Hi, continuing our study into Revelation 7 and the great multitude before the throne of God.
Revelation 7:13 ‘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.”
This seems like an awkward sentence structure – the elder asking a question that he knows the answer to – but I believe it is a way of highlighting the importance of this question.
Revelation 7:14a ‘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.’
We have already looked at the idea that this great multitude is the fulfilment of the promise that God made with 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.’
However, the subject verse – Revelation 7:13 – seems to indicate that this great multitude have been through the great tribulation and indeed have been martyred for their faith.
Revelation 7:14a 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.’
The washing of their robes in the blood of the Lamb could possibly speak of martyrdom therefore.
Revelation does not shy away from the subject of martyrdom. The rise of the end-time beast and his empire will certainly have a profound effect upon the Middle East and elsewhere.
I certainly do not wish to glorify martyrdom for one moment, but as we shall see in other places, the martyred will be simply ushered into the very presence of God.
Revelation 14:13 ‘Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit,”for they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them.”
- 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 InvitedThe 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 AnticipationIn 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 JoyThis 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!