The Second Trumpet

SECOND TRUMPET The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. (Revelation 8:8-9)

Blazing Mountain Thrown into the Sea – This is not likely a reference to a literal mountain, but rather “something like a huge mountain” that is ablaze. Again, John is trying to describe devastation unlike anything he had ever witnessed or even imagined as possible. This vision may also be Continue reading “The Second Trumpet”

A Better Perspective

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Psalms 19:7-9The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We think of the laws and commandments as something to put us down and not revive, being a burden and not a joy, darkening our day not making it radiant. We need a better perspective.

My Advice – Want to be revived when you are weary, wise when you are perplexed, joyful when facing sadness and walk in the light in a dark world? Then consider God’s laws to be perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, enduring and sure, and act in accordance with them.

The First Trumpet

FIRST TRUMPETThe first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7)

Hail and Fire Mixed with Blood – This judgment corresponds with the judgements on Egypt in Exodus 9:22–25. However, John’s vision adds blood to the hail and fire of the Exodus narrative. See also Ezekiel 38:22.(1) The Prophet Joel also prophesied “blood and fire” in the last days (Joel 2:30). If this is a direct supernatural judgment from God, it is Continue reading “The First Trumpet”

Show Yourself

Psalms 18:25-27To the faithful You show Yourself faithful, to the blameless You show Yourself blameless, to the pure You show Yourself pure, but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd. You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – When we find ourselves questioning how God is dealing with us, we need to carefully consider how we are treating Him.

My Advice – How do you want God to deal with you? Did you know that it is largely in your control? If you “do right” by Him, He will “do right” by you.

Question of the Day – How can we show ourselves faithful?

Seven Trumpets Sounded – Introduction

INTRODUCTIONAnd I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. (Revelation 8:6)

Seven Angels – Only two angels are specifically named in the canonical scripture (Michael and Gabriel).(1) The Apocrypha (Enoch 20:7) names seven archangels Continue reading “Seven Trumpets Sounded – Introduction”

We’ll See

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Matthew 7:9-11“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (NIV1984)

My Musing – Who among us, when we were children did not play dad off against mom or mom against dad, until we got the answer we wanted?  I wonder Continue reading “We’ll See”

Whatever Happened to Sanctity of Life?

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INTRODUCTION

Pro-Choice – A political view that believes abortion should continue to be legal and accessible. Pro-choice is not necessarily pro-abortion, but merely being in support of a woman’s having the option available (Urban Dictionary).

Pro-Life – Advocating the legal protection of human embryos and fetuses, especially by favoring the outlawing of abortion on the ground that it is the taking of a human life (The Free Dictionary).

THE BASIC FACTS OF LIFE – THE ABC’S

Abortion – The termination of a pregnancy after, Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Sanctity of Life?”