These are they which came out of great tribulation.
Often we think we know all of the answers. We have trusted those who have been set in higher places, thought to have special assignments and realms of knowledge. The reluctance to let the Holy Ghost teach did not likely happen all at once.
I’ve been reminded that there are those yet here who are aware of where we were, and what we have come to today. Where you were and where you have come to.
Forget this modern new age thinking about not looking back. All of the scriptures that relate to looking forward are relevant and they are very much on time.
The apostle said that he was going to forget those things which were behind him. I believe he was talking about his persecution of the church and the mistakes he had made in the past.
Let’s interrupt our thoughts and recall what Jesus said about the church that had “left” it’s first love. How is it possible to compare our first love to today, if we do not go back and find it?
There is a key phrase that John used here that we should have and need to look closer at. Most of us know about the 144,000 whom he spoke of and who those elders and people were. It’s the next few words that we must consider. After this he said, I beheld, and lo, a great multitude “which no man could number.”
May we pause and give thought to how many people that must have been. There was no way to count them; not in our human ability. A great multitude. And he went on further to say that they were of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues.
In this hour we are in today, there is no time for debating or arguing over when this all happened in God’s time clock. One thing for sure, John was speaking to and through the Holy Ghost. He had been preserved for this very time and to be the voice of what the Spirit was and is saying to the churches. They had washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. They were praising God with a loud voice.
Why do we think that the Spirit would ask us to once more go back and read His word again? This time, He urges that we do that for our own soul salvation; exercising our own spiritual discernment and opening our minds and hearts to further revelation.
I can already feel that this note will be boring and useless to many who were once called by His name. Their spirit says “leave us alone.” And they have no intention of changing where they have come to. It will however, be received by those who are listening to the Spirit.
Without finding enough words to say otherwise, so many seem to have buried their heads in the sand. Or, they have surely allowed themselves to be distracted from what is going on in the true spirit realm, much less events going on around them and all over this present troubled world.
The cry of the dull ear says, what can I do about it anyway? This is a new time; things are different now. Yes, in many places, they are different now. But, in what kind of way?
Signs. It seems trite to say that if we do not follow or pay attention to the signs, we will lose our way. We will arrive in a place that we did not intend to go.
It’s my poor belief that we have been in this kind of tribulation for a while now. What the Spirit is trying to alert us to, is that it will get worse, just as the Christ said it would.
We need to set our house in order, bind our friends and loved ones around us, and cover them all with the Spirit.
As we once were aware of, it is our responsibility to teach those around us. Amen.
~ Robert Blackburn