The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer
1When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
3Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
I’ve just watched a video where it was announced that God is turning away from America. Why America, in particular? I believe the whole world is under God’s judgement, now. You’ve only got to watch the news to see that we are no longer under God’s blessing.
When you see the laws of a country take on a completely sinister nature; when you see people doing things that no self-respecting person would normally do; when you see ‘art’ that mocks the Christian’s right to their faith; and when these things become a daily news item, it’s time to take stock.
When you find yourself angry for no particular reason, you’re just feeling out of sorts, and have to take it out on someone; when a person has nothing better to do than make life hard for another; it’s time to take stock of our spiritual condition.
So many of us are saying, the only sane thing to do, now, is to pray for Christ’s return.
I don’t have any argument with that.
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
These are chilling Scriptures. I’m watching them happen now, day after sorry day. I never knew I’d live to see such ugliness. Some of that ugliness that abounds, now, is even daringly called ‘christian’.
God spare us. He can never spare us from what’s written in the Bible. We’ll be watching more and more evil unfold until the very last day. The only thing I can hope for, and every true believer can hope for, is the Day of the Lord’s return, and for it not to be too long ahead in its coming.
Please God, if You hear anything, I beg You to hear this: that we are in those days of shortening Your Son spoke about, and that He will return in justice, as He said He would. Amen.
(All Scriptures are from biblehub.com)