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Discover the Book - March 10, 2007

  • 2007 Mar 10

Remember God’s Plan of the Ages--SATURDAY
Revelation 11

As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you remember the plan of the ages! 

SATURDAY: God Expects Worship

Then the seventh angel sounded: and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders … worshiped God, saying:  ‘We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, he One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name …, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.” Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

—Revelation 11:15-19, emphasis added

Heaven is a worship-focused place where God rules and reigns (vv. 15-16). Are you experiencing heaven as you worship Him? Worship flows out of the wonders of God’s revelation of himself: He is eternal in character (v. 17a), awesome in power (v. 17b), righteous in judgment (v. 18), and mighty in faithfulness (v. 19)!

The activity in heaven consists almost entirely of worship (Revelation 4; 5; 7:9-12), for there will be no more hunger, thirst, or scorching heat (Revelation 7:16). God will wipe all tears away (Revelation 7:17; 21:4). Death, mourning, and pain will vanish because “the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Heaven is a wonderfully protected place; all evil is excluded: There shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie …”(Revelation 21:27). The sheer freedom from fallen experience is pictured by city gates that “shall not be shut by day (there shall be no night there)”(Revelation 21:25). Oh, how I hope that your heart is filled to overflowing with adoration for the God who loves you so—the One with whom you will dwell eternally!

People of faith will “desire a better, that is, a heavenly country”—for the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 8:18)! God expects worship—do you wholeheartedly adore Him?

Make a choice to live in hope: What is your response to God’s plan of the ages? If you want to have living hope for the end of days, reflect upon the glorious afterlife ahead .

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