Text: Revelation 8:1-5
The content of the scripture of truth – the sealed book – is completely revealed.
Significance of Silence
- The sounds recorded in heaven up to now in Revelation have been the worship of the Lord around the throne. Revelation 4:8, 11; 5:8-12; 7:10-12. This stops.
- Daniel 12:4 – Nothing is left in the book.
- Silence perhaps while the angels are given these trumpets. Everything the Lord does in preparation for His return is done through angels in Revelation
- 7 angels of 7 churches
- 7 angels given 7 trumpets
- 7 angels and 7 vials
- An angel that warns of 3 woes in Revelation 8
- An angel that has a book in Revelation 10
- Micah 5:1-7
Offering of Prayers
- Revelation 5:8 – those around the throne begin to take their vials and offer them to a priestly angel (ministering spirits)
- Leviticus 16:11-14
- As the last two seals were opened the fifth seal requested the wrath of God and the sixth seal revealed the sign of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:30) in heaven.
Altar of Incense as a type of prayer
- Altar of Incense and prayer associated with altar of incense throughout the Bible.
- The layout of Revelation could be architectural as opposed to chronological or another.
- The other significant point is that the patterns for everything given to Israel were blueprints of heaven. They didn’t originate with Moses.
- Truly all of creation is like that. Even the Christian life is like that. The pattern of the Christian life originated with Jesus Christ.
- Psalm 141:2, Luke 1:10.
- Notice that the order of the Psalm is also prophetic in that after prayers are offered as incense, the Lord hears (Psalm 143:1…), then commences the second coming and the establishment of righteousness.
- Hebrews 8:1-5 and the Lord appears first to John as the High priest.
- The majority of the Psalms are the prayers offered up to God.
- Incense characteristics
- Exodus 30:7-9
- Incense was pleasing when it was tried in a fire.
- Incense was burned continually day and night.
- Exodus 30:7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. 8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.
- Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Men ought always to pray and not faint. (Luke 18:1)
- Praying always with all prayer (Ephesians 6:18)
- Continuing instant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)
- Incense was sweet – Sweet Hour of Prayer
- According to God’s will; no strange fire
- The best kind of prayer is answered prayer.
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