Angels, Part 6 by Allan McGuirl
Today we come to the very last and probably most pondered book of the Bible, Revelation. In chapters 2 and 3 we see that each of the seven churches mentioned are represented by an angel or messenger. Volumes have been written about these messages to the seven churches on encouragement and judgment, so we will not deal with that here. Then, in chapter 5, God is on His heavenly throne, holding a scroll written on both sides and sealed with seven seals. A mighty angel shouts with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” John, who recorded this event, wrote, “I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.” But one of the elders worshipping around the throne of God says, “Do not weep! See the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
The next verse is astounding to me: “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne.” Do you picture Jesus, the King of Kings, appearing in heaven as a slain Lamb? To me this says that Jesus, in order to be our Saviour, humbled Himself to be, at least in one aspect of His being, an eternally sacrificial Lamb. How amazing His love and grace toward us! Jesus is worshipped in heaven by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders, who sing this song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on earth.” As they sing this song of praise, an innumerable chorus of angels join in and with a loud voice proclaim, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” Then every creature in heaven, on earth and in the sea joins the praise, saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!” Can you picture this scene? Can you hear the thunderous roar of praise? Can you feel the heavens reverberate with the vibrations of millions of voices and your heart swell with adoration? How great is our God!
The Bible clearly states that one day, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” For the believer in Jesus Christ who has been forgiven and adopted into His family, we bow the knee willingly and humbly. But some will bow in that day unwillingly, not accepting Him as their personal Redeemer and, as Revelation says, will face Him as their Judge. He will take into account everything they have done, and since they have not accepted Jesus’ payment for their sins, the payment will be exacted from them. As we know from Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death” – eternal death. They will be separated from God forever. They will never experience cleansing. They will never know the glory of worshipping the Lord as we mentioned earlier. They will never enjoy the blessing of dwelling in God’s presence for all eternity.
Dear friend, have you come to this amazing Jesus and asked for His forgiveness? Have you given your life over to this Lord, the all-powerful one, the one who is the sacrificial Lamb who died to pay the price for our sin? He has an awesome purpose for your life and a marvellous plan that will enable you to reach the potential of all that He has created you for, and beyond that, have eternal life with Him.
Just recently, I talked to a lady and she said, “I don’t believe all that. I have my own way of feeling a spirit that comforts me at times. I am alright. I am not afraid of the hereafter.” In contrast, Jesus says, “Except a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” The most quoted verse in the Bible is probably John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Where do you stand? Are you going to hear that angelic chorus of millions of angels, or is God going to say to you, “Depart from me, I never knew you”?
And for those of you who are believers and know God’s forgiveness, are you rejoicing in His blessing on your life and the sure hope of an amazing future with Him? God has so much in store for you, not only in eternity but here and now. Are you appropriating His love, kindness, strength, wisdom and grace today? I trust you are. Until next time, may the Lord richly bless you.