Psalm 14:7 contains an appeal from David that looks forward to the coming of the Lord to deliver the nation of Israel: ‘Oh that the salvation [deliverance] of Israel were come out of Zion! When the LORD brings back the captivity of His people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.’
The Lord appears on Mount Zion in Revelation 14:1 with the 144 thousand sealed Jews from every tribe. This scene portrays the prophetic truths found in Isaiah 59:20:
‘And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord’ and Romans 11: 26, 27: ‘And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.’
David’s hearty appeal was realized in that day, but his appeal also carried with it the prophetic implications which will be answered at the end of the Seventieth Week of Daniel when the Lord Jesus Christ, ‘The Redeemer’ Who ‘Shall come to Zion’ and the nation of Israel, having been purged and prepared to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah, will be saved, or delivered, in one day.
The result of this great deliverance will be celebrated by those who are saved:
‘When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.’ (Psalm 14:7) This rejoicing and gladness is also reflected by the actions of those present in heaven when the Lord Jesus Christ with the 144 thousand stand upon ‘The mount Zion’ on earth: ‘And I heard a voice [sound] from heaven, as the voice [sound] of many waters, and as the voice [sound] of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.’ (Revelation 14:2, 3)
This great company of the redeemed in heaven will be joined by the 144 thousand sealed Jews, who represent the nation of Israel, singing ‘A new song’. Although the lyrics of the song are not revealed, they could well be singing ‘Redeemed how I love to proclaim it, Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb’ to the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, for His great Redemption of the nation of Israel.
This theme of Redemption is underscored twice in the text that follows which describes the 144 thousand as being ‘Redeemed from the earth’ and ‘Redeemed from among men’showing the Blood-bought purchase of the Lord Jesus Christ which emphasizes the price paid for this ‘So great salvation’.
The Lord underscores the place of their redemption, ‘The earth’ and the people ‘From among men’ from whom they were redeemed, showing that they are not special or supernatural in origin, but ‘Servants of God’ chosen to glorify and serve the King of kings in the same way all of His children are redeemed.
This future redemption of the nation of Israel focuses upon the theme of Scripture once again showing that the book of the Revelation also has as its central theme, the end of the ‘Unfolding Drama of Redemption’. This title for the Scriptures has been utilized by many of God’s servant through the ages with W. Graham Scroggie utilizing it for the title of one of his great works written in the twentieth century.
The book of the Revelation supplies the last act in this great ‘Unfolding Drama of Redemption’ as the Lord Jesus Christ redeems the saints by rapture, redeems the 144 thousand, redeems the nation of Israel, and redeems His sheep at the battle of Armageddon. Therefore, it must be concluded that the grand theme of Scripture which is God’s redemption of mankind, is also one of the main emphases of this the last book of God’s Holy Word.
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