PROPHECY HEADLINES: Russia to deploy weapons that can penetrate U.S. missile shield | Israel carries out airstrike in Gaza | Chinese warships visit Cuba, hold exercies with U.S.
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “The World at War (Part 4)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
— The Seven Trumpets
John’s description of the trumpet judgments sounds very similar to a global holocaust. The entire planet will be affected by massive destruction, loss of life, and human suffering. The chaos that results will destabilize both the global economy and the world government predicted in Revelation 13.
The seventh seal of the scroll is finally opened in Revelation 8:1. The imagery that follows, including the half-hour of silence, follows the liturgy of the Jewish temple services. After the sacrificial lamb was slain, the altar of incense was prepared. Two of the priests would go into the holy place and take the burnt coals and ashes from the golden altar and relight the lamps of the golden candlestick. One priest filled the golden censer with incense, while the other placed burning coals from the altar into a golden bowl. Deep silence fell over the temple during this solemn ceremony.
The picture here in Revelation is very similar. There is silence for one half-hour after the opening of the seventh seal. It is the silence of solemn worship. But it is also the holy hush before the ungodly storm—one last gasp before all hell breaks loose.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 4) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
Learn, first of all, that the visible Church of Christ will always be a mixed body, until Christ comes again.
I can gather no other meaning from the beginning of the parable we are now considering. I there see wise and foolish virgins mingled together in one company — virgins with oil, and virgins with no oil, all side by side. And I see this state of things going on until the very moment the Bridegroom appears. I see all this, and I cannot avoid the conclusion that the visible Church will always be a mixed body until Jesus comes again. Its members will never be all unbelievers — Christ will always have His witnesses. Its members will never be all believers — there will always be a vast proportion of formality, unbelief, hypocrisy, and false profession.