Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Have you been listening? Above the loud noise of our freeways, planes, trains, TVs and radios, and talking on cell phones, something important is sounding: the blowing of a heavenly trumpet.
Most of the world is deaf to this sound of real alarm. It's the reality above and beyond the savvy of our wisest news commentators and philosophers. It's the news in the Book of Revelation, chapter 10, of the seventh angel blowing his trumpet.
A special Angel (Christ Himself) with a rainbow on His head declares solemnly to all the world "that there should be [time] no longer, but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound [his trumpet], the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets" (vss. 1-7).
In Revelation chapters 8-11, we are given this glimpse into reality--seven angels blowing seven trumpets of alarm. For centuries, careful, reverent-minded scholars have seen these "trumpets" as spanning the 2000 years since Christ's resurrection.
In this larger picture of cosmic history, they have seen the events under the "fifth" and "sixth trumpets" as portraying the impact of Islam on the world, and the "seventh trumpet" as the time of the final Day of Atonement when the world's Savior completes His work of reconciling humanity to God's plan of salvation. Then "the kingdoms of this world ... become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ" (11:15).
This solemn ministry is going on right now; none know how soon this special ministry of grace will end. The Angel calls us to be alert, to hear what's going on. Listen on your knees.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: June 15, 2001.
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