Those Who Come Out of the Tribulation

Biblical Text: Revelation 7:9-17

It is both All Saints Day and two days before a presidential election. As I pondered the texts for today I was struck by the polarity between our current expression of the City of Man, illustrated by the Presidential race, with the vision of the City of God seen by John.

From the one: Democracy, division, sickness and racial strife. From the other: The Kingdom, unity, shelter in the presence of God and rightly ordered allegiances.

This sermon reflects on what parts of this are available for the Saints at warfare in the midst of the tribulation, and what All Saints at rest look forward to.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 2 Chronicles 35:1-7, 16-25 and Colossians 3:1-25

2 Chronicles 35:1-7, 16-25
Colossians 3:1-25
Religious ceremony vs. Listening to the Word
Living the Word in daily life
The end of old duality for unity in Christ