Do you fear and glorify the name of the Lord?
By Don Ruhl
As an article elsewhere in The Bible Meditator pointed out, the beast of Egypt confronted Israel on the shores of the Red Sea, but God the Lord helped Israel, separating the waters for her, then closing them down upon the pursuing Egyptians. Moses and Israel sang a mighty song, praising the glory of God in victory, in power, in holiness, in power again, and in victory again. As Israel passed through the sea and under the cloud, they were baptized into Moses. They are our brethren.
Christians pass through the water and enter Christ, as God frees them from the tyranny of sin and guilt, giving us plenty of reasons to sing to and to praise our glorious God. However, the beasts of pagan Rome and papal Rome sought to devour our early brethren in the church, and the beasts of secularism and political liberalism pursue us to capture us to return us to life without God.
However, even if we have to die, God gives us the victory, showing His power over secular forces today, because He is holy and He will demonstrate His power, and give us the victory. That is the Book of Revelation. That is Revelation 15.1–4. That is the story of Earth.
Revelation 15.1, 2 A Magnificent Sight!
Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete. And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God (Rev 15.1, 2).
God put plagues on Egypt and Rome, and He will put them upon whoever tries to enslave us or He will put them upon whoever tries to get us to live without God.
Our brethren who fought the beast of Rome stood on a sea of glass mingled with fire, like Israel standing on the shores of the Red Sea, and our brethren had a song to sing and they sang it with Moses and the Israelites.
If we do not give in to the twin beasts of secularism and political liberalism, we too shall be part of the chorus singing a song of victory that centers upon glorifying our God! See yourself standing on a sea of glass that has fire mingled in it, but the fire does not hurt you, and God has given you a harp to play, and you are ready to sing!
Revelation 15.3, 4 Song of Glory
They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:
“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”
Why would anyone not fear the Lord; and not glorify His name? Look at what He did to Egypt! Fear Him and glorify His name! Look at what He did to pagan Rome! Fear Him and glorify His name! Watch what He will do to papal Rome, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming” (2Th 2.8). Fear Him and glorify His name! Watch what He will do to the beasts of secularism and political liberalism! Fear Him and glorify His name!
Do not lose heart at the church’s seeming loss of influence in the world and the encroaching beasts of secularism and political liberalism, because we are the salt of the earth and we are the light of the world, so we shall last, but the world shall pass away.
The Roman beast attacked Christians with the power of Satan, using death to silence members of the church, but through death members of the church joined the Lord.
The singers listed reasons for fearing God and praising His glorious name:
- Great and marvelous are His works.
- He is the Lord God Almighty.
- Just and true are His ways.
- He is the King of the saints.
- He alone is holy.
- All nations shall come and worship before Him.
- His judgments have been manifested.
If you have been delivered from sin, if you have been delivered from the fires of hell, if you have the hope of eternal life, are not those reasons valid for you also? Fear Him and glorify His name!
The singers had victory over the beast. Can you understand why the Israelites sang to God when He closed the Red Sea on the pursuing Egyptians? Can you understand why early Christians would sing to God? The beast of Rome crucified Christians, used them as human torches, and placed them in the infamous Coliseum for gladiators to kill or for wild animals to attack.
What shall the beasts of secularism and political liberalism do to us? Whatever they do, we will win in the end.
The Question of the Song
If you do not fear the Lord and glorify His name, you must not yet know that great and marvelous are His works! that He is the Lord God Almighty! that His ways are just and true! that He is the King of the saints! that He alone is holy! that all nations come and worship before Him! that His judgments are manifested!
Have you considered: Whether there is a God? If so, do you know who He is? Is there a day of judgment coming?
There is a God in heaven. He created all things and He is the Father of Jesus Christ. Someday we shall meet both of them at an event called the Day of Judgment.
The people in Revelation 15 believed in God and they believed in His Son Jesus. Those people prepared themselves for the Judgment by living as Christians and resisting the evil of this world.
What about you? Do you want to experience the spectacular? Do you want to be part of something big? Do you want to do something that even heaven wants to see your part in it?
Christian, is it time for you to rededicate yourself to the Lord? Those not Christians, is it time for you to become Christians? You can be baptized into Christ and He will deliver you from the bondage of sin, guilt, and death, and He will give you a harp to play that He has crafted and a song to sing that Jesus has written while you stand on a sea of fiery glass, and you will know how to play the harp of God He gives you and you will be able to sing the song He has written.
That is spectacular! That is big! Heaven wants to watch you! We want to watch you!
What do you want to do?
- Our Glorious God (thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com)