Where We Look in Times of Trouble
Devotional Reading: Psalm 23; John 4:23-24 Background Scripture: Revelation 7:9-17 Print: Revelation 7:9-17
Revelation 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Upon completion of this lesson, the students should know that: 1. We learn what heaven will be like from the book of Revelation. 2. We can begin getting used to heaven before we get there by giving God His praises now.
Today’s lesson is about thankful worship.
II Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
It is also an answer to the question asked by those who hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains in Revelation 6:15-17:
Revelation 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Revelation After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all 7:9 nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, : Here is the irony that I’ve observed in false teaching; In the first part of chapter seven, we are given a precise number of people from twelve tribes of Israel. Exactly 12,000 from 12 tribes to equal exactly 144,000. Even though we are given an exact number, there are false teachers that say that 144,000 is not an exact number, but just symbolic and not to be taken literally. Then there are false teachers who look at the measurements of the new earth in Revelation 21 and come to the conclusion that the new earth is only the size of Texas, then after doing a calculation of how many people they can fit in Texas have came up with the number that no man can number.
Three simple rules in math are any thing times zero is zero, any thing times one is itself, and any thing times or plus a number that no man can number equals a number that no man can number. I personally believe that there will be enough room in heaven for every human that has ever lived. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. Unfortunately it is hell that has enlarged herself. Isaiah Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without 5:14 measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. Hell was created for the devil and his angels. But false teachers, agents of Satan, and those who refuse to exercise faith, have turned hell into an over stretched orpheus in the center of the earth. False teachers are consistent also when it comes to dates. When Daniel gave the exact time of the arrival of the Messiah in Daniel 9:25, the woman at the well, the disciples following Jesus, and the children who waved the palms knew the time of the coming of the Messiah, but the so called religious leaders did not take the prophecy seriously, and did not recognize their Messiah. The leadership in Jerusalem was punished for not knowing the time of the visitation of the Messiah. Luke For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench 19:43 about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, Luke And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and 19:44 they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. But now that Jesus has told us no one knows the date of the return of Jesus except for God, Christian date setters have been coming up with false prophecies for years. Matthew But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of 24:36 heaven, but my Father only. The bottom line is that the only people before the throne of God are the people who actually BELIEVE the word of God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Proverbs 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. A saving faith is one where you trust God. Those who tamper with the scriptures in order to make it fit their own understanding will not be among those who have made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,: Notice that when it comes to gentiles in the bible who are part of God’s kingdom, we are never given a number. When it comes to Israel we are always given precise numbers like in Numbers chapter one, Ezra chapter two, Nehemiah chapter seven, and Revelation chapters seven and fourteen just to name a few. The only time a number is given in association with the church is in Acts 2:41 and that is because that is how many Jews were added that came for Pentecost. Other than that, no number is ever given association with gentiles who are part of God’s kingdom. God told Abraham: Genesis That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy 22:17 seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; Genesis And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou 22:18 hast obeyed my voice. Jacobs prayer: Genesis And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the 32:12 sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude. Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
stood before the throne, and before the Lamb,: clothed with white robes,: No one will be in hell for their sins. They will only be in hell for rejecting the provision that God has made for their sins. Revelation And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the 6:9 souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: Revelation And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and 6:10 true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Revelation And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said 6:11 unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Revelation 19:7 Revelation 19:8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
and palms in their hands;
The palms remind us of palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This was the day prophesized about in Daniel 9:25 as they sing Psalm 118. It’s interesting that after the people were reminded that Jesus has the power to raise from the dead in John chapter 12, they took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. John Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came 12:9 not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. John But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; 12:10 John Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed 12:11 on Jesus. John On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard 12:12 that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, John Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, 12:13 Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. John And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, 12:14 John Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. 12:15 John These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was 12:16 glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him. Revelation And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the 7:10 throne, and unto the Lamb. Salvation is attributed to both God and the Lamb. Revelation And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four 7:11 beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, The angels shouted for joy when the earth was created: Job 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? The angels praised God when Jesus was born: Luke And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in 2:12 swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host 2:13 praising God, and saying, Luke Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 2:14 All the angels are to worship Jesus forever: Hebrews And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he 1:6 saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Revelation Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and
