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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Revelation 7

Multitudes on multitudes

Summary:
Four angels were holding back the earth's wind, and before they were let loose to destroy, another angel sealed 12,000 from each tribe of Israel to be spared.

Then there were countless people in white robes who praised God and the lamb. I was told that they are those from the great tribulation who have been washed clean. They will never hunger or thirst, but will serve God forever and the lamb will provide for them.

Key verse:
9. there before me was 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.

My thoughts:
Some people believe that only a total of 144,000 will be saved, but it's clear from this that beyond those 144,000, there will be a multitude from all nations and tribes (cf. the 12 tribes of Israel) who are washed clean by the blood of the lamb. This multitude is countless, unlike the 144,000 which have clearly been counted.

Blood doesn't normally make you clean...

So my question here is, what is the great tribulation? Is it referring to some of the Roman persecutions, or is it talking about the destruction of the world which is seemingly imminent at the beginning of the chapter? Or is some coming suffering before that end? Who knows...

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