9 After 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;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Israel in the End Times: The 144,000 Witnesses (Part 2)
In our last message, we began looking at the origin of the 144,000 witnesses spoken of in Revelation 7. These witnesses are Jewish believers whom God will mark as His own in the midst of the Tribulation. These witnesses will refuse to submit to the antichrist, they will be persecuted, but they will persist in their mission to preach the Gospel. What will be the outcome of their task? We see this outcome starting in Revelation 7:9 — a multitude of believers before the throne of God.
Notice that this is a diverse multitude. John writes, “I beheld a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues…” This verse lets us know that even in the midst of the Tribulation period, there will be a great harvest of souls. Some believe that when the church is taken out of the world in the Rapture, the Holy Spirit will be taken out as well. However, that is not the case. The Holy Spirit will only cease to act in His restraining capacity against evil. However, the Holy Spirit will continue to convince those who will hear of the truth of the Gospel of Christ.
In his commentary on Revelation, Dr. Paige Patterson writes that, through his description, “John is making the point that this group is ethnically distinct from the Jews who are sealed in the first part of the chapter, and they are further ethnically, tribally, and linguistically diverse from one another—indicating the extent to which the gospel of Jesus Christ has permeated the entire earth.” This passage shows us that even in the middle of the darkest days on earth, the Gospel of Jesus Christ will still be effective and powerful. Thank God that many will believe and be saved.
This passage also shows us that the Jews will fulfill their original purpose as God’s chosen people in the end times. The Israelites were chosen to be a nation of prophets, priests, and missionaries to the rest of the world. They were to proclaim God’s goodness — especially as it concerns the sending of the Messiah for the salvation of the world — to the Gentiles. This purpose is finally carried out during the last days when 144,000 Jews preach the saving message of God’s grace to a world desperately in need of salvation.
Because of their witness, we see the diverse multitude of saints before the throne with white robes indicating that they have been washed and cleansed of their sins and made righteous before God. They are also carrying palm branches which indicate a time of celebration and joy around the throne of God. One of the 24 elders tells John, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
The multitude before the throne cries out in praise and worship before God, expressing their gratitude for salvation: “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Their shout of praise is echoed by the angels, the 24 elders, and the four beasts gathered around the throne of God.
Dr. John F. Walvoord writes, “It seems evident that these ‘who have come out of the Great Tribulation’ have been martyred and were then safe in heaven.” Thus, the promise of God in verses 16-17 is very important to them. We are told that “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
For the short time that they were on earth, this multitude of believers were familiar with hunger, thirst, pain, and persecution. But in Heaven, all of that is washed away by the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who will provide for them, comfort them, and commission them to serve Him day and night. Perhaps, the greatest blessing of all is that He Himself will dwell among them.
While we, as members of the Church Age, will not be on earth during the Tribulation, we can identify with the mission of the 144,000 witnesses and the outcome of their work. Some refer to the church of today as “the church militant” — meaning that the church is on the move, preaching the Gospel, and taking ground for the kingdom of God. One day soon, we will transition to being the “church triumphant” — saints in Heaven around the throne of God rejoicing in what God has accomplished through the preaching of His Word and through the multitudes that will have been saved. On that day, we will be joined with saints from every generation and from every corner of the globe to worship and praise our Savior and to receive the blessings which He graciously grants those who believe in the Lamb of God, the Savior of the world.
If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.