Reflections on Revelation #156

Day 156

“They were told not to harm the grass or plants or trees, but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.” REV 9:4.NLT

In 1944 the Axis powers controlled most of Europe. The allies had assembled an enormous invasion force. 
On the shores of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, German forces braced for the inevitable assault, not certain where the blow would be struck. The invasion was preceded by weeks and months of bombing all along the coast. Then on the sixth of June, forever to be known as D-Day, the all-out assault got under way.

One of the key French cities in the path of the invasion was Caen. The British and American bombers dropped thousands of tons of bombs in and around the city. When the allies finally marched into Caen, almost every building had been destroyed. 
There were a few notable exceptions. The churches of Caen, which had been built during the Middle Ages, survived. Ancient spires still stood among the rubble. Apparently, the careful construction of these ancient churches was so solid that the populace of Caen would use them as air-raid shelters during the terrible nights of bombing.

What is remarkable about Rev 9:4 is that the locust/scorpions seem able to discern between the genuine followers of Jesus and those who only profess allegiance. The seal represents the living presence of God in the lives of these followers (Eph 4:30; 2 Tim 2:19). 
The attacks of Satan are going to be more and more pronounced in the period before Jesus comes. The good news is that those whose character is solidly built on the foundation of Jesus Christ will not be harmed by these attacks. In our own human strength, we would have no chance against satan, but those in a living relationship with Jesus are shielded from the worst of satan’s devices.

Spiritual foundations are built through time spent each day with the Lord, in the study of His Word, in prayer, and in ministry to others. There is no more significant way to use our time as we approach the last days of earth’s history. 

1 Comment
  • Henny Vanderpol
    Posted at 10:34h, 21 June Reply

    Absolutely! While we suffer we reach out and help others. So they will be blessed and will we. In the meantime we tell about the Good News of Jesus

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