will anyone gain the victory over Him.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

May we all remember the great wrath that will fall against rebellious individuals, spiritual kingdoms, political kingdoms and those who are followers of Satan and his false teachings.  May we allow this remembrance to be constant reminder of the need be on guard against each of these, making sure we do not become followers of their wicked teachings or sinful lifestyles.. 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 8:5 KJV

(5)  And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

 

 

Following the angels announcement of the coming wrath of God, we read that “there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake”.    What a wonderful display of our Lord’s authority, strength, and ruling control over all!

Isaiah prophecies (and other OT prophecies) contained many similar displays of God’s power.  This is one example of them…
Isa 29:6 KJV – “Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.”

In these types of displays, God’s power is sensed in several different ways…

  1. sight (lightnings, flames of fire, storm/tempest)
  2. hearing (voices, thunderings, great noise)
  3. feeling (earthquakes, storm/tempest).

In these prophecies, the Lord displays His power in such diverse ways He assures that they cannot be ignored or gone unnoticed.

 

Folks, sadly, in today’s time, we willfully ignore or fail to notice many of God’s displays of His great power and ability…

  1. Nature around us;
  2. God’s workings in the midst of the nations of the world;
  3. the answered prayers of His people;
  4. His intervention in our lives saving us, maturing us, and equipping us for service;
  5. using our trials for our long-term good;

All of these are just a few examples of displays of His power that commonly go unnoticed by the people of God.  It is time we all wake up and take notice of all of His workings among us.  The more we consider all He has done for us, the more we can say as the Psalmist…all my springs are in thee. ( Psa 87:7 KJV)
With this knowledge, will spring forth a greater appreciation for Him and a greater motivation to serve our Lord !
Col 3:17 KJV –  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

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Do We Love and Pray For Those Who Face The Wrath Of God?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 8:5 KJV

(5)  And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 8:5 KJV

(5)  And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

 

 

In the preceding verses, the angel uses his censer to offer incense with the saint’s prayers for vengeance to God.

In the verse we have before us today, we see the angel then responds by filling the censer with fire and casting it onto the earth.  This is the announcement that God’s vengeance is about to fall against the lost, the powers of darkness, the false religions, and the political powers of this world.   God is ready to answer the prayers of His people.

 

Folks, we should never forget that our God is a God of justice.  Yes, He is a loving God.  Yes, He is a merciful and gracious God.  Yes, He is a God of hope and great promise.  But He is also a just God who gives assurance that He will avenge the abuse of His people at His coming….

2Th 1:5-10 KJV  – “Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:  Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.”

 

Folks, we can rest assured that all things will be made right.  We do not have to take matters in our own hands.  We do not have to work vengeance on those who mistreat us.  On the contrary, we should be in prayer for those who oppose us and love those who hate us…

Luk 6:27-28 KJV – “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”

 

God, by His grace, has shown to us what awaits our persecutors if they do not turn to Him, trusting Him for their salvation.  They are blinded to His truths and not understand of the path upon which they travel.

Folks, let’s be in prayer for our enemies knowing that the Lord’s will be done in their lives and He will make all things right when He comes again!

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

 

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Are Our Prayers A Sweet Smelling Aroma To Our Lord?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 8:3 KJV – And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 8:3 KJV

(3)  And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

 

In John’s vision, we see an angel being given a bowl of incense which was to be offered with the prayers of the people of God.  This is not the only place in the Bible where incense and the prayers of the saints is connected.  Symbolically, this is teaching us that the prayers are pleasing and accepted by God and therefore, He will answer the prayers placed before Him.

To better understand this Revelation passage, we can to look at Psalm 141:1-2. In this text, we can see more clearly why prayer and incense are linked so closely…

“A Psalm of David. LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.  Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
David, in a position of great need, approaches the Lord desiring for the Lord to quickly hear his prayers and intervene on his behalf.

 

In that context, he makes two very important statements:

1.  “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense”
Incense puts forth a very pleasing and acceptable aroma.
David is saying “Let my prayer be found acceptable and pleasing in your sight”.

2.  “and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice”
The evening sacrifice (Exo 29:39) was a sacrifice that was offered in recognition of needed forgiveness for the sins committed that day.
David is saying “Based upon your gracious forgiveness of my sins, please accept my outward declaration of need (lifting up of hands), strengthen me, and graciously act on my behalf

 

Folks, as we approach the Lord in prayer, the principles taught in this text are so very important for us to remember and apply:

1.  As we pray, do we recognize our inability and our reliance upon His gracious intervention to meet our needs?
This is the basic idea of the raising of our hands to Him.  It is an acknowledgment of our great need of Him, much like a baby who raises its hands to its mother to be picked up and held.

