Revelations 8

In our reading it is important to note something about figurative language and that is the images portrayed paint a picture that tells a story. These images not only point to a present and future reality but are also used to create emotion! So in these visions not all the pictures and symbols presented to us have a corresponding reality, sometimes they are there to add color and drama to the story being told! The seventh seal contained seven trumpets. Seals were for concealing things. Opening the seals revealed things. The seven trumpets will speak of warning judgments. The judgments, being only partial, call for the ungodly to pay attention and repent of their wickedness. Don’t forget all this is in response to the prayers of the Christians and all this begins to answer the question asked by those who were martyred. “They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬


  • Jerry

    I note that there was a 1/2 hour of silence after the seventh seal was open. To me this also reflects figurative language. The times I have been most silent are time of either expectation or times of fear. I can see that both could apply at this time — expectation of believers and fear for the “ungodly…”

  • missliz

    Sovereign Lord, through calamities, is still trying to get mankind to turn to him and accept him for who he is. Perhaps for a few it is discipline and corrective but for most, it was punishment. Does God today still use calamities to try to bring people to him? If so, I am mindful of the innocents that are caught up in the punishment of the wicked. The sinfulness of one bleeds over to harm innocent victims.

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