Revelation Chapter 7
Verse 13 (NASB)
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13. And one of the elders answered, saying to me, "These
clothed in the white robes, who are they, and from where have they
And one of the ELDERS answered, saying to me,
This is the second time an ELDER has spoken to John; the first is found
in Revelation 5:5 . In the beginning of
it was angels passing on information to John. But here close in to the
it is an elder communicating with him. Also recall that in verse 11 , the angels are totally involved
the LAMB and Him who sits on the THRONE.
"These who are clothed in the WHITE ROBES,
The ELDER must have seen a puzzled look on John's face because he
ANSWERED John. John doesn't recognize this multitude because he will
have come to heaven before they did. If they came out of the
tribulation as the next verse says, then
not Old Testament saints
or Church/Grace Age/preRapture saints.
- who are they, and
- from where have they come?
It is important to God to have these martyrs truly identified. Their
ROBES (Revelation 7:9 ; Revelation
6:11 ; Revelation 3:5) give them
away. To John, it is a special sight
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