MULTITUDE IDENTIFIED – Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:13-14)
Who Are They – Jewish teachers sometimes asked questions they knew their disciples would not be able to answer. The disciples would respond by asking the teacher for the answer. This is the same teaching technique that is being employed here. Jewish apocalyptic literature often included angelic guides who asked the mortal observer rhetorical questions to guide them to the answer.(1)
Those Who Came Out of Great Tribulation – “The great tribulation” refers to Continue reading “The Multitude Identified”
Job 42:3 – “You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – This is the way it is with man. We speak when we do not understand or know when we should be quiet and listen for God to instruct us.
My Advice – Be sure to acknowledge God when He shows you the way. For you will certainly find that His ways are best. Better by far than our ways. Be thankful He did not do it your way.
Question of the Day – What are some things that modern man is “speaking” that they do not understand. Post your comments for others to see.
My Musings – We live in the information age, nearly to the point of information overload. Much of the information we receive we can clearly distinguish as false or not to be trusted, and we easily dismiss or discard it. Some of the information we receive seems to contradict what we have grown up believing, but so many others believe in and swear by it, sometimes with such great passion and credibility, that we can hardly see how it could be wrong. Still other information seems innocent and appealing, almost to the extent of “having a form of Godliness” and yet we wonder if it can be trusted. How then do we decide what is truth? Here are a few suggestions. Continue reading “Artistic License or False Doctrine?”
INTRODUCTION – LOOKING FOR A GOOD CAUSE?
If Whatever Begins to Exist Has a Cause – In nature, there are no instances of something coming into existence out of nothing. When scientists believed that the universe had always existed, they did not dispute “whatever begins to exist has a cause.” Now many do.
Then the Universe Had a Beginning – “Almost everyone now believes that the Universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the big Bang.” (Stephen Hawking). In the Big Bang theory, the universe (time, space and matter) came into being in an instant in a cosmic explosion. The effects of this have been scientifically observed (stars and plants are rapidly moving away from each other and from a common origin). In other words, Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Creator?”
GREAT MULTITUDE – 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 in front of 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.” All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” (Revelation 7:9-12)
Every Nation – The Greek literally means Continue reading “A Great Multitude”
Job 38:2 – “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?”
My Musing – As children of God, through the blood of Jesus Christ, we have the privilege of being able to approach the throne of God with confidence. Let’s not abuse that privilege. We should be respectful, humble and thankful before Him.
My Advice – God’s counsel is beyond our comprehension. When things are not going the way you like or think that they should, it is okay to ask God why. But don’t do it in a way that challenges Him with words without knowledge. He knows what is best and when is best.
Why This Group in Tribulation – The following text from Daniel is often used to explain Israel’s role in the last days, specifically the seven years of tribulation.
“Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people [Israel] and your holy city [Jerusalem] to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out.” (Daniel 9:24-27)
This text from Daniel is rather cryptic, with at least four puzzling questions that need to be answered to gain a better understanding of what Daniel is prophesying: Continue reading “Israel’s Missing Week”