How do we deal with our dismay over what seems like a brutal and bloodthirsty characterization of the same Lord Who later claims to love the whole earth?
It is as though God will hit the rewind button and bring all of creation back to its starting point.
Is this blazing star a political figure? A religious leader? Literally a poisonous star fallen from heaven? Each few sheds fascinating insight on John's vision.
How interpreters have imagined this scene is in large part influenced by their point of view. Taken simply as a scene, it is horrific. Is it metaphorical? Is it commentary on a situation? Is it prophecy to be literally fulfilled? Is it a warning that may not come to pass if heeded?
The deep significance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are found in the Passover.
Now, the prophet was going to wrap up these twenty chapters between 13 and 33 with two summary chapters.
The way to receive from the Lord is to open our minds, hearts, spirits, and hands and then put to use by faith what the Lord gives.
Though each perspective sees the fulfillment of these trumpets occurring in very different timeframes, there are certain overarching themes on which all four views agree.
There is one last correlation that almost certainly would have come to mind for John’s audience—the Exodus.
All of us have experienced being in the desert places. Perhaps that is where you are right now. What act of repentance is God calling of you in order to make you ready for the outpouring of God’s Spirit in your desert place to bring back life?