The Fifth of Seven
Revelation 6 Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, "Come!"...
The scroll with seven seals is now being opened by Jesus, the Lamb who was slain. This starts the first of three sets or cycles of judgments (seals, trumpets and bowls) that will be unleashed on the earth and its inhabitants. Six of the seven seals are opened in chapter 6 (the seventh will be opened in chapter 8).
But it's the fifth seal that caught my attention. When that fifth seal is opened, John sees under the altar "the souls of those who had been slain for the Word of God and for the witness they had borne" (vs. 9). It's hard for us to imagine this as things are in the here and now in the U.S., but this is definitely something we need to think about and consider. These people (and it appears to be a large number because they cried out in a "loud voice") DIED because they chose to follow and proclaim Christ.
So what does this fifth seal show us about our witness? What are some things we can do to help us stand firm for Christ no matter what the circumstance? Tami W.
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