Revelation 7:1-17 Reading the Passage

The Christian’s Assurance – Revelation 7:1-17

7 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea, or against any tree. (2) Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given authority to harm the land and the sea, (3) “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees, until we have put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”

(4) I heard the number of those who were sealed. Coming from every tribe of the children of Israel, the total number of those who were sealed was one hundred and forty-four thousand. (5) From the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, (6) from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, (7) from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, (8) from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, and from the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.

(9) After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation and from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were dressed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. (10) They cry out with a loud voice, “We attribute our salvation to our God—the one who sits on the throne—and to the Lamb!” (11) All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces and worshiped God, (12) saying, “Amen! The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanks and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!”

(13) Then one of the elders addressed me, asking, “These who are dressed in white robes—who are they, and from where have they come?” (14) I said to him, “My lord, you know.” Then he said to me, “They are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white by the blood of the Lamb. (15) That is why they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tabernacle over them. (16) Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down upon them, nor any scorching heat; (17) for the Lamb who is at the center of the throne shall be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Now  proceed to the next section of this study, entitled, Exploring the Passage.