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The Great Multitude in White Robes January 9, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Revelation 7:9-17.

Summary: In this passage, John observes an innumerable group of believers who are dressed in white and hold palm branches. They praise God the Father and God the Son for their great plan of salvation. The angels join them in this doxology. One of the twenty-four elders informs John that these believers have been delivered from great trials; they are victorious.

Thoughts: This passage should comfort believers who experience intense persecution in nations such as North Korea, Somalia and Iraq. Here, God assures persecuted believers that if they do not deny His name, He will deliver them from their trials and enable them to reign victoriously. As a believer in a First World country that is relatively free of persecution, though, I wonder if this passage applies to me. Indeed, I often struggle with the following questions:

  • why do many believers – especially in First World countries – avoid persecution, grow old and die peacefully of natural causes?
  • why does God allow certain believers to experience intense persecution?
  • does one need to experience intense persecution in order to be a genuine believer?

At this point, I wonder if believers who experience intense persecution are, in some sense, more worthy to receive “white robes” and “palm branches” than believers who do not experience intense persecution. On a personal note, I still believe that God has called me to serve Him in my First World country and that He will reward me for that service. Of course, He can always call me into a more difficult situation at some point…

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