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.
The great multitude, in addition to praising God and the Lamb, for proving Salvation, will later glorify God for judging Babylon (Rev 19:1-3) and will proclaim “the marriage of the Lamb (Rev. 19:6-7).
Rev.7:9 White Robes are the garments of overcoming believers (Rev 3:5,18) and of martyrs (Rev. 6:11).
Rev. 7:9 Palm Branches were typically waved by crowds at victory celebrations (John 12:13).
On 28 August, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his famous “I have a Dream,” speech. In attendance were thousands of people of many races; And together they heard Dr. King’s call for racial equality and peace.
Now, fast forward to the future, to a time when all believers are in heaven. The scene is similar to the one in Washington, D.C., however the scale and magnitude of the event is so much greater.
In this setting, Jesus Christ, Himself, stands not on the stairs of a memorial, but rather He sits on the throne of creation. In this glorious moment and on this glorious day, we find people of every race, tribe, language, and nation standing before the One who gave His life to rescue theirs. Friends, this is not the fulfillment of a dream; it is the fulfillment of the Father’s perfect plan of redemption.
I know our future as followers of Christ will take us to this glorious day and glorious moment. Together we shall stand before the Lord and live forever in peace and love.