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Rejoicing in Heaven

All heaven rejoices in the victory of the Lord.

Revelation 16-20: The Sixth Facet

Week 8, Sunday: Heaven rejoices at the destruction of sin
This first part of chapter 19 provides more detail on what was mentioned in Revelation 18.20, and serves as a kind of formal announcement and rallying cry for the hosts of heaven to prepare for the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Read Revelation 19

Meditate on Revelation 19.1-10
1.      Meditate on verses 1-7. In what sense does each of the following three works “belong” to the Lord, or should be ascribed to our God?

Salvation:

Glory:

Honor:

2.      These verses provide a concise summary of everything we need to know about why Christians worship God. Explain. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 = Completely, in every way, how well does this summary describe the worship in your church?

3.      Meditate on verses 5-7, and recall Revelation 1.15. Notice 1 John 3.1-3. What has happened to this “great multitude”? In the light of John’s promise and 2 Corinthians 3.12-18, what should we be striving to realize every day?

4.      Meditate on verse 9. Who are “called to the marriage supper of the Lamb?” From what we’ve seen thus far in Revelation, why should the prospect of this fill us with hope and joyous anticipation? What do you make of that emphatic last sentence in verse 9?

5.      Verse 10: What is the “testimony of Jesus”? What does it mean to “have” this testimony? In what sense is “the testimony of Jesus” “the spirit of prophecy” (and recall Revelation 10.11 as you consider this)?

My Reflection
What does it mean for you to have the testimony of Jesus during times of corporate worship? During your daily walk with and work for the Lord? How is it evident to others that you have this testimony?

The Glory of God
Worship is a primary setting for exalting God, celebrating His works, ascribing praise and honor and glory to Him, enlarging our vision of Him, and preparing our souls to live in His presence forever. What kinds of things get in the way of worship fulfilling these objectives?

Glory to Glory
What is the state of “the testimony of Jesus” in your life? Today, if you could take one step to improve the state of this “spirit of prophecy”, what would it be? Share your answer with a Christian friend, then take that step as often as you have opportunity to do so today.

Memorize
Today, share your memory verses for this week (Revelation 19.7-9 with a Christian friend, and briefly explain what you have learned about these verses.

Closing Prayer
But I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And Your salvation all the day,
For I do not know their limits.
I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.

Psalm 71.14-16

T. M. Moore

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The book of Revelation is the culminating episode in the story of God’s covenant. To learn more about that covenant, and to discover the way it integrates all of Scripture into the Gospel of Jesus Christ, order a copy of T. M.’s book, I Will Be Your God, by clicking here.

Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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