A Great Multitude from Every Nation

Revelation 7

9 After this I looked, and behold, b a great multitude that no one could number, c from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, d clothed in white robes, with e palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, f "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and g the four living creatures, and they h fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 i saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, d clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?" 14 I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones coming out of j the great tribulation. k They have washed their robes and l made them white m in the blood of the Lamb.

15 "Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and n serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne o will shelter them with his presence.
16 p They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
q the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne r will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of s living water,
and t God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

  1. Cross References
    Romans 11:25
    Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
  2. Cross References
    Revelation 5:9
    And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
  3. Cross References
    Revelation 7:14
    I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    Revelation 3:4
    Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.
  4. Cross References
    Leviticus 23:40
    And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.
    John 12:13
    So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!
  5. Cross References
    Revelation 12:10
    And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.
    Revelation 19:1
    After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.
    Psalms 3:8
    Salvation belongs to the Lord ; your blessing be on your people! Selah
  6. Cross References
    Revelation 4:6
    And before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind:
  7. Cross References
    Revelation 4:10
    The twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying.
  8. Cross References
    Revelation 5:14
    And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" and the elders fell down and worshiped.
    Revelation 19:4
    And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!
    1 Chronicles 29:10 - 11
    Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: "Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
  9. Cross References
    Revelation 7:9
    After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 24:21
    For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.
  11. Cross References
    Revelation 22:14
    Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.
    Isaiah 1:18
    Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord : though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
    Zechariah 3:3 - 5
    Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments.
  12. Cross References
    Daniel 12:10
    Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.
    1 John 1:7
    But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
  13. Cross References
    Revelation 1:5
    And from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
  14. Cross References
    Revelation 22:3
    No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.
  15. Cross References
    Revelation 21:3
    And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
    Isaiah 4:5 - 6
    Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:10
    They shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 121:6
    The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 23:1 - 2
    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    Matthew 2:6
    "'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'"
    John 10:11
    I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
  19. Cross References
    Revelation 22:1
    Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
    Psalms 36:8 - 9
    They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
    John 4:14
    But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
  20. Cross References
    Revelation 21:4
    He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
    Isaiah 25:8
    He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
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