Angels, Part 7, by Allan McGuirl
Today we go right into the book of Revelation, and my, this book speaks so much about angels. For instance, I was reading chapter 7:1, and what a spectacular sight is described. The apostle John says, “I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth.” Yes, folks, that is what it says. Wow! But notice, next it says, “Holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea. Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” The servants referred to here are the specific 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. Again we see God’s special grace for His chosen people.
I am amazed at the fantastic picture we see described in Scripture. Besides the 144,000, there is an innumerable multitude; as the apostle John says, “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.’” Can you envision this scene? Of course, the palm branches remind us of the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem before His crucifixion – that was only a foretaste. This is the real thing: Jesus will take His place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, having redeemed His people through His death and resurrection. What an awesome Saviour! Do you see what you will be wearing that day when you see the Lamb of God? The Bible says we will be wearing white robes and holding palm branches in our hands, and shouting, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
As we continue to verse 11 we read, “All the angels,” and as we mentioned last week these too are more than can be numbered, “were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying, ‘Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!’” How do we comprehend such an astounding rendition of praise and worship? You know, in these days we honour celebrities and authorities with our human pomp and ceremony, some with great dignity and protocol; others, such as rock stars, with roaring shouts, idolization, swooning and total abandon. But nothing holds a candle to this complete submission and adoration; the holy, pure and totally deserved honour and glory that is given to Christ the King. We long to see Him, whose amazing grace has lifted us from the miry pit of sin, placed our feet on the solid rock, put a new song in our mouths, and faithfully renewed us day by day!
But oh, my friend, we look at the next chapter in Revelation and we see as the seventh seal is opened that seven angels are standing before God with seven trumpets. Can you picture that sight? Then another angel appears with a golden censer. He is given a large quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. Of course, the earthly tabernacle and temple was just a picture of the reality of heaven; the altar of incense was just outside the curtain that divided the holy place from the holy of holies. Beyond that curtain was the ark of the covenant covered with the mercy seat. Now, in heaven, we see the true altar of incense before the very throne of God. You remember that the curtain was torn from top to bottom when Christ finished His redemptive work on the cross, signifying that Jesus Himself had opened the way for access to God the Father.
Revelation 8:5 goes on to say, “Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” God’s judgment is come upon all those who refused to acknowledge Him. They have repeatedly turned their backs on God and now God will deal with them. My friend, I trust you have turned your life over to Jesus and experienced His forgiveness of sin and been born again into His eternal family. You do not want to be among those who will face the wrath of God against sin and ungodliness.
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