Revelation 8:6-9 – October 31
God, please give us a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ as we study the book of Revelation!
We’ll be studying Revelation through the end of November. Please feel free to read and journal with us as often as you can, with the goal of getting to daily time at the feet of Jesus. For this study, we are using Beth Moore’s “Here and Now…There and Then” lecture series and study guide on Revelation as a resource, so you may see it referenced occasionally, or if you want to know what Ms. Moore has to say about a specific verse, just ask in the comments section on our website.
You can read the NIV version of today’s reading below or your favorite Bible version then spend some time meditating and journaling on the reading, letting God speak to you through it. We encourage use of the SOAP method of Bible study as you grow in your relationship with God. Check out the What’s SOAP tab above for more info. Also, below today’s reading is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. And we encourage you to share your SOAP journal entry, prayer requests, or questions in the Comments section on our website.
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Revelation 8:6-9- The Trumpets
6 Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.
7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
First and Second Trumpets | Rebecca Hoyt
After the last seal is opened and there is silence for half an hour, this is when the scroll gets opened. The first four judgments are differentiated from the more terrible ones that follow in two ways: first, they affect primarily the natural world rather than the inhabitants of the earth; second, each affects only a third of the earth, trees and grass (verse 7), the sea, sea creatures, and ships (verses 8-9). The limitation to one-third leaves room for more terrible destruction to come. They are God’s answer to “the prayers of the Saints”.
Beth Moore’s study talks about how “we are now getting into some pretty heavy stuff.” But she says bare with it because we know how it ends. I’m feeling it today as I read my verses trying not to think doom and gloom but that we will probably already be in heaven with Him. And our job now is to look for opportunities to tell others about Him.
Dear God, thank You for reminding me when I start worrying that we will be with You in heaven and that we already know the outcome–You win!