from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, and from the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were marked with the sign.
After the vision of these things I looked, and there was a great number of people, so many that no one could count them. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language of the earth. They were all standing before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They were shouting in a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
All the angels were standing around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures. They all bowed down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
saying, "Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength belong to our God forever and ever. Amen!"
Then one of the elders asked me, "Who are these people dressed in white robes? Where did they come from?"
I answered, "You know, sir." And the elder said to me, "These are the people who have come out of the great distress. They have washed their robesn and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Because of this, they are before the throne of God. They worship him day and night in his temple. And the One who sits on the throne will be present with them.
Those people will never be hungry again, and they will never be thirsty again. The sun will not hurt them, and no heat will burn them,
because the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of water that give life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."