Revelation at a Glance – Day 20

Rev 8:1-5  And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.  (2)  And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.  (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.  (4)  And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.  (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.

Good morning, Reader! Grab your favorite beverage and let’s begin today’s post with chapter 8. We will be watching as John’s writings unfold a series of judgments one right after the other. They come swiftly and people aren’t finished with the repercussions of the one before when the next judgment comes.

The seventh seal is ushering the trumpet judgments. It’s interesting to me that the seventh seal begins with silence in heaven, a holy and foreboding hush for about a half hour. As God rested on the seventh day from creation, here also we are told of a pregnant pause, a silence, a rest if you will. Just as we saw praising in chapter 7, we now suddenly experience silence, preparing us for the next series of judgments.

Verse 8 reveals an angel standing at the altar and he was given a golden censer and incense. This gesture is described as the prayers of all the saints being offered up on the golden altar before the throne. The prayers of the saints are never forgotten by God; they are preserved by the Lord and seen rising before Him. As we saw in Revelation 8:5, the angel fills the censer with fire and casts it to earth. It continues to say that there are voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. No other judgment was introduced in this manner – I find that interesting.

Rev 8:6-7  And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.  (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.

Now we see the first angel blow the first trumpet and one third of the earth’s trees were burnt up and all grass was burnt up. Can you imagine what this will do? The phrase, “mingled with blood” may be referencing that many will die. This judgment is quite similar to the plagues of Egypt in Exodus 9:22-26. This will have tremendous ecological ramifications. What will livestock graze upon? Those who promote a “green” planet have no idea what is about to come upon the earth.

Where will you be during this period, reader? Will you be safe in Heaven with our Groom or will you be on earth, serving Satan and his beast? Friend, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

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Revelation at a Glance – Day 19

Rev 7:9-17  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  (10)  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  (11)  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,  (12)  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.  (13)  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?  (14)  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  (15)  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  (16)  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  (17)  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Good morning, dear Reader. This morning, I’ve awoken with a tremendous burden on my heart. The thought of people dying is bad enough. But those who are born again during the Tribulation will go through a time that today’s Christians can’t even fathom in their brains! If you live in a free country, you have not experienced persecution to the point of torture and death. As the Church of Philadelphia, we are promised protection from the Tribulation (Revelation 3:10). Does your heart weigh heavily with the thought of people being tortured and killed for their faith? If not, your love for the Lord is weak. He loved us so much that He was tortured and killed for us! (Romans 5:8-9) This is why I study God’s Word regarding this topic. I realize we are in the end times and I want to reach as many people as I can through this blog so I can tell them the truth! Reader, are you saved? If yes, I rejoice with you that we will be counted worthy to experience the Rapture! If you are not, I pray that the Holy Spirit of God pricks your heart to continue to read on. Please, I beg of you to do so. Learn what will happen to those who get saved during the Tribulation; don’t be one of them! Today’s blog is packed with Scripture and I pray that the Holy Spirit opens your eyes and heart to understand them.

Here we are covering a sort of parenthetical time where God’s judgment is paused and we see a glimpse of what is going on in Heaven. The Tribulation saints (also mentioned in Revelation 6:9-11) are those who are saved during the Tribulation and they will be martyred for their faith. John sees a great multitude (that no one could number) from every nation and all races and tongues standing before the throne. Notice that they are clothed with white robes which represents they are covered by the righteousness of Christ (Revelation 7:14). These saints will serve the Lord in His temple (Revelation 7:15). This reminds me of Habakkuk 3:2, that in the midst of wrath is God’s mercy. God has to show His love through justice.

We see repeatedly that these Tribulation saints will more than likely face martyrdom under the wicked rule of the Antichrist. Remember, this is a time which has never been seen on earth. If you have ever read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, you’ve seen man’s inhumanity to man. If you paid attention during History class, you’ll remember learning about the Holocaust and what Hitler did to the poor Jews! The Tribulation will be much, much worse. Why do I know this? Jesus said:

Mat 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

These Saints will pay the ultimate price for loving the Lord and living out their faith. (Revelation 13:7, Revelation 13:10, Revelation 13:15, Revelation 14:12-13, Revelation 20:4) These dear saints won’t hide their faith and will be bold for loving the Lord Jesus Christ. I write this because it stands to reason: how would the Antichrist know about them and why would he martyr them if they were silent? The only encouraging thing for these Saints at this point is that they will see Christ face-to-face and He will reward them for their boldness. They will serve Him day and night in His Temple and He will wipe away all their tears!! (Revelation 7:15)

Friend, the Tribulation will be so horrible and trying that it is said there are some Christians today who are actually leaving encouraging notes, Bibles and food in places where these Tribulation saints can find them in a city called Petra. How bold are you, dear Christian? Are you afraid to speak out to those God has placed in your circle? Share the Gospel now so they can be included in the Rapture. Don’t be shy or afraid – just think of that unsaved person you love dearly and imagine that person going through the Tribulation! Your heart should be breaking!

