The Lamb On Mount Zion
There we found that all the kingdoms of the earth had combined and conspired together, and that with the definite purpose of rebellion against God and against His Christ. The nations we found raging with madness to establish their kingdom, in which the devil is worshipped and Jehovah is thrust from His throne. And those same facts are described in Psalm 2. But let us continue. Verse 4 reveals to us the attitude of God Almighty over against these raging nations and peoples. What does Jehovah think about this condition? Is He frightened? Does He now admit His defeat and acknowledge that He must surrender His kingdom? Not at all. We read: “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” When Antichrist shall rage and establish his kingdom and apparently will have the victory and realize his kingdom, God Almighty shall laugh. The whole thing appears so utterly foolish to Him that He laughs about it. That man could conceive of the possibility of establishing a kingdom in which the devil should be supreme is such a piece of folly to God in heaven that He derides them from heaven and mocks at the whole deviltry of the dragon. It is a vain thing which they imagine. The whole plan of the raging nations shall collapse and prove to be without reality. And why? Simply because of His own eternal plan and counsel. The Lord God Almighty made His counsel. And that eternal counsel of the Almighty does not call for the permanent existence of such a kingdom of Satan, but for its destruction. And for that reason the psalm continues to reveal that plan of God Almighty. In verses 5 to 9 we read: “Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Because God had anointed Christ, and not the devil over His holy hill, the stronghold of the kingdom, the former shall never succeed; but his kingdom shall fall. And therefore, it is from that psalm that we learn the meaning of the expression “the Lamb on mount Zion.” It implies that God’s decree shall stand and that no raging nations shall ever frustrate His plan. It implies that God’s decree calls for a kingdom under Christ, the Lamb, the Anointed of God, and that this Lamb actually stands in authority over the nations at all times. It implies that the entire deviltry of Antichrist shall be destroyed and that the Holy One of Zion shall break them in pieces.
If this is clear, the whole vision of John and its purpose is also clear. The question might arise, as we look at that mighty kingdom of Antichrist: is not this after all the kingdom that shall abide foreverâ€•this mighty kingdom, beautiful and strong, larding it over all the world, and finding its highest purpose in the worship of the beast and the devil? If that is so, is not then the cause of Christ a lost cause, and have not the people of God then hoped in Him in vain? These questions are answered in our vision of the Lamb on Mount Zion. No, that entire kingdom of the world is bound to fall and to be destroyed. Why? Because the Lamb still stands on Mount Zion. To the natural eye He is not visible; the spiritual eye of faith sees Him plainly. The Lamb, not the devil, is the King of this world. The Lamb, and not the beast, shall have the victory. The devil, and not the Lamb, shall be defeated and destroyed. Because the Lamb is the Anointed One, and therefore has the certain decree of God back of Him, He shall surely have the victory. And therefore the people of God, when all things seem against them and Antichrist seems to rage in all his fury, need never despair. Lift up your eyes to heaven and behold the Lamb on mount Zion. His is the victory.
If this picture of the power of the Lamb over against the antichrist is clear, we will also understand that the rest of our text shows us the effect of this power of our mighty King upon His own people. The Lamb is not alone, He has His people with Him, the one hundred and forty-four thousand. We have met with this number before. See on chapter VII. And, therefore, we do not have to explain the meaning of this number again. At that time we called your attention to the fact that they were not Israelites in the literal sense of the word. The present passage corroborates this. There can be no question that in both cases the number has the same meaning. If in the former case they were Jews they must also be here. But then you obtain the strange explanation, which some actually hold, that the saints that will be on earth at the time of Antichrist will all be from the seed of Abraham in the literal sense of the word. And that is, evidently, not the case. And, therefore, we maintain that the one hundred and forty-four thousand represent the number of the elect that are on the earth at any moment of the world’s history. There are always one hundred and forty-four thousand people of God on earth: the number of God’s elect. In the present passage they denote the people of God on earth at the time of the antichristian power. What, then, is the meaning of this number in this connection? Why are they mentioned here? Simply to show that not one of the elect is missing. They are all with the Lamb on mount Zion. They have all remained faithful. They have all followed the Lamb whithersoever He leadeth them even in the time of tribulation.