Revelation 6:9-11

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When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been. - Revelation 6:9-11

Dear Jesus,

I avoid horror movies so I won't have their sad or gruesome picture plaguing my mind. Then you put in Scripture a picture like this of people who died for you and your gospel crying out for justice. I cannot get the picture out of my mind. You hear the prayer of every one of your children who suffer injustice or abuse. But you still make us wait until all your people are gathered to heaven. It's the waiting through tragedy that's so painful. It tests our faith in your goodness. But the white robe you give us to wear in your righteousness comforts us. We are given Christ who righted every wrong on the cross to wear over our pain torn lives. Give me the power to cling to your gift of salvation in Christ while I wait through this veil of tears for our rescue. And help my Christian brothers who are suffering terrible persecution to hang on in faith that you will rescue them and all believers when the last Christian gets put on the ship to heaven.

AMEN

Pastor Don Patterson

God gives his people the power to wait with him for his gracious plan to reach it's fulfillment.


Revelation 6:7-8

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When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. - Revelation 6:7-8

Dear Lord Jesus,

It's a horrible reality but it's true.  Until the day you return there will be famine and plagues that kill people.  You pin the entire planet to the mat and make us look up for the answers.   Your answers have to do with rescue and not restoration of the earth.  You came and died so that death could be the doorway to heaven.  That alone gives us peace in the face of famine and plague.  This ain't heaven and it never will be.  Your word seals the deal.  So, I will evermore put my hope in the perfect redemption you have won for me.  Thank you for getting me out of here alive, forever.  I will live in this hope and do my best to share it with others.  

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Death will prowl the earth until the end of time but because of Jesus it will lose it's grip on all believers.