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What will worship be like in New Jerusalem?
We are given few specific indicators of the content of worship in New Jerusalem in Rev. 21-22. But, other parts of the book of Revelation provide excellent and glorious details of the content of worship. It is proper, to list at least in part, the content of worship from other sections of this book. Most likely, the worship here described in Heaven will also take place in New Jerusalem.
Revelation 4:8-9 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, (KJV) . . . Four living creatures are described as ceaselessly worshiping the LORD God Almighty (Rev. 4:8). Three times they honor Him (Holy, holy, holy) for His holiness. They honor Him for His sovereignty, for He has power and authority over everything! They honor Him for His eternity. He is the One who WAS in the past, He IS the One now in the present, and He is the One Who IS TO COME! These living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the Almighty One sitting on the throne . . .this awesome One living into the ages of eternity!
Revelation 4:10-11 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (KJV) . . . When they do so, the twenty four elders fall down before the One sitting on the throne, Who lives into the ages of eternity. They cast down their crowns before the throne. These twenty-four elders acknowledge that God is worthy to receive the glory and the honor and the power because He is the Creator! He created all things; and it is because of His will that they existed and were created.
Revelation 5:5-7 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. (KJV) . . . The Apostle John was told of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, root of David, Who had conquered, qualifying Him to open a seven-sealed book of judgment. Then John saw standing as if slain, in the middle of the throne and the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a seven-horned, seven-eyed Lamb. Clearly this is none other than Christ Jesus. As a Lion, He had conquered sin, death, Satan and Hades. As a sacrificial Lamb He had died to pay for the sins of the world. His seven horns show His power; His seven eyes represent His omniscience; and together His seven horns and eyes give a picture of the Spirits of God sent forth into all the Earth. When Jesus took the book from the right Hand of God, praise exploded from around the throne (Rev. 5:8-14)! The four living beings and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one of them holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which consists of the prayers of the saints. They sang a new song of praise, including the following points for worship:
Jesus’ sacrificial death, and Jesus was worthy to open up the seven-sealed book of judgment because He had been killed, and now lives!
Jesus’ vast and far-reaching redemption: With His own Blood He had redeemed out of slavery to sin, Satan and death individuals for God from every clan and language and people and nation (Rev. 5:9).
Jesus was instrumental in establishing a Kingdom for God’s benefit, a kingdom, and priests. This means that they constitute God’s Kingdom, and their assignment in that Kingdom is to serve as priests to draw others to God. In the process this vast multitude will reign alongside Jesus in His Millennial Kingdom, and in the Eternal Kingdom on New Earth (Rev. 5:10; 20:4, 6; 22:5).
Millions upon millions of angels around the throne joined with the four living creatures and the twenty four elders (Rev. 5:11), thundering in a loud voice Jesus’ worthiness to inherit all glory and praise: Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. (KJV) . . . All living and lifeless entities in the entire Universe ascribe praise and honor to God the Father and Christ the Lamb throughout eternity! It is my belief that this will not completely be fulfilled until the final Eternal State, when all unbelievers and all fallen angels have been forever banished from the New Earth into the Lake of Fire.
Evidently God’s throne in Heaven is located inside His Temple. Saints who have been martyred during the Tribulation will take their places before the throne of God and will serve Him day and night in His temple (Rev. 7:14-15).
In John’s vision of what was in Heaven, the Temple in Heaven was opened up so John could see what was inside. He was able to see the ark of God’s Covenant inside the Temple (Rev. 11:19). Centuries earlier, God had given to Moses instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle on earth (Ex. 25-27). That earthly Tabernacle was modeled after the real Temple in Heaven. And too, the Ark of the Covenant on Earth was modeled after the real Ark of the Covenant up in Heaven (Heb. 8:1-5; 9:11). The earthly Ark of the Covenant contained the two tablets of stone on which were engraved the Ten Commandments (Heb. 9:3-4). Most likely the heavenly Ark of the Covenant contains a representation of God’s Covenant, including the Ten Commandments, but possibly covenantal revelation much broader than that.
There are angels in the Temple of God in Heaven. From time to time they exit to deliver messages (Rev. 14:15, 17) or perform their mission (Rev. 15:6-8). In this latter passage, seven angels who have seven plagues emerge from the Temple (Rev. 15:6). They are given seven bowls filled with the wrath of God (Rev. 15:7). The Temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and His power to such an extent that no one was able to enter the Temple until after the angels had finished pouring their bowls of God’s wrath upon the earth. Revelation 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. (KJV)
There exists an altar in connection with the Temple in Heaven.
