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“[B]ut in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets” (Revelation 10:7).

In the days, it says.  It is in the plural.  Is this something or not?  Sometimes we can parse words so that we forget to see the overall meaning of things.  We have lived through times of tribulation, and we shall live through them again.  In this case, the “we” I speak of, is humanity.  It shall be so until the last of the days of this earth.  There will be a new heaven and earth when the old order of things passes away.

Lord, You say it plainly, and sometimes I do not listen.  I remember the time someone said, “I do not agree with that,” referring to a new heaven and earth.  Such arrogance drives the wickedness of this age.  Whether or not I agree with You, it will be as You have determined it to be.  Help me to stop agreeing or disagreeing with Your word and humbly learn how to follow Your directions.

Lord Jesus, You preached to the crowds, and You have preached to me.  You have poured Yourself into me.  Lift me up, redeem me, and create in me a new life that looks to You in, through and for all things.  Guide me in Your goodness to know that in You alone is my final salvation.  Help me this day to live humbly and willingly do the things You give me to do.  May I learn from You how to be faithful.  Amen.