Verse 9 (God's WordTM)
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9After these things I saw a large crowd from every nation, tribe, people, and language. No one was able to count how many people there were. They were standing in front of the throne and the lamb. They were wearing white robes, holding palm branches in their hands,
No one was able to count how many people there were. They were STANDING in front of
"Standing in front of" vs. "fallen down before" ... denotes a victory which is confirmed by the palm branches in their hands. These are ones who truly overcame the beast, antichrist, and martyrdom, and followed Christ even to death. They can hold their heads high in VICTORY!
This is a celebration like the Feast of Tabernacles, Leviticus 23:39-43. It is a joyful time (in heaven) especially after the 6 seals were opened (on earth). What the "large crowd" must have endured (on earth) to get here (in heaven)! Truly, "O DEATH, where is your victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).
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