by Clarence E. Macartney

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Clarence Edward Macartney

Revelation 8:1

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was
silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

When a door was opened in heaven to John, he saw a
great white throne girt about with a rainbow. Out of
the throne proceeded lightnings and thunders and
voices; and the seven lamps, which are the seven
Spirits of God, burned on every side. Before the
throne rolled a sea of glass, and around the throne
were the four living creatures with the face of the
lion, the ox, the eagle, and the man. Upon the throne
sat the holy one, and in his hand was a book sealed
with seven seals.

With a loud voice, a strong angel cried out: "Who is
worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals
thereof?" (Rev. 5:2). John waited anxiously for
someone to answer the challenge and the invitation.
But none in heaven, none of the great angels or
archangels, and no man on earth, none of the sages and
philosophers, was worthy to open the book, or even to
look upon its sealed and mystic contents. John wept
much that none was found worthy to read the book and
to look upon it. But as he wept, he beheld a strange
sight. In the midst of the throne and of the four
living creatures stood a Lamb as it had been slain.
The Lamb came and took the book out of the right hand
of him that sat upon the throne. At this, the living
creatures and all about the throne fell down before
the Lamb, ascribing unto him majesty and dominion. And
all the angels, ten thousand times ten thousand, took
up the chorus, in which every living creature in
heaven and on earth joined, "Worthy is the Lamb that
was slain. Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power,
be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the
Lamb forever and ever" (Rev. 5:12, 13).

Taking the book, the Lamb broke the first of the seven
seals. There was a crash of thunder ...

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