39 They have left the darkness of this age and have received shining white robes from the Lord.
40 So now, Jerusalem, welcome these people who have kept the Law of the Lord, and this will complete the list of those whom God has assigned to you.
41 The children you longed for have returned; their number is now complete. So pray that the Lord's kingdom may come and that your people, whom God chose before he created the world, may become holy."
42 I, Ezra, saw an enormous crowd on Mount Zion, too many people to count. They were all singing and praising the Lord. 1
43 Standing in the middle of this crowd was a very tall young man, taller than any of the others. He was placing a crown on the head of each person, but he towered above them all. I was spellbound by the sight,
44 and I asked the angel, "Who are these people, sir?"
45 He replied, "These are people who have taken off their mortal robes and have put on immortal ones. They have confessed their faith in God, and now they are being given crowns and palm branches as symbols of their victory."
46 Then I asked the angel, "Who is the young man who is putting the crowns on their heads and giving them the palms?"
47 "He is the Son of God," the angel replied, "and all these people confessed their faith in him while they lived on earth." Then I began to praise those who had stood for the Lord so bravely.
48 And the angel said to me, "Go and tell my people what you have seen, the many marvelous wonders of the Lord."