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“Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.’” Revelation 10:4

 

I’ve always thought this was one of the more intriguing passages of Scripture. God lets John hear what the seven thunders say, but then forbids him to write it down. Obviously, John obeyed. Human curiosity, of course, wants to know what the thunders said. A quick search on the internet reveals that some people seem to think that they know. Apparently, God unsealed the words for a select few. Too bad He seemed to forget what He said to one before He unsealed the words for another, because the messages never agree. Can you detect of touch of sarcasm? I happen to think that when God said seal it up, He meant seal it up. When John died, the knowledge of what the seven thunders said died with him.

Everything we need for salvation and living a godly, righteous life, God has revealed to us. If He told John to seal up the words of the seven thunders, we must not have a need to know them. When that mighty angel cries out and the seven thunders utter their voices, those who need to hear it, will hear it. Until then, why try to figure out what God said to seal up? Why does mankind have this tendency to think there’s some secret knowledge out there that if we can just unlock will radically change life as we know it? God is the giver of good and perfect gifts. God knows what we need before we even ask. If He doesn’t tell us something, we can be confident it’s something we don’t need to know.

Jesus said that we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. It makes no sense whatsoever to think He would hide any part of that freedom-giving truth from us.

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“But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands . . .” Revelation 9:20a

 

Seven seals have been opened. Six trumpets have been sounded. Unbelievable things are taking place on planet earth. A third of the trees, grasses, seas, and fresh waters have been destroyed. The sun moon and stars have been darkened by a third. An angel has flown through the air, declaring woe upon the inhabitants of the earth because of the impending blasts of the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets. Demonic swarms have been loosed upon the earth, reeking devastating pain and torment. A third of the people still alive before the sounding of the sixth trumpet will be dead when the events triggered by the sixth trumpet unfold. And what is the response? Amazingly, astoundingly, the response is a stubborn refusal to repent.

So many times you hear people say that they would believe if only God would give them undeniable proof of His existence. Would they really? Jesus said that if a man will not believe Moses and the Prophets, they won’t believe even if someone rises from the dead. The people living in the Great Tribulation will have ample evidence that God exists, yet still they will refuse to repent. Why? Because belief in God is not a matter of proof but of faith. To demand proof is to refuse to exercise faith. It is ultimately worship of self, because it places human intellect and reason above the testimony of the Word of God. It reveals a heart that does not wish to submit, but instead to rule. It is a fallacy.

One day those who demand proof and refuse faith will have all the proof they need. Tragically, it will be too late.

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