Incense and Trumpets!
Scripture reading for December 10th: Revelation 8
After viewing the great multitude wearing white robes around the throne, John’s attention was again taken by Jesus Christ, the Lamb as He opened the seventh seal of the scroll. As this scroll was opened, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour! (Revelation 8:1) It was if all attention was focused on the Lamb as a new phase of God’s salvation plan was now ready to unfold!
After the silence, seven angels who stood before God’s throne were given seven trumpets. “Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The some of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” (Revelation 8:3-5)
We can understand the power of prayer from this revelation. Prayer comes before God’s throne as incense. It is an act of faith and worship and pleasing in His sight. At this time, during the great tribulation, “much incense” was offered. Prayer is a lifeline of the faithful and it has powerful results! Coals from the altar are taken and hurled at the earth resulting in powerful signs of God’s presence and delivering power and judgments! As a result, the seven angels began to sound their trumpets, one by one and great and powerful signs appeared on earth bringing punishment on those who were unrepentant! Oh that God’s people would pray and not faint!