Apr 29, 2018
So much of what we read in the book of Revelation seems far-fetched and impossible to fathom. It reads like some kind of a sci-fi fantasy novel, complete with fantastic creatures, supernatural events, otherworldly imagery and apocalyptic scenes. Many have struggled with the book of Revelation, refusing to see any of its words as literal, preferring to interpret that book as allegorical and metaphorical. It is merely the attempt of John to describe events in a way that provides symbolic imagery that tells a hidden and mystical story. But if our refusal to take this book literally is because its content is too difficult to believe or explain, we fail to recognize that it tells of events that are the work of Almighty God. In Revelation 8:1-7, John is shown the opening of the seventh and final seal, and with it, he is given a glimpse into the beginnings of the judgments associated with the blowing of the seven trumpets. With each trumpet blast, a new and ever-more intense judgment is poured out on the earth and its inhabitants. John sees hail and fire mixed with blood. He is shown devastating destruction descending upon the earth. A third of the earth, a third of the forests and a third of the grassland are burned up. And as unbelievable as this may sound, it is not only possible, but probable, because we worship a great and mighty God. Nothing is too difficult for Him.