“They sing a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the one hundred forty-four thousand, those who had been redeemed out of the earth.”
The next part of the Revelation is in regard to the victorious state of Christ, The Lamb of God and the whole multitude of His people in heaven. The vision shows the sight of the Lamb of God standing on Mount Zion with the 144,000 and having His mark on their foreheads, as set apart for God.
The Lamb of God is the all-conquering Saviour of His people, who now stand with Him, redeemed and glorified, to rule with Him in heaven. They stand with Christ, as the city set on a hill, Mount Zion, the city of the living God.
“But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels, to the general assembly and assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.”
They have been brought there through the shed blood of Christ and made perfect as justified daughters and sons of the everlasting kingdom. Their lives bought for them with that great price, the blood that was shed for the whole world, for all our lives in this earthly world were paid for by the mercy of God. They have also received the heavenly life, because they repented and turned from evil and are righteous people made perfect.
The number 144,000 is the integer for the complete and accounted-for people of God, chosen before the foundation of the world and now saved out of the sinfulness of that world and safe in the eternal presence of their Redeemer, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. The mark on their foreheads is the name of the Son, Jesus Christ and the Father, the Eternal God.
The sound that is heard is like the gathering of many waters, the rush of a pent up flood.
“So shall they fear the name of the LORD where the sun sets, and His glory where it rises. For He will come like a raging flood, driven by the breath of the LORD. “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the LORD.”
It is the sound of great thunder, intimidating and powerful as the power of God resounding through the heavenly courts. John says the sound is like harpists playing on their harps, so it is melodious and not a random sound. It is the introduction to the glorious song of the Redeemed people of God.
“In that day, this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city. God appoints salvation for walls and bulwarks. Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter: the one which keeps faith. You will keep whoever’s mind is steadfast in perfect peace, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for in God, The LORD, is an everlasting Rock.”
This is the victory song of the people of Judah from the Old Testament. This new song will be different, for it is the eternal song and theme of the Redeemed, but it will have similar sentiments. The Praise will be to the Lord for all His mighty salvation and the shed blood of the everlasting covenant will be remembered forever.
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
2 Samuel 22:17-20
The Redeemed people will sing of the deliverance of the Lord and their secure salvation, bought for them at such a high price, as this song of praise from king David. The cross of Christ will be the theme on that great day of eternity also. The song will reverberate through the courts of heaven forever, it will be the everlasting theme of the Redeemed and no one else will be able to sing it.
These redeemed people have not been sullied by the false religion and adulterous ways of the sinful people caught up in the kingdom of the Beast. The wicked are all gone now and the people of God rejoice at their personal deliverance from the hands of eternal death.
“These are those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed by Jesus from among men, the first fruits to God and to the Lamb. In their mouth was found no lie, for they are blameless.”
They are blameless, not because they are faultless, but because Jesus took the blame for them. They follow Him everywhere, and will never let Him go. He is the truly Belovéd and they the Beloved. He will be the central theme for their song, for He is the reason they are counted worthy to be in that celestial throng.
“When He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song:
“Worthy are You to take the scroll and open its seals, because You were slain, and by Your blood You purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign upon the earth.”
All glory and dignity belong to Christ and He is set above all others for He is the Lamb once slain, the all conquering one, the judge of all the earth. All power and dominion belong to Him and He will reign for ever and ever.
“They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no night, and they need no lamp light; for the Lord God will illuminate them. They will reign forever and ever.”