Whatever happened to the Seventh Seal?
8 When the
Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given
much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, 4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with
fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
Jesus opens the seventh seal... and there was silence! For about
half an hour. When I read this, I think about the calm before a storm. It will be real peaceful, although you see signs of the storm all around. Notice the seven angels are given seven trumpets, but they are not used in today’s reading,
but they are in tomorrow’s reading. Another angel stood at the altar with a golden censer. A censer has burning incense in it, some churches use a censer to symbolize God in a cloud of smoke. Some use a censer to create a smell that
is unique and a smell that appeals to the senses, maybe to create a church smell. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why some churches use a censer, Today’s censer is hurled to the earth and there are peals of thunder, rumblings, lightning, and
an earthquake. The silence has passed the Last Day starts. Although it is starting, the seven trumpets must sound. I pray: Lord, it sounds scarey to be on earth on the Last Day. I give thanks that you have given us a glimpse
of what is to come so that I don’t have to be scared, but to know that the Last Day is upon us and I have been saved by the blood of the Lamb. I need not worry, but trust in your promises. Thank you for your forgiveness and everlasting life
in your Kingdom. Amen.