I have been studying Revelations lately and 6:9-11 always causes me to ponder who those under the throne are.
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Revelation 6:9-11
Then one day recently in my husband came home excitedly , he’s pondered over it as well, and said he thought he had it figured out. He had been using a word by word study guide and it pointed to the old testament saints – those who believed in faith and whom Jesus preached to when He was in the belly of the earth for three days. Well, that was one of those AHA moments. It clicked, made perfect sense. It also got me to wondering just how many of those in the old testament are recorded as being believers in the salvation of the Lord, of faith in the coming of Jesus. Turns out theirs a lot! Something like 115 distinct old testament references to salvation and almost all refer to Jesus and His grace. So I read through them and found a few choice ones to share.
The song of Moses shows that he was a believer in salvation, his faith was strong. He obeyed the Lord and led the Israelite’s for 40 long years. He was so favored of God for his faith that God hand chose him, equipped and prepared him, and even blessed him by allowing him the rich privilege of being the recorder of the beginning of the Jews, the beginning of Jesus’ story.
Hannah that early saint, early believer in the salvation of the Lord, the crusher of the serpent’s head, who would one day come and make all things new prayed a prayer of praise to the Lord.
And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
1 Samuel 2:1
Let us not forget that man after God’s own heart, David. He referred to Christ so often, more than any spoken of in the old testament save the prophets. He has far to many references to share them all so I am just including my favorites, delve into the storyies and psalms of David and see our Savior through his eyes.
And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 2 Samuel 22:2-3
He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalms 24:5
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1
I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Psalms 40:10
Isaiah gives us probably the clearest, most precise references to Jesus’ gift to us all of salvation in many of his prophecies and preachings. I chose two that showed, in my opinion, his great faith.
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6
I can’t forget the rest of the prophets which Israel rejected and killed are waiting there as well, and had such strong faith, and whose words are a source of strength, hope and encouragement today.
And finally one of the great verses of prophecy fulfilled by Christ as he rode triumphantly into Jerusalem just a few short days before His death and subsequent victory over the grave!
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:9
Just think that one day we will meet these blessed saints in glory, in heaven. These saints who believed in faith, believed in hope, believed in Jesus!