July 11, 2012

Prayer, Judgment, and Repentance: Revelation 8:1-9:21

Sometimes we fail to see warning signs of what is about to happen. On April 18, 1983 the U.S. Embassy in Beirut was bombed and sixty-three people were killed. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. On October 23, 1983 the Marine Barracks in Beirut. Lebanon were bombed, killing 242 Americans and 58 French troops. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. On March 16, 1984 the Islamic Jihad kidnapped and later murdered Political Officer William Buckley in Beirut, Lebanon.  On February 26, 1993 The World Trade Center in New York City was bombed, leaving 6 people dead and 1,000 injured. The men carrying out the attack were followers of Umar Abd al-Rahman. On August 7, 1998 the U.S. Embassy in East Africa was bombed in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 12 U.S. citizens, 32 Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs), and 247 Kenyan citizens. Approximately 5,000 Kenyans, 6 U.S. citizens, and 13 FSNs were injured. Almost simultaneously, a bomb detonated outside the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 7 FSNs and 3 Tanzanian citizens, and injuring 1 U.S. citizen and 76 Tanzanians. The U.S. Government held Osama Bin Laden responsible. On October 12, 2000 the U.S.S. Cole was attacked, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39 others. Supporters of Osama Bin Laden were suspected.

All of these were warnings and anticipations of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As we look back, we realize that we should have seen what was coming. We failed to see the obvious. And that is what Revelation teaches us in Revelation 8-9. God’s judgments in history warn us of his judgments to come. The last judgment should not surprise us, for there have been anticipations of it throughout history.

Read the rest of Dr. Schreiner's post here.