Rev 19:1-2                Is There Joy About God’s Judgments?                       6/18/2006      ßà   

 

#1.       History will repeat itself (Matt 24:15, Rev 17:16, 18:8,10, 17:12)

 

 

 

 

  • The Timing of God’s Judgment on the Church (Rev 19:1-5, 18:1, Mat 24:27-31)

 

 

 

 

  • The Rapture (1Thes 4:13-18, 3:13, Jude 14, Mat 24:31)

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Voice of Joy in Heaven (Rev 19:1-2, 14:11, 18:20, Psalm 104:35)

 

 

 

 

  • Contrasts (Mat 2:1-3, 27:39-43, Acts 4:27-28, Luke 24:34)

 

 

 

 

#3.       Who Are These Who Rejoice and Who Weep? (Rev 19:4-5, 1Sam 2:8, Eph 2:6, Jude 14-15)

 

 

 

 

  • That Brings Glory to His Name (Deut 32:4, Isa 25:1, Ps 103:20-22, 148:11-13, 72:19, Isa 55:9)

 

                                     

 

Please open your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 17:16 (2X). We have seen in Rev 17 and 18 that in the end time the NT church will become so intensely apostate that God calls her, “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and the Mother of Abominations of the Earth”. What does God call “abominations”? An abomination is a stinking smell that reaches the nose of God. Just think about it. The smell is so intense that it penetrates the universe until it reaches the nose of God. Every sin is an abomination in God’s sight, but some abominations are worse than others. For example there is “the abomination that maketh desolate”, mentioned in Dan 11 and 12, and which the Lord Jesus referred to when He warned us that we “shall see the abomination of desolation”, in Matt 24:15. The word “abomination” appears 142 X in the Bible, of which only 6 X in the NT, and of these 6 X it appears 3 times in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And thus the word “abomination” is not very well known to most people. In the OT God uses the term “abomination” especially for the worship of idols. God warned the nations of Israel and Judah that they should not follow “the abominations of the heathen”.

#1.       But History will repeat itself (Matt 24:15, Rev 17:16, 18:8,10, 17:12)

The idolatry that caused the destruction of the OT congregation will simply be repeated in the NT church, and this will be enough reason for God to destroy this harlot church. We have seen that this destruction was prophesied in Rev 17:16, where God says in symbolic language:

Re 17:16  And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

The ten horns represent the secular rulers during the FTP, near the end of time, who will do away with the apostate church, so that even the shadow of Christ will be erased. But it is God who has put this in their hearts to fulfill His will so that Judgment will be meted out to the harlot church, Babylon, even before the end of the world has come. This destruction of the harlot church is carried out in Rev 18:8, where God indicates that the harlot church will be burned with fire. Please turn now to Rev 18:8,

Re 18:8  Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

We must remember that God is still speaking in parables. In this scroll of Revelation all references to time have not been taken literally up to this point. Why should we suddenly switch and take this one day literally? We should not! “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day” simply means that this literal destruction of the harlot church may occur very gradually, but the time it takes shall be very short by comparison. Likewise, the length of time in verse 10 is even shorter than in verse 8. Look Rev 18:10

Rev 18:10  Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

Here we must remember that this one hour is the same Greek word as the one hour in Rev 17:12,

Re 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

And here we can clearly see that the “one hour” that the ten horns are ruling with the beast is certainly not one literal hour. It just indicates a relatively short time, but God did not disclose how short this time will be. Let us return to Rev 19. After the church has been judged, which coincides with the rapture of the saints who are still living on earth, the saints in heaven are rejoicing. Therefore, the title of this sermon is, Is there Joy About God’s Judgments? (2X). Can some people rejoice when God condemns other people to Hell? Can the saints be so cruel that they rejoice about this condemnation? Let us see what God says about this matter in Rev 19:1-5. And remember that the timing of this scene is closely tied to the timing of the Rapture. Let us look back at:

  • The Timing of God’s Judgment on the Church (Rev 19:1-5, 18:1, Mat 24:27-31)

Re 19:1 ¶  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

Re 19:2  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Re 19:3  And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

