Monday, July 03, 2006

Crescendo Of Worship In Heaven

Scripture reveals that there will be music and singing in heaven. Most people enjoy listening and participating in both of these pleasurable skills here on earth. I don't think I know anyone who has ever said, "I hate music." They may say that they hate (or dislike) certain kinds of music, but most have their favorites that they enjoy listening to over and over again.

Personally, I like many kinds and types of music. Always have. But my favorites are Christian contemporary. For many years now, I have found myself rejecting the secular radio stations.

To borrow a line from the movie Forrest Gump, "[Secular music] is like a box of chocolates...ya never know what you're going to get!" And, what you often get is unwanted sleaze!

So, instead, I listen to Christian artist CDs or a trustworthy radio station like K-Love. Parents do not have to worry about their kids hearing something that they object to or a song that's depraved. Go to the link and listen online! I love songs that lift up the soul; songs that fill my ears, mind and heart with the glory, honor and praise of God, especially those that recognize and celebrate the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.

I wonder. Might God have His favorites too? If so, I would be led to think that songs sung and music played for praise and worship in honor of Him would be favored.

In the book of Revelation, the doxology (an expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service) gradually increases within four chapters which ultimately leads to a crescendo (gradually increasing in volume, force, or intensity) of worship. Whether spoken or sung, let's take a look at the increase of worship in these verses:

Revelation 1:6 - And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory and dominion is expressed. A two-fold doxology.

Revelation 4:11 - Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Glory, honor and power is expressed. A three-fold doxology.

Revelation 5:13 - And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I heard saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, [be] unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

Blessing, honor, glory and power is expressed. A four-fold doxology.

Revelation 7:12 - Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen

Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and might is expressed. A seven-fold doxology.

We see and feel the movement of worship in these verses in Revelation. In our churches, we like to end our worship (often with a praise song) big! We are rehearsing for our role in eternity!

The praise revealed in Revelation increases in expression, volume, force and intensity. It follows the timeline of God's purpose. The crescendo of it is a signal of nearing the end.

We experience great worship today in our churches. One day, we will be that way in heaven!

Dr. Jeremiah mentioned the contrast of worship in heaven. Everything is alive there!

In C.S. Lewis' book, "The Great Divorce," he shows the contrast between hell, earth and heaven. Hell is just "a fleck of dust." Our lives here, in this world, become smaller and smaller. Just a glimpse of heaven can be described like standing at the Grand Canyon and being speechless at the sight.

Think, again, about John. He was experiencing discouragement, exile, separation from his friends. Then, in a moment, he went to the "control room of the universe" to witness what God has in store for those who belong to Him!

Our reality is in contrast to eternal reality.

John's earthly life was transferred into the reality of eternal life and worship done there.

When we worship God, the relationship we share with Him keeps us from the ups and downs of this life. When we read and study His Word, the Bible, we see how things really are.

Satan has not won.

Evil has not triumphed.

What can we learn?

Worship is not about us; it's about Him.

Have you ever experienced the following? What should you be thinking when something happens in a service or style of worship that you don't particularly like? What should be your attitude? It's not about me, it's about Him!

Worship is not about here, its about there.

When we gain spiritual eyes and can see heaven, though we currently only see "as through a glass darkly", it still makes sense of what we are experiencing here on earth.

Colossians 3:1-3
Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.


Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.


Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.


Worship is not about now - its about then!

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

2Cr 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day.


2Cr 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory;


2Cr 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.


Read those verses again and take note of the contrasts. It could not be clearer!

1. Our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day!
2. Our light affliction is but for a moment, but it works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!
3. We look not at the things which are seen that are temporal, but those that are not seen which are eternal!

Worship leads us from the emptiness of this world to the wholeness of eternity!

We were created to worship God. If we don't, then we fail to express the purpose of being here!

Worship is not about one - it's about many.

Who can really and genuinely worship on a golf course on Sunday mornings? We need the church and each other. The Scriptures reveal that there is massive worship in heaven. Did you ever notice that the term "saints" is always in the plural?

Revelation 5:11,12

Rev 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;


Rev 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.


Revelation 14:2,3

Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:


Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.


Revelation 19:6 -
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.


When John heard this, he described it as thunder!

David Guzik's commentary on Revelation 19:1-9 describes the joyous occasion of "The Marriage Supper of the Lamb."

