The Seventh Seal (Revelation #22)

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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

Answered Prayer

  • The best kind of prayer is answered prayer.
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