Re 19:4-5  And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

How do we know that this scene portrays the joy of the saints after the Rapture? Look again at the words of Rev 18:1. Please turn one page to your left to Rev 18:1 (2X). We know for certain that Rev 18 addresses the destruction of the harlot church, Babylon. In verse 1 God states in symbolic terms when this shall come to pass. There we read in Rev 18:1,

Re 18:1 ¶  And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

What we understand from this verse is that “the whole earth was lightened with His glory”. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to Matthew, the first Gospel in the NT, Mat 24:27 (2X). We read here in Mat 24 about the events on this earth in the end time. This entire chapter deals with end time events. And thus this chapter will be excellent background information for the study of Revelation. We find in here that the Lord Jesus will come and light up the whole earth with His glory. We read in:

Mt 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

No angel will resemble the coming of Christ, for that would be confusing to the saints. But since this event announces the second coming of Christ, the one who is announced in Rev 18:1 is not an angel, but it is the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the second coming of Christ, for we read in Mat 24:29-30,

Mt 24:29-30  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:              And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

The sign of the Son of man in heaven” is that He will come in the clouds of heaven and light up the whole earth with His glory, and every eye shall see Him, not one excepted. This is the event described in Rev 18:1. Now we understand the timing of the destruction of the harlot church. But let us go on in:

Mt 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Notice that the Lord Jesus did not say that He shall gather His elect “from one end of the earth to another”, but He says “from one end of heaven the other”. All His elect are not on earth, but are above the earth, in the air. From there is where the Lord shall gather His saints. It means that this gathering of His elect has to do with the Rapture.

  • The Rapture (1Thes 4:13-18, 3:13, Jude 14, Mat 24:31)

Please turn in your Bibles to the 1st Epistle to the Thessalonians, 1Thes 4:13 (2X). And while you look this up, let us consider why God would destroy the earth at this time, and not at some time in the past. The reason that the Bible always gives is NOT that God has a calendar in His hand. God does not say, “Your time is up, and all you church people are now declared unclean, unrighteous, unsaved, and you are all going to Hell, for My calendar says that this is the day that all church people are declared unclean, unrighteous, and unsaved”. This is never God’s mode of operation, for He is a righteous God, and a just God, giving to everyone what they have deserved by their works. That the heathen worship other gods is not sufficient for God to destroy this earth. They have done this for as long as this earth exists. God expects this from the heathen. They do not know how to serve God. But when the church of God, the apple of His eye, goes whoring after other gods, then God gets very angry. The reason God did not destroy the world in the past is because there were still precious saints in the world, whom God does not want to destroy with the wicked. Therefore, like in the days of Noah, and like in the days of Lot, God shall first remove the last of His saints out of the world, and when no more saints are in the world then God will destroy the world. God speaks about this act of taking the saints out of this world here in 1Thes 4:13-18,

1Th 4:13-14  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.         For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

1Th 4:15-17  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (or precede) them which are asleep.    For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:                Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up

together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Perhaps I should add a few words to this passage, which is the actual scenario of the end. Some people take the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats in Mat 25 as the end time scenario, but this is a mistake. The Lord Jesus clearly indicated that this is a parable, which means that you must seek for the principles that are taught in this parable, rather than take it literally as the scenario of the end time. The word “asleep” or “sleep” in verses 13 and 14 refers to the saints whose body is asleep, but whose soul is in heaven. Here in 1Thes 4:13-18 the Lord Jesus is described as coming with all His saints out of heaven. You will see this event also if you look to your left, to 1Thes 3:13 (2X),

1Th 3:13  To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

On that Last Day the Lord Jesus Christ shall come out of heaven with the souls of all the saints who have died, whose body has been put in a grave, but whose soul continues to live and reign with Christ in heaven. This same event has also been described in Jude 14, where we read,

Jude 14,  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

It means that this is a certainty: At the second coming of Christ, which is the end of the world, Christ shall come on the Last Day with ten thousands (plural) of His saints to execute judgment upon all that are ungodly. But where are the saints? The saints who have died shall be raised with a glorified body from the grave, and the saints who have not died shall be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and receive their glorified body at the same moment. Then all the saints shall meet the Lord in the air, and the glorified bodies of the saints who have died shall be united with their souls, which the Lord brings with Him, and so they shall be complete personalities once again. Where are the saints at this point in time? They are in the air with the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you remember why we searched this out? We searched this out because the Lord says in Mat 24:31,

