Revelation 7:9-17 – October 29

God, please give us a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ as we study the book of Revelation!

We’ll be studying Revelation through the end of November. Please feel free to read and journal with us as often as you can, with the goal of getting to daily time at the feet of Jesus. For this study, we are using Beth Moore’s “Here and Now…There and Then” lecture series and study guide on Revelation as a resource, so you may see it referenced occasionally, or if you want to know what Ms. Moore has to say about a specific verse, just ask in the comments section on our website.

You can read the NIV version of today’s reading below or your favorite Bible version then spend some time meditating and journaling on the reading, letting God speak to you through it. We encourage use of the SOAP method of Bible study as you grow in your relationship with God. Check out the What’s SOAP tab above for more info. Also, below today’s reading is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. And we encourage you to share your SOAP journal entry, prayer requests, or questions in the Comments section on our website.

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Revelation 7:9-17 – The Great Multitude in White Robes

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

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. 15 Therefore,

“they are before the throne of God
    and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
    will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
    never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
    will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”

 

Urgent Mission| Becky Newman

Scripture

Revelation 7:14, 17

Observation

Beautiful imagery. His faithfulness to the elect is good and right. The great tribulation referred to here is further described in Daniel 12, particularly from Daniel 12:1, “There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.” Daniel 12:11 with help from 9:21-27 says the great tribulation will last 3.5 years (the language is difficult to understand on this, and even my Bible notes contradict each other on 3.5 years vs. 7 years). But no matter how long, Jesus says in Mark 13 that God shortened the days for the sake of the elect, otherwise no one would survive (Mark 13:20), and the great tribulation will end with Jesus coming back (Mark 13:26). “These” in Revelation 7:14 are those who survived the worst distress in the history of the world, and in heaven, they are attending the Holiest of Holies on His throne, set apart with white robes because the blood of Jesus has washed them white as snow. I imagine the tears from what they endured being etched into their souls, which God wipes away as symbolic of a new life where there will be no pain or sorrow or tears. What a great comfort and hope God has given in His Word to the elect; in the midst of the great tribulation, they will be able to read these words and persevere, just a few more years/days, to get to that throne room.

Interesting from Daniel 12 is that Daniel sealed this vision as if he were done with it, but after he sealed it, when he saw two “angels”, he wanted to re-visit it and get more understanding of what he saw. The angels gave him a little more info, but their general message was to leave it alone, because even if we know all the details of the end times, the wicked are still going to be wicked (Daniel 12:9). My Bible notes that maybe it was sealed to keep believers in every generation from dwelling on the end times to the extent of living irresponsibly.

Application

Despite whatever is going to happen in this world, there is peace and hope for those who know Jesus. It’s still the bottom line. It’s still an urgent message that needs to be spread to the ends of the earth.

Prayer

Help me, God, to stay urgent in the mission You have given me to spread Your good news. Peace and hope can only be found through Jesus! Especially help me as I share this good news with Your little ones, every day in my family and at church in kids ministry. I pray for the elect during the great tribulation that is to come, I pray that they would persevere and keep this image of their place in Your throne room in their hearts through all that happens.

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  1. My notes here from a sermon I once heard, talk about how this passage alludes to Palm Sunday. Even when those in the white robe say: Salvation! They’re actually yelling Hosanna Save! Just like on the original Palm Sunday. But this time palm Sunday will mean so much more because we’ll understand the greatness of God and we ourselves will no longer be struggling. I LOVE how throughout the Bible God uses….divine foreshadowing (I think I just made that up) to help us practice for the Perfect version to come. Just like the Jewish festivals/holidays were practice for the Messiah. I just realized that we all think heaven is unknowable and while that’s partly true, I think the better we know our Bibles the more likely we’re going to show up in heaven and say things like: oh! I remember this! But God your version is WAY BETTER. 🙂

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