Revelation 7:15 (NIV) “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.”
In the historical liturgy of the Christian Church, before exclaiming the Sanctus, the Pastor prays:
“Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious Name,
for ever praising you and saying…”
Then the congregation with the Pastor says:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
But although it is true that Angels and Archangels continually praise God’s Name in heaven (Isaiah 6:1-4; Revelation 5:11-12), the vision of Jesus Christ known as Revelation, also presents human beings worshiping God and continuously rejoicing before the divine throne. They rejoice in God’s presence after having been saved from the great tribulation (Rev. 7:14), washed in the blood of the Lamb and given them white vestments… as part of the “Kingdom of Priests” that serve God night and day.
But this vision does not come in a vacuum.
It is important to remember that the book of Revelation does not contain the visions of St. John, but rather, the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Rev. 1:1) The visions contained in Revelation are most likely the visions that Jesus experienced when He would retire alone to pray and fast for days in the presence of God; and most likely, part of the teachings that Jesus promised to hand down by means of the Holy Spirit. (John 16:12)
The Gospel of St. Luke ends with a few important sentences that describes the daily living of the Apostles and their disciples right after the visible Ascension of Christ. Luke 24:51-53
While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
In an era when most Christians find it burdensome to sit through a church service for 60 minutes, it is very difficult to comprehend such level of devotion.
Soon after the Apostles died and their disciples started to depart from this world, the Christian Church began to lose its devotional fervor and became engrossed in a perpetual state of philosophical quandary… leaving mystics no choice than to renounce society and live in deserted places, where they could spend their time worshiping God and studying the Holy Scriptures.
Monasticism stems from the desire to seek and love God with full devotion… unfortunately, the fervor for God became far removed from the masses, and eventually, Christian monasticism also became as stale as the lack of devotion found in the dioceses.
We Need A Devotional Revolution
The Scriptures tell us in 2 Peter 2:12 that we should be continuously looking forward to Christ’s return and even speed its coming!
But in order to do so we Christians must first recognize that we are addicted to secularism and its distractions. We try to fit devotional life into our lifestyles, rather than mold our lifestyles within the bounds of devotional living.
“Traditional” worship lacks joy…and frankly, its terribly boring. “Contemporary” worship is controlled by the Entertainment Industry- which is why (for the most part) its just a B-grade imitation of the world’s music.
We claim to love Jesus Christ… but where’s the proof?
If Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords…and if in heaven Christ is worshiped day and night…if we will be doing the same thing…and if the Apostolic Church worshiped in the Temple continuously, why then don’t we at least attempt to honor God in the same way?
The Christian Church needs a Temple of Praise where Christians worship day and night, continuously. Where the joy of our salvation is tangibly experienced…A place where all depression and carnal delusions are dissipated by the intoxication of chanting God’s Holy Names day and night…
The Christian Church needs a Temple of Praise where the shofar is continuously blown; where the scent of incense is continuously in the air. A place where hand-clapping and dancing is always allowed- even encouraged.
The Christian Church needs a Temple of Praise where the hungry can always eat a hot meal that has been consecrated to God, and where the tangible love of Christ is always experienced. A place where every human being is welcomed to the House of Jesus.
The Christian Church needs a Temple of Praise where children can dance, sing, and learn to devote their lives to God. Where Fathers and Mothers can enjoy themselves in the presence of the divine… A place where the Joy of being a Christian is not a theory to be rejected as anachronistic.
The Christian Church needs a Temple of Praise where Pastors and Seminary Professors can lay aside their disputations and pride, and be the tangible example to the Church at large of sincere Christian love in the spirit of John 13:35.
The Christian Church needs a Temple of Praise where the disciples of Christ can once again, regardless of denomination, be a “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that we may declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light.“ (1 Peter 2:9)
The Christian Church needs a Temple of Praise where the only lyrics needed are God’s Names themselves and the remembrance of His divine attributes. A place where Christians continuously cry out to God to take us out of the great tribulation and bring us back home, to the Supreme Personality of the Godhead. (1 Corinthians 15:28; Zechariah 14:9)
The Christian Church needs a Temple of Praise where mystic elders can spend the rest of their last days praising God unreservedly- like Simeon and Anna who prayed and prophesied over Jesus when he was dedicated to God in the Temple.
The Christian Church needs a Temple of Praise where those who are sincerely looking for God, find Him… whether at 6pm or 3am. A place where God is once again enthroned upon the praises of His people, night and day.
Psalm 22:3 KJV- But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! YEHOSHUA! ALLELUIA!
YEHOSHUA! YEHOSHUA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!
Yehovah God… before I die, let me build for you such a Temple of Praise for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, and where you can once again be enthroned upon the praises of your people. All glories to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever! Amen.