Revelation 7:13-17

13 Then one of the elders 1answered, saying to me, "These who are clothed in the 2white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?"
14 I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the 3great tribulation, and they have 4washed their robes and made them 5white in the 6blood of the Lamb.
15 "For this reason, they are 7before the throne of God; and they 8serve Him day and night in His 9temple; and 10He who sits on the throne will spread His 11tabernacle over them.
16 "12They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;
17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their 13shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the 14water of life; and 15God will wipe every tear from their eyes."

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Revelation 7:13-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 7

This chapter contains a vision seen at the end of the sixth, and at the opening of the seventh seal, which expresses the security of the saints in all ages following, the praises of angels and men on that account, and the happiness of all the people of God in the millennium state. First, a vision of four angels is seen restraining the winds from blowing on the earth, sea, and trees, Re 7:1; then of another angel, described by the place from whence he came, the east; by what he had, the seal of the living God, and by his cry to the four angels not to hurt the earth, sea, and trees, until the servants of God were sealed, Re 7:2,3, and then follows the number of the sealed ones in general, Re 7:4, and the particular number of them out of each tribe of Israel, Re 7:5-8. After which is another vision of all the elect of God together, described by the numberless multitude of them; by their descent from all nations; by their position and situation before the throne, and the Lamb; by their habit and attire, and by their loud cry, ascribing salvation to God, and to the Lamb, Re 7:9,10, who are joined by all the angels around them, worshipping God, and ascribing glory to him, Re 7:11,12. And next is described the happiness of this numerous company, in the thousand years' reign, introduced by some discourse which passed between John, and one of the elders, Re 7:13,14, who are said to be before the throne, to serve God continually, and to have his presence, Re 7:15, to be free from everything troublesome and distressing, Re 7:16, and to be fed by the Lamb, and to be led by him to fountains of living water, and to have all their tears wiped away from them, Re 7:17.

Revelation 7:13-17 In-Context

11 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,
12 saying, " Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?"
14 I said to him, "My lord , you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 "For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.
16 "They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;
17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."

Cross References 15

  • 1. Acts 3:12
  • 2. Revelation 7:9
  • 3. Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21; Mark 13:19
  • 4. Zechariah 3:3-5; Revelation 22:14
  • 5. Revelation 6:11; Revelation 7:9
  • 6. Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 1:7
  • 7. Revelation 7:9
  • 8. Revelation 4:8; Revelation 22:3
  • 9. Revelation 11:19; Revelation 21:22
  • 10. Revelation 4:9
  • 11. Leviticus 26:11; Ezekiel 37:27; John 1:14; Revelation 21:3
  • 12. Psalms 121:5; Isaiah 49:10
  • 13. Psalms 23:1; Matthew 2:6; John 10:11
  • 14. John 4:14; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:1
  • 15. Isaiah 25:8; Matthew 5:4; Revelation 21:4

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