Great Multitude of the Redeemed
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. Rev.
All classes, all nations and kindreds and people and tongues will stand before
the throne of God and the Lamb with their spotless robes and jeweled crowns.
Said the angel, These are they that have come up through great tribulation
and have washed their robes and made them white, while the lovers of pleasure
more than lovers of God, the self-indulgent and disobedient, have lost both
worlds. They have neither the things of this life nor the immortal life.
throng, with songs of victory and with crowns and harps, have trodden in the
fiery furnace of earthly affliction when it was heated and intensely hot.
From destitution, from hunger and torture, they come, from deep self-denial
and bitter disappointments. Look upon them now as conquerors, no longer poor,
no longer in sorrow, in affliction and hated of all men for Christ's sake.
Behold their heavenly garments, white and shining, richer than any kingly
robe. Look by faith upon their jeweled crowns; never did such a diadem deck
the brow of any earthly monarch.
to their voices as they sing loud hosannas and as they wave the palm branches
of victory. Rich music fills heaven as their voices sing forth these words:
"Worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain and rose again forevermore.
Salvation unto our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb."
And the angelic host, angels and archangels, covering cherub and glorious
seraph, echo back the refrain of that joyous, triumphant song saying, "Amen:
Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power,
and might, be unto our God for ever and ever" (Rev. 7:12).
that day it will be discovered that the righteous were the wise ones, while
the sinful and disobedient were fools. . . . Shame and everlasting contempt
is their portion. Those who have been colaborers for Christ will then be near
the throne of God, girt with purity and the garments of eternal righteousness.