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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.
In the beginning of Revelation 10, John begins to write about a thunderous voice he heard from heaven. It sounds like a pretty incredible scene as seven thunderous voices call out. Just as we are leaning in, anticipating what the thunderous words are, John leaves us on a cliff hanger…
“I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.’”
Revelation 10:4 (ESV)
Those verses have always intrigued me for a few reasons. For one, I’m curious about the scene and what the voices were saying. For two, it seems like God is teasing us – telling us about a scene, but purposely forbidding John from telling us the details.
God is not teasing us here; He’s reminding us of an important truth:
Concerning the prophetic events of the future, we are on a need to know basis. When we need to know, God will make sure that we know. If God had wanted that whole scene to be secretive, He would have made sure none of that even made it into the pages of Scripture. However, He intentionally placed it here in Revelation. The message is loud and clear – He’s reminding us that there are many things happening that we are not aware of and don’t need to be worried about.
It’s good for us to be thinking about the future and intrigued with prophetic events. However, let’s trust God’s wisdom in only revealing what we need to know when we need to know it. God displays His grace by telling us what we need to know when we need to know it, but He also displays grace by withholding information we don’t need to be concerned about!