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!

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