Summary: A Sermon about a beautiful worship service in Heaven.,
Lessons In Worship From The Tribulation Saints
(An article appeared in the newspaper shortly after the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010) Drumbeats called the faithful to praise God amid a scene resembling the Apocalypse A collapsed cathedral in a city cloaked with the smell of death, Where aid is slow to reach survivors and rescue crews battle to pry an ever-smaller number of the living from the ruins. Sunlight streamed through what little was left of blown-out stained-glass windows. The Rev. Eric Toussaint preached to a small crowd of survivors. A rotting body lay in its main entrance. "Why give thanks to God? Because we are here," Toussaint said. “We say 'Thank you God.' What happened is the will of God. We are in the hands of God now." With the city shattered and the building in ruins, the church still gathered to worship. (When here the prettier the day the slimmer the crowd)
We live in increasingly difficult days.
Things seem to be on a rapid downward spiral.
The news is so discouraging it can be tough to watch.
There are economical woes everywhere you turn.
Crime is at an all time high.
Drugs are running rampant in our schools and on our streets
Political corruption and government intrusion are the new normal.
Gays are getting married
Babies are being killed
Christians are being persecuted
Jesus is being blasphemed
God is being mocked
Several current issues have me very concerned about the future of our nation. But I have peace in the fact that I am a citizen of 2 worlds and my real home is in Heaven. No matter what may happen in this old world, We who are born again have much reason to worship And praise our Heavenly Father today! The lost folk should look at the church and have a sense of curiosity as to why and how we can worship in such difficult days.
In our selected text we find a group of people who have come out of some darker days than we can even fathom. I am talking about a group commonly referred to as “The Tribulation Saints” To set the stage, the events in verses 2-4 occur in Heaven as God is about to send great Judgment upon the earth. After the church is raptured we find that a great multitude will be saved during the tribulation.
Notice what John sees in - Revelation 7:9 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; Many Tribulation Saints will have to pay the ultimate price and give their lives for their faith in Jesus Christ.
These are they who endured the reign of the Anti-Christ and refused the “Mark of the Beast” - Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
In verse 2 we read that the “sea of glass” now has fire mingled in it …In Revelation 4:6 this crystal sea was clear. The fire speaks of the fact that God’s wrath is about to be revealed.
At this point… TIME IS UP! God is about to pour out His wrath on a lost and sinful world. The saints on this glassy sea are praising! They have endured the horrors of the tribulation and now are safe in Heaven. Here we witness as they sing 2 songs: “The Song of Moses” and “The Song Of The Lamb”
“The Song of Moses” is the first song in Scripture. (Exodus 15) It was sung by the children of Israel when they had been delivered from Pharaoh. It was a song of triumph over Egypt. This song was sung at the Red Sea
“The Song of the Lamb” is the last song in scripture. This song is sung by the saints of God when they are delivered from Antichrist. This is a song of triumph over Babylon. This song is sung at the crystal sea. The “Song of Moses” told how God brought His people out! The “Song of the Lamb” tells how God brings His people in! These saints have experienced GREAT DELIVERANCE! And they desired to WORSHIP THE LORD! All the children of God should do the same today! In fact, we have even more motives to worship him! How about the fact that:
We don’t have to worry about the: