“And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” (Rev. 4:5)
If you have been born again and would like to read about yourself in the Scriptures, go to the Book of Revelation. We are there, praising the Living God, glorifying Him above the heavens, seeing His incredible power and majesty as He moves to cause His wrath to fall upon the earth.
While we are safe.
The church, the bride of Christ, the born-again believers who have been saved by grace through faith in His name are not mentioned in the Revelation from chapter four until chapter nineteen, for we are no longer on this earth. The truth of the Rapture is not the subject of this short letter to you today though, nor are the days of Jacob’s Trouble, the Living God is. More specifically your personal proximity to Him.
“And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” (Exo. 33:20)
Because His infinite holiness would destroy our sinful flesh in a moment.
“And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.” (Rev. 16:7)
Where the Creator of all reality sits there are incalculable storms, whirlwinds, power imperceivable to the human mind. His wrath abides there, His love and compassion, His longsuffering and His great vengeance, and the closer we are drawn to His majesty, the more humble we become. Fear, awe, reverential humility, every known emotion known to man is present in the presence of the Most High.
“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:” (Rev. 1:17)
Those who will not serve Him, those who count the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ as a lite thing will see a part of the Almighty that we who have been born-again will never experience. The strongest, most rebellious self-willed man will be as the most frightened child.
In these days of “God is love,” when those who believe that Jesus Christ taught that we should just love everyone unconditionally, the majesty and power of the one true God has been forgotten. Calming peace has taken the place of reverential fear, for men do not fear Him any longer.
That will change.
“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:” (Rev. 6:16)
Power and majesty, righteous, Holy and just, wrath and vengeance. We would do well to remember our place, those of us in Christ, for we are hid in Him for a reason.
The people feared when the rain began to fall for the first time, they feared as the first born died that night, when the ground opened up and swallowed Korah and his family, when Nebuchadnezzar was at the gate. Two thousand years of grace has put a cloak over that fear, and today it is covering the entire planet.
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:18)
There will be.
There is an odd mixture of emotions in those who serve the Living God, who have died to self, it comes with a peace that passes all understanding and a reverential fear that reminds us that we are but dust, that it was grace that saved us. There is a patient anticipation within us that because we are still flesh, causes us to fear being in His presence. He is beyond all we can know or ever imagine.
How close do you want to be to the Almighty, how far do you dare to come to the Most High, how near do want Him to draw yourself to Him? There is a mixture of love and trepidation in these words, there is lightening mixed with love, thunders mixed with compassion. If you have been born-again, you will see God.
Prepare yourselves accordingly.