If you are not saved but have managed to find this blog, ask the Lord to forgive you of your sins, repent of those sins (this means to turn from your sins and live for Christ) and ask the Lord to save you. Get your hands on a Bible, if possible the King James Bible (having 66 books). Then start reading the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to learn about your Saviour. Then learn all you can about the end times (from the Rapture to Christ’s Second Coming) and what is in store for you in the books below:

Verses dealing with the Rapture: 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10; 2 Timothy 4:8; Ephesians 5:25-27; John 14:1-3; Luke 17:26-37; Luke 21:29-33; Mark 13:28-37; Matthew 24:32-44; Philippians 3:21; Revelation 3:10-11; Revelation 9:11-21; Revelation 12:12 Revelation 19:6-16; Revelation 22:12; Romans 5:9; Romans 8:1

Verses dealing with the Second Coming (this is what you will be waiting for if you are saved during the Tribulation): 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Acts 1:9-12; Daniel 7:13-14; Daniel 9:24-27; Daniel 11:31; Daniel 12:11-12; Ezekiel 20:33-38; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Ezekiel 39:21-29; Hebrews 9:28; Isaiah 11:6-9; Isaiah 35:1-6; Joel 2:31; Jude 1:14-15; Matthew 24:3-39; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 11:2-3; Revelation 12:6; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:4; Revelation 22:3-5; Zechariah 12:10; Zechariah 14:1-5; read all of Revelation chapters 6 through 18.

I realize this list has a LOT of Bible verses, but if you’re anything like I was after I was first saved, you will have an extreme desire to read your Bible! You should learn about what lies in store for you so you can be prepared. If you are saved at the beginning of the Tribulation, you won’t have anyone to teach you. All you will have is a Bible so read, read, read! All Christians will have been raptured prior to the Tribulation and there will be no one left to teach you from the Bible. A Bible will be your only life source and you will need to spiritually feed yourself. The churches on the corner will be empty and there won’t be Pastors to help you. Therefore, feed yourself and read the Bible as much as possible. You may be the person God will use to lead others to Him.

Friend, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

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Revelation at a Glance – Day 18

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Rev 7:1-8  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  (2)  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,  (3)  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  (4)  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.  (5)  Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.  (6)  Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.  (7)  Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.  (8)  Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

It’s a new day and people are scurrying around getting their tasks accomplished. Some are going to work; some are retired (like me) and enjoying a slower-paced life. But what will it be like for those who are alive during the Tribulation?

We have seen through this series thus far, God’s reasons for allowing the Tribulation to occur:

  1. to wake up unbelievers
  2. to shake up the nation of Israel, and
  3. to make up the Kingdom of God

Each judgment is progressively worse. Just as a crescendo indicates an increase in loudness, during a piece of music to capture the listeners’ attention, so will each of the judgments. Here’s a short review of what we’ve covered follows:

  • The Antichrist rises to prominence (Revelation 6:1-2)
  • Wars (Revelation 6:3-4)
  • Famine and economic collapse (Revelation 6:5-6)
  • Death of many unbelievers (Revelation 6:7-8)
  • Death of some believers (Revelation 6:9-11), and
  • Universal natural catastrophes (Revelation 6:12-14)

Chapter 7 and 8 seem to remove the focus from earth’s judgments and appear parenthetical, a pause if you will. But this pause packs quite the punch! Judgments on earth have ceased in order to introduce a special people; they will receive the seal of God on their foreheads. It doesn’t say what the seal will look like. But we do know that it will set them apart from everyone else on earth. We will see later that the Antichrist’s mark will be on the right hand or forehead (Revelation 13:16). The devil’s attempt to be “god” is revealed as he tries to duplicate his own counterfeit mark. Who are these people? This chapter introduces them as the 144,000 who will be anointed in a unique and powerful way in order to preach the Gospel.

