CHAPTER 7 | Verses 9-17

Verse 9: “Afterwards, I looked. And behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation and family and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white garments and had palm branches in their hands.”

G-d calls out, rescues, the congregation of the redeemed from all over the world. All those who have called on the name of Messiah Yeshua will be saved. (Joel 2v32, Acts 4v12) They have not been appointed for wrath (1 Thessalonians 5v9) and have received their blessed hope, the rapture (Titus 2v13)

The Lamb, in Revelation, refers to the same lamb as the one used for Passover. It reminds us that He is our Redeemer who has purified us [white garments are given as an outcome of redemption (6v11). They are not earned.] During the Feast of Tabernacles, the leaves and branches of four types of trees are used to put together what is known as a ‘lulav’. The foundation piece, for the lulav, is a palm branch. The palm branch is a symbol of dependence upon God. 

During the Feast of Tabernacles, the lulav is taken, by each man, and waved in six directions (North, South, East, West, Up and down)  is a number that speaks of G-d’s grace. The way we demonstrate dependence upon G-d is by accepting the grace of G-d. The lulav are a testimony of faith, trust and dependence upon G-d and His redemption.

Verse 10: “And they called in a great voice saying: ‘Salvation to our G-d, the One who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb.’”
They say ‘salvation to our G-d’ because they have received the full outcome of their salvation – clothed with a new body. (2 Corinthians 5v1-5)

Verse 11: “And all the angels stood around the throne, and around the elders, and the four creatures. And they fell upon their face before the throne and they worshipped G-d.” It is only because of a salvation experience that we can truly worship G-d.

Verse 12: “And they said: ‘Amen! Blessing and honor and wisdom and thanksgiving and splendor and power and might to our G-d forever and ever. Amen!”

Verse 13: “And one of the elders responded and he said to me: ‘These who are clothed in white garments, who are they and from where do they come?’”

 Verse 14: “And I said to him: ‘My lord, you know’. And he said to me: ‘These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; and they have washed their garments and they have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

These are the people who have died, or been martyred, in Christ (1 Thessalonians 4v16) These are also those who have never tasted death but were rescued in the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4v17) They are, all together, (after Messiah Yeshua who was the first fruit) the first of the harvest of resurrection into the Kingdom of G-d. (1 Corinthians 15v20-23) 

These are all of those who have died, or who have lived, by faith in Messiah Yeshua.

Verse 15: “Therefore, they are before the throne of God and they serve Him in His sanctuary day and night. And the One who sits upon the throne, He will place His tabernacle with them.”

Place His tabernacle with them is another way of saying that G-d will dwell with them. Intimacy with G-d, and dwelling with Him, is also an outcome of salvation.

Verse 16: “They will not hunger anymore, nor thirst anymore. And the sun shall not strike them or any hot wind.”

Verse 17: “For the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, He will shepherd them and by the fountains of living water lead them. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.


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