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Introduction.

This five part series explores some of what the Bible reveals is ahead for those whose trust is in Christ. Jesus spoke frequently of this future existence. Through his words and other portions of Scripture we see why we long for eternity, what it will be like, and how we need to live until then.

 

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SERIES TITLE: What About Eternity?

PART FOUR:  Real Celebration

TEXT:  Revelation 7:9-17

INTRODUCTION.

This five part series explores some of what the Bible reveals is ahead for those whose trust is in Christ. Jesus spoke frequently of this future existence. Through his words and other portions of Scripture we see why we long for eternity, what it will be like, and how we need to live until then.

DISCUSSION

If you ever participated in a victory parade, describe what that was like. How did you feel? What did you do?

EXAMINATION.

Revelation is the vision that God gives to John regarding the future. The first half of chapter 7 deals with the 144,000 Israelites on earth who are protected from the Great Tribulation. In the second half of the chapter, the scene John sees switches to heaven.

Vv.9-10 What do you think is the significance of the size of the multitude being so large that no one could number it?

Make note of every description of the composition, appearance, actions, etc. of that vast crowd. 

Vv.11-12 What purpose do the angels, elders, and living creatures serve? 

Vv.13-14 While the multitude is identified as those who come out of the Great Tribulation, some scholars believe this crowd also includes the redeemed of all time. According to v.14b, what is true of them regardless?  

Vv.15-17 According to this final “song”, the responsibility of those in heaven is to serve God day and night. The Greek word for serve is latreuo, which is not hard labor or menial tasks, but priestly work. (Same word is in Rev.22:3, often translated as worship.) What do you think such service would involve? 

What other details in these final words do you find encouraging, hopeful, or helpful? 

APPLICATION.

  • What kinds of worship expressions do you most enjoy offering to God and why? (e.g. music, giving, communion)
  • Taking into account the details of this heavenly worship scene, what could we add or change about our corporate worship to better reflect eternity?
  • How often to you contemplate heaven and what could you do to increase and improve those thoughts?
  • Is there some aspect of eternity that makes you nervous, fearful, or hesitant? What do you need to learn or remember to counteract that response?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do? 

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