At the beginning of this chapter, we read that John has two visions. He sees four angels holding four winds; wind is often an indication of judgment, as we see here. However, we don’t see any mention of judgments in this or the next chapter. John then hears the number of those who will be sealed. Notice these are 12,000 men from each tribe of Israel, except the tribe of Dan. These are not Jehovah’s Witnesses, as believed in their doctrine. (They cannot be Jehovah’s Witnesses as they are not form the twelve tribes of Israel.) Since the tribe of Dan is not included, it makes me wonder if this is a fulfillment of Jacob’s prophecy over each tribe (Genesis 49:17): Dan shall be a serpent? Very interesting 😀

These 144,000 will be redeemed from the earth (as told to us in Revelation 14:3), and nothing will be able to overcome them until their evangelizing mission is complete. Because they are men from the tribes of Israel, they will be evangelizing to Jews. Naturally, Gentiles will hear the Gospel and will get saved as well but the main target will be Israel. The whole purpose of the Tribulation is to call the Jews back to God. This parenthetical chapter once again reveals God’s mercy in the midst of judgment! What a loving God we serve! People look at the negativity of the judgments rather than the Lord’s beautiful mercy! We will see later what will happen to those people who accept Christ as the Messiah. It will not bode well for them at all.

Where will you be during this period, reader? Will you be safe in Heaven with our Groom or will you be on earth, serving Satan and his beast? Friend, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

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Revelation at a Glance – Day 17

Rev 6:12-17  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;  (13)  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  (14)  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  (15)  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;  (16)  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:  (17)  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Good morning, Reader! Has the sun risen in your part of the world yet? Mine has and with it comes the promise of Christ’s return for us at Rapture! I often wonder if Tribulation believers will be able to experience some of these beautiful days or will they be constantly watching their backs. Will they be able to sit and enjoy each other’s fellowship over a meal as we experience today? Will they be able to worship together and share the Scriptures with one another in order to encourage each other? Or will they be in hiding, constantly afraid, at this point of this series? You and I have no idea what it would be like without these blessings. But the Tribulation believers will have challenges you and I can’t even imagine!

Today’s devotional covers the sixth seal. This seal unleashes universal natural catastrophes and disasters that will cause havoc to the entire earth. There will be occurrences which the like has never been seen. A good example is a volcanic eruption. In 1883, the volcano in the Krakatoa Islands erupted and was heard 3,000 miles away!! Tidal waves went as far as 1,500 miles away and it changed the tides 7,000 miles away! Just this eruption alone changed the weather for two years; and this is only one volcano! 😮

According to history.com:

But in 536 A.D., much of the world went dark for a full 18 months, as a mysterious fog rolled over Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia. The fog blocked the sun during the day, causing temperatures to drop, crops to fail and people to die. It was, you might say, the literal Dark Age.

Now, researchers have discovered one of the main sources of that fog. The team reported in Antiquity that a volcanic eruption in Iceland in early 536 helped spread ash across the Northern Hemisphere, creating the fog. Like the 1815 Mount Tambora eruption—the deadliest volcanic eruption on record—this eruption was big enough to alter global climate patterns, causing years of famine.

What exactly did the first 18 months of darkness look like? The Byzantine historian Procopius wrote that “the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during this whole year.” He also wrote that it seemed like the sun was constantly in eclipse; and that during this time, “men were free neither from war nor pestilence nor any other thing leading to death.”

Accounts like these weren’t taken very seriously until the 1990s, says Michael McCormick, a history professor at Harvard University and co-author of the Antiquity paper. That decade, researchers examined tree rings in Ireland and found that something weird did happen around 536. Summers in Europe and Asia became 35°F to 37°F colder, with China even reporting summer snow. This Late Antique Little Ice Age, as it’s known, came about when volcanic ash blocked out the sun.

https://www.history.com/news/536-volcanic-eruption-fog-eclipse-worst-year

Imagine this event during the Tribulation, but on a much greater scale! The above will be miniscule compared to these end times. Why would a loving God allow this to happen if He supposedly loves the world? It is because of the world’s love of sin and unwillingness to repent! Each year, their sinful hearts get harder and harder; it takes more judgments in order to turn their hearts. God could easily just destroy the entire earth and be done with it. But because He loves each soul so very much, He gives them repeated opportunities to be saved. This is true love!

Moving on, we see at this point during the Tribulation, as if this isn’t enough, stars will be falling from the sky! These could possibly be meteorites or comets. Earthquakes will be so strong that the Bible says all the mountains and islands will shift positions! Just think of Hawaii changing locations and no longer located at 18°55′ N to 28°27′ N Longitude – 154°48′ W to 178°22′ W Latitude! Think about it! This will horrify people so badly that they will seek shelter in rocks and mountains and will want the mountains to fall on them so they can escape this judgment through death! Wow!

If these are only the first six judgments – can you imagine what’s to come? Each one gets worse and worse because it’s taking stronger punishments to wake up the sinful world! Hearts have hardened so much, they no longer are tender to the Scriptures.

