Revelation 7:9 says a great multitude no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds and people and tongues, stand before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. This isn’t true of this great multitude in heaven. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes: In heaven, the redeemed will know no more sorrow or pain. The hurt and the struggle of the earthly life is gone and tears are things of the past for God will wipe away every tear. Great multitude worship God in heaven join voices to sing. All creation around God’s Throne sing Blessings, and Glory, Wisdom, Thanksgiving, Honour and Power and Might to God Most High. The Chosen in Revelation 14:1 seen by John on Mount Zion with Lamb, have Christ and God’s Name written on foreheads. In Revelations 14:3–5 they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These have not defiled themselves with women for they are virgins and these follow the Lamb of God wherever He goes. They are redeemed from mankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless. They were clothed with the robes of justification, holiness, and victory, have palms in the hands as conquerors used to appear triumphant. Their glorious heavenly appearance as faithful servants of God who make it at last and fought the good fight of faith, and finished their course. With a loud voice gave to God and the Lamb the praise of the great salvation. Clothed in their new white robes remind of covering righteousness of Jesus arrayed for Holy service wear the white robes fit for priestly service in the Heavenly garments of purity. Palm branches are the emblems of victory as palm branches reminds us of the Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem in John 12:12-16. Jesus is praised as Saviour and King by the word Hosanna, means save now! Great multitudes celebrate great victory with the palm a sign of triumph indicating conflict and conquest. Palm is given for victory won for God as a prize after warfare and victory. The glorified carry palms, showing courage, strength not leisure in gardens of pleasure or palaces of peace, but endured hardness as men trained for war. Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant entry of Christ. The diversity here is evidence the Great Commission will be fulfilled before the end, even as Jesus promised (Matthew 24:14). John knew they came from different nations, tribes, people, and tongues in unison so are not there as individuals in heaven. People have in spirit form their own glorified immortal body. Heavenly people recognize Jesus and remember loved ones, patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.And in heaven, people from all nations and kindreds and languages are united by love of God in Christ Jesus. The time zone in God is instant Christian passing immediately from life enter PRESENCE of God and Christ in heaven. Heaven is part of galaxy in Hebrews 12:22-23 in the gospel:- You have come to Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, spirits of righteous made perfect to Jesus mediator of new covenant to sprinkled blood that speaks better word than blood of Abel. The writer compares Mt. Sinai with Mt. Zion in the old covenant no one could come near God except under strict conditions. God shakes mountains with thunder and lightning but now believers come boldly to God the Blood of Jesus. In Christ we are brought near to heavenly realities. We are nearer heaven than we think nearer to loved ones in heaven, angels, God and Jesus Himself. Although we feel the pain and the agony of loved ones in heaven, the message of Easter reminds us of the Victory Jesus Won for us over death forever. So sting of death is taken away by Jesus for the Holy Spirit of God that resurrected Jesus lives in us. We know we will see loved ones again in Rapture the dead will rise again to live forever. Have CONFIDENCE in God HIS enemies will perish in hell though it seems they are winning God uses their evil deeds as evidence against them for punishment to torment them in hell inferno tortured by God.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58, says 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” So earnestly and steadfastly desire to be delivered from groaning and the sighing for the redemption of our body in the rapture in Christ. God hears groaning so will save again in the new covenant.
Rapture is expected in Christian eschatology that any day believers will be lifted up to heaven as in 1 Thessalonian 4:16. The dead in Christ and the living will be raptured by Christ and angels, from unbearable tribulation of 7 years. Christ returns with angels from heaven to lift up the elect into heaven. Jesus said ONLY GOD KNOWS EXACT DAY, DATE AND TIME OF RAPTURE so nobody knows exact specific time. JESUS SAYS He does not know exact day or time GOD WILL ASK Him to come to rescue followers from tribulation. So do not get caught up in debates or arguments to prevent faith in Christ to qualify for rapture. 3. Christ said, GOSPEL MUST BE PREACHED all over the world for ALL TO HEAR SO THEY HAVE NO EXCUSE TO SAY THEY NEVER HEARD THEN END WILL COME. Billions of people need to hear the gospel so elect watchmen must pray day and night to compel God to intervene to shorten perilous times to send Jesus quickly to rapture them from evil. 5. The church is the bride of Christ so must be spotless and ready for the Groom Christ to come, so is the church really ready? 6. Jesus said false prophets will try to predict end to mislead, deceive elect not praying, reading, studying Bible or seeking God’s Face. In Matthew 25:13 Watch for you know not the day or the hour when Son of man comes. 7. Jesus warns do not be cynical, complacent, fed up so refuse to get ready or lose faith to miss real rapture due to unbelief, doubt, disappointment, previous experience false alarm so let down before and discouraged. 8. The Bible says life will continue with business as usual when rapture takes place. People are busier than ever buying, selling, given in marriage getting married, celebrating, having fun, leisure, pleasure, mocking, ridiculing God as days of Noah the Son of God will return for rapture. 9. Avoid conflicting theological arguments, contradictions, debates over text interpretation; pre-occupying distractions of believers who should spend quality precious time winning souls for God for rapture. 10. Be ready for coming of Christ like the last day but be prepared for tomorrow. 11. If Christ did not come on anticipated day, still hope and expect Christ in future Continue to look forward to Christ’s return for the rapture. Never allow anyone to tell you to sell assets or property for fixed day or date for the rapture for Bible never said to do so. It is true, Christians sell things to sponsor the gospel or provide for believers in communally in Acts, but it is by own choice and freewill. 12. So, the set time for rapture is known only by God Who will send Christ to rescue, save elect, remnant, when trumpet sounds. Christ will come back to reign and rule the new believers saved after first rapture to go to into heaven.
