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Bible Notes

Revelation 5:4; 7:17; 21:4 (28.05.20)

Revelation 5.4
[4] I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
Revelation 7.17
For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 21.4
[4] He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’

We probably imagine that everything in heaven is perfect, so we may be surprised to discover that in chapters 5 and 7 of Revelation there can be weeping in heaven. Perhaps it is implied too in 6.10: They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord..?’
Of course one of those weeping was John, present only as a spectator; and the multitude in white robes in chapter 7 had been weeping because of the great tribulation they had been through. But do we not also get a sense of sadness among those in heaven at the state of things on earth? I wonder if we are as sad at the misery around us as the heavenly onlookers are. But it won’t always be like this – the time is coming when every tear will be gone as God himself wipes them away. And all the things which make us sad will be consigned to history.

No more pain, no more sadness,
No more suffering, no more tears.
No more sin, no more sickness,
No injustice, no more death.

Because of You, because of You,
Because of Your love,
Because of Your blood.

All our sins are washed away,
And we can live forever,
Now we have this hope,
Because of You.
Oh, we’ll see You face to face,
And we will dance together
In the city of our God,
Because of You.
Paul Oakley 

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