WITH THE LAMB ON MOUNT ZION
Revelation 14:1-5 (NKJV)
The Lamb and the 144,000
14 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.
3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.
After the turmoil and death of Rev chapter thirteen, we need something like this to encourage and refresh our hearts.
Only God can follow a black storm with a beautiful rainbow! Only God can take something so black and dark and make it turn out all right. He does this in our lives daily, and He will do it in the tribulation also.
Ill. The blessedness of the Lamb! He is THE theme of the Book! Here we see again the 144,000 of Rev chapter 7. What can be said about these men can be applied to every true believer in Jesus Christ. Let’s glean from the Book.
I. v.1 A HEAVENLY COMPANY
(Ill. Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, the King’s residence. It also stands as a type of Heaven.)
A. Divinely Protected – (Ill. The protection of the 144,000 – Rev 13:15; Ill The killing of Antichrist’s enemies, but not the 144,000 – Rev 7:3. They are God’s Untouchables!)
(Ill. The Christian is immortal until God is through with him. No weapons forged against us will prevail – Isa. 54:17)
B. Divinely Preserved – Ill. 144,000 sealed and 144,000 taken home, not 143,999! (Ill. Eternal Security!) (Ill. Not like in Business, Profit and Loss) (Ill. Not the perseverance of the saints, it is the Preservation of the Savior! – John 17:12; 1 Pet. 1:5!) (Ill. All who get saved go home!) (Ill. Roll Call In Glory!)
II. v.2-3 A HAPPY COMPANY
(Ill. v.2 – Heaven’s Orchestra is playing the overture.) (Ill. Happiness and singing in Heaven!) (We need to be happy and sing to the Lord down here! – Psa. 100:1-5!) (Ill. People who will not sing! – Example of Between 2 kinds of birds – Crows and Nightingales!)
A. A New Song – A fresh song – A song no one else can sing. (Ill. Everyone has a song, a testimony and a praise that is unique to them! It is up to us as believers to make use of very opportunity to use them (a new song in our hearts) for the glory and praise of God!)
III. v.4-5 A HOLY COMPANY
(All these should be true of us as believers in Jesus Christ!)
A. v.4a They Are Detached – (Ill. Sins of tribulations.) (Ill. Separation – 2 Cor. 6:17)
B. v.4b They Are Dedicated – They followed Jesus and did all He wanted! (Ill. John 14:15; 21) (Ill. Some areas where we need to be fully dedicated and surrendered to the Lord!)
C. v.4c They Are Devoted – The First-fruits are the guarantee of a full harvest!
D. v.5a They Are Dependable – Jesus can trust the holy – Luke 16:10
E. v.5b They Are Displayed – No Fault at all! (Ill. Fault now, but no charges in Heaven – Col. 2:13-14) (Ill. Believers are faultless – Jude 24) (Ill. God’s inability to remember “forgiven sins” in Christ Jesus – ALL GLORY AND HONOR TO THE GRACIOUS GOD!!)