Mercy in the Middle

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Revelation 7:1-17

Death, destruction and judgment are what we see in Revelation 6. So you might be expecting more of the same in Revelation 7, but not so. Judgment is put on hold. You see, Revelation 7 is all about the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles during the seven year Tribulation. Even in this time of judgment, God still wants to reconcile people to Him through the blood of Jesus Christ (vs. 14). Pretty incredible.

So what does this passage show/tell us about God? Tami W.

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This passage is "incredible", as you mentioned - The Lord is so benevolent, He extends mercy even during the judgment! It's sad though that most people "don't just get it" in life, meaning that they just can't see their need for God and His influence in their lives!

I am reminded of the words of 1 Th 5:9 "For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" (NIV). God is a good God he sent his son Jesus to die for us and is providing opportunities daily to reconcile us to him through his word and the testimonies, prayers and preachings of his followers. He is constantly providing opportunities for the greatest miracle of all to take place in peoples' lives, to have your clothes washed in the blood of the lamb and then after the washing they become white.

Praise him! for his mercy endures forever.

Thanks Ed J and Eglon for your comments. Ed, as you have said I too just do not get it. People prefer to chose evil than good. I pray that people will take up thie Bibles and read His Word and seek Him through prayer. Tami, this passage tells me of God's great love for us. It tells me what an awesome God He is. How gracious and merciful He is. It tells me that He wants all His people to accept Him. It tells me He is preparing us for the great day. We must listen and obey Him.

Thank you Lord for Your love for us. We praise Your name and give You thanks for You alone are worthy of praise.

Two things stood out, for me, in todays reading. First, even in the midst of judgement those who live in The Fear of the Lord are set apart as God's own. I get a lot of comfort from this passage. My own life has been very much a personal tribulation this past year. The funny thing being, as rough as my road has been lately, I'm happier then I've ever been. Thats because I've been intentionally surrounding myself with the word of God. I'm learning that Fearing the Lord takes away my fear of anything else. I can't help but wonder if that's a little like what the multitude felt in todays reading.

The second point that I got from the reading has to do with the aftermath of the Sealing, and the Multitude being saved. They weren't just happy...the worshiped God with their entire beings...unceasingly. Shouldn't that be the final outcome of all our dealings with God? We don't pray to him, or listen to Christian music, or even go to church because of what it can do to or for us.

If we are truly living in the Fear of the Lord we should be living to worship Him. The closer we get to God the more we shift from believing and worshiping him because of what we get out of it, to Worshiping him becuse what else can we do when faced with teh throne of God.

God is so willing and merciful, right up to the very end! 2 Pet. 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (I claim this verse daily, as I have a close loved one who needs to receive Jesus)!

In our study last week of the church of Thyatira, we learned from Rev. 2:21, that our Lord gave Jezabel time to repent of her deeds! Imagine, had she repented, He would have welcomed her among the redeemed!

Should we need to give up this "flesh house", whether from a natural death, or from martyrdom, or whatever, what does it matter? Our citizenship is in heaven, anyway! For Paul said, 2 Cor. 5:6, 8, So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord."

There is still time. God's mercy is greater than we can understand, at least, in this mortal life. Solomon, in Eccl.12:6, 7, says: Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain. Or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it." That's right, the soul goes right back to God; thru the blood of the Lamb, we are redeemed right back to God...and we escape the WRATH of the LAMB! Of course, Solomon was saying we should serve God in our youth...but, whenever we make the decision to receive Christ, it is done. We are His and He is Ours!

If the Holy Spirit is drawing you, please do not wait. Receive Him, and be blessed for all eternity.

I think God's mercy is beyond our understanding. All we can do is say thank you, and accept His gracious gift of salvation. This passage tells me that God has done and will do everything in His power to give people a chance to accept His gracious gift of salvation. As others have mentioned, it's very unfortunate that it may take drastic measures (like the tribulation) to get people to choose the narrow rode of salvation through God's mercy. It also reminds me to pray for my family and friends that they will accept God gracious gift of salvation. I don't want them to be left with the alternative.

This is a really beautiful passage. God's compassion is only matched by his majesty and holiness.

I liked the verses about the multitude worshiping and serving Christ. All those who are washed in the blood and made clean. I am so glad I accepted Jesus as my savior and that HE is changing me through the blood daily. I look forward to the day I can serve HIM. How awesome is that!

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