Friend, don’t delay if you are not born again! Do not trade eternal life in Heaven for a few years of pleasure on earth. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

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Revelation at a Glance – Day 16

Rev 6:9-11  And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  (10)  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?  (11)  And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Good morning! If you’re anything like me, you try to start your day with time in the Word. The early morning is usually pretty quiet and it allows me to concentrate without distractions. I love the sounds of nature and watching the sunrise. It’s so peaceful and encouraging to me. But there is coming a time when one won’t be able to say this as we are seeing during this devotional series. Those who are born again during the Tribulation will be dealing with things that have never happened before! I can’t even imagine! I’m thankful for my salvation and the fact that I will be included in the Rapture when Jesus calls His Bride Home!!!

Today we are covering the fifth seal. This is an extremely sad seal to me because it depicts those who are born again during the Tribulation. What’s wrong with that, you may wonder? Unfortunately, these dear brothers and sisters in Christ will be martyred for their faith! It is at this point that the Antichrist will impose on all people to receive his mark (Revelation 13:16) and will force them to worship him as God. All those who refuse the mark of the beast and refuse to worship him will be killed. This alone should draw the unsaved to the Lord now so they don’t have to experience this horrifying time! This very topic is exactly why I was saved! This is not something that was taught to me in the Catholic church. I was so scared to be martyred and I was definitely open to hearing about the Rapture! We see that these martyred souls remain under the altar until the end of the Tribulation when the remainder of those who will die for their faith will join them. These souls under the altar are wanting justice but that justice will have to wait until Jesus Christ returns to earth at His Second Coming.

My heart actually hurts when I read about these souls under the altar. These are my brothers and sisters in Christ after all! I’ve never suffered persecution because of my faith. I’ve been privileged to live in a country where we are free to practice our faith; at least, for the time being. Currently, Christianity is the main religion suffering persecution and martyrdom in other countries. I will be in Heaven and seeing these beautiful souls under the altar with my own eyes! I can see myself crying because they cannot experience justice just yet nor can they take part in being the Bride of Christ. 😥 But the Lord’s mercy is great and He will reward them soon!

Where will you be during this period, reader? Will you be safe in Heaven with our Groom or will you be on earth, serving Satan and his beast? Friend, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

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Revelation at a Glance – Day 15

Rev 6:7-8  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.  (8)  And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

It’s a rainy day in Northern Virginia! The warmer temperatures have finally arrived and it feels so good! But I sit here meditating on what the Tribulation’s judgments will bring and how the sun will lose some of its power. I can’t even fathom this in my mind but I trust God’s Word and know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this will happen. Interestingly, I have not read any account of torrential rains (other than hail stones) in Revelation. My prayer is that God uses this blog to draw souls to Him before it’s too late.

As we’ve read above, this fourth seal reveals a pale horse will arrive. This is not a pasty white horse, as we think when someone has a pale complexion. The Greek word is:

χλωρός
chlōros
khlo-ros’
From the same as G5514; greenish, that is, verdant, dun-colored: – green, pale.

This is where we get the English word chloroform. When one thinks of the color green, we think of God’s green earth and how it grows and blooms.  A green plant or tree is a healthy one, growing and producing leaves and flowers.  A brown or withered plant shows it is no longer healthy but dying. This horse is pale and is not vibrant in color. I think of the Laodicean church being lukewarm and not vibrant for the Lord.

We read that this horse’s rider has the name of Death. Many will die on earth at this point. The Word also says that Hell follows this horse, which indicates these people who will die are unbelievers because it says Hell follows him – believers go to Heaven, not Hell. Revelation 6:8 reveals that a fourth of the earth will die and go to Hell 😥. This seal also tells us that this horse will be given the power to kill by the sword (wars), and with hunger (famines), and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. As if wars, hunger and death aren’t enough, the Scriptures say people will be killed by beasts of the earth. I have no clue what this means but could it be that the animals are also starving and they turn to human flesh to feed? A lot of death is happening during this seal as we can certainly see!

According to Wikipedia, the population of this earth as of November 2021 was 7.9 billion. I have no way of knowing how many people will be raptured prior to the Tribulation. So let’s just use this particular number of 7.9 billion for calculation purposes. If the population holds at this number when the Tribulation begins, that means there will be a loss of 1,975,000,000 people who will die during this seal alone! That’s nearly two billion people!!! That’s a lot of people dying from wars, famine and beasts! To give you some perspective at the enormity of this number, an estimated total of 40-50 million people died during World War II – that number includes all nations involved. This WWII total is peanuts compared to the nearly 2 billion deaths during this seal alone. At no time in history has this many people died during a specific timeframe. It will make all the Black Plague seem miniscule. This plague killed as many as 50 million people in Europe. This seal will kill 1.975 BILLION people.