Mt 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

All the elect are in the air, from one end of the sky to the other end. That is why the angels shall gather the elect from the four winds. This then will come to pass when Christ makes His appearing the second time. And thus, when Rev 18:1 announces that the second coming of Christ is in view, we know that the ultimate end of the apostate church, the harlot church, shall occur shortly before the end of the world shall take place. And thus, when we read in Rev 19:1 that there is much rejoicing in heaven, we know that this voice of Joy in heaven comes from the saints who have just been united with their glorified bodies, and from the saints who are already in heaven with their glorified bodies. Please turn again to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 19:1 (2X).

#2.       The Voice of Joy in Heaven (Rev 19:1-2, 14:11, 18:20, Psalm 104:35)

Is there Joy in heaven about God’s destruction of the harlot church and condemning those people to Hell, or is there Joy in heaven for the ingathering of the saints by their Rapture? What do we read?

Re 19:1 ¶  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

Re 19:2  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

It is clear that they are rejoicing about God’s judgment on the harlot church. They are rejoicing that God “has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand”. And they are rejoicing that all the unsaved in the harlot church are being cast into Hell. Proof! Look at the next verse,

Re 19:3  And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

What does this refer to? Now we know that this earth is not going to exist forever and ever. This cannot refer to the smoke of the church on this earth. Please turn to Rev 14:11 (2X). There we read,

Re 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever.

What does this refer to? The previous verse says, “they shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb”. Therefore in Rev 19:3 when we read, “her smoke rose up for ever and ever”, that refers to the smoke of their torment in Hell. In Rev 19 the saints are rejoicing that God has burned down the harlot church, and that God will cast all the unsaved into Hell. Can we understand this? NO! While we are living on this earth God has given us a love for our fellow man, and most of us would never rejoice at the torture of another human being. There are only a few people who will degrade themselves to such an evil state, like the Inquisition during the Reformation in Europe, or like the Fascists during the Holocaust, or like the Islamic terrorists today. But when we have received our glorified bodies we have also received the mind of God. And then, when we think like God and we feel like God and we are jealous of His Name like God, we shall recognize how great an evil SIN is, and how great God’s wrath on SIN must be. We must remember that our God is a just God, who will not inflict a penalty greater than what man deserves; but since He is a righteous God, a just God, the penalty He inflicts on man is equivalent to the crime. We can only understand this when we have received the mind of God. And then we shall rejoice when God casts the wicked into Hell. This is clearly the meaning of Rev 19:1-2. This great voice of joy in heaven is a song of praise and thanksgiving to God. And there is not a hint of pity for those people who have voluntarily joined the Devil and his angels in his rebellion against God. Today on this earth you might hear someone say, “Those poor people, they did not have a chance”. That is nonsense. When we have received the mind of God we will say, “They have sinned voluntarily, they rebelled against God voluntarily, and they shall be cast into Hell, which is the just reward of those voluntary sins”. It is the Voice of Joy and Praise to God that He has finally dealt with SIN and has done away with SIN.

We read of the same sentiment in Rev 18:20 (2X), “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her”. And again we read of the same sentiment in Psalm 104:35 (2X) where we read, “Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD”. And again we read of the same sentiment in Deut 32:43 (2X) where we read, “Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people”. And so we see that there is no doubt whatsoever that the saints will rejoice when God shall cast the wicked into Hell. But we observe also that in this chapter we meet once more one of those remarkable contrasts, which are so numerous in this Scroll of Revelation.

  • Contrasts (Mat 2:1-3, 27:39-43, Acts 4:27-28, Luke 24:34)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to Matthew, Mat 2:1 (2X). There is rejoicing with one group of people, but weeping and wailing with another group of people. The same event leaves different impressions and different responses in different people. Let me show you 4 examples of these contrasting responses in different people. The first example is from the event that Jesus is born. W rd i.

