THE REDEEMED WILL BE WITH JESUS
THE SEVENTH TRUMPET IN DETAIL (PART 3)
THE VICTORY OF THE LAMB IS ASSURED
In our last study we examined the fact that the Redeemed will be with Jesus (Revelation 14:1-5). The dragon, that old serpent who is called the devil or Satan, is going to unleash the fury of his wrath upon the earth. It is going to be a horrible time for earth dwellers.
As we saw, Satan is going to empower the Antichrist to bring about peace and prosperity to earth, and Satan is going to build up all the hope that man has ever had for a utopian world. This is going to be a most dangerous time for man as he places all his hope on this one world ruler.
The Antichrist is going to fulfill man’s hope and longing. For the most part Man will not trust God, but he will see the Antichrist solving problems around the world and because of that he will give his allegiance to the Antichrist. Now let’s dig a little further into Revelation chapter 14.
We had begun with heaven and saw the fact that the Redeemed will be with Jesus, the one who sacrificed himself in order for the redeemed might be acceptable to God (see Revelation 14:1-5).
We also reviewed the fact that the redeemed will be sealed with God’s name in their foreheads. This tells us why they will be in heaven; they will be identified with Christ and God the Father. They will refuse to take the seal of the Antichrist (Revelation 13:13-17).
They will make a vow to serve God and to take His seal. Therefore, they will have nothing to do with the seal of the Antichrist (Revelation 7:2-3).
FACT: There are many antichrists [false teachers] in the world today. The Christian must guard against these false teachers. We must strongly support belief in the Lamb of God, in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world. Also, we must continue to clearly state that the Bible is truly the Word of God (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). In the end times there will be a withdrawal from the Word of God (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4). We must guard our minds and clearly worship the true and living God.
Revelation 14:2 – The voice of God
The redeemed will hear the voice of God. Imagine having the glorious privilege to hear the actual voice of the true and living God. It will be the most wonderful privilege imaginable, and it will be the privilege of the 144,000 Jewish servants who will be faithful to Christ and to the believers in the tribulation.
1. The voice of God is like the sound of many waters: forceful and mighty, as powerful as the sound of many Niagara Falls or of many rushing and mountainous waves of the sea. Yet, the many waters can also be the quieting, comforting, and peaceful rippling of many creeks. When we hear the voice of God we know that it is Him speaking, for it will be both powerful and comforting at the same time.
2. The voice of God is like the sound of thunder: deep, rumbling, arousing, stirring, and distinctive. When He speaks, we will be aroused and stirred from what we are doing. His voice will demand our full attention.
NOTE: What a lesson for us today in the Age of Grace! We should be listening for His voice as we study His Word, the Bible. His Word is just as powerful as His voice will be when we get to Heaven. Today the problem is this; we are not listening to His Word (studying His Word), not nearly as much as we should be.
3. The voice of God is like the sound of many harps: restful, calming, soothing, relaxing, and fulfilling.
Soft music does this for us, and God’s voice is just like soft music; it can calm our hearts in the most troublesome of times. Oh, how the voice of God will need to be heard in the tribulation!
The point is this: the 144,000 will be rewarded with the voice of God. They will have the privilege of hearing the voice of God.
Revelation 14:3 The Heavenly Song
The redeemed will be uniquely privileged. They will have a song of victory to sing before all the heavenly host.
But note: The words of the song are not here or anywhere else in Scripture. We will not know the words until the glorious day OF REDEMPTION COMES. However, what a glorious privilege it is to have a special song to sing and present to all the beings of heaven!
The Jews who receive the Lord Jesus Christ and vow to be the servants of God during the GREAT TRIBULATION will be given a special song of victory. They shall triumph over the Antichrist and his holocaust and over evil and death. They shall live forevermore in the presence of our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
When the Jews arrive in heaven, victorious and triumphant, they will have something to sing about: the glorious victory given them in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works” (Psalm 9:1).
“Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with psaltery and an instrument of ten strings” (Psalm 33:2).
“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee” (Psalm 67:3).
“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1).
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;” (I Peter 2:9).
