Revelation 6, 7: The Third Facet
Week 5, Sunday: The flock of the Lord
Those who are worshipping before the throne of God and the Lamb are now more specifically identified. It is important that we get this right, for unless we do, we will not understand what to expect as we continue each day going forth to overcome with Jesus.
Read Revelation 7
Meditate on Revelation 7.13-17
1. Again, John emphasizes that these people standing before the throne and the Lamb are clothed in “white robes”, thus tying them in with all the human worshippers we’ve seen thus far. How does the elder describe the experience of these people while they were on earth (v. 14)? So if this is a picture of all worshippers, all those who have been “sealed” by the Spirit and have “laid down their lives” for Jesus, how does this lead us to think about the time called “the great tribulation” (since all apparently have come from it – cf. Jn. 16.33 and our study of Revelation 6.1-8)? What are the implications of this for how you prepare to “ride forth” with Jesus each day?
2. How is the Lamb described in verse 17? What is the effect on those who are sealed of His dwelling among them (vv. 16, 17)? Should Jesus’ example of “shepherding” be instructive for shepherds during this time of tribulation? For us as sheep? In what ways?
3. The Shepherd, the Lamb, our overcoming King and Savior, leads us “to living fountains of waters” (v. 17). Look at John 7.37-39. Jesus leads us to this fountain to find refreshment, renewal, and life. What does this indicate? How does this work in your life?
4. So God, working through His angels, puts His Seal on us, and His Seal “advertises” to the world that we belong to God (on our foreheads, v. 3)? How does He do this? That is, as Jesus leads us deeper into the life of His Spirit, what should we expect (consider the following in your answer: Ezek. 36.26, 27; Jn. 16.8-11; Acts 1.8; Gal. 5.22, 23; 1 Cor. 12.7-11)?
5. How should we expect the Seal of God to be “on our foreheads” for all the world to see? Meditate on Jeremiah 23.3, 4 and Ephesians 4.11, 12. What should we expect of those appointed to shepherd us in helping us to “drink” of these “living waters”?
How is it evident that I have the Seal of God on my forehead? In what ways do I need to “drink” more deeply of the “living waters” to which the Lord is leading me?
The Glory of God
What are you learning about the work of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in bringing glory to God on earth as it is in heaven?
Glory to Glory
What can you do in order to become more consistent in drinking of the living waters of the Lord? Do you need to spend more time in His Word? Better time in His Word? More time in prayer? Talk with your spouse or a close Christian friend about these questions.
Today, share your memory verses for this week (Revelation 6.1, 2) with a Christian friend, and briefly explain what you have learned about these verses.
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”
T. M. Moore
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