Verse of the Day 9-10-22

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”
Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes —who are they, and where did they come from?”
I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’” Revelation 7:9-17

The 144,000 represent believers who are sealed with God’s seal, which protects them the ensuing judgments (see Revelation 7:1-8 for more information about the 144,000); the international multitude standing before the throne represents the entire congregation of the redeemed who have already come out of the tribulation (Revelation 7:14). While John hears the number (v. 4), what he sees is an innumerable multitude of the redeemed (Revelation 7:9). On the surface it may appear that the two images must refer to entirely different groups. Yet Revelation often depicts one thing in multiple ways and with various images. John hears a census of 144,000 Israelites, but he sees a vast multitude from every nation. God’s chosen new covenant people is an innumerable multitude of people from every nation who have been saved by the blood of Christ.

In other words, John is describing a scene in heaven of a great multitude of people from all nations who have received spiritual salvation through faith in Christ. They will be with God (Revelation 7:15), free from pain and sorrow (Revelation 7:16-17). Many believe that this multitude saved by the “blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14) are those who accepted Christ and followed him during the tribulation period because John states that they “have come out of the great tribulation” (Revelation 7:14). Those who accept Christ are targets of persecution from Satan and evil people. God, however, honors his people and rewards them with eternity in his presence.

Today’s Bible Readings:

Isaiah 6-7, 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, Psalm 54:1-7 and Proverbs 23:1-3 

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