Tag: white robe
Scripture reading for November 29th: Ezekiel 45-48, Revelation 1
Key Scriptures: Revelation 1:12-16 “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands One like a Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of His head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, His feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full strength.”
Jesus Christ appeared in a vision to John while he was worshiping on the Lord’s day while in prison on the Isle of Patmos. John’s response was to fall down as a dead man at the sight of such glory and majesty. He at one time had put his head on Jesus’ chest while they reclined at the last Passover. Here John attempts to describe the resurrected and glorified Jesus with the best metaphors he can come up with. How do you describe the Indescribable?
Ezekiel 48:35 “The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord Is There.”
Prayer: Lord, I look forward to seeing Jesus and living in the eternal city, the New Jerusalem, known by the Name: The Lord Is There.”
Scripture reading for December 15th: Revelation 6:1-17
Waiting is difficult for most of us here on earth. Jesus told us that His coming would be sudden and unexpected by the world, like a thief in the night. (Matthew 24: 43-44) Peter told us that the last days would bring scoffers, mocking the fact that Jesus had not returned yet. (2nd Peter 3:3-4) But John saw another group that were waiting in heaven!
As he watched the Lamb open the first of seven seals, one of the living creatures called out in a loud voice, “Come!” Immediately a white horse and it’s rider with a bow appeared. As the Lamb opened the second seal, a second fiery red horse appeared with a rider who was given power to take peace from men on earth and make them kill each other. The third seal opened brought another black horse. It’s rider was holding a pair of scales in its hand. This rider would bring famine to the land. The fourth seal and living creature summoned a pale horse! It’s rider was named ‘Death’, and ‘Hades’ was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth. Tough times were coming! (Revelation 6:1-8)
“When He (the Lamb)opened the fifth seal, I (John) saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until You judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.” (Revelation 6:9-11)
Even in heaven there was the need for patient endurance! John saw many souls there waiting for the Lord to take vengeance on those on earth who had murdered them. These were waiting under the altar and calling out to the Lamb. God’s answer was further patience and a word that even more would be killed and join them while they waited! John’s vision and this record of waiting in heaven ought to inspire us to be faithful and true while we wait for our Lord from heaven. We do not know the day or hour, but His coming is soon and sure!