NOTE: Unless indicated otherwise, all Scripture verses will be from the KJV.
Prophecy – Part 74 – Redeemed Believers in Heaven, Revelation 7:15-17
Today we want to continue some of our thinking from our previously message, part 73. First, we want to consider the function of the numberless multitude.
No doubt you have already figured out that believers serve God continually, day and night in heaven. The temple here means the very presence of God, the most holy place in all the universe, heaven itself. It means to have direct access into the presence of God anytime, anyplace. Let’s consider the overall picture:
- Believers will be perfected so that they never tire or become weary or even need sleep. They will be able to serve and work continuously day and night.
- Believers will serve God: they will be ruling and reigning throughout the universe, overseeing the new heavens and earth for Christ. Wow, just think about it we will have a job to do in heaven, what a privilege to serve the Lord Jesus Christ for all of eternity.
If you have wondered about what you will be doing in heaven. It is exciting to know that we now have a hint.
“And Jesus said unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelves tribes of Israel’ ” (Mathew 19:28). CHRISTIANS JUDGE ANGELS.
HOW TO BE WELL REWARDED IN HEAVEN. LET’S REVIEW THE TALENTS PARABLE OF MATTHEW 25:14-30.
“His Lord said unto him, well done good, and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:23).
NOTE: Two of the man’s servants were faithful in caring for the master’s money (Matthew 25:16-17) and were accordingly rewarded for their faithfulness with additional wealth, additional responsibilities, and sharing of the master’s joy Matthew 25:20-23.
The third servant, having received the one talent reasoned that his master might not be coming back at all. If he did return someday, the servant could simply return the talent to his master without loss from any poor investment (Matthew 25:25).
But if he did not return, the servant wanted to be able to keep the talent for himself. He did not want to deposit the talent in a bank where it would be recorded that the talent belonged to the master (Matthew 25:27).
NOTE: His reasoning indicated he lacked faith in his master; he proved to be a WORTHLESS SERVANT. As a result, he lost what he had (Matthew 25:29,30; 13:12) and was cast into judgment.
Like the unworthy servant in Matthew 24:48-51, he too would be eternally separated from God.
- *The parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) stressed the need for preparedness for the Messiah’s return. This parable also stressed the need to not be lazy now but to serve the King while He is away. Remember that Jesus is now in heaven but that He is coming back for His church. (Colossians 3:1-4; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
The parable, of the talents reminds us that a time is coming when we will be blessed in eternity for our faithful service in the present.
Scripture also reminds us that our faithful service now reflects our great love for the Lord Jesus Christ which will result in great reward in eternity (see John 14:15; Ephesians 6:24).
“And the Lord said, ‘who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath’ ” (Luke 12:42-44).
“And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities…And he said likewise to him [another servant], Be thou also over five cities” (Luke 19:17,19).
“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:17).
“If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:” (2 Timothy 2:12).
“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge [oversee, govern, rule] the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?” (I Corinthians 6:2-3).
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelation 1:5).
“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10).
REVELATION 7:15-17 – Believers receive their rewards in heaven: there are the blessings and bliss of the numberless multitude.
- They will have the living presence of God with them forever John 3:16.
- The presence of God will actually be manifested to the believer unceasingly. God will be dwelling, living, moving, and having His being in the believer in an unbroken communion and fellowship.
2. The believer will have all their physical needs met. Hunger and thirst stand for all the physical necessities of life that they lacked when they were on earth.
Note: While on earth many of these believers will suffered terribly, during the Tribulation Age.
- They will be placed in extermination camps by the antichrist and his government.
- Some will be forced to flee their homes and leave their belongings.
- They will starve to death while trying to scratch food out of the forests.
- The picture of how a war-torn, persecuted people suffering starvation and thirst is well known to the modern world. Such scenes are often seen on television. But in heaven the believers will be blessed by having all their needs met by Eternal God.
CURRENT OBEDIENT BELIEVERS
However, the believer on earth today has some very special blessings promised By God. Let’s review just a couple of God’s special promised blessings:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HATH BLESSED US with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3, emphasis added).
SOME THINGS TO NOTE: Ephesians 1:3-14
- God’s blessings are heavenly blessings, not material (v. 3).
