SIXTH TRUMPET – The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number. The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury. The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. (Revelation 9:12-21)
Four Bound Angels Released – The sixth angel was then instructed to Continue reading “The Sixth Trumpet”
Psalms 46:1-3 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – No matter how formidable the obstacle or how high the odds are against us, we need not fear. God is always present, willing and able to lend His strength to us.
My Advice – Remember, when your strength fails, you will be at your strongest, because that is when you rely on God the most. He will always be there to help, if you let Him. Make sure you let Him.
FIFTH TRUMPET – The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come. (Revelation 9:1-12)
The Fallen Star – When John saw this star it was not Continue reading “The Fifth Trumpet”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. (NIV 1984)
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Psalms 27:14 – Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Nowadays we’ve become much too accustomed to instant gratification, and waiting can be frustrating. It used to be that we had to wait for the picture tube to warm up before we could watch our favorite show. If we missed it, we had to wait for the summer re-runs. But it seems the faster things get, the more annoyed we become with even the slightest delay. It’s been said of God that He is seldom early, but He is never late. He does not wear a Rolex or a Timex. God measures time by its “fullness” – the right or appointed time.
My Advice – Wait for the appointed time. There is a reason it has been appointed. Be patient and wait on God.
Introduction – What Does It Mean To Be Evangelical?
Evangelical – of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel especially as it is presented in the four Gospels. (Webster)
In a 2007 survey by the Barna Group (a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture), 38% of the respondents self-identified as evangelical, suggesting a large segment of the U.S. fit this designation. However, of those respondents adhering to Barna’s nine-point criteria for being an evangelical, only 9% of the respondents could be considered to meet the definition of evangelical. These nine points are: Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Evangelical Christianity?”
Psalms 32:3-5 – When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning. Day and night Your hand was heavy upon me. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity…and You forgave the guilt of my sin. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We think that by keeping silent the guilt will go away. Instead, we groan and waste away. We think God will relent in time, but His hand grows heavier. We think we can cover it up and God will not see. Better to confess and expose the sin, secure God’s forgiveness, and move on.
My Advice – There is nothing to be gained by being stubborn and not confessing sin. Deal with it quickly and decisively. Until you do, you will be miserable. When you do, God will forgive you and bring you relief.