Revelation 7:17 Wiping Away Tears

Revelation 7:17 (KJV)
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

The Revelation twice says that God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. 
That implies tears
Though the believer has faith, he trusts the Lord, still that which is painful hurts. 

That implies compassion 
That act of wiping away a tear is personal, intimate, and caring.

The implies promise
It is future. It is not now. 

Perhaps tears today are more appropriate than we like to imagine. 

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Revelation 7:17 Wiping Away Tears

Revelation 6:1 The Lamb and the Lion

Revelation 6:1 (KJV)
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

It was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus, who had prevailed to open the seals of the book. But it was the Lamb, Jesus, who opened the first seal. There is the love of God, even in the act of bringing judgment upon the world.

When Jesus came the first time it was as the Lamb of God that take the away the sin of the world. When He comes the second time it will be as the Lion of the tribe of Judah to judge those who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

This passage serves to remind us that the Lion never loses His lamb-like qualities. “This same Jesus which was taken up … shall so come”.[1] The judge of the earth lives to love and to save. During the Tribulation, when men will be tried so terribly for their sin, the Bible teaches us the multitudes without number will be saved.[2]

In the midst of terrible trouble, even then all who will look to the Lamb will be forgiven, saved, and reconciled to God. 


[1] Acts 1:11 (KJV)
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

[2] Revelation 7:9 (KJV)
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

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Revelation 6:1 The Lamb and the Lion

Revelation 5:5 Weep Not

Revelation 5:5 (KJV)
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Weep not

The passage is prophetic. 
It speaks of a literal time in the future of this earth, and of the men who dwell upon it. 

The passage is of judgment. 
It speaks of a literal time when the wickedness of mankind has reached a point when it is no longer tenable to allow them to go on. 

The passage is hopeful. 
Though it speaks of a man weeping because it does not appear there is anyone to worthy to bring upon the world the judgment that must take place, his tears are wiped away when he is introduced to the Lion of the tribe of Judah – Jesus. 

The passage is prophetic, but I can see a parallel lesson for today. Evil abounds today. In our world, in our communities, in our government.

  • It seems like there is no one capable of stopping this wickedness. 
  • It seems like it might go on forever. 
  • It seems like it can only get worse and worse. 

Weep not. 

This same Jesus who will open the seals in the time of the Tribulation, is listening to our prayers today. Look up. Look to Him. Look for Him. 

He is worthy and He is coming. 

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Revelation 5:5 Weep Not

Revelation 4:4 Seated Around God’s Throne

Revelation 4:4 (KJV)
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

I have been taught that the twenty-four elders represent the churches of the Lord. I am not at all opposed to that teaching but, since the Bible doesn’t actually say, and since the number twenty-four seems significant, I think of them as the completed work of God. 

  • Twelve representing the twelve tribes of Israel 
  • Twelve representing the twelve apostles

I understand the objections to the representation of the twelve tribes as, at this moment, God’s work with them was not finished. Still God is not bound by time as we are. 

John specifically saw twenty-four seats and twenty-four elders. The seats indicate, I think, preparation. I am reminded of John 14, “I go to prepare a place for you[1] and Ephesians seated together.[2] God has prepared for all who will come to Him, whether it is Jew or Gentile, whether it is Old Testament or New, whether it is male or female, young or old, God is prepared to receive us. 

The seats are around God’s throne. They are not around some venerated saint or admired preacher. Our focus in heaven won’t be a hero of the faith. Our focus will be the Object of our faith. 

Seats are a place of rest. Our work will one day be finished. We will enjoy the presence of the Lord where we will spend eternity enjoying Him and worshiping Him.


[1] John 14:2 (KJV)
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

[2] Ephesians 2:6 (KJV)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

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Revelation 4:4 Seated Around God’s Throne

Revelation 3:8 That Will Be Enough

Revelation 3:8 (KJV)
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Jesus credited the church in Philadelphia with three things:

  • They had a little strength 
  • They kept His Word
  • They had not denied His name

I see this in contrast with the church in Laodicea, who said of themselves: 

  • We are rich 
  • We are increased with goods and
  • We have need of nothing 

First, we ought to prefer the word of the Lord above our own. Second, we ought to accept our limitations. The only way to have the anointing and blessing of God is to admit we have none of our own. If we may but, have a little of his strength, that we keep His Word, and remain true to His name, that will be enough.

