There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.
of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand,
Behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand,
The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people.
and of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
For there is born to you today, in David’s city, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could count, out of every nation and of all tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough.”
They cried with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation be to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men.” When the angels went away from them into the sky,
All the angels were standing around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before his throne, and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power, and might, be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
One of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are arrayed in the white robes, who are they, and where did they come from?” I told him, “My lord, you know.”
Room in the Inn: Multitudes (pt.2)
Room in the Inn: Multitudes (pt.2)
Let’s compare the next part of the Christmas Story with the same Before the Throne Revelation. Shepherds keep watch over their flock. Jesus keeps watch over our souls, all who dwell with him, in his wished for habitation.
The glory of the Lord shines around them. Christ adds souls to his Kingdom, surrounding them with his glory.
Son of the Right Hand
The angel brings words about the word of God. The Son of the Right Hand is about to enter our world.
A Savior has been born. A great multitude stand before the throne and before the Lamb. Their souls are clothed in holiness. Eternal life is in their hands.
The baby is wrapped in strips of cloth. The multitude cries out, “Salvation.” Their souls have been wrapped, made new, by the blood of Christ.
Suddenly a great multitude of angels appear, on earth, declaring God’s glory. All the angels stand around the throne, in heaven, declaring God’s glory.
I believe they are the same angels who went away into heaven in the first Christmas story. Now we can see where they went, behind the curtain of death as we know it.
Something’s made known to the Shepherds by God. They want to go up to the House of Bread and see it for themselves. The elder asks, who are these clothed in white? Where did they come from?
You know who they are. You know where they came from. We’ve seen something others have not, a glimpse into heaven itself, behind the curtain.
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