Salvation During The Great Tribulation
Revelation 7:9-17 9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb....
In the first eight verses of Revelation 7 God has 144,000 taken from the tribes "of the children of Israel." They will serve God and He will protect them.
Now we come to a different scene. John sees "a great multitude" of people. There are to many to count and they come from "all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues." These people were killed for their faith during the tribulation. The tribulation will be a time of uncountable redemption of souls. This will happen all over the world.
This is a glimpse of hope in a world now filled with darkness. The darkness we see expanding today is nothing compared to the future. The world is being destroyed by God, mankind is being judged by God, and those who come to saving faith in Jesus Christ are marked for extermination.
Those who will come out of the tribulation as believers come because they know, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" Man has zero input concerning the salvation of God. Saving faith does not come by way of emotion or intellect though they are both active but the activity is the touch of the Holy Spirit. Saving faith comes one way:
Ephesians 2:8 NASB For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
We are saved through the grace of God by faith. Salvation is for the purpose of God's good work. Gratitude toward and the worship of God and the Lamb, this is the bended knee of saving faith.
The saints are not the only ones in the throne room. There are angels and elders and they, too, are bowed and worshipping God.
Heaven is a place of complete worship, service, and commitment to God. It is a place where the heart will finally be free of all sin and will be able to express untainted devotion to the One Who loved us first.
These saints, like all believers, are washed with the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) which makes their robes white as snow.
What is their reward
1. They are in the throne room of God
2. They serve God day and night in His temple
3. God will spread His tabernacle over them;
Which means - intimate communion with the resurrected Christ -even as He who Himself lived in unbroken communion with the Father during the days of His flesh (Jn 1:14). (HELPS Word-studies)
4. No more thirst or hunger;
means - those are said to thirst who painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, strengthened (Thayer's Greek Lexicon)
Just think nothing but the Lamb (Christ), the Shepherd, guiding to the water of life. Imagine God wiping tears from eyes that cried from great sorrow. Then joy unspeakable. No more tears of pain ever again.
What a small glimpse into heaven. What a glorious God of mercy, grace, and love. What a privilege to worship and serve Him forever while forever basking in His perfect holiness. How unsearchable the cost of the cross to God-the Father and God-the Son.
I hope your heart no longer puts its hope, love, and has attachment to this world. I hope your heart yearns for unbroken communion with our Creator, Lord, Saviour, and Eternal Life. I pray, with our eyes on things above, we carry the truth in love to "whosoever will" hear.
2 Corinthians 5:6 NASB Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight— 8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
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