Revelation 7:9-17 Part 1
Welcome to Live church, we’re glad you’re here today. We’re going to be diving in today, if you have your Bibles, take them and turn with me to the Book of Revelation Chapter seven. We’re going to start in verse number nine and try to go through to verse number 17 today. It’s not likely we’ll get that far. We will have to split it up into a couple of services, but revelation chapter seven verse number nine we’re in a series called Omega. It is a study on the Book of Revelation and the end times. We started this almost over a year ago, and it’s been an incredible journey walking verse by verse through one of the most interesting and powerful books of the Bible. Now the Book of Revelation has a human author, even though it’s superintended and written technically by God, the Holy Spirit, the human author is the Apostle John. When he writes this book, he is in exile on the island of Patmos because of being under harsh persecution from the Roman government. That, according to historical record, they tried to kill him by throwing him into a pot of boiling oil. What a way to go. But he’s supernaturally survived, and they dug him out of the oil, banished him to the island of Patmos to work hard labor camps for the rest of his life in complete isolation. A 90 year old man. Doing hard labor camps every day, getting whipped if you don’t complete the work on time into a satisfactory level, and then all of a sudden John is visited by a messenger, an angel that comes with a direct revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ. He sees this revelation. We’re introduced to it in Chapter one, and then he’s instructed to write seven letters to seven literal physical churches that existed during that time in an area of the world called Asia Minor. And he does so in Revelations two and three. And then in four his vision is transferred to a heavenly vision. He sees the one who is seated on the throne, the Lord God almighty. And he sees all the activity in the worship activity that is happening around the throne. And then a Chapter five, the one who is seated on the throne is found in possession of a scroll the scroll is the title deed to all creation inside of it, or the instructions of judgment which has been planned since the beginning of time to happen to the Earth to restore it back to its original paradise condition. No one in heaven or on earth is found worthy to open this scroll until the lion of the tribe of Judah the slain lamb of God comes forward the Lord Jesus Christ and seizes control of the scroll. And when he does, the and heaven realizes that what this means is things are going to get redeemed. Heaven loses its mind in this spontaneous, exuberant moment of amazing worship. And then in Chapter six, this scroll that’s being held tight and close together by seven seals. He begins to undo one at a time. Each seal is a new judgment, a sealed judgment that happens upon the Earth. The first seal is a time of false peace. Deceptive piece, the SEAL number two, is it is a collapse of that false piece into catastrophic global war. Then the results of that war is found in the third seal when there is widespread famine. And then the fourth seal, pestilence and lots of other things kill twenty five percent of the world’s population. The fifth seal is mass martyrdom of Christians and the sixth SEAL, as all of these natural phenomena, that’s happening according to divine intervention that come upon the Earth in chapter number seven. God hits the pause button. He says. Wait a minute, it’s getting ready to get worse before it gets worse. I want to pause for a second and I want to seal all my people. I want to identify them, I want to mark them so that everyone knows who they are. So the Angels hold back the wind over the whole Earth. He finds one hundred and forty four thousand Jewish converts. Jewish people that have come to the knowledge of Jesus during this time period, and he marks them with the seal of God. But then these one hundred and forty four thousand Jewish converts then become evangelists, because then what we see next is John sees a multitude so big that no one can count from every tribe language, a nation that are worshipping Jesus, and it’s these people that are tribulation saints they come out of the tribulation. And that’s where we are at in revelation chapter seven verse nine. So I want to ask if you would please one more time if you would rise and stand in honor of God’s word for our initial and primary reading of it today? After this, I looked and behold a great multitude that no one could no from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages standing before the throne and before the lamb clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands and crying out with a loud voice. Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the lamb, and all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. And they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying Amen. Blessing and glory and wisdom and Thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God, forever and ever. Amen. Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, Who are these clothed in white robes? And from where have they come? I said to him, Sir, you know? And he said to me, these are the ones coming out of the Great Tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb. Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple. And he, who sits on the throne, will shelter them in his presence. They shall hunger no more and neither thirst any more. The Sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat for the lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. You may be seated. One of the key attributes of the character of God is that he is a savior. And the reason why he is a savior is that he is full of mercy. If we were to define the word mercy, it would be defined like this mercy is unmerited or undeserved favor. God demonstrates his mercy by sending Christ to die for us while we were sinners. Understand that the term sinner doesn’t mean that we’re a victim of sin, but we’re the perpetrator of it. So when you become a sinner, you have committed treason against the kingdom of God, you are the enemy, you are the rebel, you are a follower of Satan. Now you may have not put horns on and and said, Hail Satan, but you still were a follower of Satan in your flesh. And Christ died for the very people who were rebels and those that have committed treason against the kingdom, that while they were still in treason, he died for them. This is mind blowing. He didn’t die for a friend, he didn’t die for. He died for people that had turned their backs on God. You and I. This is his mercy. He demonstrated his mercy for us while dying on the cross, but he also demonstrates this and his long suffering and his patience. Here’s what that means. A sinner deserves God’s swift judgment immediately. So the first time that a sinner sins and commits that initial treason against the Kingdom of God, we deserve to die physically and spiritually, aren’t you glad you came to church this morning? He made this judgment clear the wages of sin are death. In that case, we got what we deserved, we would have been toast a long time ago. But God, is patient, he’s merciful, not willing that any should perish not desiring that any should perish he suffers the existence and the effects of sin to give us a window of time to repent and ask him for forgiveness. Just the very fact that he delays his justice, he doesn’t immediately jump to judgment, but he said he was said he restrain’s himself, restrains himself to allow us an opportunity to come. To repented shows his mercy and his desire to save. In the near future in the Great Tribulation, God will put his mercy on display before all humanity displaying his desire to save men. In fact, he will do so at one of the worst times in all of human history. The Great Tribulation likely the last three and a half years of the seven year tribulation, it will be a time of Satan’s fury on Earth. Him and his demonic armies will be ravaging the world. It will be a time of unparalleled evil and darkness, there will be no God. The Holy Spirit in place to restrain the evil one, he has been removed and now evil is running its full course. The Antichrist, Satan’s own version of the Messiah will be in full force in a reign of terror upon the Earth. On top of the fact that God’s wrath is being poured out on the Earth for sin, it is without a doubt the most horrific time to be alive. Then you have Israel, God’s chosen people who were given an opportunity, and we see that in the Old Testament narrative, they were given an opportunity to be God’s witness to the world, but they failed miserably. But they get another chance and this time they’re going to succeed. One hundred and forty four thousand witnesses are stamped with God’s seal. And what I suspect is the largest revival that we have ever seen. These hundred and forty four thousand witnesses are going to witness to the world, and these multitudes are going to come to Christ in the middle of this most horrific time in the world. What a sight. People from every nation tongue language people, all these people all wearing white, all because their sin has been washed away by the blood of the lamb. And they’re with God for all eternity. Amazing. So as this text does, let’s talk about this group of people, and let’s talk about some key details. We’re going to talk about the description of these people, the location of them, the action that’s taken their association, the origination. We’re going to talk about the function here, the protection of them and their provision. So we’re going to walk this out in the text. The first thing that I want to look at is the description, and we see that in verse number nine, it says after this, I looked and behold a great multitude that no one could. number From every nation, from all tribes and people and languages clothed in white robes, palm branches in their hands now. If you’ve been around for the last three or four weeks, this is a familiar text because we took a break to go into the parable of the sower because I wanted to make sure that everybody who had an opportunity to listen to a message knew that they were going to heaven or not. There’s a way to know those who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Those who confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior truly will be saved. The first two words of this verse after this clues us in that this is a new vision that we see this a revelation over and over again. John always says after this, he is clueing us in. I’m seeing something different. So this is not one hundred and forty four thousand