The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.
Taken to literal extremes, one would have to say that the pit and the locusts represent a historical scene. However the reader understands that this”woe” referred to, hasn’t necessarily happened but that the writer is using the past tense grammar to usher in the next “woes.”
The questions are; has this happened, is this happening or will it happen in the future. One thing is for sure, that time is running out. That’s one of the major themes in Revelation–that each day that passes, we’re one day closer to eternity.
It is also the theme in my life today. We leave for our Caribbean mission trip tomorrow. I have to pack my things, mail out my taxes, travel 4 hours to meet with my fellow missionaries in Massachusetts so that we can distribute the weight of the tools and donations equally to keep the astronomical costs of bringing tools on an airline down. I thought I would write a bit.
I would like to ask for prayers as we travel to our unspecified location. Safety, health, effectiveness and the like. But mostly that we will be a blessing to them and they be a blessing to you, through us. Many have given money, clothing, tools, etc. Thanks. But prayers are also needed. I can’t write much about the mission trip, but I will try to keep you posted during the trip. If I cannot, I will catch everyone up upon our return, Lord willing.
We received 4″ of snow at our house last night, which helps me to get acclimated to the hot sun of the Caribbean. But when I awoke this morning, the sun was shining brightly and the breeze gave me a beautiful sight. Problem: I was the only one outside that saw it and now, the beautiful snow clinging to the trees is gone, most likely, only to return next year. Most New Englanders are saying good riddance, don’t come back! It’s been a long, cold winter. Let me try to describe that which I saw.
The trees–smothered in a wonderful white shell
Swayed in the bustling breeze as clumps of snow fell
Shiny and shimmering reflecting the rays of sun
I sought another watching–I only one
One lonely observer should see this sight?
Cascading snow reflecting rays of light
Like a thousand precious pearls descending down
Becoming ten thousand more–striking ground
One to ten as their journey comes to end
Those clinging await, on limbs that suspend
Leaping off limbs, some pearls climb high in air
Swept in wind they ascend where eagles dare
Others keep the more straight trajectory
Pushed thus by the breeze that is westerly
Inevitably though, to earth they must fall
It’s the way it is–gravity and all
For a few short moments the joy was mine
I can’t help but think that this was divine
Blessed by the Lord with the intent to share
To demonstrate–to handle with much care
Words in Revelation–and their intent
Themes continue from the Old Testament
Literal extremism is off base
Military locusts are not the case
The genre is General–context king
Author to audience; what does he bring?
Words written to them, recorded for us
Therefore, reading it this way is a must
Don’t lose your joy or be wearing a frown
Because like you’ve been taught it is going down
Unlike you have been shown some will be here
And some have endured more, so have no fear
Tribulations come–tribulations go
As will the heat of summer–winter’s snow
Jesus is coming let us be aware
He gave us a mission, that is to share
He will shake the earth and darken the sky
We read the bible–no need to ask why
In judgment he sits but also in call
The ones the Father gave him must not fall
So he darkens sky and rattles the ground
In the trials true worshipers are found
It is why we waltz and why we will sing
Jesus is salvation and the great King
He rules throughout all of history well
And about him; to others we will tell
And usher in a thousand years of peace
Where the church reigns and the devil’s schemes cease
Keep reading revelation, not Left Behind
Because then, I believe, the truth you’ll find
I’ll close this poem with one final thought
Read Revelation new–not what you’ve been taught
Update: we’re all packed up and ready to go. We leave for Miami tomorrow morning with around 500 pounds of goods.
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