Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I will adore You!
We already talked about what holy means in Revelation Song – Devo. Let’s take a look at the phrase “Who was and is and is to come.” This phrase is used to describe God four times throughout Revelation (Rev. 1:4; 1:8; 4:8; 11:17). In Revelation 4:8 the 4 crazy looking creatures I talked about yesterday constantly repeat this phrase over and over while the 24 elders fall down before the throne of God. It is a constant act of worship! It means that God was before anything or anyone existed, God still is existing in the same capacity today and he will continue to be forever. He is outside of time (if you can imagine what that is like). It also speaks to the unchanging nature of God. God is always Good, Perfect, Love, Just, etc. I don’t know about you but I am so glad that God is faithful even when I am not. This alone is reason enough to worship God! Think about how awesome it is that even in this human, changing world that God is the same; that even though we don’t always act like we love God (via sin) that God always loves us and always lovingly acts towards us despite us. To me, this thought is amazing!
One of the best pieces of descriptive literature is found in Revelation 19:11-21:
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen,white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
king of kings and lord of lords.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”
Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
Goosebumps, I tell you! I included a lot here just because I wanted you to get a picture of the whole passage but what I want to focus on is the “king of kings and lord of lord” line. It simply means that Jesus, is coming back again and this time he is not coming as a slain and broken lamb. No, sir! This time he will return as the powerful King over all the kings of the earth and mighty Lord over all the lords. There is no one greater and he will come riding in on his white horse, his eyes blazing like fire and dressed in his kingly clothes. He will come back to judge us according to whether or not we accept him as Lord and Savior.
My question is this: How will you be judged? Will he welcome you into his kingdom? Or will he toss you into hell with with beast and his prophet. Harsh? Yes, it sounds harsh but it is justly deserved because of our sin. One of these two things will happen to you and I don’t know when. What is holding you back from asking Jesus for forgiveness for your sins? What is worth going to hell over? I pray that if you are not a Christian that this will serve not as a mere warning but as a call to repent, to turn away from your sins and embrace Jesus. I pray that if you are a Christian that you will use this not as a comforting story about how we win in the end but as a call to not waste time in telling your friends about what Jesus has done for you! Tell your story, it is yours to share and your story is powerful! No one can argue about the validity of your story because it is your story. God has written it for you. Be a life changing story teller!