We begin this
month with the sixth seal, found in Revelation 6. By this time,
John’s head must be exploding. He is learning some pretty
stuff, and he has been commanded to pass it along to future
first four seals, John recorded the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
These dastardly demonic riders terrorize the inhabitants of the
planet, leaving it under the control of a worldwide dictator,
causing the people to be in general desperation of the times in
which they live, bringing on global famine and scarcity, and
resulting in the death of a fourth of the population of earth.
fifth seal discloses the cry for revenge of Christian martyrs who
were beheaded for having turned away from the global dictator and
turned to Jesus, during the few years following the mass exodus of
believers from the earth.
next seal further emphasizes God’s desire to make us aware of the
coming judgement, along with the opportunity to get back in his good
graces, through repentance and restoration. He is willing to
literally "shake the heavens" to get our attention.
Starting in verse 12, John describes unprecedented cosmic
disturbances, giving rise to the term "acts of God".
first "mother nature" event is "a
great earthquake". Well that was kind of anti-climactic! I mean,
we have earth quakes all the time. But, if I were a betting man, I
would be willing to wager that this is no ordinary run-of-the-mill
earthquake. As we will see in later verses, the inhabitants of earth
got the message.
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THREE GREAT PREACHERS
Preachers don’t get the appreciation they
deserve. They have the highest calling of God to instill into the
hearts of people in their sphere of influence the greatest story
No pressure there!
Kind of like the pressure John felt when God
committed to him the task of telling the world what the end-of-days
would look like.
John did not fail God. These three great
preachers did not fail God.
I want to tell you about three of the greatest
preachers I know, and how they are fulfilling God’s mandate to "make
disciples of all nations".
My first great preacher is my older brother. And
when I say "older" brother, I mean it. At the ripe old age of 87, he
stands in the pulpit every Sunday and Wednesday, proclaiming God’s
word to all who will open their ears and "hear His voice".
He could have, perhaps should have, hung it up
over 20 years ago. But he feels led by God to continue shining His
light to the people of Southern California.
Praise the Lord for that kind of willing servant.
My next great preacher is my former pastor. In
addition to preaching the Word from the pulpit for over 30 years, he
hosted a daily radio talk show, broadcasting to a national audience.
THE NEIGHBORS COWS
in the middle of a cow pasture. The pasture does not belong to us,
so we are able to enjoy the beauty of God’s handiwork, and his crazy
cow creatures, without paying taxes on either the pasture or the
Even though the cows
do not belong to us, we care for them almost as much as the owner.
We give them fresh grass clippings when we mow. We buy day-old bread
for them regularly.
When one of the cows
gets out of the pasture fence, it heads straight for the road. We
immediately chase after the stray cow and "encourage" it to go back
into its fenced-in home. We’ve been out in the street at midnight
many times, chasing a wayward cow back home.
It dawned on me the
other day that God cares for us like we care for our animals (or in
this case, our neighbor’s animals).
He makes sure we have
enough to eat – he even provides "manna" directly from heaven
He knows when we get
outside our "pasture" and onto dangerous "country roads". He
provides guardian angels who help us get back home safe and sound.
That provision is
there for us, whether we realize it or not. God loves his creatures
(including us) and will provide the necessary "care and feeding".
Being so close to a
cow pasture, we have watched the miracle of birth on many occasions.
We can always tell when a cow is about to deliver.