Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints, they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Intro: Though the context of our verse is during the time of Great Tribulation (may God forbid that anyone of us will be in that dreaded period), yet the relevance of the word of God is true at any period in time or at any situation. So we study Rev. 14:12 for today’s saints. Iyong mga banal ay yaong mga nahirang (separated) na hiwalay mula sa sanglibutan upang maging kasangkapan ng Panginoong Jesucristo. The holy ones are separated from the world for the Lord’s service. They are no longer to be “of the world, though they are in the world.” Members of the churches during the NT times are called saints. (Rom 1:7-Rome; 1 Cor 1:2; 2 Cor 1:1-Corinth-Achaia; Ephe 1:1-Ephesus; Phi 1:1-Philippi; Col 1:2-Colosse, etc.)
I. Sa Rev. 14:12, isa sa tatlong katangian ng mga banal ay sila ay sumusunod sa mg autos ng Dios Ama, Dios Anak at Dios Espirito Santo. Paano natin pakinggan ang tinig ng Dios Ama, Dios Anak at Dios Espirito Santo upang makasunod sa autos ng Dios? Kapag ang Dios Ama at Dios Espirito Santo ay nagsasalita ay hindi sinasabing pakinggan ang aking tinig:
A. Ang Holy Spirit. The ministry of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16:7-15) relative to the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ is:
1. Jn. 16:13 – Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
2. Jn. 16:13 (b) He will not speak of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak; He will show the disciples of Jesus things to come (referring specially to those revelations which, in the Epistles partially, but most fully in the Apocalypse, open up a vista into the Future of the Kingdom of God);
3. He will glorify Jesus; the Holy Spirit shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto Jesus’ disciples; (Jn. 16:15 – All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.)
Hebrews chps. 3 and 4 the Holy Spirit is saying:
1. Heb 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts…
2. Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
B. God the Father in Matt. 17:4-5 is saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” The Father is speaking but He is telling Peter, James and John (and us) to listen not to Him but to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why? Because the Father speaks to us through the Son, whether in the Old testament or in the New Testament.
1. Joh 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. Therefore the Father speaks to us through the Son.
2. (Heb. 1:1-2: God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.) From the time the Lord Jesus began His public ministry, the world has entered “these last days.” In these last days, God the Father spoke through His Son. Many would be able to understand that statement when one is reading the Gospels. But how did God the Father spoke in the time past? According to Heb. 1:1, the Father spoke through the prophets. But how? Did the Father spoke directly to the prophets? The word of God says in Zec 7:12 “Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in His Spirit by the former prophets. The Lord of hosts spoke to the prophets through the Holy Spirit. Now, who is the Lord of hosts (Jehovah Sabaoth)? There is a “preview” of Jehovah Sabaoth in Isaiah chapter 6 when Isaiah saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. And the seraphims with six wings cried one unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. This scene John said, “These things said Isaiah, when he saw His (Jesus’) glory and spake of Him (Jesus). (Jn. 12:41) Although not revealed to the Jews who would not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 12:37), the Lord of hosts as seen by Isaiah is the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, God the Father spoke to the prophets through the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of hosts through the Spirit.
[There are many more but another confirmation that the LORD of hosts is Jesus Christ. Isa 44:6 – “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel & his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first & I am the last & there is no God besides Me.” Comparing Scripture with Scripture we find that in Revelation 22:13 Jesus identifies Himself as “I am the Alpha & the Omega, the first & the last, the beginning & the end.” which clearly parallels the Isaiah passage. So Jesus is our Jehovah Sabaoth (similar affirmation by Jesus are found in Rev 1:17, 2:18)]
3. Example: Rev. 1:1, 10. It is the Lord Jesus Christ’s revelation which God (the Father) gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John. In verse 10, John was in the Spirit to enable him to write in a book the things which he saw in the revelation of Jesus. (1 Pet. 1:20-21)
C. Therefore, the whole counsel of God is known through the Son, Jesus Christ.
1. When God the Father speaks, He says, “hear ye Him (Jesus).” Everything that God the Father wants us to know was made known by God the Son.
2. When the Holy Spirit speaks He says, “Today, when you hear His (Jesus’) voice, harden not your hearts…” That is why one of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to lead us to the truth (Jn. 16:13) which is personified in the Lord Jesus. (Jn. 14:6)
3. Rev. 19:10-“… for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Prophecy is not only foretelling but forth-telling the whole revelation of the will of God. This is spirit of prophecy which is the testimony of Jesus Christ. Whatever God wants the whole creation to know, it is known through Jesus. The whole Bible as the written word of God is the testimony of Jesus. That is why Jesus is also called the Word (Jn. 1:1, 14) because all that the world needs to know about God, all have been made known unto us by God the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. The Father never revealed Himself directly to the world but by the Son. The Son is the revealer of the Father. (Jn. 1:18; 14:6-9; Matt. 11:27-28) So what Jesus does is to call us to come to Him
4. So when God the Son, the Lord Jesus, speaks He says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (Jn. 11:25-27: Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.) If you are a member of the sheepfold of the Lord Jesus Christ, a true Christian:
a. the object of your faith is Jesus Christ;
b. you listen to His sayings
c. you follow Him
II. How do we know the voice of Jesus?
A. The words of Jesus never change. Matt. 24:35-The voice of Jesus yesterday is still his voice today and will always be forever and ever and ever. Therefore, everyday is today and everyday you will have to listen to His voice. His words are the same yesterday, today and forever. His words will never fail because they are not based on this world (heaven and earth or all things). His promises were based on the everlasting covenant between God the Father, Himself as God the Son and the third Person of the Godhead, God the Holy Spirit. The eternal purpose of God was purposed in Christ Jesus. (Ephe. 3:11) For example, His covenant to be the Lamb tof God who takes away the sin of the world was considered fulfilled even before the world existed because Jesus is the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev. 13:8) The basis of the words and promises of Jesus was based not on the existence or conditionalities of this world but on the everlasting covenant of the three Persons of the Trinity which was established before the foundation of the world.
B. The words of Jesus are written in the Bible. What if there is a voice (any voice, human or angelic) that says differently from the written word of God, the Bible?
1. Even if that voice is accompanied by miracles which are contrary to the revealed will of God in the Bible, do not be deceived by that voice. Deu 13:1-3 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deu 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
2. What if the voice brings any other gospel that perverts the Gospel of Christ as written in the Bible? Paul says, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Gal. 1:8) The gospel which was preached of Paul is not after man but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Gal. 1:11-12)
III. How do we listen to Jesus?
A. Continue studying the words of Jesus that you may know the truth and the truth shall set you free from the bondage and heavy load of sin. (Jn. 8:31-32: If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples (students-followers) indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
B. Keep the words of Jesus. Joh 14:21, 24 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him… If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. If you keep the words of Jesus:
1. you shall be loved of the Father and the Son;
2. Jesus will manifest Himself to you;
3. the Father and the Son will abode with you.
C. Today, when you hear His voice, harden not your hearts…
1. If you are an unbeliever in the Lord Jesus, Jesus is saying, “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Do not delay, for the Lord is not slack in His promises, but is longsuffering, not wanting anyone to perish but that everyone should come unto repentance. Turn away from your sins, come to Jesus that you might find rest of your soul from the heavy load of sin.
2. If you are a believer, obey His voice. Do not let this book of the law depart from thy mouth. You sall meditate on it day and night. Then you shall make thy way prosperous and you shall have good success.