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Revelation 3:8 That Will Be Enough

3 John 1:5-8 How To Help

3 John 1:5-8 (KJV)
Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

The doctrine described here is not strange to the Word of God. It is the principle upon which our missionary endeavors rest. 

There are those anointed of God and so burdened to reach out to lost souls with the Gospel. As they pioneer in “gentile” or in territory inhospitable to the Gospel, the rest of us do well to help them in: encouragement, prayer, and financial support. 

And in so doing we become partners in their work and contributors to the advancement of the truth. 

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3 John 1:5-8 How To Help

2 John 1:13 The Lady and Her Sister


2 John 1:13 (KJV)
The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

This little letter is addressed to “the elect lady and her children” and ends with a salutation from, “the children of thy elect sister.

I take it that this is a reference to a couple of churches. If that is the case:

  • They are local and separate 
  • They are alike in fellowship
  • They walk in truth
  • They abide in the doctrine of Christ 
  • They reject those that have a different doctrine
  • They are admonished to “look to yourselves” to preserve and protect a full reward[1]

Scripturally it is not enough for a church to have a reward. It is not enough to have a partial reward. We are to strive for a full reward.


[1] Barnes gives good counsel when he writes, “When error abounds in the world, our first duty is not to attack it… (but to) look to the citadel of our own souls and see that it is well guarded there.” 
Perhaps this has been the weakness of much of modern Christianity. It has been on the offense and hasn’t prepared well for the defense of those back home. Consequently, we have won the souls of strangers (a good work) at the expense of the souls of our loved ones (a tragedy.)
https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com/2012/08/guard-home.html

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2 John 1:13 The Lady and Her Sister

1 John 5:3 Error and Antichrist

1 John 5:3 (KJV)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

I want to take this back to 1 John 4:4-6 and the spirit of truth versus the spirit of error. 
1 John 4:4-6 (KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

  • It is God whom we are to love. 
  • It is God whom we are to believe. 
  • It is God whom we are to worship. 

Anything else is error and antichrist. 

But the Word of God is our connection with God. Therefore, we may recognize a good deal about our relationship with God from our attitude concerning the Bible, the Word of God. 

  • To believe it is of God
  • To accept that it is true
  • To obey those things it teaches

This is the spirit of truth and it is evidence of an honest love for God. 

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1 John 5:3 Error and Antichrist

1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

1 John 4:4-6 (KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

There are three statements of position in the early verses of this chapter:
Ye are of God 
Vs 4
They are of the world
Vs 5
We are of God 
Vs 6

All three of these statements are true. But the foundational one is verse 6. If it is not accepted that the author of these words is of God, speaking under the inspiration of God, then the reader will dismiss everything else posited in the book. 

Here is one of the great divides that occur among people, and the one that must be reckoned with before any sort of understanding among believers and unbelievers can be had. We as believers take it that the Bible is of God. It is not an opinion. It is not just another view. It is the truth upon which all that is true rests. 

To argue from the position that the Bible is true, with a person who does not see it as such is a futile exercise. We must first ask God to help them come to this conviction or else all the rest will be doubtful disputation.

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1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

2 Peter 3:6-7 In Light of This

2 Peter 3:6-7 (KJV)
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

2 Peter 3:10 (KJV)
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

I see a “past, present and future” in the judgements.

Then was
Vs 6
We no longer live in the same world as was before the flood. Despite the fall, between the fall and the flood, the world that then was would have been something else. The Garden of Eden would have been paradise and fallen man was restricted from it. But all of the pre-flood world would have been paradise compared to the post-flood world.  

Are now
Vs 7
This present world is kept today through the promises of God. Those promises have an expiration date. The promise is that the world will never be judged by a flood again. Some other judgment is coming.

Will come
Vs 10
The bulk of this chapter concerns what will come. 

In light of all that was, is, and is to come, the chapter ends with this application.
2 Peter 3:18 (KJV)
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

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2 Peter 3:6-7 In Light of This