Mt 2:1-2  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,              Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Mt 2:3  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

When Jesus is born there is Joy in heaven, and the angels come down to shout glad tidings to the shepherds in the field. The shepherds, in joyful expectation, were directed by the angels to the manger in Bethlehem. And even the wise men from the distant East followed the star of the King with great Joy, and with great interest, and with deep concern for events of the world that are about to take place. But, on the other hand, we find that Herod is deeply worried about this event and makes a treacherous attempt to kill the baby before He can rise to great power. We can expect this from a wicked king like Herod. But what troubles us most is the response of the religious establishment in the land of Judea. We read in Mat 2:3 that Herod was troubled, “and all Jerusalem with him”. To please the Jews, Herod has begun to beautify the temple at Jerusalem. The Scribes and Pharisees, the wise men of the nation, were well pleased with Herod, the descendant of Esau. They did not want any change, not even from the Messiah. And thus they did not rejoice, instead they were worried, like king Herod was worried. They showed their discontent with the birth of Jesus by not accompanying the wise men to Bethlehem, even though this was only 5 miles from Jerusalem. Look at the contrasting responses.

Please turn now to the 27th chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew, Mat 27:39 (2X). The second example is found at the cross of Christ, which for a moment appears to the bystanders as the last and complete defeat of the Man of Galilee. The religious leaders of the Jews were beaming with joy over this contrived murder of Jesus. But “both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever God’s hand and His counsel determined before to be done”. The Scribes and Pharisees were congratulating themselves with having done such an excellent job of persuading Pilate to crucify our Lord of glory. We read in Mat 27:39-43,

Mt 27:39-41  And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,                And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.       Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

Mt 27:42-43  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.           He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

But the same event filled the women who followed Jesus with astonishment and sorrow, and the disciples of the Lord were struck with grief and despair. The same event that caused the exultant joy of the leaders of the Jews, also caused the grief in the followers of Jesus. What a contrast!

The third example is found on Sunday evening after the resurrection of Jesus. The two disciples from Emmaus and ten of the Apostles joyfully meet one another with the exultant greeting, “The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon”. And their hearts were filled with joy and with a newborn hope. But the same fact of the resurrection caused the enemies of Christ to flee in disarray, and filled the hearts of the leaders of the Jews with a fear of future evil. And thus we see that the same events connected somehow with the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and His coming, are the cause and fear and sorrow to some, and are the cause of Joy and gladness to others. And this principle divides the entire human race into two groups, those who are in the army of Christ and those who are in the army of Satan. There is no one on the fence in between. And thus it is with the harlot church, Babylon.

The fourth example is found in Rev 17, 18 and 19. The harlot church, Babylon, has been a source of grief and despair for the people of God. They could not take their children to church any more, for there is where they were poisoned with the charismatic gospel. They saw their family members and friends flock to the false churches, for there is where the popular gospels were preached. They experienced their children becoming unequally yoked to those who call themselves “Christians”, and their children were encouraged by pastors to continue their relationships. Certainly those pastors were more qualified than their parents to tell them what is spiritually right and what is wrong. And so, the harlot church, Babylon, has been a source of grief and despair for the people of God. But those in Babylon and those profiting from Babylon were rejoicing, for the harlot church grew by leaps and bounds. They thought that the Holy Spirit was blessing them with their numerical growth. But they totally ignored the fact that the Bible repeatedly warns that the most popular gospels near the end of time are the gospels of Antichrist, and that signs and wonders near the end of time are always works of Satan. But now, in Rev 18 the scene has changed. God intervened and raptured the saints. Babylon has fallen. And even as her glory was the joy of the world and the grief of the children of the Kingdom, so also her downfall causes a twofold sentiment. But this time it is the Joy of God’s people, and the grief is expressed by those who clung to Babylon as the church that gave them self-respect and self-worth and a freewill religion that they liked. But it was all a charade. Like the story in the Garden of Eden, the lies of the Devil took hold of the hearts of men, and they swallowed the lies lock, stock and barrel. The man of sin has developed to his last stage. The abomination of Babylon cried unto heaven, and God put an end to it. At this moment all that is left upon earth is a mass of misery and desolation. Children of God there are no more upon the earth. Please return to the Rev of Jesus Christ, Rev 19:4()

