Rev. 5:8-14 HEAVENS CONCERT
Intro: After the Lamb takes the book, all of Heaven bursts into a song of praise. (Ill.
Musics power in our everyday lives. Music has the power to move us James
5:13; Eph. 5:18-20; Col. 3:16) All of the emotions known to man can be experienced and
expressed through the medium of music. Lets take a few moments tonight to visit this
Heavenly Concert at the throne of God. The admission is free, the atmosphere is glorious
and the company is beyond compare. After all, we are going to be here some say soon!
I. v.8 THE BASICS OF HEAVENS MUSIC
Who? The 4 beasts and the 24 elders.
A. Harps - (Symbolic of praise) Ill. We will be able to play in Heaven!
(Ill. Little boy with broken arm asks doctor, "Will I be able to play the piano
after I get my cast off?" Doctor says, "Certainly!" Boy says, "You
must be some doctor." Doctor asks, "Why?" Boy responds, "Well, I
couldnt play before!")
(Ill. Old Testament prophets often prophesied accompanied by the music of harps
2 Kings 3:15)
There is a 2-fold purpose for music in the church:
1. The preacher and the people are prepared for the ministry of the Word of God.
2. The heart is lifted from the mundane and the worldly in
B. Bowls (Symbolic of praise) (Ill. The symbolism of incense in the
presence of God. It pictures the sweet smell of our prayers ascending up before the face
(Ill. Our praying is never in vain! It ascends up before the Lord and it honors Him!)
(Ill. We should sing now for His glory and we should be actively involved in a
lifestyle of praise and prayer!)
II. v. 9-10 THE LYRICS OF HEAVENS MUSIC
(A New Song)
(Ill. Chap. 4 The song of praise was for creation. In chap. 5, the song is praise for
A. The theme of their song is Jesus! (Ill. They take their time to praise the Lamb.)
Jesus ought to be the centerpiece of all that we are and do. (Ill. Col. 1:18) Does He have
the preeminence in your life?
B. Their song is a ballad A song with a story!
1. About the Power of the Lamb 9a
2. About the Passion of the Lamb 9b (Ill. Slain sphazo to butcher,
or slaughter) (Ill. The brutality of the death of Christ Isa. 52:14)
3. About the Purpose of the Lamb 9c (Ill. Blood It is what redeems us,
keeps us and presents us holy before the presence of God Heb. 9:22)
(Ill. Hymnals Some would like to remove the blood from their singing, others
already have! In Heaven, however, the Blood of Jesus is the theme of the praise. There
will not be a single one there who is not blood bought and blood washed. Give me that
old-time, blood religion!)
C. Made us Kings and Priests v. 10 In other words, we are members of the royal
family. We also have the obligation of offering up sacrifices to His glory. (Ill. Praise
Heb. 13:15; Performance Rom. 12:1-2)
III. v. 11-14 THE DYNAMICS OF HEAVENS MUSIC
A. v. 11 (Ill. The number of angels) (Ill. The Temple had about 4,000 musicians
and rotating choir members.) Just pause to imagine the sound of Heavens great choir
of the redeemed.
B. v. 12 Their seven fold anthem of praise.
1. To receive power Dynamic power
2. Riches Plentitude (All things Col. 1:18)
3. Wisdom Total intelligence
4. Strength Force
5. Honor Reverence
6. Glory Doxology
7. Blessing Eulogy
(Ill. Notice, He alone is "Worthy." None else deserves praise and worship.
Jesus alone is worthy! Are you giving Him these things? He receives them in Heaven, He
ought to receive them from His people who inhabit the earth!)
C. v. 13 The entire universe, Heaven, earth, Hell, begin to praise Jesus the Lamb!
(What a day that will be! However, what a tragedy it will be for fallen man. They must
bow, but it will avail them nothing Phil. 2:5-11!)
D. v. 14 The beasts are at a loss for words and simply say, "Amen So let it
be." The 24 elders fall before Jesus (Again!) and worship the eternal Lamb of God.
(Ill. All music will leave you at someones feet. Either at the feet of Jesus, or
the feet of Satan. Where does your music leave you?)
Sermon By Alan Carr