HELP FROM HEAVEN
Almighty God, today I look to you to guide my thinking, unravel my difficulties, and empower my decisions.
Read REVELATION 7
7 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,
from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000,
from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,
from the tribe of Levi 12,000,
from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,
from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,
from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
The Great Multitude in White Robes
9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”
14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’[a]
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b]
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[c]”
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ReflectRefresh your view of God as you mull and pray over this verse. ‘O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help’ (Psalm 86:5, NLT).
Today’s reading is still in the sequence of the seven seals that started in chapter 6, verse 1 and ends at chapter 8, verse 1. Destruction has been unleashed on the earth, in the form of the four horsemen (6:3–8). How can Christians keep their faith in such a world? Have you ever asked that question?
Today, we see that the answer comes in the form of supernatural help from heaven (v 1). To be sure, Christians will experience the woes that visit the earth, but it will not rob them of their most precious resource – their faith. God has sealed them (v 2) such that their faith can overcome the pressures that they experience (v 14). Miraculously, the same trials that harden the ungodly in their response to God (9:20,21) only serve to drive the faithful deeper into God’s care (2:11,13).
But there is more. Christians live in hope: a fixed belief that God is in charge and will bring justice in the end. The beautiful heavenly rewards for the ‘multitude’ (v 9) of faithful believers are described in verses 15–17. They are motivation in themselves to ‘keep the faith!’
Pray for anyone you know personally whose faith is wilting under pressure. Pray for God’s supernatural assistance.
Lord, I pray for believers under pressure from persecution, to know your peace and provision amidst their earthly chaos.
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