August 21st I’ll Fly Away


Reading Revelation 14:1-13

This is the fourth of seven visions in this section of the book. John sees the Lamb (5:6) and the 144,000 (7:4). I love the picture of the redeemed standing with their Lord, now participating in heavenly worship. Again we are reminded that when we worship here on earth we are participating in the glorious worship that is eternal in Heaven. We might not ‘feel’ like worshipping and at those times – when we do not feel like worshipping and yet do speak or sing out praise, adoration and commitment  – we are bringing a sacrifice of praise to God. And the angels join with us. Amazing!

Three angels worship and speak out God’s truth. The first angel proclaims the great message of the Gospel (6&7). The second angel in this passage proclaims that Babylon is fallen; by that the angel is saying that though evil seems solid around us it is doomed and there is a day coming when it shall be no more. Babylon, that representation of the polar opposite of God’s heavenly city, is destroyed.(8)  The third angel proclaims that those who want to live in the shadow of Babylon and worship its king will share its fate. (9-12) The call is clear, leave Babylon and don’t bow down to its king- whatever he offers.

The verse that I love in this section is 13: “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them.” That is true now and forever!

When Jo and I lived in Dallas we stayed with the most wonderful, generous and gorgeous Christian lady who we call Miss Betty. She loved an old hymn and played it to us a couple of times. It captured our hearts and though we don’t sing it often in the UK , Jo and I do, it’s called ‘I’ll fly away‘ by Albert E. Brumley

Some bright morning when this life is over
I’ll fly away
To that home on Gods celestial shore
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

When the shadows of this life have gone
I’ll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls I’ll fly
I’ll fly away

Oh how glad and happy when we meet
I’ll fly away
No more cold iron shackles on my feet
I’ll fly away

Just a few more weary days and then
I’ll fly away
To a land where joys will never end
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away

Max Lucado puts it well,

I’ll be home soon. My plane is nearing San Antonio. I can feel the nose of the jet dipping downward. I can see the flight attendants getting ready. [My wife], Denalyn, is somewhere in the parking lot, parking the car and hustling the girls toward the terminal.
I’ll be home soon. The plane will land. I’ll walk down that ramp and hear my name and see their faces. I’ll be home soon.
You’ll be home soon, too. You may not have noticed it, but you are closer to home than ever before. Each moment is a step taken. Each breath is a page turned. Each day is a mile marked, a mountain climbed. You are closer to home than you’ve ever been.
Before you know it, your appointed arrival time will come; you’ll descend the ramp and enter the City. You’ll see faces that are waiting for you. You’ll hear your name spoken by those who love you. And, maybe, just maybe—in the back, behind the crowds—the One who would rather die than live without you will remove his pierced hands from his heavenly robe and . . . applaud.
(From The Applause of Heaven by Max Lucado)

Jesus says

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)

For memorisation

“Fear God and give him glory” (Revelation 14:7)

Prayer

Father, help me to endure, to follow you. Help me never to give up. When I feel like giving up and throwing in the towel, remind me that you reign and are waiting to welcome me home. In Jesus name. Amen.

Comments:

  • Rachel Prentice says:

    When we all get to heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, We’ll sing and shout the victory.



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