Jewish converts that we read about in the early versus this. This is a new vision, a new group of people. The statement behold means it would have been shocking to John. Now think about this for a second. We talked about this a little bit. The old Apostle John. Likely around 90 years old. On the island of Patmos, strict labor camps. They already tried to kill him, does he have physical ramifications from them trying to boil him in oil? Maybe. I don’t know. I mean, that’s what you do to a French fry. Think about it. They’ve stuck him in oil like a French fry. I don’t know if I can think of much more. More horrible ways to die. He was likely aware, as he’s writing Revelation two and three, that the church is in a dire state. The Roman government has cracked down. They are killing Christians left and right. Not only that, but he’s writing these letters, and Jesus himself is saying, if you don’t get your sin problem under control, I will shut your doors. Not only that, but he’s likely by this time aware at his age that most of his apostolic brothers is Apostle Brothers have been have died at the hands of martyrdom. Think about for a second, he’s in exile away from his family. This is the guy who sat at the bottom of the cross and it didn’t deny Jesus and walk away from him at the end, he stood at the bottom of the cross. He took care of Mary whenever Jesus died and ascended or came back to life and ascended. This is that guy. He’s away from his family. He’s 90 years old. He ain’t got much more to live for. He’s getting beat by 20, 30 year old guys every day because he’s not lifting the hard rocks and moving enough during the day because he’s 90 years old. He’s lived a long, hard life. Think about that. I mean, we think we got it hard. And here he is in exile. For the gospel and this messenger shows up and says, let me show you this. Turn on the projector boom. Multitudes of people, not just Jewish people, not just Israelites, not just a few gentiles from the areas that he was able to get to, but from people of all tongues coming from nations that he didn’t even exist at the time the United States of America. All these people languages, he’s never heard people, but he’s never seen that he didn’t even know existed standing in heaven, worshipping the king dressed in white. Now you’ve got to think about that for a second. That’s mind blowing. He’s sitting here thinking the church might be dead. They’re killing us all. How are we going to survive this? Am I the last apostle left or is it going to die after the Apostles die? He sees this multitude that no one can count. What do you got to feel like in that moment, all this I’m going through is not for nothing. The seeds being planted when all hope seems to be lost and over, it’s only just begun. Must have been a thrilling experience for this old man to see this, what a gift, what a gift. The white robes, of course, represent the fact that they had holiness, not the holiness that they had achieved, but the holiness that was granted to them as a gift to the Lord Jesus. The palm branches were a sign of a celebration. This was not dull. This was a party. They really were enjoying this moment. Now their location, verse nine, includes the scene of the location standing before the throne and before the lamb. No greater place on Earth than before the throne of the living God ushered into the presence of God. Jesus. One is that there Earth, 24 elders, four living creatures, a multitude of angels, the choir who like, could you imagine this? Here’s the action to take in verse number 10 and crying out with a what’s that word? Loud voice salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the lamb. How many of you grew up in a quiet church? That’s okay. Nothing wrong with you. How many of you grew up in a loud church like me? Yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Hey, that ain’t nothing wrong with either. Now there can be some things wrong if the quietness is out of a staunch legalism, don’t say anything. Keep your mouth shut. And that’s that’s that’s that’s veering off too far to that side of the pendulum or of the loudness. Is this demonstrative, charismatic flesh led. Let me put on a show and make it about me. That’s not good, either. But it’s okay to get loud about Jesus. It really is. You don’t need to be demonstrative and flesh led and draw attention to yourself just for the sake of it. But it’s OK to get excited, go to a Chiefs game, go to a 49ers game. We’re not here going Mahomes good pass, bro. Losing our minds, not about mahomes like Jimmy Garoppolo, boom, I don’t get to do that very often, but you know. We allow we go to our kids baseball games. We sitting on the side going. Grayson, good job. No, that’s my boy. That’s my boy. OK. We ain’t got no problems getting loud about everything else. How about Jesus, man? I used to be a creative arts pastor, I know it’s kind of a weird title. Before we started the church here, I worked at a church. I was the creative arts pastor. My job is to help the church connect them to the gospel through media, OK? And so I did a multitude of things. I I preached at hospital visits, but I prayed for people. But I also ran sound video and made videos, websites, all this sort of stuff. Anything that we could do to help get the gospel, the people through using modern media. That was that was my role. Some