What will people be thinking at this point? Will they start to see their need for repentance? Will hearts be turned to the Lord? If hearts are turned, what will happen to those who are born again? We’ll see that in our next post where we will cover the next seal.

Friend, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

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Revelation at a Glance – Day 14

Rev 6:3-6  And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.  (4)  And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. (5) And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.  (6)  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

Rise and shine, Reader! Grab that favorite beverage and let’s read about what’s to come. It almost sounds like a work of fiction, doesn’t it? Don’t be mistakened, every prophecy from the Bible either has come to past or will come to past! Jesus made this exact comment:

Mat 5:17-18  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  (18)  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

If you think that the Bible is a work of fiction, you will be rudely awakened! Your ignorance does not negate the Bible and all its prophecies. Your ignorance only manages to lead you to a Christless eternity, burning for all eternity! Please, I beg you, ask God to open your eyes and soften your heart toward Him and His prophecies. This time period (the seven-year Tribulation) will be like no other and God’s wrath will be poured out! Please, become part of the Lord’s Bride who will be protected from God’s wrath because we are covered by the blood of His precious Son, the perfect Passover Lamb!

In today’s post, we will cover two seals. These “Horsemen of the Apocolypse” are an overview of judgments to come. In this seal, we see a red horse coming into the picture. Red is the color for terror, blood and carnage. It’s no surprise that there will be much bloodshed at this point. This will be when the Antichrist takes away the peace that started the Tribulation. At this point, there will be all out war on earth and many will die. Notice it says in Revelation 6:4 that a great sword is given to this red horse. Since the judgments are going to be so much worse during these seven years, many will die. We will see this in a later post.

3rd Seal, Famine - Scriptural Interpretation, Picture ...

Revelation 6:5-6 reveals a black horse who holds a pair of balances. Scales were used in those days to measure money and crops. Notice that during this time, a measure of wheat will cost a penny! It may not seem like much to you but in John’s time, a quart of wheat was a day’s wage. In today’s standards, it would be about $200 for a loaf of bread! Once reality sets in, you’ll be able to put two and two together and see what is in store for the godless world.

If you think food and gas prices have soared in 2022, it will be much worse during the Tribulation. I went grocery shopping last week and two plastic bags from Walmart cost me $80, and that did not include meat! Just at the beginning of these seals, we are seeing a drastic increase in hardships!!! Recession has been brought on by a godless government with no care for this country’s inhabitants. The current cost for fuel in May 2022 has gone up 44% in 16 months. Can you imagine the cost of living for an average family during the timeframe of this seal?

In John’s day, only the wealthy could afford oil and wine so it stands to reason that they will continue to eat well, but not so with the rest of the world. The Bible contains truth – all truth! This will be a very difficult time for those who are mid-income level wage earners. And you can forget about the poor! How will they be able to eat? If you think we have a lot of beggars on the street corners, you haven’t seen anything yet. There will be an economic collapse like never before. I can’t even fathom this and it grieves me that people will be so sinful and hard-hearted that they still won’t seek the Lord. It is because of this sinful and hard-hearted people that the judgments will only get worse. They will refuse to turn to God, therefore it will take harsher judgments to get their attention. 😥 It is very much like a child who is raised by parents who do nothing but scream commands. Eventually, the child becomes deaf to his parents’ screaming and only becomes more rebellious. One can see how the world will still have a blind eye toward the things of God.

Dear reader, if you are not saved, it’s not too late to get saved! Salvation is there for the taking if you will choose repentance over earthly and worldly pleasures. The Lord is waiting, knocking at the door of your heart!

Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

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Revelation at a Glance – Day 13

Rev 6:1-2  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.  (2)  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Good morning! ☕ I’m sipping away at my coffee and enjoying the peace and quiet that come before the sunrise. I await with an anxious and fearful heart for what is about to happen in our next series of verses. I’m anxious because I am weary of this sinful country in which I live and I long for my heavenly kingdom. I’m fearful because I know that there are family members who are not saved and will have to go through the worse period of time our earth has ever seen. It’s hard to have these mixed emotions. It reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s words:

Php 1:22-24  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  (23)  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:  (24)  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

I long for Heaven but if we are raptured today, there will no longer be an opportunity for my family and friends to be included! The longer the Rapture is delayed, the longer believers have to tell others about the saving power of Jesus Christ! So I totally understand what Paul was saying – spreading the Gospel is our number one priority, friends! If anything can light a fire under you, it is this devotional series! It should motivate every believer to share Jesus, amen? If you aren’t actively talking about salvation, you don’t have true compassion for lost souls. This should convict your heart and I pray that it does! There is no better “shot in the arm” for any Christian than to lead someone to Christ! It is a joy like no other.🧡

