The Greatest Gathering of Nations for All Time
I just finished watching the entrance of the nations for this year’s Olympics! I love watching the entrance ceremony. All the different flags. All the different nationalities. All the different individuals. All the smiles in the same spot together. It truly is a great gathering of the world’s people.
The Olympic Games brings nations together on a scale that no other event has rivaled. At least not yet. But a gathering of nations is coming that will cause the Olympics to pale in comparison. When will this event happen? It’s not my responsibility to tell when. My responsibility is just to teach that it’s coming, and that there won’t be a nation that’s not represented when it begins.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:31-32 , NKJV)
This sight is unimaginable, but it will become a reality. This sight is incomprehensible, but the reason will be understood. This sight is unapproachable, but we will not be able to refuse its beckon.
At this gathering every nation will be present, but there will be no competition. At this gathering every nation will be present, but there will not be a universal celebration. At this gathering every nation will be present, but the glory will belong to only one Victor.
But honestly, this wasn’t the thought that entered into my mind as I watched all the nations usher in the Olympics of 2012. The thought that entered into my mind was another gathering of the nations that I can’t wait to see.
This gathering will begin on a high note, and stay there. This gathering will combine people from all of Earth’s nations into one eternal home. There will be no language barrier. There will be no envy. There will be no hate. There will be no harm. There will be no night. There will be no sadness. There will be no fear. There will be no end to this gathering; and thus this gathering, in my humble opinion, will not only be the greatest gathering of nations of all time…it will be the greatest gathering of nations for all time!
“After these things I saw a great army of people more than might be numbered, out of every nation and of all tribes and peoples and languages, taking their places before the high seat and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and with branches in their hands, saying with a loud voice, Salvation to our God who is seated on the high seat, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10, BBE)
The context is for those who came through the persecution, but the comfort is one of encouragement for all Christians. Just imagine what the entrance and gathering of the nations in Heaven is going to look like!