Continuing our study of Revelation 14.
Revelation 14:13 ‘Then I heard a voice from heaven say, Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. “Yes”, says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them.”
We are at the very end of the church age here. The return of Christ Jesus is imminent. Without being too blase, those who die at this point will simply pass into glory and be resurrected when Christ returns. They will not stand to lose anything.
The Christian life is often one of labour but this will not always be the case. Admittedly, we will not be sitting on deckchairs for all eternity, contemplating our navels, but the aches and stresses of our present life will pass away and we will enter into a deep and rewarding sense of peace.
Our present labours will not be in vain. Not only is it pleasing to our heavenly Father, but it will not go unnoticed and we will be rewarded when Christ Jesus returns in power and glory.
Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon!” My reward is with me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
We may all serve the Lord in so many different ways, according our own unique circumstances but yet our work will never go unnoticed and this should be a great encouragement to us all.
1 Corinthians 3:8 ‘The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and to each will be rewarded according to his own labour.’
- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!