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Exploring Revelation
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“Revelation 8 :3-5”
by Art Sadlier   
September 5th, 2008

Last week we thought about awesome trumpet judgments that were about to be poured upon a rebellious sinful world. We had considered, "The silent pause" and last week the "The solemn preparations". Today we want to think about, "The saints prayer".

"And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer, and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with all the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne". Who are these saints? They are the martyred tribulation saints who have arrived in heaven, possibly as disembodied spirits.

"And another angel came and stood at the altar", Some say that this is the Lord Jesus Christ, no Christ is seated on the throne at this point. "And the smoke of the incense", This represents the prayers of the saints. These prayers are recorded in Rev. 6:9-11. They have cried out to God as the enemies of God have slaughtered the them and there fellow believers. The utter injustice of the whole thing has overwhelmed them. "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" They have prayed and waited and now the answer is about to come! These prayers of chapter six are about to be answered in chapter eight.

"And the angel took the censer", this is the special angel of verses 3-4. This angel had the privelege of doing God's bidding, what a priveledge! We to have opportunities to do God's bidding, what could possibly be more wonderful? When such an opportunity comes, be ready, don't miss it. "And filled it with fire of the altar", the altar that brought salvation now brings judgment upon the Christ rejecting world. This is a solemn reality, "For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that perish; To the one we are the savour of death untp death; and to the other the savour life unto life...." 2 Cor. 2:15-16. No wonder we give out the gospel with hearts that are broken for the lost! These are two aspects of the wonderful plan of salvation. See Heb. 10: 29-30

"And filled it with fire of the altar", people of the tribulation period who reject the death of Christ for the judgment of their sins, must bear the judgment for their sin. FIRST, they will bear the judgment in their bodies on earth. SECOND, at the great white throne judgment they will be cast into the lake of fire to be tormented forever. "And cast it into the earth:" now the out pouring of God's wrath against sin continues as the prayers of the martyred saints are answered.

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