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Great Throne Multitude
(Revelation 7.9-10)
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"After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: 'Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'" (Revelation 7.9-10)

Nation Tribe People

A Great MultitudeWho are this "great throne multitude?" John suddenly sees them from every "nation, tribe, people and language." They wear "white robes" and wave "palm branches" in honor of the Lamb of God. John of Patmos may have been reminded of another occasion during the earthly life of Jesus when the crowds gathered by the side of the road into Jerusalem's Golden Gate also called the "Gate of Mercy". The people then took up "palm branches" to welcome Jesus in his triumphant entry into the Holy City. The Golden Gate on the eastern side of the Temple Mount in the city wall is possibly the oldest Jerusalem gate. A Muslim cemetery has been built outside the walled up Golden Gate to deter any Jewish Messiah going through a pagan cemetery to inaugurate the New Kingdom! It was walled up in medieval times in accordance with a prophecy from Ezekiel 44.1-3, "Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. The Lord said to me, 'This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it. The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the Lord. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way." With this in mind, the people at the Golden Gate cried out in praise as the multitudes in Heaven do now. Interestingly, the Golden Gate may be the "Beautiful Gate" spoken of Acts. where Peter healed a lame beggar. Acts 3.2-6 reads, "Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, 'Look at us!' So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, 'Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.'" This sacred place at the Golden Gate was also a place of healing for the man who stood then leapt and danced for joy!

All the Faithful

A BibleAs the great "multitude" in Revelation sang God's praises, all the angels, the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures joined in. This huge gathering in Heaven represented all the faithful throughout all generations from all nationalities and from every corner of the world. Every believer can be satisfied that God envelops and protects them and that they are all guaranteed a place at his side. The "multitude" in Heaven praise God that salvation came only from the "Lamb", Jesus Christ.

"Great Throne Multitude"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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