OceanSide church of Christ
Read devotionals for March 2020
April 1, 2020
Revelation 6:9 – And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
Thought: The opening of the fifth seal brings a stunning scene to the eyes of the apostle John. He does not see another horse. Instead, he sees souls. They were not just any souls, they were slain souls. They were martyrs. They had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. Dear readers, our persecutors hate us. They despise our message. They will kill us in order to rid us from the earth. Are you ready to die for your Christian beliefs?
II Timothy 4:6-8
April 2, 2020
Revelation 6:10 – And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Thought: The righteous are often persecuted for living and proclaiming the truth. Sometimes they are killed. They understand that one day God will avenge these wrongs. The faithful martyrs John saw understood these things. Thus, they cried out: “How long, O Lord…dost thou not avenge our blood?” God’s timing and our timing are not always the same. We must trust Him. He will fulfill His promises. He will do what is right.
April 3, 2020
Revelation 6:11 – And white robes were give unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Thought: White is the symbol of purity and holiness. These souls were declared to be righteous by giving them white robes. However, they still needed to patiently wait on the Lord. They were exhorted to “rest yet for a little season. Others who would also be slain for the cause of Christ would soon join them. It is not easy to endure while evil abounds. We must trust God and wait on Him.
April 4, 2020
Revelation 6:12, 13 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake: and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became blood. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Thought: The symbols used in these two verses indicate coming calamity. There will be a period of extreme shaking indicated by the earthquake. It will be a time of deep sorrow and darkness. There would be warfare and the shedding of blood. People in high places of authority would fall as “the stars of heaven fell unto the earth.” This shaking would upset the natural order of all things. The church often has to face periods of hardship, persecution, and change. Trusting God is the key in such times.