The Church is seen for the first time in heaven


 7:9  After this [literally, after these things—after the opening of the 6th seal and its cataclysms, and the sealing of the 144,000 (Rev. 7:4)]

[1] I beheld, and, lo,

[a.] a great multitude [this is the first reference to a multitude of redeemed men and women in heaven in the Book of Revelation],

[11.] which no man could number,


                                    [12.] all nations [#1484, ethnos, race ], and

                                    [13.] [all] kindreds [#5443, phule, clan, kindred, tribe], and

                                    [14.] [all] people [2992, laos, a people], and

[15.] [all] tongues [#1100, glossa, tongue, language; these four attributes unquestionably describe the world (Rev. 11:9), from which the Church is taken (Rev. 5:9),

                                                [aa.] stood [a badge of redemption (Luke 21:36)]

                                                            [111.] before the throne, and

                                                            [112.] before the Lamb,

[113.] clothed with white robes [the robe of righteousness (vs. 13; Rev. 19:8)], and 

[114.] palms [a symbol of victory (John 12:13)] in their hands;

 7:10  And     

[ab.] cried with a loud voice, saying,

                                                            [111.] Salvation [we made it]

[aaa.] to our God

[1111.] which sitteth upon the throne, and

                                                                        [aab.] unto the Lamb.


 Angelic worship


7:11  And all the angels

            [1] stood

                        [a.] round about the throne, and

                        [b.] [round about] the elders and

                        [c.] [round about] the four beasts, and

            [2] fell before the throne on their faces,

[a.] and worshipped God,

 7:12  [3] Saying, Amen: [c/p. Rev. 5:12]

                        [a.] Blessing, and

                        [b.] glory, and

                        [c.] wisdom, and

                        [d.] thanksgiving, and

                        [e.] honour, and

                        [f.]  power, and

                        [g.] might,

[be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.


The great tribulation: the first 3 ½ years of the Antichrist Covenant week of years


 7:13  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me,

            [1] What are these which are arrayed

[a.] in white robes? [ vs. 9] and

            [2] whence came they?

 7:14  And

            [1] I said unto him,

[a.] Sir, thou knowest. And

            [2] he said to me,

                        [a.] These are they which

[11.] came out of great tribulation [lit. the tribulation, the great—the first 3 ½ years of the Antichrist Covenant week of years (this is the only New Testament passage where both the words "tribulation" and "great" in the original language are used with the definite article: which indicates a very definite and fixed period of time; in addition, there is no Scripture in the entire Bible which teaches that the Antichrist Covenant week of years is “the 7-year tribulation period”, c/p. Dan. 9:24-27—see Seven Prophetic Pictures of the Rapture)], and

                        [b.] have washed their robes (Rev. 19:8), and

                        [c.] made them white in the blood of the Lamb [born again].

 7:15               [d.] Therefore are they

                                    [11.] before the throne of God, and

                                    [12.] serve him day and night in his temple: and

[aa.] he that sitteth on the throne [the Father (Rev. 4:2, Rev. 4:10; Rev. 5:7, Rev. 5;13; Rev. 7:10)]

[ab.] shall dwell among them.  [These are rewards to the Church (c/p. Rev. 3:12)]


 7:16               [e.] They shall

                                    [11.] hunger no more, neither

                                    [12.] thirst any more; neither shall

                                    [13.] the sun light on them,

                                    [14.] nor any heat.

 7:17               [f.] For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne

                                    [11.] shall feed them, and

                                    [12.] shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and

                                    [13.] God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. 


*** These died:

            [a.] hungry,

            [b.] thirsty,

            [c.] scorched by the sun,

            [d.] overcome by heat, and

            [e.] crying [because of how they were killed, (c/p. (Rev. 20:4)]


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