Here’s a brief re-cap to the Churches in Turkey:
- It’s been tough but Jesus is with us.
- Let’s get our lives right for Jesus is with us.
- It will get worse before it gets better but Jesus is with us.
“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. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7 v 9-10)
John sees an uncountable great multitude in his vision at a time when it would have been possible to count the followers and churches of Jesus both Jew and Gentile. Can you imagine the encouragement this gave John? Christianity is here to stay and it will increase across every nation, tribe, people and language. More than just the increase in number we also see the victory and just like the picture of the Lion and the Lamb we have the white robes and the palm branches. Everyone would understand the palm branches and remember the military expectation of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry but what about the white robes? This is to come. We will read of it pointing to those who have laid their lives down just like Jesus did.
God is the ruler over everything. He could have let the world perish and receive their deserved judgment but He chose through the work of the Lamb to save, to rescue.
Remember Jonah? He was in a desperate situation. He was facing only death. Jonah was unable to save himself. But God intervened and rescued Jonah and you know the story which points so much to the work of Jesus. But what does Jonah proclaim?
“But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” (Jonah 2:9)
There is no other way. There is no other person. Jesus the Lamb is how you will be rescued. It is useless to look for other things or people than to Jesus. There is no one else.
Do you need rescuing today? Then go to Him no other. Learn dependence on Jesus.
That’s what John was seeing and what he heard.