Revelation 7 pt 8

Revelation 7 pt 8

Hi, continuing our study of Revelation 7 and the great multitude beyond count.

Revelation 7:9After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no-one could count from every nation, tribe, people and language standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.’

There are four  beautiful truths to explore here.

1   God’s encompassing love embraces everyone, regardless of their origins or colour of skin. The one vital truth that holds us together is our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Not one person need count themselves unworthy because of where they come from.  If we believe in Christ Jesus then we are very much part of the family. 

Heaven on earth will be such a rich and diverse community without so much as a glimpse of racism or segregation. Love will prevail!

2   And we will be standing in the very awesome presence of God without fear. Compare this with the peoples of the earth who will be cowering in their caves as described in Revelation 6:16.

3   Revelation 7:9a  They were wearing white robes…’

We will be wearing the beautiful white robes of Christ Jesus’ righteousness. We could never make it by ourselves, our vain attempts at self-righteousness were never going to work. Only when we came to the end of ourselves and surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus could we be wrapped in his robes, wrapped in his perfect holiness. 

Ephesians 1:7  ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.’

Revelation 7:9a   ‘They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

4   The palm branches take us back to the triumphal entry of Christ Jesus into Jerusalem.

 Matthew 21:6   ‘The disciples went and did as Jesus instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, whilst others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.’

The palm branches also take us further back to the Maccabean Wars of 167BC where Jerusalem and the Temple were taken back from Antiochus Epiphanes and purified from its desecration. 

And the palm branches also take us forward to the Second Exodus where Lord Jesus will lead a glorious procession into Jerusalem, through the Mercy Gates, 

Psalm 118:27  ‘The Lord is God and he has made his light shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. 

We will be standing without fear or segregation, in the very presence of God, holding palm branches of victory and consecration, wrapped in the perfect white robes of Christ’s righteousness.

Hasten the day…

Maranatha!

My previous posts:

  • Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…
    One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 19:9 Invited
    The Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
  • Revelation 19:7 Eager Anticipation
    In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment. 
  • Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!
    I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness. 
  • Revelation 19:6 Hollering With Joy
    This side of glory, we pass through victories and defeats, as we march faithfully on. But even the most stoic and conservative amongst us might be forgiven here for ‘hollerin and a hooterin’ around the yard and throwing his hat up wildly in the air!

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