Revelation 7: “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

(17 verses, 1:45 to read)

LISTEN & READ

What I am about to READ

John receives a vision of the faithful in heaven.

MARK

1-8: The four angels and the magnitude of the number of those sealed pictured

9-12: The reality of the innumerability those sealed revealed

13-17: The identity of those sealed revealed

LEARN

Those elect from all nations and throughout time are pictured here in the various tribes of Israel, that is here understood to be the perfect Israel of faith. Certainly not literally 144,000, which is the representative perfectly complete number are to be found sealed, but all of the “great multitude that no one could number”.  Who are these? We ask ourselves this same question that the elder asks John. The answer is that that innumerable multitude is all of those whom the Lord elected and washed whiter than snow by the blood of the Lamb. Those who believe upon their death or when the Lord returns will find themselves in perfection before the face of the One, True God forever, wholly free from sin and every evil desire.

MEDITATE

In light of this vision, consider the text of “A Multitude Comes from the East and the West”:

1 A multitude comes from the east and the west
To sit at the feast of salvation
With Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the blest,
Obeying the Lord’s invitation.
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

2 O God, let us hear when our Shepherd shall call
In accents persuasive and tender,
That while there is time we make haste, one and all
And find Him, our mighty Defender.
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

3 All trials are then like a dream that is past,
Forgotten all trouble and mourning.
All questions and doubts have been answered at last,
When rises the light of that morning.
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

4 The heavens shall ring with an anthem more grand
Than ever on earth was recorded.
The blest of the Lord shall receive at His hand
The crown to the victors awarded.
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus!

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-Pastor Weslie Odom

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