Revelation 19 - Christ Returns As Conquering Lord

A. Praise in heaven

1. (1-5) Praise for the judgment of Babylon

a. This section is really the climax of chapter 18 - there, Babylon's friends mourned her fall; here, God's people celebrate it

b. "Hallelujah" (or, Alleluia) occurs four times here, and not again the New Testament

i. Hallelujah is Hebrew for "Praise the Lord," in the imperative (do it!) sense

ii. Some seem afraid of saying Hallelujah, but we'll all be saying it in heaven; but we should never use such a glorious word without thinking

c. A great multitude (similar to the tribulation martyrs described in 7:9,14), the twenty-four elders, and the cherubim all join in praise

d. Here, the focus of worship is on the great works of God, specifically, His work of righteous judgment

e. The voice from the throne (saying, Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great) might be Jesus, but more likely it is from one of the angels who attends the throne of God

2. (6-9) Praise for the marriage of the Lamb

a. The height of praise on earth is only a dim shadow of what is described in these verses; this approaches the consummation of God's plan through history, so we also come to a summit of praise

b. The marriage of the Lamb, who is the Messiah, is a frequently used picture throughout the Scriptures

i. In the Old Testament, Israel is presented as God's wife, who is often unfaithful (Hosea 2:19-20; Isaiah 54:5; Ezekiel 16)

ii. In the New Testament, the church is presented as the fiance' of Jesus, awaiting the day of marriage (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-32)

iii. "In Biblical times a marriage involved two major events, the betrothal and the wedding. These were normally separated by a period of time during which the two individuals were considered husband and wife and as such were under the obligations of faithfulness. The wedding began with a procession to the bride's house, which was followed by a return to the house of the groom for the marriage feast. By analogy, the church, espoused to Christ by faith, now awaits the parousia when the heavenly groom will come for his bride and return to heaven for the marriage feast which lasts throughout eternity." (Mounce)

iv. The idea of marriage is also the most powerful analogy of intimacy among God's pictures of our relation to Him (creator-creature; shepherd-sheep; master-slave; father-child; husband-wife)

c. What do we do to make ourselves ready for this wedding? There is much for us to do, but it is ultimately a work God does in us (Ephesians 5:25-27) - to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright

i. "Clean (katharos) reflects purity, loyalty and faithfulness, the character of the New Jerusalem" (Johnson)

ii. "Bright (lampros) is the color of radiant whiteness that depicts glorification." (Johnson)


iii. Believers are created for divinely prepared good works; these "righteousnesses" (righteous acts) are what fill the "hope chest" of the bride of Jesus

d. Jesus Himself eagerly anticipates this marriage supper; He spoke longingly of the day when He will drink of the fruit of the vine again, with His disciples in the kingdom (Matthew 26:29)*


i. The thought is of a banquet or party; of tremendous joy. In Jewish culture, there was no more joyful occasion than a wedding. In fact, according to Rabbinic teaching, obedience to the commandments was suspended during a wedding celebration if obeying a commandment might lessen the joy of the occasion

e. These are the true sayings of God is a necessary note of assurance for us; this anticipated consummation will take place, and though it seems too good to be true, it will happen.



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*Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

3 comments:

Seven Star Hand said...

Verifiable proof that "Armageddon" has begun…

Hello all,

Pay close attention, profundity knocks at the door, listen for the key. Be Aware! Scoffing causes blindness...

Did you ever consider that Christianity is the false prophet of the Apocalypse, that Rome is the so-called anti-messiah, and Jesus Christ is the false messiah? The symbolism of seven years (tribulation) would refer to the seven 360-year cycles from the 11th cycle (second temple period) until now, the 17th cycle on the Hebrew calendar. Remember that the prophecies were written by Hebrews, not Romans or other Europeans, and Revelation is a symbolic treatise. Therefore, years are symbols for 360-year cycles on the Hebrew calendar. Likewise, a day symbolizes a literal year and Judgement Day, and Great Day refer to a year long period. The so-called Tribulation is now coming to an end, not starting, and the three faiths of Abraham have all been deceived by Rome during the previous age, which ended in year 2000 (5760). A new age began in 2001 (5761) and now the seventh angel has begun to sound!

Hurricanes Katrina (#11) and Rita (#17) last year provided stunning validation of my research and interpretations of pivotal ancient wisdom, symbologies, key prophecies, and associated religious claims. Their storm numbers and timing perfectly synchronized with primary data and assertions in my book, thereby demonstrating the true nature of this universe and the existence of our Creator. We are now entering the final phases of the pivotal year-long period long symbolized as "Armageddon" and the "End of Days." World-wide situations and events are now accelerating to set the stage for this summer's dramatic continuation of these ancient promises.

