Hebrews 6:13-14 NLT “For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying:  “I will certainly bless you, and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.”
God told Abraham he would multiply his descendants so much that no one can count them.
Genesis 15:5 KJV “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”
What God told Abraham is very significant. We will see why later in this article. I hope it puts a warm feeling in your heart and a smile on your face when you see that as a believer in Jesus Christ this applies to you.
Abraham was an old man. His wife Sarah was old and barren. But when God promises you something your circumstances do not matter. Though Abraham and his wife Sarah were childless and well beyond childbearing years they did have a son named Isaac. He was a miracle baby. Isaac also later bore children who also bore children who also had children etcetera. These descendants all became known as the great nation of Israel. There was so many of them they were compared to the sands on a seashore. (1 Kings 4:20) But when God told Abraham that he would multiply his seed or offspring he was talking about something much more than this. Learning about and knowing this hidden mystery is super encouraging to all who believe in Jesus Christ today. What we’re about to discuss may affect you in ways you’ve never considered before. Lets see.
WHO REALLY ARE ABRAHAM’S DESCENDANTS?
Galatians 3:29 NIV “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Did you hear that? If you belong to Jesus Christ YOU ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED or descendants God says! And are heirs according to God’s promise. But wait a minute, “I thought that only Jews were the true descendants of Abraham since Abraham was a Jew?” This is what many say. But lets listen to what God’s word says:
Romans 2:28-29 KJV “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
Whoa! God says being a jew outwardly does not make you a jew. But being one INWARDLY does. And this is an operation done on a person’s heart, not the flesh. This is done in the spirit. Wow! No wonder this is a great mystery. Because being a true jew has nothing to do with the obvious: your physical lineage. It is accomplished by God’s Holy Spirit, through belief in Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:7-9 ESV “Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “IN YOU SHALL ALL THE NATIONS BE BLESSED.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”
There it is again: ANYONE, whether jew or Gentile who has the faith (in Jesus Christ) are the real true sons and daughters of Abraham.
Now that we’ve established who Abraham’s descendants really are why is this so encouraging? First of all we know that God is not a racist who blesses only one group of people like some say He is. ANYONE can be saved. But it gets even better than that.
WHERE ARE WE IN HISTORY
Remember the promise God made to Abraham, “I will multiply your descendants BEYOND NUMBER,” and, “In you shall ALL THE NATIONS be blessed,” as we fast forward to the future and read Revelation chapter 7:
Revelation 7:9-12 KJV “After this I beheld, and, lo, A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, OF ALL NATIONS [sounds familiar?], and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”
Look at this great multitude that NO ONE CAN COUNT, FROM ALL NATIONS, with all the other spirit beings praising God in heaven! This is what God was mainly talking about when he told Abraham long ago, “I will multiply your descendants BEYOND NUMBER,” and, “In you shall ALL THE NATIONS be blessed.” All these people in Revelation 7 are in heaven and victorious. Their sins are forgiven. They have conquered Satan and his beasts. They are Abraham’s true descendants!
It doesn’t matter if a person is a Jew, an African, an American, an African American, Latino, British, Indian, Russian, Asian, etcetera. As long as they have faith in Jesus Christ they are Abraham’s true seed. THIS IS THE GREAT MYSTERY: “CHRIST IN YOU.” And this is accomplished by God’s spirit. It has nothing to do with the flesh, or what’s on the outside. What a great mystery indeed!
Colossians 1:26-27 KJV “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory.”
“WHO ARE THEY AND WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?”
Revelation 7:13-15 KJV “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.”
One of the elder spirits asked John in the vision, ‘Who are these and where did they come?’ referring to those before God’s throne which no man could count from all the nations. John didn’t know. Then the spirit told him, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” In places like Matthew 24, Mark chapter 13, and Luke 21, Jesus spoke of a time of tribulation or great suffering that would come on the earth before his return. These victorious descendants of Abraham are those who endured and came out of that tribulation. If you read Matthew 24, Mark 13, or Luke 21, you will undoubtedly see that we are presently in the time Jesus spoke about and His return is near. Hence these glorious ones we see in Revelation 7 before the throne of God are you and me if we endure and keep our faith to the end. We will have the magnificent privilege of serving God IN HEAVEN FOREVER, and living with Him. 😉
WHY IS THIS SUPER ENCOURAGING?
Remember guys, these who came out of great tribulation in the end times are, “A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN CAN NUMBER?” This means there are way more of us out there than we realize. Yes! We are not alone. Only a few will be saved Jesus said (Matthew 7:13-14) in comparison to everyone who has ever lived, but He also tells us there will be a great throng praising God before his throne in heaven who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb, people that came out of that end time period called, “Great tribulation.” We are not as much the minority as we sometimes think based on God’s word in Revelation chapter 7. There are way more of us out there than the media would also have us believe. But remember who runs the media.
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