Study Guide: Revelation 7:9-17 - In Wrath, Remember Mercy
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
“Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
As we continue to look at chapter 7 of Revelation, last week's study guide questions remain relevant.
Main point: God’s glory is majestically displayed in His absolute and eternal salvation.
Summary: This chapter is an interlude between the first six seal judgments and the seventh and last seal judgment. John hears an announcement of God’s people being sealed from divine wrath. Then he looks and sees a multitude beyond number from every nation of those who have been cleansed from sin by the blood of the Lamb. These believers worship God for His greatness displayed in the salvation that He has provided for His people.
- Some believe that the 144,000 are future Jewish believers and some see this group as representative of the church as a whole. Either way, this passage talks about how these believers are sealed by God. Read Ephesians 1:13–14. How are believers in the New Covenant sealed by God? What does it mean that we are “sealed” and what is the significance?
- At the end of time, God will unite heaven and earth together and we will be with Him forever (Eph 1:10, Col 1:20, Rev 21:1–2). How is this eternal state described in verses 15–17?
- Read back through the chapter and list out the attributes of God that this passage describes or implies.
Which aspect of how God is described in this passage most stood out to you? Why?
What causes you the most fear in life (fear of the unknown, physical harm/sickness, fearing for others, etc.)? Based on the truths of this chapter, what would you tell another believer that was struggling with the same fears as you?
In this passage, we see God’s plan for salvation to spread to all nations. What is one practical way that you can be part of this mission (giving, going, praying)? Think of one other believer that you can challenge to join you in taking this practical step.
Prayer point: Praise God for His glory that is displayed in this chapter, and give thanks for the hope we have through the salvation that He has provided. Ask Him to use you to be a part of bringing this hope of salvation to others.
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