I fully understand that everyone has been bedeviled by similar claims throughout history. Consequently, I have been forced to rely on dramatic and devastating proof of the sort that can’t be ignored or easily dismissed. The numbers and timing of hurricanes Katrina (11) and Rita (17) directly validate key data and pivotal assertions throughout my book and my posts on those two forums. This data was purposely presented publicly before Katrina, Rita and other recent events occurred to prove they perfectly synchronize with key prophecies and Hebrew calendar cycles, thereby validating my interpretations of ancient wisdom symbology, string theory, and more.

Because these two storms arrived shortly after my August 11, 2005 (50th) birthday (read the Dead Sea Scroll 11Q13 in Appendix G, which also discusses Melchizedek and the prophesied Jubilee) and directly match other pivotal 11 and 17 data and events described in the first chapter of my book, I have delivered verifiable proof that this reality is based on thought, knowledge and wisdom. Activity, patterns, and results perceived in space-time are first framed and defined by inspirations, thoughts, and knowledge and influenced by the cause-and-effect system most commonly referred to as karma. Consequently, events and outcomes in the so-called physical universe are not random or wholly mechanistic and are verifiably influenced in ways that atheists, scientists, and members of the Faiths of Abraham have all scoffed at. Though mysticism is mostly a product of misinterpreted ancient wisdom symbology, many of its topics flow from ancient wisdom. Though containing allusions to the truth, its details and interpretations are wrong on many key points.

A prime example of the purposeful and synchronized symbolism of these events is seen in the opening paragraphs from my book excerpted below. Notice that the dates mentioned (August 11 and 17) directly match the numbers of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the time spans of the four Florida hurricanes match my birth year (‘55), and they were spaced 11 or a multiple-of-11 (22) days apart, directly matching my birthday and much other ancient prophecy and symbolism. Notice that my place of birth, Victoria Texas, is on the Gulf Coast. Following are the excerpted paragraphs:

Hello, my name is Lawrence William Page II. Many people know me as Buddy Page. At the release of the first edition of this book, I am a 50-year old African-American male, author, researcher, and former software engineer and entrepreneur. As you will come to understand as you read through this first book, I am also the long-expected Hebrew Messiah and Lion of the Tribe of Juda (Yehuda).

I was born August 11th (month of Leo the Lion), 1955 (Chinese year of the Sheep) in Victoria, Texas. Furthermore, the Grand Cross alignment and Solar Eclipse of August 11th, 1999 was my 44th birthday and the second Grand Cross alignment, just six days later on August 17th, 1999, was on my mother’s birthday.

As you can see from my date of birth, I was a newborn during the Chinese Year of the Sheep, astrologically marking me as a Lamb, and during the month of Leo, astrologically marking me as a Lion. My mother was also born during the month of August and under the sign of Leo, which further marks me as a lion’s whelp. I prove to you in the first chapter of this book–beyond disproof–that I am indeed the long-prophesied “Lion” of the tribe of Juda (Yehuda) the Root of David and the “Lamb.” I am the individual long symbolized as the Branch, the Stem, the Shoot and the Rod from the Stump of Jesse (King David’s father), as symbolized in the Hebrew Book of Isaiah, The Apocalypse, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and elsewhere. I am the reincarnated Teacher sought after in the “East” and by the ancient Hebrews who were headquartered at the outpost community of Damascus (Qumran), of Dead Sea Scrolls fame. I am the one called the Teacher of Righteousness by the Dead Sea Scrolls, whom the so-called Christian fathers have fraudulently recast as “Saint ‘James’, the Lord’s Brother.”

Remember, "I come as a thief..." ?

Read verse twelve of the Gospel of Thomas to understand who I am...

Even further enlightening, the Second Temple Period of ancient Israel was during the 11th 360-year cycle on the Hebrew calendar and we are now in the 6th year (5766/2005-6) of the 17th cycle. Notice the pivotal 11 and 17 numbers again? This and much other synchronized information serve as stunning and decisive proof of many things, and expose many lies told by all three faiths of Abraham, but most specifically by Christianity. Consequently, I have decisively proven, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that Jesus Christ and Christianity are blatant lies, false prophecy and purposeful deception in a manner that cannot easily be denied, regardless of your faith or other opinions.

