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Worship in Spirit and Truth Revelation 14: 1-7 V.7: He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgement has come.
The book of Revelation depicts the end time events of human history. It starts with the revelation of Christ Jesus in His might and glory. It is followed by the recitation of the report cards of the seven churches and announcement of their rewards. The whole church is taken up into heaven (rapture) and thereafter a series of judgement of God on the earth dwelling humanity. It culminates in the recreation of the earth and the skies, in other words, the universe itself.
After the church is raptured to heaven, there are still believers on the earth. God will focus His attention on the nation of Israel as they face miserable persecution and cruel onslaught by Antichrist and his followers. During that Great Tribulation many were beheaded. The 144,000 described in the Bible portion is from those martyrs. Even during the period of His judgement God extends His mercy for those who want to accept Christ Jesus and be saved.
Lord Jesus had instructed his disciples to preach the gospel all around the world. But here we see an angel of the Lord preaching the gospel to the people on the earth. Two words that promulgate the act of worship are: (1) Fear (2) Glory. What is the meaning of the word ‘Fear of the Lord’? The name of the Lord God should not terrify a believer but create deep respect and awe regarding God’s good will and purpose for our lives. It should lead us to true love and worship of the Lord. Secondly, giving glory to God means admitting and understanding our nothingness before the Lord and realizing an Almighty God who fulfils all our spiritual and physical needs. Those who understand this truth will naturally become humble and fully dependent on God for all their needs. The faithful Lord is merciful to carry out all their needs abundantly.
Dear Lord, give us a heart of worship that is continuous and true. Teach us to have a humble spirit and cling on to your mercy and goodness all the days of our lives.
Thought for the day‘ Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.’ Psalms 111:10
Abraham Mammen Epiphany Mar Thoma Church, New York
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