- Revelation 7:9-17
- (Rev 7:9 KJV)
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man
could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,
stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes,
and palms in their hands;
John now sees the entire redeemed church in Heaven. It was a great
number which were redeemed from the earth. John sees the culmination of
thousands of years of evangelism and missionary work and preaching as
every one of God’s Elect is now in glory. We see that there are people
from every nation under heaven. The Great Commission is now completed
and all the true believers are now safe in Heaven. All the believers are
dressed in white robes which means they are now totally pure and never
again have to worry about the physical body causing a war between the
flesh and the spirit. They also have palms in their hands. When the Lord
Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the crowds had strewn
the road with palm branches. Here we have a figure of the rejoicing that
crowd in Jerusalem had but that rejoicing was very limited as the same
crowd called for the crucifixion of Jesus the next week. The crowd in
heaven which is said to have palms in their hands are rejoicing with an
unfettered joy, one which will never end.
(Rev 7:10 KJV)
And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which
upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
When the Lord Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the crowd had yelled “Hosanna.”
Hosanna means “save now or succour now.” The crowd in glory is now
saying the truth that Salvation is of God and the Lamb. God orchestrated
His salvation plan and the Lord Jesus Christ completed it on Calvary.
Man never initiates salvation by mythical free will or else why would
the crowd be saying that salvation belongs to God. They would be saying
that salvation belongs to them since they made the decision. All the
focus for salvation is on God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice that the crowd is now yelling in a loud voice and not just a
moderate tone. The word “loud” carries with it the meaning of “great.”
(Rev 7:11 KJV)
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the
elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces,
and worshipped God,
Then John not only sees all the believers praising the Lord, he now sees
all the angels joining in. Then the twenty four elders, the living
creatures all prostrated themselves before the throne of God and
worshipped Him. If you notice the angels, they are standing around the
throne. This shows that they are ready to obey the commands of the
Father when He sends them forth to do a certain job. The angels are
always ready to obey, we should follow the same line of thinking.
(Rev 7:12 KJV)
Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving,
and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever.
All heaven is in agreement when they pronounce their praise in unison.
Blessing is the praise which God is given from all those He has created
and those whom He has redeemed. The angels are not redeemed but belong
to the created order. Then God receives all the glory for the miraculous
salvation plan He has administered on behalf of His Elect. Man gets no
glory in any of this but is the recipient of God’s grace. Then wisdom is
applied to God not only for His salvation plan but the very wisdom which
is seen in all of creation. Nothing happened out of pure chance but all
was founded upon the wisdom of the Creator. Those who have been redeemed
from the earth give thanksgiving unto God for His great salvation which
has saved them from Hell and elevated them to kingship in Heaven. Then
honor is given to God. The word “honor” in the Greek carries with it the
meaning of “recognition or respect.” Then all power in the universe
belongs unto God who showed His power by creating a vast universe beyond
the understanding of man. Then might is attributed to God. The word
“might” carries with it the meaning of “strength.” God is called the
“Strength of Israel.” (1 Sam 15:29
KJV) And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is
not a man, that he should repent. All these
attributes are eternal. The word “amen” signifies finality. It basically
means “it is so.”
(Rev 7:13 KJV)
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these
which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
Notice that no question was asked by John but in anticipation of the
question, John receives an answer in question form. He was probably
wondering who the great multitude was that he was looking at. The two
question are who are these which are dressed in white robes and from
where did they come?
(Rev 7:14 KJV)
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.
John is told that these have come out of the great tribulation.
Tribulation has always been part of the believers life, from the time of
Abel who was murdered by Cain up to the last day. There is going to come
a time of tribulation which is going to be both spiritual and physical.
The 20th century had more Christian martyrs than in any other century in
history. As we progress toward the last day, the spiritual attacks on
the true Gospel will intensify. These attacks will tend to either
neutralize or degrade the true Gospel until it will be impossible to
find any true Bible teaching. Along side will come physical persecution
of the Christians and that is escalating every day, especially in
Islamic and Communist countries where Christians are killed without
conscience. We read in Revelation 6:11 that there were yet many more who
are going to die for the sake of the Gospel. We are not told in this
verse if John is speaking of the entire multitude which he saw before
the throne or if he is seeing a select group who were martyred for the
Kingdom in the final days. It would seem that John in this verse was
speaking of a specific group of martyrs which would go to glory in the
final days right before the return of Christ as we read that a certain
number had to be killed and that these should rest until that happens
and then the end will come.
(Rev 7:15 KJV)
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day
and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell
“Therefore” means what we just read which gives us the reason they are
before the throne of God. Since they were redeemed by the Lamb and are
made pure by His blood, they are now qualified to be before the throne
of God. Here they are seen as serving the Lord constantly. The term “day
and night” would be for the purpose of trying to give us understanding.
When we, on earth, refer to day and night, we are in essence stating
that something is continuous without stopping. God is in the midst of
all His redeemed children and dwells among them for eternity. Here we
are seeing the children of God who have now begun to serve Him for
eternity. The earthly temple was a pattern of things in heaven and the
child of God is allowed to enter the Holy of Holies since they have been
washed in the blood of the Lamb. Now there is no physical temple in
heaven but the temple of God is the entire New Heaven and New Earth
which God creates after the last day. The Temple of the Old Testament
was only a shadow and was abolished when Christ went to the cross. The
term “temple” was transferred to the church of God.
(1 Cor 3:16 KJV) Know ye not that ye are
the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
The pattern here is that as God was with the Israelites in the desert
wandering, He will be in the midst of His redeemed people for eternity.
(Rev 7:16 KJV)
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither
shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
No longer will the true believer be spiritually hungry nor will they
thirst for the water of the gospel because all will have been fulfilled
in Christ plus the days of evangelism and missions are over. The
spiritual hunger and thirst of the believer will be fulfilled in the
presence of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Then the sun will no longer
light on them. The word “light” in the Greek carries with it the meaning
of “fall on or fall in ruins.” They shall not face any more heat. These
two terms are telling us that the days of suffering are all behind and
there will be no suffering in heaven as all those things have passed
away with the old earth and the old heaven. Now the saying of Psalm 23:1
will have its ultimate fulfillment.
(Psa 23:1 KJV) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
No longer will the believer have any wants because the Lord, the
Shepherd, has met all their needs.
(Rev 7:17 KJV)
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed
them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall
wipe away all tears from their eyes.
The Lord Jesus Christ who is the lamb of God will feed us forever. The
word “feed” in the Greek is the word for “Shepherd.” When we look at
Jesus leading us to the living fountains of water, we see a final
fulfillment of the living waters from John 4:14 and
7:38 which will sustain and plentifully satisfy for all eternity.
(John 4:14 KJV) But whosoever
drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the
water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up
into everlasting life.
(John 7:38 KJV) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out
of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
We also see a great fulfillment of the eternal peace the believer will
enjoy. (Psa 23:2 KJV) He maketh me
to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
The waters in the believer’s life are very calm because Christ our
Shepherd leads us. The waters on earth are very restless because of sin
but when we are in Heaven, there will be nothing which will disturb the
waters of eternal peace. Then we read that God will wipe away all tears.
Since sorrows surrounded the believer on earth all their lives, only
with brief periods of joy, God Himself has promised to wipe all the
sorrows away which caused heartache in the life of His children. God
wiping all the tears away tells us that God will eradicate all those
things which caused those tears in the first place. Heaven shall be a
place of eternal joy and peace for the believer. His children are now
safe forever from all and anything which can cause them heartache.