Revelation 14:17-18And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. (KJV) . . . This altar is made of gold (Rev. 8:3; 9:13), and it stands before the Throne of God within the Temple (Rev. 8:3). The prayers of the saints appear on this altar before God, along with a constantly burning fire (Rev. 8:5). An angel periodically adds incense to the prayers of the saints on the altar (Rev. 8:3). The altar has four horns (Rev. 9:13). From the altar comes a Voice. Revelation 9:13-15 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. (KJV) . . . A Voice from the golden altar (most likely Christ), commands him to release the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. These four angels most certainly are evil angels! What other reason would they be bound? Why they were bound here (near where the Garden of Eden was) must have a significant meaning. This area is where the first sin began! The first murder was here; the first war was here; this is where the Flood began; this is where the people built a tower (Babel) as a monument to their greatness (Gen.11:4); this is where the Israelites were brought after their captivity in Babylon, and where they then turned to idolatry. These four “angels” will cause much devastation. It will be in this general area that Satan will finally fall.
Revelation 6:9-11 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (KJV) . . . What John saw when the fifth seal was opened really affected him. Souls of martyrs under the altar, at the foot of the altar in Heaven, at the feet of Christ! Persecutors can kill ONLY the body; they CANNOT kill the soul! God has provided a wonderful place, in a much better world, for those who are faithful unto death (Mark 13:13), those who persevere and keep their firm stand for our LORD. But we must remember, it is NOT their death, but the Sacrifice of Christ (HIS death) that gives them entrance into Heaven. WHO are these souls? They cannot be from the church age, for those souls were taken by Christ to Heaven at the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18). These souls under the altar are the Tribulation saints who took a stand for Jesus, and were martyred for their faith. This same group is again mentioned in Rev.7:9-17. The cause for which they suffered was the Word of God; the best for which any man can lay down his life; faith in God’s Word, AND the unshaken confession of that faith. We must tell others of Jesus! We cannot be ‘closet Christians.’ When this is fulfilled, God will send great tribulation to those who trouble His own, and wonderful happiness, peace and rest to those who are troubled. These martyred souls are extremely eager for God to bring justice to the Earth, but they are given white robes and told to wait a little while longer; until all their fellow servants and family are also killed as they were. . . . http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_why_h_s.htm . . . http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_what_h_s.htm
There seems to be a period of time, evidently during the Tribulation period, when the souls of martyred Tribulation saints are housed underneath the altar. They cry out to God for vengeance on those who have brutally murdered them on the Earth. They are told that they must wait until the number of martyrdoms has been completed. Meanwhile they are comforted by being given a white robe.
The fascinating thing is that there will be NO Temple in New Jerusalem when it comes down to reside in New Earth (Rev. 21:22)! Revelation 21:22-23 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (KJV) . . . Temples on Earth are clearly as artificial crutches to use to help believers in their worship of a physically absent God Who cannot be seen. When God first created the Earth and fellowshipped regularly with man in the Garden of Eden, there was no Temple, and no need for a Temple, for God’s Presence was there (Gen. 3:8). In New Jerusalem on the New Earth, God will again fellowship personally and directly with man as he did in the Garden of Eden. He Himself will be there among them (Rev. 21:3). He will personally dry the tears away from their eyes (Rev. 21:4). The throne of God and of the Lamb will be physically present in New Jerusalem and His servants will serve Him. Revelation 22:3-4 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. (KJV) . . . Because there is unlimited accessibility to God the Father and Jesus on their throne, there will be no need, ever in eternity, for the backing or support of a Temple in which to commune with and worship God. We will all be able to come and communicate with God face to face, as Moses once did! (Ex.33:11).
New Jerusalem Characteristics
New Jerusalem, future Home of Christians
New Jerusalem, Gates Always Open
New Jerusalem, NO Mores!
New Jerusalem, Proof of Ownership
New Jerusalem Prophetic Milestones Ahead
New Jerusalem, What Happens to Believers When they Die?
New Jerusalem, What Is Heaven Like?
New Jerusalem, What Is It Like?
New Jerusalem, Worship There
The New Jerusalem