Summary: Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. - Revelation 5:11 What a shock heaven will be to many. As we a ..
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. - Revelation 5:11
What a shock heaven will be to many. As we are so earth bound and earth focused most modern evangelicals given very little thought to heaven itself. Yet we see in the traditions of the Church the focus on heaven was something that was one of the main focus points. Golden bowls, incense, holy angels, 24 elders, prostration before the Lord, not the typical Church meeting for most believers. When we read Revelation 5 we are given a beautiful picture looking into heaven right now, what is essentially happening. We are given the same picture of the heavenly throne room in Isaiah 6. It might be hard to get our minds around the idea that right now there is a "great cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1) worshipping the Lord. When we read these two chapters of holy Scripture we are taken back with the great sense of awe and holiness in heaven. One golden chord of thought and belief in early Christian theology is that when we corporately worship together we are entering also the worship of the holy angels and cloud of witnesses in heaven. Worship has become so self-centered that such thinking seems absurd in our day. Worship has always been lofty as we are worshipping God, not some idol or lesser deity. One minute in heaven of true heavenly worship will seem like an eternity. It would be a good start for us to meditate and consider these two chapters mentioned in relation to our worship of God.
The Apostle Peter recounts an event that was life-changing for him. When he recounts it in his mind, it brings great reverence and awe for the holy God he served. I can imagine the Apostle closing his eyes with tears as he thinks of the holy voice of God he heart and the glorified Lord Jesus he saw with mortal eyes (2 Peter 1:16-18). He said they were "eyewitnesses of his majesty" and when "the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory" these things were life-changing to see and hear, for he was witnessing the very holy presence of God. And it is no wonder he calls it the "sacred mountain." What is sacred anymore in our Christian life? Are things in the Church still holy to you? Is worship something that gives you the sense of angels worshipping with you? Christianity has always been a holy religion. There is nothing mundane about it, yet modern thinking wants to bring Christ and all the holy things of God into the mud of common things. Even the Bible we hold sometimes we lack the sense of what Paul the Apostle named them to Timothy "Holy Scriptures" (2 Timothy 3:15). Early believers read the Scriptures with reverence and worship. Father in heaven, please allow me to recapture the sense of awe and respect for the holy things of God. Let me sense how holy heaven is and the angelic worship that even now resounds. Amen.