2.  As we pray, do we recognize the need to repent of known sin and seek His foregiveness?
Sin hinders our relationship with the Lord.  It is only with cleansed hearts that we can expect the Lord to hear us and work on our behalf.

3.  As we pray, are we concerned about being in submission to His will?
A heart submitted to His will is the aroma that pleases the Lord as we present our requests to Him.

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

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Are We Eagerly Awaiting The Trump To Sound?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 8:2 KJV – And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “… to them were given seven trumpets …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 8:2 KJV

(2)  And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

 

 

Before God’s wrath is out upon lost mankind by seven angels, John sees them receive a trumpet.  Each angel will sound their respective trumpet immediately prior to the sending of God’s wrath. These trumpets are symbolic warnings of coming doom to lost mankind at Christ’s second coming.

Not only is a trumpet related only to God’s wrath falling against the lost in the last days, but it also related to Christ’s appearance at His second coming:

1Co 15:51-54 KJV – “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Here, the trumpet is linked to THE CALLING GOD’S PEOPLE HOME TO BE WITH HIM.  For those who have passed before us, they will be resurrected and receive glorified bodies.  For those of us who are still alive, at the trumpet, we will be taken and glorified as well.

 

1Th 4:13-18 KJV – “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Here, the trumpet is also linked to the calling of His people, but also to THE APPEARANCE OF CHRIST IN THE AIR.

What a blessing that day will be!  When the heavenly trumpet sounds, it will be signaling our homecoming and our receipt of glorified bodies, but, most importantly, it will be announcing the coming of our Great King!

 

May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!

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“If you love… you will hate” Or “Why do married couples fight so much?”

SIH STSTA ICON(Valentine’s Day devotional 2015)

 

 

 

“Fighting is good for your marriage, it helps to get everything out of your system”…
“Fighting in a marriage is a sign of a very strong, healthy, and passionate love for one another”…
“All couples fight… if they tell you otherwise, they are lying”…
“We fight a lot because making up is so much fun.”

Huh? ….

All of these statements are made by those who desire to justify anger and fighting in the marriage relationship… but can anger and fighting in a marriage really be justified?

Is fighting in a marriage a good thing?  Is fighting a sign of a true deep passionate love for one another?  Is fighting a “normal” activity in a marriage?  Does a great makeup session justify getting angry at one another?

In this Valentine’s Day devotional, we will be looking at the interrelationship of self-sacrificial love, and anger within the marital union, but first, we will look at how each should manifest itself within the marital union…

 

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Psa 97:10 KJV – Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

1Co 13:4-7 KJV – Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Jas 4:1-3 KJV – From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 

THE STUDY:

Before we begin our study I would like to include a very important definition.  For today’s devotional “fighting” does not mean “disagreeing”…

Disagreements in marriage are inevitable due to our sinful natures.  None of us perfectly understand God’s Word, therefore none of us perfectly understand His will for our lives.  Because of this, there are times that couples will disagree on the issues of life.  These disagreements should be resolved through self-sacrificial spirits and/or compromise.

By “fighting” we mean to become angry at our spouse, to hit our spouse, to yell at our spouse, to call our spouse names, to say hurtful things to our spouse, to speak ill of our spouse to others, to give our spouse the silent treatment, etc etc etc.

We all understand the difference.  Please keep this in mind as we proceed with our study.

 

How love should manifest itself within the marital union…

1Co 13:4-7 KJV

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Here, we find how love exhibits itself.  Some of the most basic ways that a Godly love is shown to others are in acts of patience, kindness, humility and a self-sacrificial desire for the good of the one that is loved.

No place in this list do we find anger, selfishness, nor fighting on the list; nor is it implied.  As a matter of fact, the root cause for fighting is actually rejected.  Folks, when we love others we will not seek our own but give sacrificially for the good of others.  It will result in us acting kindly, with a spirit willing to give for the other, not being easily provoked nor behaving ourselves in ugly, distasteful ways that will take place during fights.

The Bible is clear, based upon this passage and many others, fighting should have no place among those who love one another. Period.

 

So why do we fight?…

Jas 4:1-3 KJV

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Just as the Bible is clear that fighting has no place in the marital union, so too, it speaks clearly about why fighting takes place.  Here, we are told that the root of all fighting is the selfish lusts that lie within us.  Instead of working through our disagreements in a spirit of love, compromise and self-sacrifice, many times we allow our selfishness to rule over us.  This results in us doing “whatever is necessary” to “win” the argument, “the gloves come off” and the “games begin”!    All because we want to selfishly get our way and, in effect, force our spouse to fulfill our desires and submit to our wishes.

 

So what about the title of this devotional “If you love, you will hate”?