churches have them. Some churches don’t. We never have because I fill that, that gap. And so one of my jobs was to run the production part of the church and light sound, that sort of thing. And so I was over sound. I had a sound guy. Love him to death one of my bros. OK? He’ll tell you this. I’m not releasing sensitive medical medical data. He was 60 percent deaf. OK, you only had 40 percent of his hearing left and great, dude, so much fun. But on the side, and he was my main sound guy. OK, Seth, you know, and so we’re going on. And he also did gigs on Saturday night. He’d go run sound for and for bands and and and organizations and stuff like that. And so he’d go to these rock concerts on Saturday night. But, you know, and just super loud and blasting, and he’d be up to one 2:00 in the morning because you got to after it’s over the concerts over, you’re going to pack up the stuff and put it in the truck. And then he’d come to church at 6:30 seven o’clock on Sunday morning with his 40 percent hearing. That has already been diminished by all of the 120 decibels of sound the night before from all of the bands, and he would come in and he would have to crank the sound just to hear it well enough to mix it. So you come in and be like, you know, it’d be like those commercials where everything just blowing back. And then we buy, All right, we got to dial it back a little bit. The problem was, is he liked to feel it and hear it too. And so it didn’t always come all. Way back, and so we had to put like a little decibel reader and be like, OK, OSHA says your ears bleed here. Let’s go right, right here. And so I had people that would complain every now and I get it, and we always had to make some sort of compromise. But you know, you know how sometimes when people complain, you kind of you kind of have an internal response that hasn’t come out of your mouth. And I will always be like, but Rev. 7:10, God likes it loud, baby, like this is this is like God, like the Lord is in the Bible. Like, he likes it loud. It’s right here in the text church. It’s not going to be boring in Heaven. It’s not going to be like we’re sitting in the pew and we’re slidin down because the preacher is just, you know, blah blah blah blah blah. Like some of you doing Sunday morning, I keep track, I got a tally mark in my office. OK, it’s not going to be like that. It’s loud. God likes it loud. Psalm Chapter 66 verse one. Shout. For joy shout, for joy, to God, all the Earth. You think that you Psalm Chapter 100 verse one, make a joyful noise to the Lord of the Earth. You see this over and over and again in Revelation Revelation Chapter 12, verse 10, and I heard a. Loud voice in heaven saying now the salvation and the power in the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down who accuses them day and night before our God. Rev. 19 one. After this, I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out hallelujah, salvation and glory and power belong to our God. Now, this presents an interesting question for me now. Why don’t we worship like this now? Same God, same Jesus, same salvation, why don’t we worship like this now? The Bible asks us to pray without ceasing. Prayer is an act of worship, right? So really, if you put the two together, we are to worship without ceasing. Everything that we do as a follower of Christ, when you sign up to the lordship of Christ is now expected to be a worship act unto the Lord. That’s why sin is such a big deal. Because sin is worship unto who? The other guy. If it’s attributing things to the other guy, it’s worship unto him, that’s why sin is such a big deal. It disrupts the flow of worship to our holy God. That’s why when we go to work, we do so with the best of what we have to offer. Why? Because it’s worship. You guys thought worship was over when we checked out of here at 11:45 and go eat lunch on Sunday afternoon, you just get started, OK? We show God that we steward all the blessings that he gives us, even the job that I don’t like to go to on Monday morning that’s a blessing that I steward you punch the time clock, you show up on time. We don’t abuse our break. We don’t blow company time. We go the extra mile. We become a team player. And we don’t complain. And as you do these things, you don’t do them in the honor of man or for the honor of being you do them for the honor of God that he may receive glory through you. When you go to school, you do it on to the Lord. When you talk to people, you do it on to the Lord, you look for opportunities to talk about your testimony and about the gospel of Jesus. When you spend money, you do it on to the Lord God, what do you want me to do with this money that you’ve given me and allowed me to manage? When you care for children, you do it on to the Lord. How do I train them up in the way that they should go? So When they grow old, they will not depart from it. When you care for the elderly, you do it unto the Lord. The Bible makes it clear that when you care for the overlooked and you care for the elderly and you care for the sick, that you’re doing it on to God himself. When you enjoy a meal, you do it unto the Lord when you become a Christian, everything you do is now should be worship unto God. Romans Chapter 12 one, I appeal to you, therefore brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing, you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. You