Revelation 7:9-17: O.H.M.S.

“9 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. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

‘Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.’

11 All the angels were standing round the throne and round the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, 12 saying:

Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honour
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.

13 Then one of the elders asked me, ‘These in white robes – who are they, and where did they come from?’

14 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. 15 Therefore,

‘they are before the throne of God
    and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
    will shelter them with his presence.
16 “Never again will they hunger;
    never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,”
    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the centre of the throne
    will be their shepherd;
“he will lead them to springs of living water.”
    “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”NIV


Over the next few days we will look at some of the blessings of heaven as we find them in this passage. The first one I’m going to mention is:

The blessing of continuous service:

‘’…they…serve him day and night…’’ (15b). This must be a reference to continuous service (see 21:25). If, even now, we recognise what a privilege it is to serve God, just try to imagine the delight we will have when we fully awake to its joy. We will not sit on our hands for eternity. We will not be idle. We will be occupied…and we will be endlessly happy and fulfilled.

Someone said, quite correctly, that there is no retirement as long as we are alive. We can never retire from God’s service in this world. But, he added, there will be time enough to rest in heaven. I understand the sentiment, but it looks like we’re going to be busy even after we exit this life! We’ll be ‘On His Majesty’s Service’ for ever.

AMEN to that!