Adventure continues…

Today, we continue to look at Revelation 7:9-17.(If you feel lost you may want to read the blog from yesterday.) In this passage we are introduced to two different groups of people that worship God with two distinctly different songs. I; however, believe that we can and will praise our God in these two distinct ways, but we will only look at one group today.

The first group that we are introduced to in this passage of Scripture is what is described as the Great Multitude. This group is identified in several distinct ways as John writes all that he sees. This group is composed of an ethnically diverse multitude wearing white robes and waving palm branches. This group is later identified as the tribulation saints. The ethnic diversity is indicative of Christianity and its spread over the entire world. The white robes are representative of the purity that this group has received by being washed white as snow by the blood of the Lamb. The waved palm branches are indicative of the victory celebration that is occurring in Heaven.[1] These tribulation saints are obviously happy to be in the place that they are. I would imagine them as a powerful and strong voice of unity as they sing the song of Salvation. This is a group of blood bought, God empowered, God redeemed, cleansed, restored and victorious followers of Christ. This group proclaims the greatness of their God but distinctively proclaims the praise of God for what He has done for them. Let us look at their song in Verse 10.

And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”[2]

This group of individuals praises God for what He has done for them. They proclaim the greatness of God because of His salvation and sacrifice of Christ.

We can learn a very important lesson from this heavenly multitude. We should praise God for what He has done in our life. We should be filled with praise for God for the redemptive plan that He has sent forth through Jesus. For salvation to have occurred in each and every person’s life the individual must be aware of their sin, aware of their inability to defeat sin, and convinced that giving their entire life to Christ removes their sin and makes them victorious because of the sacrifice of Jesus. In the understanding that we deserve Hell but have been redeemed and changed even in a vial world we can attest to the greatness of a God who will forgive, heal, and defend the weak and foolish when they acknowledge their own weakness. This should create an excitement in the redeemed heart that we now have hope for victory and we now have a hope of eternity in the presence of the Redeemer.

Do you worship God for how He has changed you and saved you?

 



[1] Blakilock E.M.,”Palm Trees”, the “Pictorial Dictionary”. ed by Merril C. Tenney (Nashville: The Southwestern Company, 1967)666

[2] Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations will be from the New International Version Bible

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