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Hallelujah! February 28, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Revelation 19:1-10.

Summary: In this passage, John hears a great multitude in heaven:

  • praising God – as He has punished the great prostitute for her sins and avenged all martyred believers
  • proclaiming the marriage between God the Son and His pure church.

The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures join this doxology. An angel then proclaims that all who participate in the marriage between God the Son and His pure church are blessed. John is overcome by these words and actually prepares to worship this angel; the angel stops him, though, and re-directs his worship to God Himself.

Thoughts: Strolling through this book has compelled me to ponder the challenges that modern-day believers in First World countries face. In particular, I think that our situation is analogous to that of the Israelites during:

  • the times of the judges – especially after God delivered them from their enemies and granted them a respite from their tyranny
  • the reign of Solomon – after David had thoroughly subdued their enemies; at that time, the nation was prosperous, and Solomon was able to build a magnificent temple for God.

In those instances, Israel inevitably succumbed to idolatry and drifted away from God. Thus, I think it is important for modern-day believers in First World countries to consider:

  • Do we worship any idols?
  • What can cause us to drift away from God?

I believe that the answers to these questions will vary – to some extent – among believers. Yet we are bound by our shared calling to worship God in spirit and truth. Hopefully we can spur each other on in this regard, especially as we anticipate the return of the Lord.

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