Revelation 14:4-5 The Jews Redeemed
The redeemed Jews will be clearly identified. Who are the 144,000 Jews? They were seen earlier in Revelation 7:1-8.
Note what is said about them here.
1. They will be virgins; they will never marry. The days of the end time will be filled with horror after horror; the worst holocaust the world has ever seen will be launched by the Antichrist and millions will be killed.
A special commitment will be needed to stand up for Christ in the end times. Apparently these 144,000 form a body of believers who vow and commit their lives to never ever deny Christ. They apparently take a special vow to be the ministers to the people who will be so severely attacked and persecuted by the Antichrist.
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Roman 15:1).
“Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee”(Mark 10:28).
“And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him” (Luke 5:27-28).
“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, HE CANNOT be my disciple” (Luke 14:33).
“And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting” (Luke 18:29-30).
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8).
2. They will be followers of the Lamb. They will be wholly committed to Jesus Christ and separated from the sin and evil of this world, that is, from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and from the pride of life.
They will be servants and ministers of God who will follow the leadership of the Lord’s Spirit; they will go throughout the wildernesses and hiding places of this earth to minister to the millions trying to escape the holocaust of the Antichrist.
They will follow the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ, no matter where He leads and no matter how difficult the call and ministry may be. They will sell out completely to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Note: What a dynamic lesson on commitment! How desperately we need to be just as committed as these servants of the Lord will be!
“And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-27).
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27).
“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor” (John 12:26).
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Romans 8:13).
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24).
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:” (Colossian 2:6).
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (I Peter 2:21).
“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (I John 2:6).
3. They will be redeemed from among men, the first fruits to God and the Lamb. This simply means that they will be the first Jews to be saved in the tribulation.
4. They will be truthful, never lying or telling a falsehood. Apparently, this will be part of the vow the group of believers will take.
It will be easy in the days of the Antichrist to simply lie and say that one will give his first loyalty to the Antichrist and his state and then to continue worshiping God in the secret of one’s home. But this is a lie, and the 144,000 will take a vow to never lie.
This is a day of untruthfulness, lying, and deception. Practically everyone lies and deceives:
*husbands and wives and children *rulers and leaders
*employers and employees *educated and uneducated
*students and teachers *ministers and laymen
*neighbors and friends *politicians and citizens
The call of the day is for truthfulness — a commitment to the truth. We desperately need real men and real woman who will make a vow to be truthful and never to lie or deceive.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).
“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:” (I Peter 2:22).
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (I John 2:22).
“Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit, there is no guile” (Psalm 32:2).
“And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth” (Isaiah 53:9).
“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid” (Zephaniah 3:13).
- True believers are made as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).
- David sang joyfully after he repented of adultery and God forgave him (Psalm 32:1-2).
- David was depressed until he repented and was forgiven (Psalm 32:3-4).
- God readily forgave David when he repented and confessed his sin (Psalm 32:5).
- David’s confession of sin and his cry for forgiveness occurred only by God’s grace (Psalm 51:1-17).
- God will not despise a broken spirit and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17).
- How great is God’s forgiveness (Psalm 103:12).
- The Lord is kind and forgiving (Psalm 86:4-7).
- God calls sinners to seek him and promises them forgiveness when they repent (Isaiah 55:6-7).
- Jesus extends a loving invitation (Matthew 11:28-30).
- Jesus forgave the repentant woman (Luke 7:36-50).
- Jesus forgave the murderer on the cross (Luke 23:43).
In our next study we will complete the study of the Jews and the 144, 000. Now I would like to turn to heaven and how entrance is gained. John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 shows the way to heaven. Scripture is clear—there are many blessings God extends to His family (those who accept His Son as Savior). I would like to make known a few of the blessings that Salvation brings to an individual who accepts God’s Son as Savior. If you would like to receive these benefits from God, you can—but you must follow His rules by examining John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13. The door of salvation is open to you, if you want.
Log onto wilkinsradio.com to find a station near you that streams live our “Reaching Out” broadcast. Send your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 931-707-2728. We covet your prayers.