From Pastor Perry

02/25/2013 Revelation 7:9-17

Revelation 7:9–17 (ESV)
A Great Multitude from Every Nation
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    15     “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
    16     They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
    17     For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
        and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

What is worship going to be like in Heaven?  It is going to be filled with all believers and we will be worshiping, praising, and singing.  9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”  I don’t know about you, but this puts chill bumps on my arms and I can’t wait to be part of it.  But I will have to wait, because the Lord is not finished with me here on earth.  I spoke some about verse 9 yesterday.  Today we see all these people wearing white, along with the angels... worshiping God.  

Who are all these people?  Well, that is answered in today’s reading.  “13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”  These are the Christians that have died and are in Heaven.  There are no unbelievers in Heaven, only believers.   If you have lost a loved one, or a friend... if they were a believer in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, then they are part of the unnumberable group of people in white, worshiping the Lord.  They have been saved by the blood of the Lamb.

What will life be like in Heaven?  
15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
    16     They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
    17     For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
        and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

This is obviously NOT life here on Earth.  This is life in God’s presence, this is life in Heaven!  There will be no hunger, nor thirst.  The sun shall not strike them nor any scorching heat.  We lost this in Genesis when God punished Adam.  I have always said we didn’t sweat from heat in the Garden of Eden, but God’s punishment to Adams states:

Genesis 3:17–19 (ESV)
17 And to Adam he said,
        “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
        of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
        cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
    18     thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
    19     By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
        till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
        for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.

Contrast that to today’s reading which states: “16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.”  It is comforting to know that Jesus will shepherd us guide us to living waters and there will be no tears.  This reminds me of the woman at the well that wanted this “living water” from Jesus and to thirst no more.  I pray: Lord, lead me and shepherd me through my life’s journey.  Protect me with your rod and staff.  Help me to trust that you will always take care of me.  Thank you for everything you have done for me, the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and heaven itself. Amen.

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