After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;
(a) The throne; see entry for Rev. 4:2.
(b) The Lamb is Jesus; see entry for Rev. 5:6.
(c) Clothed in white robes. White robes represent the spotless righteousness of Jesus Christ that is offered to us as a free gift.
We come to the Lord wearing filthy rags and we are washed and made clean by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 7:14). The moment we are put into Christ the Righteous One, we become as righteous and blameless as he is. See entry for Righteousness.
and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
(a) Salvation. The original word for salvation means deliverance or rescue. Jesus is the great Deliverer who rescues us from our enemies (Luke 1:71). See entry for Salvation.
(b) Salvation to our God; see entry for Rev. 19:1.
(c) The Lamb is Jesus; see entry for Rev. 5:6.
Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?”
White robes; see entry for Rev. 7:9.
I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
(a) Great tribulation. Great trouble.
This is not the great tribulation that Jesus said would afflict Judea (see entry for Matt. 24:21). Nor is it the great tribulation that Jesus said would afflict Jezebel’s followers (see entry for Rev. 2:22). This is a great tribulation or persecution or trial that afflicts believers.
(b) White robes; see entry for Rev. 7:9.
(c) The Lamb of God is Jesus; see entry for Rev. 5:6.
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