Revelation 7 pt 7.

Revelation 7 pt 7.

Hi, continuing with our study of Revelation chapter 7 and looking at the great multitude before the throne of God.

Revelation 7:9  ‘After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and tongue, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.’ 

This must surely be one of the most inspiring and encouraging verses in scripture. There are two possible understandings of this verse which we will go through in time.

Firstly, the reference to the great multitude leads us inevitably to the promise that God gave to Abraham.

Genesis 15:5  ‘He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them. Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Abram’s vision of the stars in Genesis 15:5 is fulfilled by John’s vision of this great multitude before the throne of God in Revelation 7:9.

Hence the countless number of stars represent the countless number of people.

 Hebrews 11:12  ‘And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.’

This great uncountable multitude will be united by one glorious common factor: a simple saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Galatians 3:14  ‘Christ redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.’

There will come a time when the dead in Christ will be raised up, with those still living, and together we will be the overflowing multitude beyond count, of the redeemed, the faithful, the made holy, standing joyously before the throne.

God’s promise to Abram regarding his descendants will have been fulfilled!


More tomorrow!

  • Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…
    One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 19:9 Invited
    The Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
  • Revelation 19:7 Eager Anticipation
    In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment. 
  • Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!
    I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness. 
  • Revelation 19:6 Hollering With Joy
    This side of glory, we pass through victories and defeats, as we march faithfully on. But even the most stoic and conservative amongst us might be forgiven here for ‘hollerin and a hooterin’ around the yard and throwing his hat up wildly in the air!
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