The Multitude in White Robes!
Scripture reading for December 9th: Revelation 7
Between the opening of the sixth seal and the seventh seal, John saw two visions, one related to Jews and the other to believers from the nations who come to faith in Christ during the great tribulation. Jesus warned of this time of great tribulation, “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.” (Matthew 24:21)
In the first vision, John saw the four angels that had been summoned at the opening of the first four seals. They appeared to be standing at the four corners of the earth holding back the four winds of heaven. Another angel came with the seal of God and he ordered the four angels to hold back until he sealed or marked the servants of God. There were 144,000, and this was twelve thousand from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. These were Jews who had believed on Christ as Messiah. (Revelation 7:1-8)
In the second vision, John saw “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. The were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. The cried in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10) An angel told John that these in the white robes had come out of the great tribulation, and their robes had been made white by the blood of the Lamb! This great multitude from all nations had been martyred during this time of distress! They were enjoying God’s eternal presence! Worship was their response to God the Father and to Jesus Christ the Lamb!