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For those of you have been with us as we have moved through the Revelation, you know that the last two chapters have been dark, depressing and discouraging. We have been talking about the devil, the Antichrist and the False Prophet. We have witnessed the depths of depravity as man abandons the one true God, to worship the devil through his false Christ.
Now, we have a change of scenery! Our Lord gives us a breath of heavenly air in these verses. Only God can do that! Only God can take that which is horrible beyond words and turn it into a thing of glory. That is just what He does in these verses.
In our passage we are allowed to get a little glimpse of divine glory. We are allowed to see the Lamb of God. He is the theme of the book and He is center stage in these verses. What a blessing it would be if we could figure out how to keep Jesus at the center of everything!
In these verses we meet again the 144,000 Jewish evangelists who were saved and sealed in chapter 7. These men have preached the Gospel of the Kingdom during the darkest days of the Tribulation. They were persecuted by the Antichrist, but they were preserved by God. At some point during the Tribulation, when they have served their purpose, God will allow the 144,000 to be killed by Antichrist. These men will then join their Redeemer, the Lamb of God, in His glory in Heaven.
We are going to that today. These men have endured a terrible storm here on the earth. Now, for them at least, the storm is over and they are with the Lamb. I want to talk to you today about the Tribulation Saints.
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