Jn. 12:21 π Rev. 7:9 π Rev. 7:12 π Rev. 7:17
The worshipping throng of people from all nations, standing before the throne and before Jesus, are all clothed in white robes. All have been redeemed by the precious, sacrificed and merciful blood of the Lamb! ( Rev. 7:9; top )
Their pilgrimage to this throne gathering came from…
The farmlands of the Midwest, with 16-hour days of hard work and all its disappointments, calloused hands and crop failures these find no failures here. Many are mothers, working at the families’ second job so food and clothing would be available for the children from Goodwill stores; these found no lack here. Others were workers, men and women in working conditions almost unbearable, as they were exploited and harassed to the breaking point; they found rest and total acceptance here.
Always facing helpless rejection, an alcoholic family finds themselves unable to ever be acceptable as this past label followed them when trying to find housing, friends and employment; they find no rejection here. A despairing prisoner, sentenced to jail for 20 years because a friend refused to testify in his behalf finds a friend that sticks with him eternally.
Yet the Lamb of God, which is in the midst of this throng at His “throne gathering,” shall abundantly feed them all and shall lead them unto living fountains of eternal waters, and rivers of total peace, and God the Father, with tender care, shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and pour great drops of joy into every wound. ( Rev. 7:17; top )
The City of pure gold, with pearl gates, garnished with sapphires, emeralds and amethysts, all lighted by the glory of God, and also a pure river: the water of life proceeds from this throne with trees pouring forth the life of God for the healing of many nations…this and much more are all real. In this backdrop, a multitude of people are proclaiming as one voice, on their faces before Almighty God, a chorus of praise, loudly proclaiming blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and dominion and honor and power and might be unto our God, forever and ever!! Amen!! ( Rev. 7:12; top )
Yet, we are not to be primarily concerned about seeing Heaven, but about seeing Jesus!
“…We would see Jesus”!! ( Jn. 12:21; top )
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