In an instant, the Lord Almighty will come with thunder, earthquakes, great noise, with wind storms, tempest and flames of a devouring fire. Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel symbolic name for Jerusalem, that attack her and her fortress and besiege her will be as it is with a dream, with a vision in the night as a hungry person dreams of eating, but awakens hungry still.. so will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion in Isaiah 29:5–8.
The believer sheep and unsaved goats will be segregated when Jesus, the Prince of Peace returns to rescue believers to restore life eventually to perfection like the Garden of Eden before sin entered. This is the new earth with Jesus and saints plus the 144000 who preached salvation and save others from all nations and tribes on earth. Together they will rule and reign for 1000 years while the devil is bound for 1000 years.
Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:1-6 received revelations from God in Heavenly Vision of Paradise. Paul’s anointed spiritual gifts from same Spirit of God. In 1 Corinthians 12, 1-11, speaking by the spirit of God that, “Jesus is Lord,” is through Holy Spirit. So, the Gospel has many gifts from God to manifest God in diverse ways for unity and diversity in the Body. This aspects of different forms of service are from same God 6 so different workings are produced in all. 7 Each individual manifestation of God’s Spirit is given to benefit all. 8 Spirit of expression of wisdom; knowledge, 9 faith, gifts of healing 10 mighty deeds; prophecy; discernment of spirits; varieties of tongues language and interpretation of tongues. 11 The One and Same Spirit distributed individually as God pleases. So concerning spiritual gifts, be not ignorant. In the body are many members in one body so believing Christ’s work of rapture is received by faith. So be informed, aware, alert, watchful in prayer and thanksgiving to GOD.
Have you faced a giant Goliath in your life that seemed so impossible to conquer? It seemed beyond your strength and ability, so you have been taunted daily, mocked, ridiculed, tormented. Above all, your God was considered weak, not on your side, all hope seemed lost. While facing the situation, you got the necessary help and advice from experienced people who went through similar circumstances. All their perfectly tailored advice suitable for them, seemed out of place when you applied it to your own situation. Others tried to help but it did not work out for you. So Saul offered his armour which David tried on but was too heavy and too big, so declines. When it all seemed finally you are about to be finished once and for all, God’s Supernatural Miracle shows up beyond natural human understanding.
God steps in to send His invisible Heavenly Army to favour you, provide strength, surround you, protect and fight through you for the battle is the Lords. You received sudden turn-around so Goliath is completely floored, head cut off with own sword in Jesus Name. This account of battle between 17 year old ridiculed David and Goliath is in 1 Samuel 17, when Saul and Israelites faced Philistines near valley of Elah. Twice a day for 40 days Goliath a Philistine champion, challenged Israelites to send a champion for combat but Saul and all the Israelites are afraid. David, bringing food for his brothers heard Saul promised to reward the man who defeats Goliath. David accepts challenge and Saul reluctantly agrees. David taking only his sling and five stones from a nearby river. David and Goliath confront each other, Goliath with his armor and shield, David with his staff and sling.
“The Philistine cursed David by his gods, David replies: “This day Jehovah will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down. I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know there is a God in Israel, and all this assembly may know God saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is God’s and He will give you into our hand.” David hurls a stone from sling with might and hits Goliath in the centre of forehead, Goliath falls to the ground and David cuts off head. The Philistines flee and pursued by the Israelites “as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron.” David puts the armour of Goliath in his tent and takes the head to Jerusalem.
Saul sends Abner to bring the boy to him. The king asks whose son he is and David answers “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.” Although Israel did not want battles Philistines imposed uncalled for combat on them. In Revelation 19.14, so Jesus will return with the sword in His mouth to cut off heads of all who reject salvation like Goliath. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, follow Christ on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so with it He strikes down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. and He treads the wine press of fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
This story is relevant to show that God’s enemies will be dealt with like the Philistine Goliath. Christ will first rescue and rapture saints and elect but destroy His enemies. It is important to remember Christ, to enjoy and celebrate victory in life and be prepared as God Only knows Day and Time. Today D-day victory is celebrated to remember battle axes and war heroes who conquered pegasus. It is necessary to keep in mind and remember God’s Appointed Ultimate D-Day Battle of God. Christ won the Victory for us by causing us to triumph always so Christian believers must be ready to avoid any surprises.
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David & Goliath head by Bartolomeo Bellano (Italian, 1437/38–1496/97 Padua.