So, are you ready to see what is about to be poured out on the entire earth? We are now going to be witnessing, through John, the beginning of the judgments that will be sent to the earth and those who dwell in it. Life as you know it now will never be the same once this seal is opened! The scroll’s first seal is opened by the Lamb and followed by thunder: it’s like a loud siren blasting its sound to get everyone’s attention. At that moment, John sees a white horse. This is not the white horse that Jesus comes to earth riding on in Revelation 19:11. This is an introduction to the Antichrist coming on the scene. We see that he is not going to wage war just yet because his bow is not bent nor do the Scriptures say he has arrows. He will be a leader because he is wearing a crown which is given to him. The Antichrist will rise up and be appointed to be a leader who brings peace to Israel.

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The Antichrist will come to power sometime after the rapture of the church. We don’t know the date of the rapture but we do know that the Antichrist will sign a treaty with Israel and it is at that moment that the prophetic time clock begins to count the seven years of Tribulation. At the beginning of his reign, he will bring peace to Israel. He will have everyone but Tribulation believers deceived. The Antichrist brings with him havoc and death. He lives up to his names: he is known as the son of perdition, the abomination that causes desolation, and the beast. (2 Thessalonians 2:3, Matthew 24:15 and Revelation 13:2) The word “Antichrist” is not used in Revelation. As a matter of fact, John speaks of him in 1 John 2:18 and 1 John 2:22. But in Revelation, John refers to the Antichrist as the Beast 32 times in 25 verses! Suffice it to say, Satan is at the center of chapters 6-19 until King Jesus returns! I can see Satan’s pride all over those chapters, can’t you?

So what do we have to learn about the Antichrist? The Antichrist’s goals are to blaspheme God, oppose Him and exalt himself. (2 Thessalonians 2:4, Revelation 19:19) Half way through the Tribulation, he will stand in the Temple proclaiming to be God! (Daniel 12:11) Satan’s sinful pride got him kicked out of Heaven and thrown to earth. Now he is trying to be head honcho on earth! King Jesus will put an end to that pride after His millennial reign! \o/

Dear reader, if you are not a born-again child of God and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, you should be very concerned about living through these times. At the moment, God is giving mankind every opportunity to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. When that last person accepts Him at Saviour, the door will open for the Rapture and your opportunity to be rescued from what lies ahead will come to a close. Should you get saved during the Tribulation, you will be martyred for your faith. We will cover this later on in this devotional series. But please, do not wait, I beg of you!

2 Co 6:2  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

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Read Through Psalms and Proverbs Every Month

I love to incorporate the Book of Psalms and Proverbs in my daily reading. I’ve been doing this since 1986 and it has been a blessing to me. Both provide comfort, guidance and much wisdom. I would like to share it with you! At the end of the month, you will have read through both books! 😀 Use your calendar as the reference for which day to read, i.e. Day 1’s readings on the first of the month; day 2’s readings on the second of the month, etc. (Psalm 119 has 176 verses so it’s easier to break it up in sections. The structure of this Psalm is comprised of 22 stanzas, each starting with a different letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza has 8 verses. ) If you look at the bottom of this page, you can create a PDF of this page and print it out.

Day 1:

Psalm 1Psalm 31Psalm 61Psalm 91Psalm 119:1-8
Psalm 121Proverbs 1
Also read Proverbs 31 (if there are only 30days in the month)

Day 2:

Psalm 2Psalm 32Psalm 62Psalm 92Psalm 119:9-16
Psalm 122Proverbs 2

Day 3:

Psalm 3Psalm 33Psalm 63Psalm 93Psalm 119:17-24
Psalm 123Proverbs 3

Day 4:

Psalm 4Psalm 34Psalm 64Psalm 94Psalm 119:25-32
Psalm 124Proverbs 4

Day 5:

Psalm 5Psalm 35Psalm 65Psalm 95Psalm 119:33-40
Psalm 125Proverbs 5

Day 6:

Psalm 6Psalm 36Psalm 66Psalm 96Psalm 119:41-48
Psalm 126Proverbs 6

Day 7:

Psalm 7Psalm 37Psalm 67Psalm 97Psalm 119:49-56
Psalm 127Proverbs 7

Day 8:

Psalm 8Psalm 38Psalm 68Psalm 98Psalm 119:57-64
Psalm 128Proverbs 8

Day 9:

Psalm 9Psalm 39Psalm 69Psalm 99Psalm 119:65-72
Psalm 129Proverbs 9

Day 10:

