Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bowls of plagues & harps of God (Revelation 15:1-8, Psalms 22:3-5)

This is the first time I've actually noticed harps being played in the Bible.  I guess I never thought it was real but here it is.  People standing on a sea of glass having harps of God.  That must be where the pictures of angels with harps originated from : )

Revelation 15

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.
These plagues are the culmination of God's wrath upon the earth.  We see child molestation, murder, stealing, lawlessness and greed in the News .  God has given everyone time to change, to allow Him to heal them and set them free.  The plagues will be for those who dwell in darkness and refuse to change.

2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. 
Wow harps of God : )  Sounds so amazing!  Even at this late of a time in Revelation, God is accepting new believers into His kingdom.

3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:
“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!  Just and true are Your ways,O King of the saints!
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”
Then in verses 2-4 we see how true and complete God's forgiveness is.  The people who have turned to Him praise and adore God.  I will never forget my joy after I came to know the Lord.  I was 16 and hadn't laughed much at all.  After I became a Christian I giggled it felt sooo good!  Pastor Chuck Smith from Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, noted that these people sing the song of Moses which could imply they are of the 144,000 remnant in Israel.
3 But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in You;
They trusted, and You delivered them.
5 They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
(Psalms 22:3-5 NKJV)
One of the things about God that fascinates me is even though He is a rock, is almighty, all powerful, our Creator, Redeemer and friend.  He loves our singing : )  He blesses those who praise Him.

5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. 

7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. 8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
These words are sad.  I wish everyone could know the Lord and see His love.

(Revelation 15:1-8 NKJV)

Dear Heavenly Father,
I lift up those in Ukraine and pray they will receive Your blessing.  Please keep them safe and encourage them in their faith, throughout Europe as well.  Father I pray for Your wisdom and guidance as we, in the USA, begin to elect new members in our government.  I pray You will bless our nation and keep us from evil.  Please protect and guide those who are trying to stop the terrorists.  I pray You will open their eyes as to what they have become.

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
10 Set the world right;
Do what's best––
  as above, so below.
11 Keep us alive with three square meals.
12 Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
13 Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
  Yes. Yes. Yes .
(Matthew 6:9-13 Message)

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Revelation Song, by Kari Jobe (link)

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