are no longer your own. You were bought with a price, and now everything you do is considered worship unto the Lord. And while this is difficult, it’s the greatest honor in the world that we get to serve God almighty. You now represent the King of Kings as an ambassador. Do you understand that your job, whatever it is, your job title, what you collect a salary for, whatever title position you all volunteer or not, nothing pales in comparison to your number one, most highest honor position. And that is I’m an ambassador for the kingdom. I represent the king. And everywhere you go in every conversation that you have and everything that you do, you’re representing the king. Romans Chapter six, verse 19, I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations for just as you were once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, leading to more lawlessness. So now present your members as slaves to righteousness, leading to sanctification. In other words, our hands used to do the devil’s work. Now they do God’s work, our mouth used to do the devil’s work. Now it does God’s work. Our ears used to do the devil’s work. Now it does God’s work. Our eyes used to do the devil’s work. Now it does God’s work. Our feet used to do that. You get the point. Our members used to be dedicated. We used to work for the other guy. Again, I know you didn’t put a set of horns on, or at least I don’t think you did set up, put a set of horns on and walk around with. I love Satan T-shirt. I know you didn’t do that, but you were working for the other guy. You worked for yourself, which is the whole mantra of that kingdom, you work for yourself. You worked for lawlessness. You worked for sin. And we were in bondage to it. We were slaves. But now, if you are found in Jesus Christ, now you worked for the good guy. Instead of working for someone and maybe you’ve had a boss like this in in life, but instead of working for someone that would know soon, kill you still you and destroy you behind your back. You now work for someone that loves you, adores you, has forgiven you and has given everything up for you, supplies you with everything that you ever need and more, and continually forgives over and over and over and over again. And disciplined you because he’s a good father. You don’t work for the bad guy anymore. He didn’t care about you. He wanted you dead. You were an agent of disaster, an agent of evil. Now you work for the good guy, you’re an agent of the kingdom. You have transferred your credentials to the good guy. You can always tell the level of maturity that a believer has in their walk by watching them in the small details. How do they treat their boss? How do they treat the overlooked? How do they handle money? How do they spend their time? How do they treat the elderly? How do they talk to kids? How did they treat and talk to their spouse? Do they honor authority or do they always have a problem with authority? Gotcha. It’s one thing to be in compliance whenever you like it, it’s a completely different thing to. Comply and follow Romans 13 when you don’t. Do all things as if you’re doing them unto Christ, never cease to worship your life should be one big worship song to the Lord. One big worship song. Like, what if a songwriter set down? And said I’m going to compile all of the things of your life into the lyrics of a song. And then I’m going to sing that song before the throne. And say this is this person’s song to you, what if a songwriter did that? What would they say in the lyrics? Maybe. It’d be something a little bit like this. I promise that I didn’t steal this tune from anyone. Today might actually be the day that I might actually get it right. Oh, no, what’s that smell? I think I’m spiritually dead inside. No, I don’t believe it is. Does love me the way I love myself. Cause maybe, I could be the one who saves me. Cause after all… I’m a pretty nice guy. Back beat the word is on the street that the devil has me under his spell. Oh, no, does it actually mean, I might go to …. I don’t believe that anybody doesn’t love me the way I love myself. What if your life was written into the lyrics of a worship song? Would it be something like that or would it be more something like this? A love, I can’t comprehend. A grace that covered of my sin I’ve been redeemed. Oh, I’ve been set free Cause I found shelter in the arms of my Savior. His name is Jesus. He is all that’s good, oh He saved my family. He saved my soul. I owe everything to a good good God. Oh a good good God. Is what you do in your home? Does it look like worship? Is how you parent your children. It’s how you drive your car is how you work at your job. It’s how you interact with society. Does it look like worship to the Lord? Or does it look like A 90s alternative song being rewritten by a worship pastor on a Sunday morning. Because I can tell you that. There’s going to come a day and there’s there’s time right now. Where we just blow by things and we don’t care that much, and we think the small details and the little things that people aren’t watching is happening behind closed doors and happening in darkness, don’t matter. But they do. There’s going to come a day when it’s all going to be before everybody. And you have an opportunity of a lifetime. To lay that at the foot of the cross and walk away from it for good.