You are what you eat.
As we walk through the book of revelation, my goal is to help inspire, uplift and prepare my readers for the coming times, but, know that I will stick to the words of the Bible and not share a new or personal opinion as fact. I started my blog as a place to share my personal studies and give encouragement to those who may get confused while reading and not now how to apply God's word to their daily lives. I don't claim to have all the answers but you, as my readers, are always in my prayers and I hope you will gain some time in thoughtful perspective and spend time in fellowship with the Lord after reading.
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“I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.””
There are plenty of times as Christians, we like to try and fill-in-the-blanks that God’s word leaves undescribed or without detail. Whether it’s our own imagination or our desire to explain and have an answer for everything, we just can’t seem to be okay with not knowing. Beware of adding your own words and explanations to the Bible. Revelation 22:18 lets us know that adding to the Bible will have harsh consequences. (The Plagues of the Bible will be upon that person.)
Here, John was instructed not to write the things uttered by the seven thunders, and we are left to simply wonder about them. I remind myself in these situations that if the Lord didn’t see fit to tell me the details than I really don’t need to know. Wisdom isn’t having all the answers, it’s being content with the answers you have.
“The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer, but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.”
What we should focus on is the things we are told. Our daily Bible study and devotion time should be reflecting on the instructions we have been given to follow and live by. If we are paying attention to the world at all, its rather hard to miss that we are approaching the end of our time here (the rapture) and the beginning of the seven year period where the enemy will be in control (the tribulation). Verse seven says that the mystery of God will be finished and we can only wait for this moment and pray for our unsaved family and friends to come to salvation.
“Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.””
When John eats the little book, my mind has a picture of him actually chewing on and digesting a small paperback, but the point of this is not that he ate it physically but that he digested it's meaning. Take a look at Ezekiel 3:1-3 where Ezekiel has a vision of God and is in a similar situation. He is presented with a scroll and told to eat it.
“Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.”
(Referencing Ezekiel 3:1-3) The point of eating the scroll in Ezekiel chapter 3 was that the prophet needed to absorb the message and make it part of his life. We as believers cannot share the word of God if we do not believe and live according to His teaching. Notice I did not say we “Practice His teaching.” To “practice” or “follow” implies a more religious habit that a chosen lifestyle. Followers of Christ need to do more than simply follow His commandments. We need to have a lifestyle and desire of the heart that project His love and the affect it has on us.
So in a sense, the age old saying, "you are what you eat," really can apply to us. If I focus on adding God's word to my daily life and spend time consuming it, my actions and words will automatically begin to reflect those of the Bible. We all should strive to make the desires of our hearts and the actions of our day align with what our Heavenly Father is teaching us.
I pray, little sparrows, that today you will share this message of hope and warnings of a time fast approaching with your loved ones. Don’t let the sun go down without planting a seed in the lives of those who don’t know Jesus. Fill up your daily live with His word and ask Him to prepare your path before you walk it. As always, I pray you have a blessed day!