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 11 pt 4
    The different expressions for the same period of time would also show that they are actual measurements of time that are not to be spiritualised into something of our own making. This period of time will actually happen. It will be the final three-and-a-half years before Christ Jesus returns in power and glory!
  • Revelation 11 pt 3
    The building of the Third Temple and the beginning of the daily sacrifice will bring such joy to many of the people of Israel. The treachery of the end-time beast and his desecration of the temple will be the final straw that will weaken the pride of Israel and prepare them in brokenness to receive Christ Jesus as their Messiah when he returns in power and glory. 
  • Revelation 11 pt 2
    A Third Temple must be built and the sacrifices and grain offerings to commence, so that the end-time beast can arise, bring a halt to the daily sacrifice and desecrate the temple in order to fulfil prophecies of both Jesus and Daniel.
  • Revelation 11 pt 1
    There has always been a great expectation that a Third Temple will be built although there are clear challenges to hurdle, not least the opposition of other world religions that hold political control over the Temple Mount. Political wrestling goes on regarding the future development of the Temple and the will and expectation grows more acutely with every passing year. 
  • A Prayer For Afghanistan
    May a spirit of praise and worship be lifted up amongst the hearts of Christians in Afghanistan, even though the praise may need to be covert and sung under their breath, may it be joyous and contagious.

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