Thanksgiving in Heaven
November 21, 2004
1. Chapter seven represents a parenthetical period
between the sixth and seventh seal judgments in the book of Revelation. The first half of the chapter deals with the sealing of the 144,000--the 12 tribes of Israel; the second half (vv. 9-17) tell us about the tribulation martyrs--those who will die in the tribulation period for their faith in Christ.
2. The question is asked in (vs. 13), "What are
these which are arrayed in white robes?" The answer is given in (vs. 14), "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
a. Those who receive Christ during the tribulation
period will die for their faith. In comparison, it certainly ought to make us appreciate the day in which we live. We suffer so little compared to what these believers will have to endure during this awful time of judgment on earth.
ILLUS: I think most Bible teachers would agree; the tribulation period is getting closer every day. Persecution is on the rise. Christians, once respected, are now looked down upon as fanatics and as conservatives out of control. We are referred to as "Right-Wing Fundamentalists." The liberals hate us. They wish we were gone (one day soon, we will be).
In a November 16th article printed by World Net Daily, a popular talk show host said that Christians should not be allowed to vote. He said, "Their citizenship is in heaven."
Brother, he is right on that point--our citizenship is in heaven. I can't wait to get there and let him have what's left of earth. He won't like what he gets.
3. I want to come back to our main thought this morning,
"Thanksgiving In Heaven." The saints in (vs. 11) are praising God: "Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen."
4. Though the A ...
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