I have recently been considering the reality of the saints in the times of testing or “Great Tribulation.” What will we be doing in Heaven between the catching up of the saints and the Second Coming? What is our occupation for these seven years?
I came across this video from the Upper Room in Dallas of prophetic worship that made me think more about the environment of Heaven during these seven years. What we do know from Revelation is that we will crying out with the angels that only Jesus is worthy to open the scroll and break the seals.
The blood bought Church will be caught up to be with the Lord. (1 Thess 4) and there would be revivals breaking in the Holy Land (Ezekiel 37). The Church will be crying “Holy, Holy, Holy” in the throne room. The Jewish people will be crying the same on earth in the times of testing. Both prayer meetings will be crying out for the purposes of God to be established.
Revelation 14 talks about the great harvest that will happen on earth in the Holy Land among the Jewish population. We know this is among the Jewish people because the Church will be removed by this time. It is during the Tribulation that many Jews will receive the Messiahship of Jesus Christ.
It is important for us to realize that the catching up is the not the end for the Church. We might be removed from the earth but our role as intercessors will remain through the seven years. We will be crying out for Jesus to open the scrolls and break the seals in the throne room!
Do not weep for Jesus is worthy!
In Revelation 5:5 we read, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” While no one was found worthy to open the scrolls in Heaven, on earth or in hell; Jesus Christ is the only one that was worthy!
The command to not weep in sorrow here is in unity with what is told to John later in Revelation 21:4. There is no death, pain, sorrow or mourning. We do not mourn as those who have no hope because Jesus is the worthy to open the scrolls and break the seals.