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Bible Pathways 12/25/2003

December 25

Read Revelation 6 -- 8

In Today's Reading:

The seven seals; 144,000 sealed; the numberless multitude; four trumpets sounded

The exile of John on Patmos and the suffering taking place in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-10) are examples of the persecution that was intensifying against Christians throughout the Roman Empire.

However, we are thrilled to read one of the greatest promises of the Bible: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb (Lord Jesus Christ), clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God Who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb (7:9-10). This multitude is the overcomers who are, at last, in the presence of their Lord and Savior. This revelation has strengthened the faith of many Christians who have faced fierce opposition from a hostile world.

Each generation of believers who have their hearts set upon living for Jesus have always been a small minority. As Jesus foretold: Narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14). However, the total population of heaven will be a great multitude, which no man could number. These faithful Christians may not have had much of earth's pleasures, but life is exceedingly short compared to eternity. The trials we face now will seem insignificant compared to the glorious privilege of being in the presence of the King of kings for all eternity.

The Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains (springs) of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes (Revelation 7:17).

Cross References:

For Revelation 6:12: See Joel 2:31. Revelation 6:13: See Isaiah 34:4.Revelation 6:17: See Joel 2:11. Revelation 7:3: See Ezekiel 9:4. Revelation 7:17: See Ezekiel 34:23.

Word Studies:

6:13 untimely = green, unripe; 6:15 bondman = slave.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for John and Sharon Harvey and Open Door Ministry International · Government Official: Rep. John Peterson (PA) · Country: Honduras (6 million) in Central America · Major languages: Spanish and Indian dialects · Religious freedom · 86% Roman Catholic; 10% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Ask the Lord to teach you His ways (Psalm 27:11).

Memory Verse for the Week: James 5:7-8

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