A Mystery Within a Mystery
What is more compelling than a mystery? The Book of Revelation is full of them. Mysteries both frighten, fascinate, and may even unite us as stated in Ephesians 3:9, “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.” Paul continues to tantalize believers with the future “mystery” of 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (commonly considered a Biblical reference to the future Rapture).
The word “mystery” is used 22 times in the New Testament. Science itself is little more than man’s attempts (and re-attempts) to unlock the mysteries of the universe. The television show “Unsolved Mysteries” aired for an astounding 15 seasons and Netflix recently announced it has ordered an additional season to be aired during 2022. This classic show continues to resurrect because, despite the explosion of physical knowledge all around us, we know more about space than about our own souls. However, mysteries should not scare believers, but compel us to look beyond the physical surface of what we see. As the Bible tells us, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2)”
At best, the greatest theological minds can only surmise what the seven thunders uttered in Revelation 10:4. John understood and sought to share the information with us but was prevented. Then why were the seven thunders even recorded in Revelation? We don’t have a record of everything Jesus said or did on earth (John 21:25), so why record this? Whatever the reason, we can be confident this verse remains to edify believers, for there is even a curse written in Revelation for anyone who would dare “…take away from the words of the book of this prophecy….” (2 Tim 3:16; Rev 22:19).
We read the angel of verse 3 “cries out with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth”, yet John also hears words from the seven thunders. The transliteration of the word “thunder” in Greek is “bronte” which has its root in “bremo” (to roar). So, though the angel and the seven thunders “roar” differently, as indicated by the use of two different Greek words, all are “roaring.” This seems very appropriate given the climax of all human history is at the door: The Wrath of God and the return of The Lion of the Tribe of Judah! Unrepentant mankind and Satan have had their say on God’s earth for millennia; now, as the last trumpet is ready to be sounded, it is time for God Almighty to have the last word….
Dear friends, do not sit on the fence: Satan owns the fence! Only those who are “all in” will spiritually cross their finish line and into the arms of the Savior. Hear our Father, who with great love and sacrifice is calling you away from the wrath to come! Do not be fascinated by the mysteries of sin; be fascinated with the mysteries of God. Repent, reject all things that draw your eyes and heart away from Him, and trust He will accomplish all He promised to those who walk consistently in the faith. “[T]he mystery of God should be finished” (Rev 10:7) sooner than we think….
Quote of the Day:
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” –Neil Armstrong
Andrea Hillman is a contributing writer and journalist for Blue Ridge Christian News, as well as creator and news aggregator for The Christian Persecution Report. She enjoys a wide variety of artistic endeavors, world travel, and recently discovered she has a green thumb. You can read more of her work here. Please reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org, at The Christian Persecution Report page on Facebook, or on LinkedIn.