Short Clip
Please open to the last chapter of the Bible, Revelation 22:9.
John has been in a perpetual state of amazement from chapter one onward. What he has seen has repeatedly overwhelmed him. Once again in this final chapter, John sees such incredible sights that all he can do is fall down (the last time he tried to worship the angelic guide was in 19:10). As he tries to worship the messenger that has guided his tour of Heaven, (that is the context of v. 9), John is corrected by the angel. In this exchange, we get an incredible insight that:
Worship is the Central The theme of the Bible
Here we get to the final chapter, of the final book: where we see the final word on worship, given to us by God. Here God instructs us on the most important of all subjects: Worship. A simple definition of worship would be: worship is honor and adoration directed to God.
The angel repeats to John, the centrality of the worship of God. Listen to what the angel says to John:
Revelation 22:9 (NKJV) Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book: Worship God.”
There is no subject more important to God’s servants than worship.
Worship of God is the mark of true believers.
The worship of God is declared to be the content of the eternal Gospel.
True worship, of the true God, is truly the key to everything that matters.
Worship is no small subject. In this final word from God on worship, we hear declared the centrality of worship. The importance of worship we can infer from the rest of God’s Word; but here in Revelation, God makes it clear how central worship is to everything.
Now turn back to Revelation 14:6-7. Here we find the answer to the most vital question: “Who has eternal life?”
Rev. 14:6-7 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
Notice that the angel’s message is called “the eternal gospel.”
The Message of the Eternal Gospel