The day is come. The clarion call beckons. Angels in heaven await intently the sounds that only mortals can utter. While heavenly choirs are resounding, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come" (Rev. 4:8), a mighty echo is heard in the earth. A new song, reverberates throughout the remnant, among those who have ears to hear. Only this remnant can learn this song. Can we identify a new song for our time? Christian, can you learn to sing a new song? What message will be on your lips at the long expected hour when Babylon falls and when Jesus comes again?
by Jerry Gentry
"And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints" (Rev. 15:3).
The Psalmist exhorts, "Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise" (Ps. 33:3). Such is the command to God's people, even to all the earth: "O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth" (Ps. 96:1). The command goes forth; yet, where can that song be heard today?
When we look around us, amidst a world full of all kinds of musical sounds and lyrics, rhythms and harmonies, orchestras and choirs, how can we identify what the Bible calls a new song, which is commanded upon "all the earth?" Once identified, who can learn that song? Must it be only the great voices of our time who sing such a new song? Will such a song be found in country or soul, gospel or opera, pop or rock, or among sounds and lyrics altogether new?
We know from the Bible that such a new song has a certain timeless quality, with roots going back to times of old. The Psalmist declares: "O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory" (Ps. 98:1). Can such a new song for us today have its roots in such an old idea? What is this victory extolled in a new song?
Further, of a great time ahead, the prophet Isaiah declares: "Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains" (Isa. 42:11). This is a song of separation, between those who inhabit the rock, Jesus Christ and his redeemed of Israel, and "the villages that Kedar doth inhabit." Where might we find such villages today? These are the dusky races of Ishmael, "the tents of Kedar," (Ps. 120:5), the ancestor of Mohammed, founder of Islam, with Moab, Ammon and other families associated. These arch enemies of Israel today sing to the destruction of the West, whom they call the "great Satan." Americans heard their voices rise to Allah during a recent early morning bombing of Baghdad. In background sounds during news reports, these peoples were called to the mosque for early morning prayer of solidarity with Allah, against the God of Israel.
Still further, the Bible says, "Sing, O ye heavens; [these are the heavenly choirs] for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth [mortals echo in refrain to such a message]: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein" (Isa. 44:23). What is the message of such a song? And who is found singing it? Herein a great Bible truth is unveiled:
"For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel" (v. 23). Truly salvation for Israel is the singular great theme of the entire Bible. Could that theme be the opening verse of a new song for our time? And if so, who can learn such a song? The great majority of the Christian world is buried in the falsehood of "transformation" theology. Such a view teaches that all the world and her mixed multitudes&emdash;even "the tents of Kedar"&emdash; become the new Israel. Every good Moslem is repulsed by such an idea. Every true Israelite should be just as repulsed. How ironic, and how sad, the deception that holds so many in utter darkness.
Such a Christian church world can never learn that "the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel!" Only a remnant can learn that song. Such a message is strange indeed in our day. Only a remnant can learn that song. "And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth" (Rev. 14:3). This same remnant group is earlier identified.
"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?" (Rev 7:13).
"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (v. 14).
"Therefore are they [present tense] before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them" (v. 15).
The Bible says, "Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool" (Acts 7:49). The earthly footstool comprising God's elect is always "before the throne" and close at hand, from God's perspective. Therefore, from God's viewpoint, the 144,000 members of the end time remnant in the earth, who alone will sing a new song, are "before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them." "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God" (1Cor. 3:16). It is that remnant, elsewhere called five wise virgins, who must "awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed" (Rom. 13:11).
It is time for the remnant church of Israel, at least that portion called the five wise virgins, who are asleep at the time of the midnight cry, to awake and "Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day" (Ps. 96:20).
There is no Biblical evidence whatsoever to establish a second 144,000, already dwelling in heaven, who are commanded to sing a new song. The Bible is written, not to heaven's population, but to the earth's redeemed. It is earth's redeemed, who come out of great tribulation, and wash their robes, "For our conversation is [present tense, for all of earth's redeemed] in heaven" (Phil. 3:20).
Of course, the Western church world has blessed wholesale the very enemies of the God of Israel, the Canaanites, and all so called Jews. The message of salvation to Biblical Israel is denounced and rejected wholesale by prophets and preachers, pulpits and kings across our lands and around our world. No, the Western church world cannot learn such a new song of victory and redemption for Israel. The church world sings in ignorance this very message found in the great Magnificat:
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people" (Luk 1:68). Of such worship in ignorance, God says: "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me" (Matt. 15:8). The church world knows not who they are.
Sing a new song, O Israel. Sing a new song, O remnant of Israel.
Sing for the victory, won from the foundation of the world. "Sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb" (Rev. 15:3). The song of Moses celebrates the Old Covenant, and deliverance of Israel from Egypt. After such a song was sung, this nation of stiffnecked Israelites faced trials and testing for another forty years, before entering the Promised Land, and then only their children entered.
The song of the Lamb is a new song, which celebrates the "new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah" (Hebr. 8:8), made possible by Jesus Christ, Son of God, the "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). The song of the Lamb is the new song for the remnant. "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him" (Hebr. 2:3).
Can you sing a new song? Are you willing? Is your heart open today to the greatest of all messages of the Bible? What will you do with the words of Jesus: "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matt. 15:24)? What will you do with the words of the apostle Paul' commission: "to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel" (Acts 9:15). The song of Moses called: "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [Israel's God] is one LORD" (Deut. 6:4). What a contrast with the Egyptians, whose gods were many, found in flies and lice and frogs, and wind and rain and in the very creation itself. And no, "the villages of Kedar," and all the families of Islam, though they chant faithfully to their god Allah, and curse the God of Israel, will ultimately be ground into powder. The victory belongs to Israel, praise God!
The battle cry of Ancient Israel against all her foes is typified in Johoshaphat's instruction: "Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper" (2Ch 20:20).
"And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever" (v. 21).
"And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten" (v. 22).
Yes, the battle cry of ancient Israel was high praise to the LORD God, who "inhabitest the praises of Israel" (Ps. 22:3), none other. Nowhere in the Bible is such language found concerning other nations and peoples. Israel alone, and salvation through her God, is the single theme from Genesis to Revelation.
Without high praise in a new song for our time, the LORD God has no praises to inhabit, no victory to demonstrate, no people yielded to His command. Can we grasp the significance of such instruction? Can we be the vessels for such a new song of high praise and deliverance? Are we willing? How else will the remnant find deliverance. For "the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands" (1Sam. 17:47). How does he give us the victory? How must we receive that sure deliverance? Simply put, we receive victory by singing a new song. "And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD" (Ps. 40:3). "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee" (Isa. 60:1).
Sing a new song, O Israel. While all the world of Babylon the Great falls and crumbles into oblivion, sing a new song and find victory, redemption and deliverance from all your enemies. The apostle John records: "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest" (Rev. 15:4).
Israel, sing a new song. Praise God for so great a salvation wrought upon His chosen elect, a remnant of Israel.