power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. Amen: 281 ἀμήν Amen (am-ane'); Word Origin: Hebrew, , Strong #: 281 1. firm a. metaph. faithful 2. verily, amen a. at the beginning of a discourse - surely, truly, of a truth b. at the end - so it is, so be it, may it be fulfilled. It was a custom, which passed over from the synagogues to the Christian assemblies, that when he who had read or discoursed, had offered up solemn prayer to God, the others responded Amen, and thus made the substance of what was uttered their own. The word "amen" is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best known word in human speech. The word is directly related -- in fact, almost identical -- to the Hebrew word for "believe" (amam), or faithful. Thus, it came to mean "sure" or "truly", an expression of absolute trust and confidence. -- HMM KJV Word Usage and Count verily 101 amen 51
Seven things were said between the Amens: 1. Blessing 2. and glory 3. and wisdom 4. and thanksgiving 5. and honour 6. and power 7. and might If you’re a Christian and your prayer life is less than it should be, then you are in disobedience. Philippians Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication 4:6 with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep 4:7 your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Revelation And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in 7:13 white robes? and whence came they? In this scene we have: - The Lamb = Jesus - A great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues clothed with white robes, and
palms in their hands = they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. - All the angels - The elders = The twenty four elders from chapter four that represent the church. - The four beasts = The seraphim that we are introduced to from the throne of God in Revelation chapter four and Isaiah chapter six. - The throne of God. Revelation And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which 7:14 came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. Sir: 2962 κύριος Kurios (koo'-ree-os); Noun Masculine, Strong #: 2962 The word that is translated for “sir” is the same word that is translated as “lord” but translating it as “sir” implies that John was merely showing respect. John put aside any speculations he might have had and deferred to the elder’s superior insight. These are they which came out of great tribulation, These were killed during the hour of testing spoken of in Revelation 3:10 and slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. The saints do not gain access to heaven because of their good deeds or martyrdom. They do so because they have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb: The imagery of garment being cleansed as sin removed comes from the Old Testament: Psalm 51:7; Isaiah 1:18; Zechariah 3:3-4 The Lamb who has cleansed them is Jesus Christ: Revelation 1:5; 5:6; 5:9; cf. Romans 3:24-25 For those that believe, Jesus is our High Priest for the day of atonement. Leviticus 16; Hebrews 9
The cleansing occurs ONLY in response to faith: Acts And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the 15:8 Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; Acts And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 15:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, 1:6 and do not the truth: I John But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with 1:7 another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. I John If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in 1:8 us. I John If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to 1:9 cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any 2:1 man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: I John And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for 2:2 the sins of the whole world. I John And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 2:3 I John He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and 2:4 the truth is not in him. I John But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: 2:5 hereby know we that we are in him. I John He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he 2:6 walked. Revelation Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his 7:15 temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. The word “Therefore” which precedes the statement indicates that only because they have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb can they be before the throne of God. Worship and service are impossible apart from prior reception of God’s grace in Christ. and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. dwell: 4637 σκηνόω Skenoo (skay-no'-o); Word Origin: Greek, Verb, Strong #: 4637 1. to fix one's tabernacle, have one's tabernacle, abide (or live) in a tabernacle (or tent), tabernacle 2. to dwell
The word dwell means to tabernacle. The first time this word “dwell” is used in the New Testament: John And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his 1:14 glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Revelation They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on 7:16 them, nor any heat. Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. Isaiah Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day 49:8 of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; Isaiah That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in 49:9 darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. Isaiah They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: 49:10 for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. Revelation For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them 7:17 unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, feed: 4165 Isaiah 49:7
ποιμαίνω Poimaino (poy-mah'-ee-no);
Word Origin: Greek, Verb, Strong #: 4165 1. to feed, to tend a flock, keep sheep a. to rule, govern 1. of rulers 2. to furnish pasture for food 3. to nourish 4. to cherish one's body, to serve the body 5. to supply the requisites for the soul's need John 6:31 John 6:32 John 6:33 John 6:34 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
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And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: Psalm 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Psalm He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his 23:3 name's sake. Psalm Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear 23:4 no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou 23:5 anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psalm Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I 23:6 will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.