Sunday November 23rd, 2014
Note from Jesus
The world can be a confusing place. You love and adore the Father. You recognize the sacrifice I made for you and I know you believe that I rose from the dead to give you victory. I know you trust that the Holy Spirit is at work in you. Yet there are real problems in your real world that are hard to reconcile with your glorious idea of Who I AM and how We — Father, Son, and Spirit — work in your world.
During times of severe persecution, as some of your Christian brothers and sisters are facing right now in the world, the persecuted can wonder where We are and if We are going to do anything to help them or say anything to give them hope. In John's vision, these kinds of questions and concerns are very much in the minds and on the hearts of My folks facing trouble and persecution. So John is given a vision as he is caught up in the Spirit to see what lies ahead.
However, before he sees what lies ahead, John is reminded of the Father's glory and the place of all creation in the Father's presence — prostrate before the throne of the One Who is worthy of all glory and honor. The Father is surrounded by amazing beauty and glory beyond description. All recognize the Father's holiness and praise Him for being the great I AM — the One Who is and was and is to come.
In this image given John, the Father holds in his hand the full and complete message of what lies ahead for My people. Yet this message is sealed and only the One Who is worthy can open the seals and reveal that message. No one in heaven or earth — no one among the angels or among humanity — was found who was worthy. Then, John is given a vision of Me. I AM worthy to reveal the future for My people. I AM fully One with the Father and yet offered Myself to be killed as the perfect lamb of sacrifice for the sins of the people. Once again, all in heaven erupt in praise to Me, using almost identical words to praise Me as they did the Father — they recognize that We alone are worthy of their adoration and praise.
Verses to Live
After I [John] wrote down these messages, I saw a door standing open in heaven and heard again the first voice that sounded like a trumpet.
A Voice:Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.Immediately I was caught up in the Spirit, and I saw a throne that stood in heaven and One seated on the throne. The One enthroned gleamed like jasper and carnelian, and a rainbow encircled the throne with an emerald glow. Encircling that great throne were twenty-four smaller thrones with twenty-four elders clothed in white robes with wreaths fashioned of gold on their heads. Out of the great throne came flashes of lightning, sounds of voices, and peals of thunder. In front of the great throne, seven torches were ablaze, which are the seven Spirits of God. Also in front of the throne was a glassy sea of shimmering crystal.
In the midst of the throne and encircling the throne were four living creatures, covered all over with eyes, front to back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second creature was like an ox, the third creature had a face like the face of a human, and the fourth creature was like an eagle in full flight. These four living creatures, each of which had six wings and was covered with eyes — eyes on the outside and on the inside — did not cease chanting. All day and night they were singing.
Four Living Creatures:Holy, holy, holyAnd when the living creatures declared glory and honor and thanksgiving to the One seated on the throne, the One who lives throughout all the ages, the twenty-four elders fell prostrate before the One seated on the throne, worshiped the One who lives throughout all the ages, cast their golden wreaths before the throne, and chanted to Him.
Is the Lord God who is the All Powerful,
who was, and who is, and who is coming.
24 Elders:Worthy are You, O Lord; worthy are You, O God,And then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One seated upon the throne, a scroll written both on the inside and on the outside. It had been sealed with seven seals. Then a mighty heavenly messenger proclaimed with a loud voice,
to receive glory and honor and power.
You alone created all things,
and through Your will and by Your design, they exist and were created.
Mighty Messenger:Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?No creature of creation in all heaven, on all the earth, or even under the earth could open the scroll or look into its mysteries. Then I began to mourn and weep bitterly because no creature of creation was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into its mysteries. Then one of the elders consoled me.
One of the 24 Elders:Stop weeping. Look there — the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David. He has conquered and is able to break its seven seals and open the scroll.I looked, and between the throne and the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders stood a Lamb who appeared to have been slaughtered. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes (the eyes are the seven Spirits of God sent out over all the earth).
The Lamb came and took the scroll from the right hand of the One seated upon the throne. And when He took it, the four living creatures and twenty-four elders fell prostrate before the Lamb. They worshiped Him, and each one held a harp and golden bowls filled with incense (the prayers of God's holy people). Then they sang a new song.
Four Living Creatures and 24 Elders:You are worthy to receive the scroll,When I looked again, I heard the voices of heavenly messengers (numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands). They surrounded the throne, the living creatures, and the elders.
to break its seals,
Because You were slain. With Your blood, You redeemed for God
people from every tribe and language, people from every race and nation.
You have made them a kingdom; You have appointed them priests to serve our God,
and they will rule upon the earth.
Thousands of Messengers (with a great voice):Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and beneath the earth and in the sea and all things in them echoing the messengers.
Worthy is the Lamb to receive authority and wealth and wisdom and greatness
And honor and glory and praise.
Every Creature:To the One who sits on the throne and to the LambAnd the four living creatures kept on repeating:
Be blessing and honor and glory and power
Throughout the ages.
Four Living Creatures:Amen. Amen.And the elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever.
(Revelation 4:1-11; Revelation 5:1-14)