Friday, December 31, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Three Hundred Sixty-Three

Day Three Hundred Sixty-Three, Revelation 8-13

In today's reading John's vision continues with seven angels with seven trumpets. As each of them blows a trumpet, a type of plague is unleashed upon the earth. There is also a scroll that John is instructed to eat, being told that it will taste sweet in his mouth, buy it will turn his stomach sour.

The main thing that stands out to me from today's reading is the description of Satan and his opposition to God and those who follow Him. John says, "And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say, 'Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."

One thing clear from this passage that Satan is the accuser, and he is depicted as raging war against "those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus."

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