Forever OLS — Week Eight #1

Someday heaven will roar with praise and thanksgiving to the Lamb for who He is, what He has done, and all He says because He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Someday there will be a magnificent Wedding of the Lamb and His bride will have made herself ready and will stand pure and clothed in fine, white linen. Someday Jesus will return with a glorious appearing as Faithful and True and will be followed by the saints on white horses. Someday. The fact that we have a someday means we have a hope that is certain and eternal.

In Part 1, Week 8, Days 1-3 of A Heart To See Forever, The Hope of Eternity, we studied Revelation 19 and read all about our some day. This magnificent diamond in the book of Revelation begins with the heavenly Hallelujah chorus. John heard what sounded to him “like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God’” (Revelation 19:1 NIV). When heaven roars, everyone worships. Such is the magnitude of reverence in the presence of God. That’s a reality we must embrace in our hearts as we consider our own relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Do we tremble at His Word in awe and reverence? Do we center all of our being and existence around Him? Do we consider what plans and purposes He may desire for us during our brief stay on earth? Those are the questions for hungry souls reading Revelation 19.

After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.” And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
Revelation 19:1-6

You see, Revelation 19 gives hope to every weary pilgrim following Jesus who has experienced disappointment, impossible troubles, or devastating loss of a loved one. When Jesus, Faithful and True, appears in the sky for all to see and returning in all His glory, the saints are with Him, clothed in white linen, white and clean, following Him on white horses (Revelation 19:14). You may wonder about your loved one who has gone on before you to be with the Lord. Wonder no more, my friend. That precious saint is happily enjoying the presence of his or her Lord — to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Every disappointment, every impossible trial, and every heartbreaking loss will be swallowed up and forgotten forever in the rapturous, victorious delight of forever living with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Look forward with great hope to that day you follow Him on a white horse in the army of heaven when He returns in all His glory.

Dear friend, the someday of Revelation 19 is your great eternal hope. Remember it in the temporal hours of today, frustrating though they may be at times. There is a wedding and a feast waiting for you. And your Lord is anticipating that day when you will see His face. Remember — someday soon your faith will be sight!

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!


Sola Scriptura

When you finish Week 8, Days 1-3, think about all you have learned this week in Revelation 19. How does what you’ve studied give you hope? What do you look forward to the most in all you read in Revelation 19?
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