Revelation 7:9-12 describes a scene of worship in heaven:
- It involves a great multitude no one could count (v9)
- It includes those from every nation, tribe, people and language (v9)
- It also includes angels (v11)
- It is clear that the object of worship is God the Father and God the Son (v10)
- The seven attributes of praise (v12) express “complete” praise of God, as seven is a symbolic number of completeness in the Bible.
Not only is this a powerful picture of worship in heaven, but I think it can give encouragement to us today. Especially these days, when Stay-At-Home orders are restricting everyone to their homes, forcing us to worship online without the presence of our friends and other brothers and sisters in Christ.
No doubt, many have turned to Matthew 18:20 as assurance in these times, that wherever 2 or 3 come together in Jesus’ name, He is with us. But this passage from Revelation also reminds us that our worship will one day be joined together with all believers of all times and all places. In fact, because heaven is not bound to our time, whenever we gather to worship, no matter how few, we are in a sense joining that multitude in heaven worshipping God. It is also quite possible that this multitude includes all believers who have died and gone to heaven, including our loved ones.
So when we worship, whether it’s just our immediate family in our homes, just ourself joining our church family and following an online worship service, or someday back together in our churches worshipping together, we are joined in heaven by our loved ones and all those believers in Christ who have gone before us.