Psalm 10Psalm 40Psalm 70Psalm 100Psalm 119:73-80
Psalm 130Proverbs 10

Day 11:

Psalm 11Psalm 41Psalm 71Psalm 101Psalm 119:81-88
Psalm 131Proverbs 11

Day 12:

Psalm 12Psalm 42Psalm 72Psalm 102Psalm 119:89-96
Psalm 132Proverbs 12

Day 13:

Psalm 13Psalm 43Psalm 73Psalm 103Psalm 119:97-104
Psalm 133Proverbs 13

Day 14:

Psalm 14Psalm 44Psalm 74Psalm 104Psalm 119:105-112
Psalm 134Proverbs 14

Day 15:

Psalm 15Psalm 45Psalm 75Psalm 105Psalm 119:113-120
Psalm 135Proverbs 15

Day 16:

Psalm 16Psalm 46Psalm 76Psalm 106Psalm 119:121-128
Psalm 136Proverbs 16

Day 17:

Psalm 17Psalm 47Psalm 77Psalm 107Psalm 119:129-136
Psalm 137Proverbs 17

Day 18:

Psalm 18Psalm 48Psalm 78Psalm 108Psalm 119:137-144
Psalm 138Proverbs 18

Day 19:

Psalm 19Psalm 49Psalm 79Psalm 109Psalm 119:145-152
Psalm 139Proverbs 19

Day 20:

Psalm 20Psalm 50Psalm 80Psalm 110Psalm 119:153-160
Psalm 140Proverbs 20

Day 21:

Psalm 21Psalm 51Psalm 81Psalm 111Psalm 119:161-168
Psalm 141Proverbs 21

Day 22:

Psalm 22Psalm 52Psalm 82Psalm 112Psalm 119:169-176
Psalm 142Proverbs 22(Ps. 119 finished)

Day 23:

Psalm 23Psalm 53Psalm 83Psalm 113Psalm 143
Proverbs 23

Day 24:

Psalm 24Psalm 54Psalm 84Psalm 114Psalm 144
Proverbs 24

Day 25:

Psalm 25Psalm 55Psalm 85Psalm 115Psalm 145
Proverbs 25

Day 26:

Psalm 26Psalm 56Psalm 86Psalm 116Psalm 146
Proverbs 26

Day 27:

Psalm 27Psalm 57Psalm 87Psalm 117Psalm 147
Proverbs 27

Day 28:

Psalm 28Psalm 58Psalm 88Psalm 118Psalm 148
Proverbs 28

Day 29:

Psalm 29Psalm 59Psalm 89Psalm 119Psalm 149
Proverbs 29

Day 30:

Psalm 30Psalm 60Psalm 90Psalm 120Psalm 150
Proverbs 30

Day 31: (If there aren’t 31 days in the month, skips this one)

Psalm 31Psalm 61Psalm 91Psalm 121Proverbs 31
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Revelation at a Glance – Day 12

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Rev 5:1-14  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.  (2)  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  (3)  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.  (4)  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.  (5)  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  (6)  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  (7)  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  (8)  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  (9)  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  (10)  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.  (11)  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;  (12)  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  (13)  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  (14)  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Good morning, reader! Every day brings with it a moment that excites my spirit! If it’s not during my morning devotions with the Lord, it’s through prayer time! These moments remind me that this is a glorious day and we are one day closer to the Rapture of the Church by our Wonderful Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!!! King Jesus will reign forever more! What a day that will be!!

We are in the last chapter of Revelation before God’s judgments are unleashed upon a sinful and rejecting world. If you don’t think we are in the end times, let me refresh your memory as you read the following verses and compare it to today’s events. There’s no other time in history that can capture these sins in the severity with which they occur today:

2 Ti 3:1-7  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  (2)  For men shall be lovers of their own selves (selfies and videos posted on social media – people in love with their own image), covetous (wanting what others want – paying thousands of dollars for sneakers and cell phones), boasters (proclaiming their own “goodness” and tooting their own horn – behaving in an extravagant way in order to attract attention), proud (not willing to be meek – having a high opinion of oneself), blasphemers (cursing and filthy conversations; blaspheming God and using His Name irreverently ), disobedient to parents (kids rule the home today and get whatever they want), unthankful (ungrateful for what they have), unholy (anything opposite of righteous living – people actually brag about their unholy acts),  (3)  Without natural affection (not loving their own flesh and blood – women having abortions because it’s not convenient for them; children not loving their parents but rebellious), trucebreakers (marriages dissolving and families failing; people make promises to others but never intend on fulfilling that promise), false accusers (lying against one another and trying to ruin someone’s character), incontinent (cannot contain their sinfulness, no self control; they can’t control their appetites, such as with alcohol, drugs or sex), fierce (savage toward others – think of the knockout game and the rebelliousness of people during riots; they are wild and impetuous), despisers of those that are good (persecution in China and other countries toward Christians, people in your own family hate you for being a Christian who wants to live a righteous life; people who do love what is good and wholesome are radically bad),  (4)  Traitors (people who betray others, even in their own families), heady (recklessly jumping the gun without thinking, headstrong and inconsiderate), highminded (thinking they’re better than others, self righteous), lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (selfish pleasures take priority over spiritual matters; lovers of the flesh rather than of God);  (5)  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof (appear to be spiritual but aren’t; I was raised in such a church – we prayed the rosary over and over but never loved God or His Word): from such turn away.  