#3.       Who Are These Who Rejoice and Who Weep? (Rev 19:4-5, 1Sam 2:8, Eph 2:6, Jude 14-15)

First of all we know who those are who rejoice. All the saints who have received their glorified body are jubilant. All the angels who gathered them in are rejoicing. And then we read in Rev 19:4-5,

Re 19:4-5  And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

From this it is clear that all who are in heaven rejoice. All the servants of God rejoice. The call comes to all the Apostles and prophets and saints to rejoice over the fall of Babylon. But at this time all the angels and the saints must not stay in heaven. Their presence on earth is required, for Christ is still in the air to announce judgment on all those residing on the earth.

A tremendous contrast, therefore, is caused by the fall of Babylon; a contrast which finds its principle in the attitude of men to the Lord Jesus Christ. On earth were the followers of the dragon, the subjects of the beast, the worshippers of his image, who expected their all from him and from his reign. Therefore they are disappointed at the desolation of Babylon. The last remains of the harlot church have suddenly been removed out of this world, and they witnessed that the saints have been raptured out of this world, and thus this earth is left desolate and about to be judged, for Christ has made His appearing and the saints will judge with Him. But now we have to consider a question. How can we rejoice, and judge all the unsaved, when we know that we too were once sinners like them? Is that not being hypocritical? The fact is that we did not elevate ourselves above them. That would indeed be hypocritical. We did not work ourselves up above them by “accepting the Lord Jesus as our Savior”. But God lifted us up from the dunghill, and Christ has atoned for all our sins so that our sins are no more in existence, and God has set us among princes in heaven, and God has made us inherit the throne of glory. You may have recognized the words of 1Sam 2:8. And this throne of glory is written in the singular. We inherit His throne of glory because God has placed us in Christ already from before the foundation of the world, and we are still in Christ when He is seated in heaven on the right hand of the Father (Eph 2:6). Therefore when Christ was appointed to be the Judge of all the earth, we who are in Christ were also appointed to this task. And that is why we are together with Christ when He comes to judge the world. That is why we read in Jude 14-15, “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all”. We were appointed to this task. Our status in heaven was God’s free gift to us. Eternal life is a free gift, not earned or deserved. On the other hand, sinners do sin by their own free-will. That is all the free-will they got. And these free-will sins have earned wages, and the wages of sin is the death of an eternity in Hell. That is why there is weeping and wailing on the earth when Christ shall make His appearing. And when Christ judges the unsaved:

·        That Brings Glory to His Name (Deut 32:4, Isa 25:1, Ps 103:20-22, 148:11-13, 72:19, Isa 55:9)

When on the cross Christ purchased His church, that brought glory to His Name. Later, when the descendants of those whom He elected unto glory began to bring in other gospels so that the church became the harlot church, Babylon, that did not bring glory to His Name. Therefore, when Christ removes the harlot church out of His sight, that again brings glory to His Name. And we must be partakers of this action, because we are in Christ, and we delight to bring glory to His Name. The Word of God is full of statements that speak of glorifying His Name. For example, we read in Deut 32:4, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he”. It means that Christ will judge the wicked with justice, for just and right is He. Penalties shall not exceed the crimes committed. A just wage for every evil work done, for just and right is He. We read in Isa 25:1, “O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth”. Faithfulness and truth are the hallmarks of His actions. He is faithful to His promises that He will save a people for Himself. And His Word is true. He will be faithful to fulfill all those things prophesied in His Word. We read in Ps 103:20, “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul”. God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift. We bless God when we thank him for his mercies. Therefore we are His hosts, meaning His armies. We are His ministers that do His pleasure. In fact, a characteristic of the saints is that we have an ongoing desire to do those things that are pleasing in the sight of the Lord. Furthermore we read in Psalm 148:11-13, “Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven”. Can we understand this? “His glory is above the earth and heaven”. God says in Isa 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” Is it not wonderful, when we have received the mind of Christ we shall also understand His ways that are so much higher than our ways now. Then shall we know Him as He is. This also brings glory to His Name. Furthermore we read in Psalm 72:19, “And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen”.

Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.