Revelation Chapter 7:13
Revelation 7:13 – Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
Apparently John was so astounded by the vastness of the multitude before the throne, that one of the elders engages him in conversation to make sure he knows who this multitude is and where they came from. The Greek word translated “answered” means to strike up a conversation, which shows that the elder was seeking a response from John.
In the next section, we see that John is clueless on who the multitude is in white robes (Revelation 7:9), which is interesting, since he somehow knew who Moses and Elijah were at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-10, Luke 9:28-36). However, John is confident the elder knows who the multitude is and where they came from.
This elder is certainly representative of the church. He must already know who these are. He probably asks this question to teach those who do not understand who these are.
Those which were “arrayed in white robes”, cannot be the same people as those sealed in their forehead. Those sealed in their forehead would have no reason to be sealed, if they would be immediately transported to heaven. There are no winds of terror in heaven. There would be no purpose in putting the mark on them for heaven. This is certainly another group. They have been taken out of the great tribulation on the earth. The seven years are broken up into two 3-1/2 year periods. The first 3-1/2 years are called tribulation, and the last 3-1/2 years are known as the Great Tribulation.
Christians will know tribulation, but will be saved from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”
I believe this rapture, or catching away of the Church, occurs before these seven years (see article “Rapture)”.
Daniel 12:1-4 “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.” “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
You see there is no question that this (we read in Daniel), is the same time as what we have been reading in Revelation.
Daniel 12:9, “And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”
Here is why some people believe that the rapture will take place at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. If we read the rest of (chapter 12:12), “Blessed [is] he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days”. This time I believe is at the end of the time of the Great Tribulation, when the earth is renewed and the sheep and the goats are separated. Meaning after the last 42 months, (thousand three hundred and five and thirty days). An additional time of 75 days was added for this process.
During that period of time the Julian calendar was used (only 30 days per month) so the 1260 days is correct.
God is the same in the Old Testament as He is in the New Testament. It appears to me that the most important thing in our life, even more than eating and sleeping, is making sure that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
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We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.
Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENENT!.
Please do not waist another a minute.
No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.
If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.
Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.
If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
I implore you to do this without delay.
Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.