“Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.” – Revelation 14:1
Scripture reading: Revelation 14:1-5
Nearing the end of 2022, we may be wondering if anyone can escape the rule of the beast and the lies of the false prophet. So, the Spirit gives us this picture of Jesus on the throne and the 144,00 that we saw in chapter 7. Jesus is victorious; He knows His own and He keeps them safe!
Psalm 2 shows us all the nations in rebellion, yet God has placed His Son on Zion. Zion is the city of God, where God is enthroned in glory! Despite what we see happening on earth, Christ is enthroned. And in this picture in Revelation 14, we see the people of God, the saved ones. These are the ones who have been sealed by God as His own. Here, we are told that these are the ones who have kept themselves pure. They did not commit adultery, serving the gods of this world, but kept themselves pure for Jesus, following Him. They followed and testified to the truth, not giving in to the lie of the false prophet.
In this vision, they are singing before all those in heaven – the living creatures, the elders. Only they could sing this new song. This new song is an old song, for it is the song of Moses and the Lamb (see Chapter 15). It sounds like a roar, for it is a great multitude of people from all nations. The plan and purposes of God are sure. Salvation is ours in Christ.
Suggestions for prayer
Thank the Father for this vision of Jesus and those whom He has redeemed as first fruits. Pray He will keep us pure, keep us from believing the false prophet, keep our faith strong.
Rev. Calvin J. Tuininga has served in four churches and he retired in September 2019. He and his wife now reside in Washington, North Carolina. He presently serves as a relationship Counsellor with Coastal Pregnancy Centre, as the chairman of the Synodical appeals committee of the URCNA, and also enjoys helping in various churches when possible. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.