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Discover the Book - April 26, 2013

  • 2013 Apr 26
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Jesus Christ's Saints Are Triumphant

And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
-Revelation 15:2, emphasis added

Now I want to show you the triumph that the patience of Christ produces. "I saw something like a sea of glass" is not an actual sea of glass; it is like a sea of glass. I don't know what it is, and we shouldn't try to figure it out. But it is crystal clear, which is indicative of the holiness of God-nothing is hidden.

"Mingled with fire"(also seen in the river of fire flowing out from the throne) speaks of the fire of persecution and refinement through which these saints have gone. They "have the victory over the beast" and are now "standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God." From a human perspective, all the people standing on the sea were simply killed, and that is the end of them. But Jesus said in Mark 8:35: "Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it."

Satan will lose because these people will gain the triumph for Christ through martyrdom. Look at how many people Revelation 7:9-12 says are here: I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number . . . standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" All the angels . . . and the elders and the four living creatures . . . fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

This is the same group that we see in chapter 15-the martyrs of the Tribulation. Someone once asked me, "If a person takes the mark of the beast, can they go to heaven?" No, they cannot. But there will be a vast amount who will not take that mark. Do you know what the triumph of God is? Through the darkest hour of the earth, there will be the greatest revival the planet has ever known! An innumerable number of people will be saved in a very short period of time. Why? Jesus is patient. And when Jesus is patient, the saints will be triumphant as He conquers through them.

These martyrs will sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the glorious song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3a). Don't you think it fascinating that the first song mentioned in the Bible is in Exodus 15- and the final song of the Scriptures is in Revelation 15? Those two songs come together in this chapter because Exodus gives us "the song of Moses" and Revelation gives us "the song of the Lamb." These two songs converge in Revelation 15:3-4.

The majestic declarations of God's glory and greatness in praise by the angels, Creation, the redeemed, and all of these together, show the constant backdrop for the shifting scenes in Revelation 15-worship.

Behind the shifting scenes of man's changing world of human history, portrayed by the symbols of Revelation, is an unchanging and vivid reality. In God's eternal world: God's purposes don't fail; God's plan doesn't change; God's Christ is always victorious!

To find the eleven songs making up the background music in heaven, please click here.

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