Original Posting At http://suewhitt.blogspot.com/2017/08/questions-that-arise-from-reading.html
John’s vision is of a multitude too great to count, a multitude made up of every nation..
Yes, every. Salvation doesn’t depend on which borders surround our place of birth. Rather, salvation belongs to God on the throne and to the Lamb. Therefore, everyone joins in praise and worship.
How is your congregation getting this message of every nation?
One of the elders In this great multitude of creatures addressed John asking him “Who are these, robed in white? Where did they come from?”
John turned the question back to the questioner, “You’re the one who knows.”
The elder responded, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation ordeal.”
They didn’t escape ordeal–which would be my first choice, but they did get through it.
Using 6:9-11, white robes are given to those who are slaughtered on earth for the word of God. Thus, we read this to be a description of martyrs who are victorious in heaven who, like Jesus, have given up their lives on earth.
John’s words are intended to reassure people undergoing persecution on earth. How helpful are they to those of us who really don’t suffer much because of our allegiance to the Lord? What is the message for us?
In the vision, one of the elders addresses John directly, promising him that God will shelter the worshippers (13-15).
They will hunger no more,
and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
The Lamb (5:1-8) will be the shepherd.
The shepherd like the one described in Psalm 23. Also, read Ezekiel 34:11-30 in which God appoints a shepherd to oversee his sheep.
How far off is this promise? Do we have to die to collect on it? Or, is this vision of something that will happen to us on this earth–is happening to us on this earth?
Revelation 6:1-17 The seven seals are opened one by one. A rescuer is coming. Death will take a fourth of the earth with sword, famine, and pestilence, and with wild animals. But, those who have been slaughtered for the word of God will cry out for vengeance. The rich and powerful will hide.