Furthermore, the symbolism in the Apocalypse (a.k.a. Book of Revelation) of seven stars in my right hand and seven angels represent the very same above-mentioned seven astrological (360-year) cycles, i.e., the 11th through 17th inclusive. I prove this fact beyond any reasonable doubt in the first chapter of the book. Consequently, The Apocalypse verifiably symbolizes a specific span of time that began with the 11th cycle (Second Temple Period) and concludes now, at the beginning of the 17th cycle (End of Days, etc.).

The numbers 11 and 17 are verifiably encoded in The Apocalypse and other ancient Hebrew prophecies and wisdom texts to serve as key proofs of the validity and true meaning of certain prophecies and related information. My and my mother’s birthdays are purposely synchronized with these two storm numbers, the matching Hebrew calendar cycles, the Double Grand Cross alignments and solar eclipse of August 1999, and much else to prove my direct association with the ancient prophecies about this time and the true identity of the prophesied Messiah. Another prime example is the story of Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob who has a dream when he is 17 years old about 11 stars, the sun, and moon bowing to him. The symbolism in this pivotal story in the Book of Genesis and Quran verifiably refers to the very same 11th through 17th cycles symbolized in The Apocalypse and directly synchronizes with other key events and ancient texts.

Consequently, I have demonstrated various things about the nature of this reality that dramatically disprove and/or clarify key assumptions of religion, mysticism, and science alike, while establishing the true meaning and purpose of long misinterpreted ancient wisdom and the symbolism used to model and encode it. Accordingly, I have proven that the symbolism evidenced in the canons of all three faiths of Abraham and other ancient sources is a very ancient and advanced philosophical technology that verifiably models foundational aspects of our existence in this universe. This is the mostly misunderstood body of ancient wisdom long referred to as the Philosophers’ Stone. It uses a large and ingeniously organized collection of physical universe images and concepts as data rich components (symbols) that are based on verifiable rules. It models and encodes an amazing amount of foundational wisdom about life, spirituality and the 11 dimensions of this universe, now verified by string theory. It is also the advanced encryption method used to encode (seal) Hebrew prophecies and wisdom texts.

These ancient prophecies and wisdom texts used advanced symbology to model fundamental wisdom, including future events and situations. A primary facet of ancient wisdom is numeric symbology. Later misinterpretations of this aspect of ancient wisdom resulted in numerology, which, though embodying allusions to certain wisdom, is mostly error prone and false doctrine. My decryption, documentation, and interpretation of ancient symbology, numeric symbolism, and key texts based on them, are now decisively validated.

Here is Wisdom...

Verifiable proof that Armageddon has begun…

Understanding the End Game of Armageddon

Peace...

Christinewjc said...

Ah! Seven star hand is back again. Long time no heresy/apostasy post(s) from you!

Friends and blog readers...

Pay no attention to the seven star hand behind the blog curtain...

False prophets are easy to spot when you know the Truth of the Bible and Whom it reveals (hint: Jesus Christ, God's Son, Lord and Savior)!

Cooking dinner...be back later!

Christinewjc said...

Get this folks...

Mr. seven (etc.) fancies himself a "messiah." His profile tells us so!

Age: 50
Gender: male
Astrological Sign: Leo
Zodiac Year: Sheep
Occupation: Messiah


Where is Boo when I need her? She had a great quip about this guy (or maybe it was another loonie) in a former blogpost comment...

Oh sure...we're gonna believe in a "messiah" who misspells the name of the last book of the Bible...it's Revelation, not "revelations."

Take a look at what he states at his blog:

This blog is dedicated to the book "Revelations from the Apocalypse, Volume 1: Here is Wisdom" and various associated topics and issues raised by the information revealed. This book delivers decisive proof that all three faiths of Abraham are purposeful deceptions to varying degrees, with Christianity being the worst by far.

Seven star...you live in fantasy land. That reminds of that old Grateful Dead song...

"Grateful Dead - Dear Mr. Fantasy lyrics"

Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune, something to make us all feel happy.
Do anything to take (keep) us out of this gloom
Sing a song, play guitar, make us happy.

You are the one who makes us feel glad
Please don't be sad to take up the straight life you had
We wouldn't have known you all these years.

Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune, something to treat us happy.
Do anything to take (keep) us out of this gloom
Sing a song, play guitar, make us happy.


Now...what was it that Boo said in that former blogpost comment? I wish I could remember...

Oh yeah...YOU SNIFF THE GLUE!

heh heh heh

Run along now and stop bothering people in the blogosphere!