God is showing
John a glimpse into what will "soon" take place in the prophetic
The story is being told as
Jesus unrolls a giant scroll, one chapter at a time. Each chapter is
secured with a seal that only Jesus is authorized to open.
Future events consist of "judgements"
that will be rained on the unrepentant disobedient people who are left
behind on earth, after the Christians are taken out at the Rapture.
We have looked at the
first 7 seal judgements in previous articles. The last seal judgement is
subdivided into 7 trumpet judgements. So far, we have reviewed the first
6 trumpet judgements.
trumpet judgement will be subdivided into 7 bowl judgements.
We are currently
looking at some activities that will occur between the 6th and 7th
trumpets. In chapter 10, we studied the little book and the 7 thunders,
whose words were suddenly censored by God. In chapter 11, we learned
about the two witnesses, who were eventually killed, then miraculously
brought back to life and taken up to heaven as the world watched.
We are now
ready to get into chapter 12, which talks about the woman, the child,
and the dragon.
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"If God had a refrigerator, he’d have my picture
I heard one of the TV preachers make this
statement recently. It perfectly describes the love of God for his
creation, his loved ones, his children.
Most of us have pictures of our kids, our
grandkids, our pets, on our refrigerator.
By having their pictures on the fridge, it
reminds us of those we love.
We had so many pictures, we had to get a bigger
refrigerator to hold the snapshots - "kodachrome" from the bottom of
And, we don’t just have one picture - we have
photos at every stage of growing up (growing old?). We have infant
pictures, we have toddler pictures, we have sports pictures, we have
girlfriend/boyfriend pictures, we have high school pictures, we have
wedding pictures, we have the best pictures of all, grandkids.
Oh, and let’s certainly include the pictures of
those cute little puppies and kittens, and chronicle their lives
through to big-dog (big-cat) pictures. Our pets have a very big
place in our hearts.
Parents, grandparents, pet-parents, have a deep
abiding love for their kids, and having life-pictures of them
readily visible is one way to keep them in our hearts and on our
God is our Heavenly Father, we are his kids. To
the extent we love our kids (and pets), and have a desire to keep
their pictures in front of our faces, on the refrigerator door, God
has infinitely more love for us - and keeps our pictures on his
In the current Be
Ready article, I talked about Operation Eagle, which is a
fictional story of how God may intervene to save the Jewish people
during the Great Tribulation.
Operation Eagle was
the dramatization in one of the Left Behind books about a
group of brave pilots who risked their lives to airlift the Jewish
remnants out of the grasp of the ruthless dictator. They
miraculously ferried the people to the mountainside caves of Petra,
therefore fulfilling the prophesy in Revelation 12:14 ("… the
woman was given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into
the wilderness to her place …").
Operation Eagle was
named, of course, for the majestic eagle, known for its strength and
speed, and for its ability to fly high and fast for long periods of
The eagle is a proud
bird, soaring above the clouds, nesting in sanctuaries high in the
mountain peaks - a symbol of power and stability and grandeur, and
yet graceful in flight.
The bald eagle is the
national bird of the United States of America. On June 20, 1782, the
Continental Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the
United States depicting a bald eagle grasping 13 arrows and an olive
branch with its talons.
The bald eagle appears
on most official seals of the U.S. government, including the
presidential seal, the presidential flag, and in the logos of many
U.S. federal agencies. Between 1916 and 1945, the presidential flag
showed an eagle facing to its left, which gave rise to the urban
legend that the flag is changed to have the eagle face towards the
olive branch in peace, and towards the arrows in wartime.