Is There More? (Revelation 7)

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17

While in Romania I often got a laugh out of the comments made by the first timers during meal times.  Our cook would prepare food and our team would partake. Then when the team though they were through the cook would come with another selection of food.  Often I would hear the question, “Is there more.”

In a much more of a serious matter, people who face tribulation will often ask, “Is there more?”  The answer from Revelation 7 is in the affirmative.

Revelation seven comes on the heels of the six seal (Great Day) of God’s judgment being opened.   In this moment the reader would have to be asking, “Is there more.”  Certainly I know there are those who are reading this blog who are facing great trials.  You have been under them for some time and you are wondering, is there more.

This day I offer you great news.  You and I serve a great God who is seen at work in the midst of tribulation.  He has been at work in previous believers lives (Past generations).  He is at work in this present generation and He will be at work during the tribulation.  This is all encapsulated in Revelation 7:14.

So the question that comes to mind in this: “How should the Christian approach tribulation now and in the future?”  I think we find the answer in Revelation 7:

1.  Trust in the protection of our Great God, 7:1-8

2.  Spend time every day Praising our Great God, 7:9-12

Praise him for what he has done, what he is doing and what he will do.  Praise eases the pain and removes the doubt in our lives.

3.  Expect suffering and experience suffering with the understanding of God’s purpose, 7:13-17

We serve a great God who will see us through this present trial.  He is bringing honor to himself and he is teaching us much about himself in this hour of trial.  The last verses of chapter 7 speak powerfully about what awaits the child of God:

“Our sorrow will end, we will be sheltered in his presence, we will serve him day and night, and we will be secure knowing that he is on the throne.”

I join with saints of old singing, “Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.”

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