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;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 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,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 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.
15 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 among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 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.
As far as the eye can see, the people in white robes filled the vast space. These individuals from every nation, people, kindred, and tongue could not be numbered.
There were thousands upon thousands of people waving their palm branches backward and forward. “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb,” repeated out of the people’s mouths again-and-again. The scene is utterly breath-taking as all eyes are locked on the throne. The throne is the glorious place where the Lamb of God is seated and where He reigns. The individuals in white robes were not the only ones at the scene; Angels, Elders, and the Four Beast are there. It might be helpful to clarify who is present:
- The multitude in white (Gentiles who have been saved through faith in Christ during the tribulation) (Revelation 7:14)
- Angels (heavenly being who serves as God’s messenger)[i]
- Elders (In Revelation 4:4 the twenty-four elders sitting on twenty-four thrones surrounding the throne of God probably represent the entire church (twenty-four for the twelve patriarchs of the Old Testament and the twelve apostles of the New Testament))[ii]
- Four Beast (In Revelation 4:7 the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.)[iii]
The scriptures tell us that the Lamb of God was praised as they fell before the throne, saying, “Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.”
The believing Gentiles can enter this holy place because of the work of the Lamb. The Lamb of God made propitiation for mankind. Now, take a deep breath and do not get lost on this big word! Propitiation simply means that Jesus Christ carried the wrath of God against sin. This multitude was made right with God through the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:14) Not only that, but:
- The Lamb dwells among them. (Revelation 7:15)
- The Lamb feeds them. (Revelation 7:16)
- The Lamb quenches their thirst. (Revelation 7:17)
- The Lamb shelters them. (Revelation 7:16)
- The Lamb comforts them. (Revelation 7:17)
What wonderful truths to look forward to… The Lamb of God, seated on His throne and meeting every need, of every believer, for all eternity.
[iii] Bible Study Tools. Dictionary https://www.biblestudytools.com/concordances/treasury-of-scripture-knowledge/revelation-4-7.html Accessed November 15, 2020.
What makes you most excited about the heavenly scene pictured above?
How have you trusted Jesus to carry the wrath of God for your sin?
What are some tangible ways you can show honor to the Lamb of God this week?