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Discover the Patience of Jesus (25 of 58)
Series: Revelation - From Now to Forever
This morning the scene in 8 th chapter of the Revelation explains to us one of the great mysteries of Heaven. We see how God responds to the prayers of His saints. We see into the inner court of the Lord God Almighty and how there standing in God's presence are seven archangels. And we see how the Patience of Jesus and the prayers of the saints work together to fulfil God's purposes. Finally we see how the vengeance God has promised to His people is finally poured out upon sinful earth in Heaven's perfect time.
GOD WAITS - TIME TO REPENT: (v. 1-2)
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
This is the wait of patience 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
The heavenly setting finds it still before God's Throne. All the voices of the myriads of angels, heavenly creatures and saints we heard in chapters 4 and 5 are now strangely silent. There is a holy hush as the great High Priest who ever liveth to intercede for us approaches the Throne with the prayers of His saints. This is most likely the Lord Jesus fulfilling another of His offices. He was seen as a Lamb slain earlier, now He steps forward to do His work of intercession, hearing and presenting our prayers to the Majesty on High.
The silence in Heaven may well be a precious insight into how vital our prayers are to God. Everything halts before the Throne as the prayers of His saints arise before our Almighty God. If everything else halts and God breathes in the sweet fragrance of the devoted prayers we offer, doesn't that make us want to pray, and pray without ceasing as Paul exhorts us?
The altar that is seven times noted (6:9; 8:3 twice; 8:5; 9:13; 14: ...
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