This is the key principle that lies behind all that we are looking at in this devotional.  If we love our spouse, we will hate anything that harms or wrongs them.  Please note this verse…

Psa 97:10 KJV

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:…

Here, we see that if we love the Lord, we are to hate evil… Why?

We hate evil because it harms our Lord, it displeases Him, it hurts Him to see us commit it, it takes away from His glory, He suffered because of it on the cross, it opposes His work etc. etc.

In other words, if we love the Lord, we will not want to see Him abused, mistreated, blasphemed, or opposed in any way.  When we sin, or are accepting of the sin around us, we are doing all this to Him and more.  This is why when we love our Lord we will hate sin and its effects on Him.

This same attitude should hold true in our marital relationship.  If we love our spouse as we should, we would never want to see our spouse hurt, abused, harmed or saddened in any way.  Sadly some, if not all, of these things are normal results of fighting and conflict in our home.

Truly “if you love, you will hate” anything that harms or saddens the one you love.. this includes fighting with them.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION/SUMMARY:

Folks, when we see ourselves fighting with our spouse, it is a clear indication that our love is not what it should be.  Something is wrong.

Sadly, for there to be peace in the family it takes two.  If only one spouse is committed to loving in a Biblical way, the other spouse can take advantage of them, selfishly abuse them, and always get “their way”.  In these cases, the abused, unloved spouse many times will enter into arguments out of desperation, simply wanting the abuse and mistreatment to stop.

The spouse who is not committed to loving as Christ loved His church, clearly carries the greater load of guilt, knowingly disobeying their Lord. They will give an account to God for their lack of love and selfish abuse of their loved one suffering great loss of reward.  Not only are they committing sin by not loving their spouse as they should, but they are also a contributing factor in the sinful actions of their spouse.  Their actions are practically begging their spouse to sinfully rise up against them in desperation and self-defense.  They are laying a stumbling block which causes their spouse to fall. These are serious issues indeed.

If both spouses are committed to loving one another with a Biblical love, it is very easy to live in peace.  Both spouses work for the good of the other and place their spouse’s needs above their own.  When they do this, it makes disagreements in the decision making very easy to reconcile.  When both are committed to this, they will not allow themselves to take advantage and selfishly gain from their spouse’s desire for peace.

Can living in peace really be accomplished ?  Absolutely, I saw this attitude in my parent’s marriage, I lived at home for 20+ years, and I can truly say I cannot remember ever seeing them fight. They did disagree at times, but they always worked it out through unselfish compromise seeking the good of the other and the family as a whole. It is one of the many things that I have learned to appreciate about my parents and the living example they had so graciously set for me.

I can say the same for myself and Eva.  During our 15 years of marriage, we have rarely disagreed, but when we do, we simply put the other first and work things out.  We have never fought.

Eva’s saying is “We have only been given a fixed amount of time to be together here on earth, we don’t have the time to waste fighting”.     All I can say is “AMEN” to that.

 

 

(I know this may seem to be a very unusual, and perhaps inappropriate, subject to be addressed in a Valentine’s Day devotional.  And I admit it may be.   However, I truly believe this is a greatly needed devotional.  For those who are struggling with this issue in their marriage, by faithfully applying the principles of God’s Word that have been presented, our marriages will never be the same.  And this will become the most precious Valentine’s Day that we have ever experienced. )

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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Do We Stand In Silence Before Our Lord?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 8:1 KJV – And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…there is silence in heaven …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 8:1 KJV

(1)  And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

 

 

“There was silence in heaven”… the silence of anticipation and reverence before Almighty God!

In this vision, John observes a half hour period of silence following the opening of the seventh seal.    Keep in mind, that the seventh seal is representative of the wrath of God sent upon the earth during His second coming.  Immediately following the completion of this seal, we will see the Lord entering eternity with His people on the renovated heaven and earth.

All of heaven’s inhabitants were about to view three of the greatest events to ever take place…

  1. The wrath of God coming against sin
  2. The second coming of Christ
  3. The receipt of the divine inheritance of the saints (Christ’s eternal presence, glorified bodies, absence of sin, New Heavens and Earth etc etc).

All of these events are wondrous displays of the Lord’s greatness and glory.  All of these events were repeatedly promised to and eagerly awaited for by God’s people throughout time.

These are the greatest sources of encouragement for the saints of God as they serve Him on earth. No wonder there was such a grand period of silence!  The heavenly host is awestruck at what is about to take place!

Psa 46:1-11 KJV…

“To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.  The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 

Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.  He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

 

May we all look to the Lord in silence and awe understanding His greatness, seeing His future workings, and knowing that He is our refuge and strength!

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He Deserves ALL The Praise For Our Salvation…

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 7:10 KJV

(10)  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

 

 

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