Scripture: 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, and crying out with a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
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 worshipped God, saying:
“AMEN! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! AMEN.”
Observation: Do I continue to realize that, while the stuff about the Beast and the Antichrist, and all that gets the controversial imagination going, this prophecy may really be about the Lamb and his Church? Nah, I am just like everyone else. I just need to reorient my punkin’ head.
Analysis: One of the good things about going through Revelation like this (taking all month) is that it is slow going. I have time to read and really think carefully about what I am reading.
Seriously: If I were to hover on the Beast and the Antichrist, the Four Horsemen, Jezebel, and all that, I could go off into the Never-never Land of the Ever-Increasing End of Days Theories. Some folks have made a lifetime ministry about these things—probably getting no closer to the truth than when they began.
Compartmentalizing all of that for a time, I am seeing the breadth of absolute worship to the Lamb. Trying to imagine this is, on one hand breathtaking, and on the other, unimaginable.
What do I take away?
All the sounds and singing have strong theology backing it up. Good when sight replaces faith in heaven; absolutely needed when I am trying to “renew my mind that I may discern what is the will of God.” (Rom 12:2)
Here on earth my mind can cloud up with sin warring in my members—and mess up how I should be reacting. I don’t want to put on a false performance, but something as real and as like what the Scriptures reflect as possible.
How then? Like what is said about real estate and location, Doctrine, Doctrine, Doctrine.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord AMEN