Revelation Song

One of my favorite Christian songs. Most of the song’s lyrics are taken from scripture, with the majority of it coming from the book of Revelation. I think it’s so cool how the apostle John wrote the Revelation while exiled on a secluded island in the Mediterranean some 2000 years ago, and now, in 2011, we sing it as a song. At last year’s HIM conference in the middle of downtown Honolulu – half a world away from the Mediterranean – some 3000 people sang this.

Below are all the verses I could find that were used as direct quotes for the song, or seemed to somehow fit. As you can see, many are from Revelation, but I added verses I could find from other books because I think it’s neat to see how the other books of the Bible relate to each other, and it all climaxes in the final book.

 

 

Revelation 5:12

In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”

 

Psalm 33:3

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

 

Psalm 96:1

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

 

Psalm 149:1

Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.

 

Revelation 5:9

And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

 

Revelation 5:13

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

 

Revelation 4:8

Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“Holy, holy, holy

Is the Lord God Almighty

Who was, and is, and is to come.”

 

Revelation 4:3

And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.

 

Revelation 11:19

Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

 

Revelation 14:14

I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.

 

Revelation 7:12

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

 

Revelation 4:11

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”

 

Revelation 15:4

Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

 

Zechariah 14:8

On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.

 

John 7:38

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

 

Revelation 7:17

For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’

 

1 Corinthians 2:7

No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

 

Colossians 1:26-27

the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

Revelation 19:16

On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Enough vacation

There’s a girl in my group we’ll call “Giggles.” She’s the kid who thought I was going to be homeless. She has a distinctive way of giggling as she speaks. I don’t know how she does it, and I don’t think she realizes she does it.

Giggles likes to run and, without stopping, hug me. It’s not like she runs, stops, then hugs me. She runs, crashes into me, and hugs me. This draws laughs from any adults who may be walking by.

One day she ran to me, hugged me, and said “I missed you.”

The first time she said this to me I thought,“She… missed me? Today’s Monday. We last saw each other on Friday. It’s only been two days, and she missed me?”

She missed me after a normal 2-day weekend. We’ve been on winter break now for the past 2 weeks.

Not gonna lie – I miss the kids.

I am so ready to go back to work.

Christmas blessings

Between the kids at school, kids at church, other people at church, and other people in general, I got so much stuff for Christmas. Tons of food. I hope my grandparents and I can eat it all. If not I’ll probably share it with the neighbors. Food always goes to good use.

My mom gave me an ipod for Christmas. A nice, fancy one. That was nice of her, but I already have an ipod. The one I have is a lot smaller and not nearly as fancy, but it works. My sister got not one, but two ipads. I don’t even know what I’d do with an ipad if someone gave one to me. I’d probably give it away. I guess I’m not much of an electronics guy.

Last year, my grandparents and I didn’t get a Christmas tree. We figured it was too much work, and since it’s just the three of us (four, counting Hope,) what would be the point? But this year my grandma wanted to get a tree. I guess it helps her get into the Christmas spirit, and I have to agree. So we went to Daiei in hopes of finding a small, cheap tree. And we did. We found a skinny little tree that we bought for $5. A good deal. It was a scrawny tree, but it was good for us. To show you how skinny it was, it fit in the back seat of my car. Didn’t even have to tie it to the roof.

I took down the Christmas decorations today. It was kind of sad. Usually I like leaving it up until after New Year’s. But the tree was already really dry and we don’t want to create a fire hazard. Anyway there’s always something to look forward to next year.

All in all, it was a very nice Christmas. I hope yours was too.

 
P.S. My 2nd graders and  I were watching a movie before Christmas break started. It was the remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In one scene the Grinch says something like, “The meaning of Christmas is presents!”

The kids got mad. “No it’s not!” they said. “The meaning of Christmas is Jesus!”

“Yeah, Jesus!”

They’re good kids.

Mr. Statue of Liberty

 

“Hey, Mr. Tall Guy,” said one of the fourth grade girls. I guess that’s my universal nick name, since I’ve had everyone from the youth at church to college aged people at UH call me that. “You’re so tall,” she said, staring up at me. “You’re like a skyscraper. Like the Empire State Building. Or the Statue of Liberty. Can I call you that?”

“Okay,” I said.

“Which one do you like better?” she asked. “Empire State Building or Statue of Liberty?”

“Uh, I don’t know. You choose.”

“I like Statue of Liberty. Is it okay if I call you Mr. Statue of Liberty?”

“Sure.”

“Yay! But where’s your torch?”

“Right here,” I said, lifting up my walkie talkie as if it were a torch. “And here’s my book,” I said, holding my binder where we keep attendance and other papers.

Later, the second graders were coming up with their own nicknames for me. As they so often do, they surrounded me and bombarded me with questions and statements.

“You’re so tall. You’re like a building.”

“You’re like a jungle gym.”

“You look like a fun jungle gym.”

“Can I climb on you?”

“No,” I said. “My bosses will get mad.” We’re not supposed to let the kids play or climb on us.

“You’re so tall. Like a tree.”

“I want to climb on the tree!”

“I want to water the tree because trees need water.”

“I want to pick fruit from the tree because trees have fruit.”

“I’m gonna get my dog to pee on the tree because dogs pee on trees.”

 

One day one of the kids was trying to get my attention. “Hey, Robert,” he said.

“What did you just call me?” I asked.

“Oops! I mean Mr. Robert.”

“That’s better.”

A bunch of the other kids thought it was funny he called me by my first name, and started doing the same. “Robert! Robert!” they said.

I needed to restore order. “I’m your leader. Be respectful.”

Respect your elders. Yeah. I get it. I’m old. I’ve accepted and embraced it.

It’s okay when they make nicknames for me, but it has to be kept within certain boundaries. This is a school, after all. No calling me by my first name.

“The next person who calls me by my first name gets time-out for a week.”

The kids gasped and got suddenly quiet. Mary Ann, who had been quietly reading this whole time, looked up from her book and innocently asked me, “What’s your first name?” as if she really had no idea what my first name is.

“Robert,” I said.

“Oh…!” she said, sheepishly.  “I knew that.”