Day 38 P. 431-444
Revelation gives us a glimpse of Christ’s glory, the beauty of heaven and what will take place on earth. Through graphic pictures and symbols we learn that Jesus Christ is coming again, evil will be judged and the dead will be raised. The main message was to be an encouragement to all believers, but we are not to understand every detail; John himself did not.
This scene begins with worship as twenty-four elder’s crowns are laid before the Throne of God and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
The thousands and thousands of angels were saying, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
As I read this, I see no reservation in the way the elders and the angels are showing their praise to the Lamb of God, which makes me realize how we have become so reserved in the way we worship. Baptists used to be known as having an “amen corner” and “shouting” in the church; they were joyful in their worship and I think heaven will be that way according to what is described here.
In my early adult years, I watched rebellion show its ugly head as the soldiers returned from Vietnam. We had marches against the war, the peace sign became popular (broken cross turned upside down) and lots of protestors were saying, “God is dead.” As the years have passed, we are now in the third or fourth generation of rebellion and as we know rebellion breeds rebellion. About that same time, recreational drugs became the choice of pleasure and look where we are now as a country. Addiction has become an epidemic.
We have just seen the devastation of hurricane Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida and we think that destruction is so horrible, but it does not compare with what is described in Revelation. Many states in the western United States are having forest fires that are out of control, but that does not compare with the first angel sounding his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood. Then we read, “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth.” As we read these woes, we are reminded there are those who do not have salvation and we should be witnessing to all that will listen. Our love for God should cause us to love others enough to witness to them about the saving power of Jesus Christ. Revelation tells us we can, “Triumph over the accuser by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony.” Do we realize how much power is in the words of our testimony?
About The Author
Laverne Elms was born in Upshur County and attended Harmony ISD. She went to work in Dallas for Southwestern Bell on her 18th birthday and married Charles Elms 2 months later. They transferred to Longview in 1964. They had two boys, Barry and Randy. Barry died in 1991; Randy is a realtor in Dallas. They joined Oakland Heights Baptist Church in September 2006 and were married 50 ½ years before Charles was killed in a tractor accident. Laverne teaches the Mercy Class at OHBC and has studied Revelation three times in one year (Dr. Hobert Farrell’s course). However, she doesn’t feel that Sunday school lessons, and Bible Study Fellowship have made her qualified for this assignment.