Chapter eight presents us with prayers that release God’s people.
As we begin this chapter we notice that there is a silence in Heaven. In my mind, this is the same period as in chapter seven where God stills the earth long enough to seal his 144,000 witnesses. Then there are the prayers of the saints that are mentioned here that are symbolically seen as incense coming up before God. The fragrance of which God loves. These saints can be either the saint of the church age or the tribulation saints. Since I believe that the seals, trumpet, and vials are running parallel, these prayers are at the start of the tribulation. For this reason I believe these are the prayers that have been offered to God for centuries.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Much of this wrestling with the powers of darkness has been through prayer.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
All these centuries there have been prayers prayed against the powers of darkness and are stored up for this moment—for judgment. Let us not forget that a multitude which no man can number has been killed by the powers of darkness. Principalities have been suppressing the truth and keeping men captive since Adam ate the forbidden fruit. The wonderful thing about the book of Revelation is how it ties together the whole Bible and all of its history. Right here the larger picture of the children of Israel is being played out in finality.
And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
God heard the cry of his people as they had been captive in Egypt and began to work His plan to release them. We see this same picture when the children of Israel were taken into Babylonian captivity. That captivity was a picture of all of God’s creation being taken captive by Satan and his kingdom which is called Babylon (see previous note).
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
Oh, what sweet redemption! One day, one glorious day God will destroy the destroyer and men will live with Him as He intended from the beginning.