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Saint's White Clothes (Revelation 7.11-14)

"All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying, 'Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!' Then one of the elders asked me, 'These in white robes, who are they, and where did they come from?' I answered, 'Sir, you know.' And he said, 'These are they who have come out of the great tribulation, they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.'" (Revelation 7.11-14)✞

Great Tribulation

The Great TribulationHow can the saint's white clothes be washed "in the blood of the Lamb of God?" Normally, blood is a stain difficult to remove but here the blood of Christ is the world's greatest detergent. It removes even the stain of sin from the saint's robes. White symbolizes sinless perfection and holiness, which can be bestowed only through the death of the sinless Lamb of God on the Cross. The robes represent human souls which normally bear the dark stains of sin but here the white clothes are bleached by the blood of Jesus. "Glory" describes the brightness of God and his presence in shining light.✞

White Clothes

Saints White RobesOne of the twenty four elders turned to Saint John as he gazed in awe at this scene. The angel asked about the origin of those in "white clothes." When John confessed his ignorance, the elder proceeded to explain. They originated, he said, from "the great tribulation," the suffering of believers through the ages. These Christians remained loyal to God, were martyred and now had the special privilege of serving day and night before his throne. Hunger, thirst and scorching heat are now but a memory. As prophesied in Isaiah 49.10, "They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water." They are forever under the protective eye of the Lamb of God. In Heaven, there will no longer be hunger, thirst, or pain, and God will wipe away all their tears from their eyes.

"Saint's White Clothes"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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