The greatest picture of a
star-studded celebration ever recorded is in the
fourth and fifth chapters of Revelation.
Nothing in the Holy Scripture or secular history can
even claim second place. The entire host of
Heaven that the Psalmist David described on the
Northern Scopes of the eternal land will be the
welcoming company. The saints from all past
human history will be the honored guests. The
location is so grand that only one apostle’s eyes
have seen its indescribable beauty. This is
the Homecoming celebration of God’s human family.
Sin thrust the prodigal clan out of God’s immediate
presence long ago, but it’s time to go home.
John beheld this drama when he
was called by the Lord Jesus to
“Come up hither.” Entering into the
Celestial City, his eyes fastened on the throne of
our Heavenly Father. The Father was so
brilliant in glory that John never described the
throne. Using the most eloquent words he knew,
he spoke of God,
that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a
sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about
the throne, in sight like unto an emerald” (Revelation 4:3b).
These incredible colors and shapes speak of a
majestic being, clothed in eternity and manifested
in a divine purity. John was overshadowed and
fully covered with the Spirit or he would not have
lived through this drama played out before Him.
The location of this celebration
is Heavenly Jerusalem. Somewhere in the
Northern greatness of this universe this eternal
home exists in perfect light. The great
palaces are created with ivory. Even the
garments worn in this city are woven in perfumed
excellence. The Psalmist said,
garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out
of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee
glad” (Psalm 45:8). To even
approach this city will be an experience of
resplendent glory. The soul of every glorified
saint will be so flooded with life and rejoicing
that every memory of sadness will flee.
Our welcoming Host will include
every inhabitant of that eternal city. The
Father will be the Grand Marshall. The Son of
God will speak the welcoming words even as He did
when He called John to view this future event.
The Holy Spirit will spread His beautiful graces
across the entire expanse. Living creatures
will raise their voices in the most melodious sound
of joy and gladness. The great host of the
angels will reveal to us the joy of how they have
worshipped for ages.
God’s great saints, who have
worshipped, trusted, and served their Father, while
depending wholly on His sacrifice of sacred blood,
will be the honored guests. The new house of
redeemed flesh will be our wedding garments.
“For we know
that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not
made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For
in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed
upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be
that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being
burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but
clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up
of life” (II Corinthians 5:1-4).
We will be the center of this
grand celebration. Redeemed saints that have
forsaken this world to follow their God and His
Christ have longed and yearned for their
deliverance. Apostle Paul described the
longing of those in whom Christ is Lord of all,
“For we know
that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in
pain together until now. And not only they,
but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of
the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within
ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the
redemption of our body” (Romans
8:22-23). This body of flesh will soon be a
distant memory and our dwelling will be in the
company of the divine and angelic.
This occasion is the
Pre-Tribulation Rapture and the celebration that
follows before the redeeming of our earthly home
begins. This great company of millions of
saints will arrive in this Heavenly city to share
the business of cleansing the created world.
The throne that these saints, now called Elders,
will occupy shows clearly our part in guiding the
redeeming affairs of our Lord. He will reign
for seven years as the “Lamb Slain,” fully capable
of casting out all offence from our future home of
perfect peace. The book He receives from the
Father is the full judicial terms of the “Great
Tribulation.” It’s time to make God’s created world
a garden of paradise for eternity.
Before the process of redeeming
this universe, the saints have time to say what
their hearts have experienced from the moment of
their redemption. This scene will be one of
the grandest moments in our Father’s eternal
existence. The saints, acting in unison as a
grand multitude, will cause all Heaven to be silent.
Viewing this Heavenly Host, they will see Abraham
and Sarah, King David, Rahab, Jeremiah, Daniel,
Peter, Paul, and, by all means, John the Beloved
together with all the saints. The Word says it
best of all, “.
. . I heard the voice of many angels round about
the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the
number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand,
and thousands of thousands”
(Revelation 5:11). “The four and
twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the
throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and
ever, and cast their crowns before the throne,
saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory
and honour and power: for thou hast created all
things, and for thy pleasure they are and were
created” (Revelation 4:10-11).
It will be spectacular to be a
part of millions of redeemed saints celebrating by
casting their crowns at the feet of our Creator and
our Savior. Once our heads are bare of all the
glory given to us and we have deposited that glory
at His feet, we will sing our first song of the
glorified saints. Being home again with the
heavenly multitude of angels and our great God, Who
made us in His image, will be grand as the saints
prepare to share the eternal events to follow.