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Revelation 7 : The large crowd who were wearing white clothes

v9 After this, I looked, and I saw a very big crowd of people. There were so many people that nobody could count them. They came from every country, from every family group and from every language. They were standing in front of the *throne and in front of the *Lamb. They were wearing white clothes and they were holding branches of palm trees in their hands.

Verse 9 The branches of a palm tree have big leaves. At the time when Jesus lived on this earth, people used palm branches at special events. They thought that the palm tree was a special tree. The people held palm branches when Jesus rode into Jerusalem city. This was because they were so happy to see him. They were showing that he was a great king. They were showing that he would beat all his enemies. (See John 12:13.) In verse 9 the people in the big crowd are also holding palm branches and *worshipping Jesus.

v10 And they shouted loudly:

‘It is our God and the *Lamb who have saved us.

They saved us from trouble and danger.

Our God sits on the *throne.’

v11 All the *angels were standing round the *throne and round the leaders and round the 4 *beings. They bent down so that their faces touched the ground in front of the *throne. That was how they *worshipped God. v12 They said:

‘This is true!

We want to *worship our God.

We want to say how great and powerful he is.

Because he knows everything and we thank him.

He has authority and he will be strong always.

This is true!’

v13 Then one of the leaders spoke to me. ‘Who are these people in white clothes?’ he asked. ‘Where did they come from?’ v14 ‘Only you know who they are, sir’, I replied. ‘They are the people who have come out of the time of bad trouble’, he said to me. ‘They have washed their clothes and they have made them white in the *Lamb’s blood.’

Verse 14 This verse is not telling us about clothes that we wear on our bodies. As in verses 3:4 and 3:18, the ‘clothes’ mean what we are really like in our *spirits. Jesus lost blood when he died for us. He can make our *spirits as clean as white clothes if we believe him.

v15 ‘That is why they are in front of God’s *throne. They are in his house all day and all night because they are his servants. And God, who sits on the *throne, will live among them. He will keep them safe. v16 They will never again be hungry. They will never be without anything to drink. Neither the sun nor any other strong heat will burn them. v17 The *Lamb is in the middle of the *throne. He will supply everything that they need. He will lead them to water that comes up from the ground. It is the water that makes people alive. Their eyes were wet because they have cried. But God will make them happy. He will cause their eyes to be dry.’

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