10. a. The great multitude shouted with a great roar,
“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” Rev 7:10 NLT
b. Description of the Gentile multitude
- A huge crowd too large to count
- A different group from twelve tribes
- All nations and tribes
- All races and languages
- All dressed in white robes
- All holding palm branches in their hands
- All cried out in a loud voice.
Without judging whether specific congregations are part of the true church, most don’t shout. Except maybe at a business meeting. (Bad memories die hard. ;-)
Most in my Dad’s congregation sing, but lack enthusiasm. I’ve noticed two members who stand out a bit.
The small congregation where I worship encourages shouting, dancing, and waving flags.
I realize, only God knows true zeal when He sees it.
The seven congregations addressed in Revelation 2-3 varied in their zeal for God, too.
God, the Holy One, inhabits the praises of His people. (See Psalm 22:3)
c. A few of my neighbors are not yet a part of the multitude.
One who recently died at age 90 told me his wife was going to heaven, but he was “headed to the other place”.
Before I could ask him why, he said, “because I’m a rascal.” I said, “God accepts rascals.” He quickly changed the subject because I took his “joke” seriously.
My dad tried to talk to him a few times after that, but Cam wouldn’t even look up from his newspaper. His house sits vacant now. So sad.
- We pray for our neighbors, contractors, friends, family members (privately and in person) and look for opportunities to help and encourage them and others we meet along the way.
- I ask the Holy Spirit to give me the words to say when I’m around others whether they are believers or not.
- I also pray the Lord of the harvest will send more laborers across the paths of those who aren’t open to me.
- I pray the Lord will woo them through whatever method will work– Television, print or social media, dreams, visions, billboards, etc.
Most of all, I sincerely hope I don’t damage God’s reputation through critical, judgmental, angry or selfish behavior toward anyone.
11. The worshippers’ white robes are the righteousness of the saints.
Let us celebrate, let us rejoice,
let us give him the glory!
The Marriage of the Lamb has come;
his Wife has made herself ready.
She was given a bridal gown
of bright and shining linen.
The linen is the righteousness of the saints. Revelation 19:7b-8 MSG
Several versions say “righteous acts” or “righteous deeds”. The Greek manuscript does use two words back to back that can be mean “righteous acts”. However, both of the words can also mean “ordinance or sentence of acquittal”. (Strongs)
Jesus performed the act that made us righteous when He took all of our sins and became the ultimate sacrifice.
To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!
For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding
or a bride with her jewels. Isaiah 61:3, 10 NLT
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NLT
12. a. Revelation 7:17 and the Gospel of John
Jesus is the Lamb of God.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 NLT
Jesus is our Shepherd.
- The Lamb is also the Shepherd.
- Jesus the Shepherd/Lamb is the gate to the sheepfold.
- The Shepherd will open the door for anyone who wants to enter through Him.
- The sheep hear His voice.
- The Shepherd calls each one by name as He leads them.
- The sheep follow because they recognize His voice.
- The Shepherd protects and provides for them.
- The Shepherd leads them to the water that gives life.
(see John 10:1-19)
Living Water refers to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13-14 NLT
Jesus said with a loud voice, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” John 7:38 NLT
b. Revelation continues to inspire me toward greater intensity in worship.
Playlists of inspiring worship music remind me to continue in an attitude worship.