Wow … just … wow! You can see that we are most certainly living in the end times and what is about to happen in the remaining chapters could include you if you are not saved. Submit yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ and accept that He is the only true Saviour of the world. (John 14:6)

At this point in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the words “church and churches” are no longer mentioned. These word(s) won’t be found until the very last chapter of Revelation! If you will notice as you read chapter 5, a barrage of magnificent sights and sounds hit John; he has never seen or heard these things in his life! Let’s also take note that the Scriptures do not show that John is fearful. Why? He’s not because he is safe in Heaven being protected by God Himself!

The chapter opens with John witnessing a “book” in the right hand of God the Father, which had the seven seals. Strong’s Concordance gives us the Greek word used for book:

βιβλίον
biblion
bib-lee’-on
A diminutive of G976; a roll: – bill, book, scroll, writing.

This particular scroll had seven seals (like the wax seals in the picture above). Seven seals will bring forth God’s perfect, righteous and complete judgment on a sinful world.

A strong angel loudly speaks up asking Who is worthy to open the book and to unseal the seals!!! We see that no man in Heaven, earth or under the earth was able to! The scroll has judgments for earth and those who dwell on it. There is no other Judge who is qualified to open these seals and John begins to cry because no one is worthy. An elder speaks up and tells him that the Lion of the tribe of Juda and the Root of David is able! Now we behold Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, and our King of Kings making His entrance! Only HE is able to cast judgment on the sinful earth. (2 Corinthians 5:10) The Lamb is Jesus’ favorite title for Himself and is used 29 times just in this Book! He is the perfect Passover Lamb for Jews and Gentiles alike! He is a direct descendent of Boaz and Ruth: Boaz was a Jew and Ruth was a Moabitess! Do you know what the Moabites were famous for? They are descendents of the incestuous act between Lot and his daughters! Can you see the God’s redemptive plan for all mankind in this? Furthermore, if Jesus had not shed His blood and risen from the dead, we would not even be reading this book!

Let’s move on. Verse 6 tells us that the Lamb stood in their midst as it had been slain; this bears the marks of His crucifixion. It further describes the Lamb as having seven horns, seven eyes, and seven Spirits of God. The number seven in Scriptures means perfection and completion; and the horns are indicative of authority. Jesus appears with perfect authority, perfect knowledge, and perfect Spirit! John describes this beautifully, in my opinion. There is no imperfection whatsoever in God – He is holy and Almighty – He is omnipotent! Jesus takes the book out of the right hand of the Father and everyone falls down before Him with harps and the vials of odours, which the Scripture explains are the prayers of the Saints. Isn’t it wonderful that all prayers ever prayed by the saints are recorded in Heaven? Praise Him!

A lot happens in Revelation 5:8-14. The twenty-four elders sing a new song, angels are singing, all creation sings, and the cherubim say Amen! Picture, if you will, as if it is a chorus and orchestra!!! First a few are singing, then more join in; building into a beautiful worship service to the Lamb of God! All are worshipping the Lord! I always think about Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus at this point. I know I’ve said this before but it sure is apropos right here! I get so excited in my spirit when this song is sung! It is divinely inspired, for sure! I’m a walking goose bump right now! 🤗

Next, the cherubim’s final Amen occurs. It’s like the final curtain call and afterwards the wrath of God will be unleashed on earth. Both the earth itself and the people will undergo God’s great wrath. This parenthetical time between the Rapture and the beginning of the judgments will end and there’s no turning back. Praise the Lord that we, the Bride, will be safe in Heaven, protected by the Lord, our Groom, from the horrific judgments about to give way! Again, I cannot stress enough that Jesus said it would be as the days of Noah! (Matthew 24:37-39) Just as God protected Noah and his family from the world-wide flood, so will He protect His church. As well, just as Lot and his family were taken out of Sodom and Gommorah before they were totally destroyed, so will God protect His Bride.

Friend, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

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