- God has chosen us to be holy and blameless (v. 4).
- God has adopted us as His children (vv. 5-6).
- God has redeemed us – forgiven our sins (v. 7).
- God has given us wisdom and understanding (v. 8).
- God has revealed the mystery of His will to us (vv. 9-10).
- God has given us an inheritance, that is, made us the heritage of God (vv. 11-13).
- God has sealed us with the Holy Spirit .13-14). Wow, what a wonderful blessing! God has sealed the true believer with the Holy Spirit. The “EARNEST” (arrabon) means pledge, guarantee, a down payment. The Holy Spirit is given to the believer to give the believer perfect assurance of his or her salvation. We know that we are redeemed – that we are God’s cherished possession – by the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
Again note: Why does God give us such a glorious guarantee as His own wonderful presence? That His glory might be praised eternally.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16).
“Who hath sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 1:22).
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6).
UNDERSTANDING HOW THE TRUE BELIEVER OBTAINS PEACE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE.
It begins with accepting God’s Son as Savior (John 3:16).
- There is the charge: be anxious (merimnate) about NOTHING (Philippians 4:6). The idea is that the believer is not to worry or fret about a single thing. The word “nothing” (meden) means not even one thing.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understating, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7)
There many circumstances of life which causes worry and strife. Let’s review come of the kinds of problems that lead to anxiety and worry.
Common problems that can cause us to be anxious. The folks at Philippi had every reason to worry and be anxious. Why?
Note some circumstances Paul points out at Philippi:
- They were suffering severe persecution (Philippians 1:18-19, 28).
- They were facing disturbance in the church, some disunity and quarreling (Philippians 1:17).
- They had some carnal members within their fellowship, some members who were prideful, super-spiritual, and self-centered (Philippians 2:3-4; 3:12).
- They were facing some false teachers who had joined their fellowship, and the teachers were fierce in attacking the cross of Christ (Philippians 3:2-3, 18-19).
- Some of the believers were having to struggle with the necessities of life: food, clothing, and shelter (Philippians 4:19).
In the midst of such circumstances, the only way a person can keep from worrying is to receive an injection of super-natural power.
For the Philippians, they needed to recognize that peace comes through prayer. Let’s think about this for a minute.
NOTE: The remedy for anxiety and worry is PRAYER! Philippians 4:6-7.
- The word “prayer” (proseuche) refers to special times of prayer that we share in periods of devotion and worship.
- The word “supplication” (deesis) refers to the prayers that focus upon special needs. We feel a deep, intense need; therefore, we go before God and SUPPLICATE, that is, pour out our soul to God. When we are confronted with seemingly impossible circumstances we should return to God.
- The word “requests” (aitemata) means impossible circumstances; it is then we need to come to God and lay our need before Him as a child, crying, pleading and begging for His help, comfort, deliverance and peace.
- The word “thanksgiving” (eucharistia) means that we thank God and praise God for all He is and for all that He has done for us.
- The word “requests” (aitemata) means specific and definite requests. Our praying is not to be general, but specific.
PRINCIPLES TO HELP US:
First remember that the world in the end time will reject God’s Word in which these principles are found. The world will demand first place in people’s lives and that includes NOT honoring God in prayer. Remember, that the martyrs were slain for their testimony that they had become Christians. Their testimony included:
- Their belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
- Their belief said that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
- Their belief held that God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to save the world.
THE WORLD HAS A PROBLEM WITH CHRIST:
- The world, then and now, rejects the deity of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
- The world, then and now, accepts that Jesus Christ was a great religious and moral teacher but no more than that.
- Remember that in the end time the world’s rejection of Christ as the Son of God will be INTENSIFIED so much that they will kill all those who proclaim Christ to be the Son of God, the Savior of the world.
- The martyrs of the end time will be killed. Why? Because they have refused to deny Christ. They will not deny their Savior and Lord, the Son of God Himself. (Revelation 1:9; 12:11, 17; 19:10; 20:4).
Now it is time to test yourself in order to ascertain that you are ready for heaven. Go back though this sermon and write out the things you have trouble with and send us a note. We will respond with Biblical truth. If your faith matches that of the martyrs rejoice and spread the good news to the lost of this evil age, (John 3:16; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).