Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Revelation 1:1,3 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. ... Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

There is a song. Contemporary worship. It's called the Revelation Song. We sang it Sunday. I know worship is not just about the music. I love music; from 4th grade on when I was introduced to flute lessons and band, I grew in my appreciation of music from John Philip Sousa to classical and later country, hillbilly (yes), down home gospel and hymns. I have grown to enjoy the older, more sedate and sometimes rip-snortin', hand-clapping gospel songs.

Anyway. We sang the Revelation Song. The lyrics are below. To get a flavor of the music, click on THIS LINKAs we sang this Sunday I was overwhelmed again at the words. It's the words that are important, the meaning and worshipfulness of them. A way of sharing with God what we know in our hearts. And the truth.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Holy, holy is He
Sing a new song to Him who sits on
Heaven's mercy seat

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings
You are my everything and I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows of living color
Flashes of lighting rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor strength and glory and power be
To You the only wise King


Filled with wonder awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your name
Jesus Your name is power, breath and living water
Such a marvelous mystery


Bear with me as I share as this song comes right from the Bible. I share the very scriptures. The Book of Revelation is not only about the events that are to come. It is a revelation of Jesus Christ, who is to come. It describes His awesomeness. Some of these verses are from other parts of Old and New Testaments, including the Psalms. 

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.
And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. ...
The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” ...
You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”
(Revelation 4:2-3,5,8-9,11) 

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain...
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation..."
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
(Revelation 5:1,6,9,11-13)

People, this was not just some active imagination proclaiming these things. The Bible is God-breathed. It is truth. You will find no false words in this book. The song is worshiping the God of all creation. We must keep our eyes focused on the King of kings, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Blessed are those who read and hear the prophetic words written...and believe.

But know this, He tells us that one day every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of the Father. All of creation will worship Him. I will proclaim His name today.
All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name. Selah. Psalm 66:4 
But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these [disciples] should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40 

Someday everyone who has not bowed before the Lord will know without a doubt what they missed, struggled over or outright rejected. But all will still bow...they will worship Him. If I don't proclaim the name of the Lord, perhaps the rocks would cry out. Stranger things have been known to happen. 

John 17:17 - Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

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