After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9-10)
The story of Revelation is not about “the Beast” or “the mark of the Beast” or when the Rapture is going to happen.
The story of Revelation is worship. Enduring worship.
John is given these horrible images that attack the senses and the soul. The Lord will then give him a break and whisk him away to heaven. It’s like the Lord is constantly reminding John: “THIS is the important thing. Always see the agenda of heaven. It is WORSHIP.”
It is worship together. We dare not worship in isolation. We worship together with believers who have had a great week, believers who have had a so-so week, and others who have gone through hell. We worship together because we rely on the One who brings us together, not the common “issues” we may have in our own lives.
Worship is “corporate.” It is done together. It may be that I’m having a good week, or several good weeks, and come into worship to sit next to someone who just found out they have cancer and their world is being rocked. We both enter into worship to find the One who is going to carry each of us through our experiences.
In those times we find it’s not so much about our particular things. It is about the One on the throne. In those times we find that life is worth enduring because HE is worthy of worship. He knows where we are and he carries us through.
“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
he will guide them springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:17)