In John’s vision of the redeemed we understand that we too are numbered with those whose sins have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb.

In John’s vision of the redeemed we understand that we too are numbered with those whose sins have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb.

BibleGateway: Revelation 7:9-17

ESV Text: Revelation 7:9-17

Revelation 7:9–17 (Listen)

A Great Multitude from Every Nation

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 and crying out with a loud voice, “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 the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 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, 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 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   They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
    the sun shall not strike them,
    nor any scorching heat.
17   For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
    and he will guide them to springs of living water,
  and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

(ESV)


KJV Text:

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9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

     13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 656 (LSB 676):
Behold a Host, Arrayed in White

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1. Behold a host, arrayed in white, 
Like thousand snow-clad mountains bright, 
With palms they stand. Who is this band 
Before the throne of light? 
Lo, these are they of glorious fame 
Who from the great affliction came 
And in the flood of Jesus’ blood 
Are cleansed from guilt and blame. 
Now gathered in the holy place, 
Their voices they in worship raise, 
Their anthems swell where God doth dwell, 
Mid angels’ songs of praise. 

2. Despised and scorned, they sojourned here; 
But now, how glorious they appear! 
Those martyrs stand a priestly band, 
God’s throne forever near. 
So oft, in troubled days gone by, 
In anguish they would weep and sigh, 
At home above the God of Love 
For aye their tears shall dry. 
They now enjoy their Sabbath rest, 
The paschal banquet of the blest; 
The Lamb, their Lord, at festal board 
Himself is Host and Guest. 

3. Then hail, ye mighty legions, yea, 
All hail! Now safe and blest for aye, 
And praise the Lord, who with His Word 
Sustained you on the way. 
Ye did the joys of earth disdain, 
Ye toiled and sowed in tears and pain. 
Farewell, now bring your sheaves and sing 
Salvation’s glad refrain. 
Swing high your palms, lift up your song, 
Yea, make it myriad voices strong, 
Eternally shall praise to Thee, 
God, and the Lamb belong. 


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