Revelation 8 Lesson

Reverence And Awe!

THE SEVENTH SEAL

Previously, Jesus opened six of the seven seals of this AMAZING book held by God the Father.  The book contains a recording of all that ever was, and all that will be.  It provides remarkable insight into the final days and the great tribulation.   

In this chapter, Jesus opens the final seal.   John is taking this all in and recording it for our reference.  He writes that there was silence in heaven for a half-hour after Jesus opened the final seal of the book.   This highlights the significance of what has just occurred.  

With the seventh seal removed, we now get to see what the book says about the future.  There is majesty to behold, including:

  • Seven angels standing before God,
  • Each angel was given a trumpet,
  • An eighth angel standing at the altar with a censer burning incense,
  • Incense being offered up by the eighth angel along with the prayers of all the saints.

THE GREAT TRIBULATION

In Revelation 8, the great tribulation has begun, and those on earth are experiencing catastrophic events, the likes of which the earth has never seen!    These events will include:

  • A huge fireball hurled to the earth,
  • Thunder,
  • Lightning,
  • Earthquakes.

As the seven angels standing before God prepare to blow their trumpets, there is an expectation that something enormous is about to occur.   Something of biblical proportions!

GOD’S WRATH

The seven angels begin sounding their trumpets, one at a time.   With each sounding of the horn, God’s wrath is felt:

  1. When the first trumpet sounds, there will be fire and hail, mixed with blood.   A third of the earth will be burned up,
  2. The second trumpet sounds and great piles of flaming earth are thrown into the sea.   A third of the sea and everything in it will be destroyed,
  3. When the third trumpet sounds, a star named Wormwood falls from heaven and destroys a third of the waters, making it not safe to drink.  Many will die because of the effects the wormwood has on the water,
  4. The fourth trumpet sounds and a third of the sun, moon, and stars are covered.

As if this was not bad enough, an ominous message is sent from an eagle flying above warning:

  • “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” – Revelation 8:13.

REVERENCE AND AWE

As the events of the great tribulation play out, there is no doubting the supreme power of God!

From the trumpets sounding, to hail and fire, to a great star falling from the sky, we see that God is in complete control.  Therefore, He is to be treated with reverence and awe, as highlighted in the following scriptures:

  • “Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” - Psalm 33:8,
  • “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” -Hebrews 12:8.

SUBMITTING TO GOD’S WILL

We need to respect that God is the one that is in control.  If we do things according to God’s will, we will be rewarded with an eternity in heaven.  If we rebel and insist on doing things our way, we will be brought to our knees and condemned to hell for all eternity.  Consider the following scriptures:

  • “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” - James 4:6-8,
  • “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” -  Romans 8:7.

CONCLUSION

As we read about the events leading up to the great tribulation, we should be filled with a sense of reverence and awe towards God.  When we obey God, we will receive grace, mercy, and compassion inquantities that we never imagined were possible. 

If we resist Him and rebel, we will face His wrath for all eternity. 

Therefore, if we want to get to heaven, we must resolve ourselves to obey His commandments, and not the selfish ways of the world.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15.

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OKELLO JOEL

I have seen that Jesus is the only key people less put hope on him are lone

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John

I get confused between the 144,000 and the "Great multitude" that will be saved. Is the number much bigger than the 144,000?

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Mike
John

Yes. The 144,000 were from the 12 Tribes of Israel. In addition to that, the great multitude was also saved. A much bigger number compared to the 144,000.

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