TruthnetChristianityApologeticsRevelationEnd TimesDanielDVD'sPdf CatalogContact Us
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22

Revelation Chapter 7



Introduction to Chapter  7


            Chapter 7 answers the question, “Is there any hope for those who enter the tribulation?”  Daniel’s 70th week, the seven-year tribulation period, starts with the agreement regarding of the 3rd Temple (Daniel 9;27). The tribulation is a time of incredible tumult on the earth, unequaled in history and never to be equaled again.  How will people come to Christ during this period? Throughout the book of Revelation, we see several oasis’ of salvation in the desert of tribulation, how the saints become victorious.  Here in chapter 7, we see God’s plan to reach the lost in the tribulation.

            One of the controversies in the book of Revelation is the role played by the Church and Israel.  The two main views here are the Covenant and Dispensational perspectives. 

The Covenant perspective views the church as the “New Israel”, the church has replaced Israel, because Israel rejected Christ as their Messiah. Verses in the Old Testament and New Testament referring to Israel symbolically mean the church and not literal Israel in scripture yet to be fulfilled.  Basically, Covenant theology views as God having one covenant, the covenant of Grace, from Adam until now, operating under different institutions. The church is now the recipient of this covenant in substitution to Israel. Therefore, references to Israel in the end times are symbolic and actually refer to the church.

Dispensational theology views the Church and Israel as two distinct groups.  The word dispensation  is translated from the Greek word, oijkonomiva Oikonomia, meaning the management of a household or of household affairs.  The church, for the present time, is responsible for establishing “Salvation” in the earth, by presenting the Gospel to the lost.  Prior to the church, Israel was responsible for dispensing salvation in the earth. When Israel rejected Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Israel’s dispensation was placed in suspension until the “Fullness of the Gentiles” (Romans 11;25, Luke 14;15-24).  Israel, is not replaced by the church and references to Israel unless otherwise stated apply to Israel.  Following the rapture of the Church, Israel is restored to its dispensational position. The place occupied before their fall. (Romans 11:11-12)  In the tribulation period, through the ministry of Israel, the Gospel of salvation, dispensed to the lost throughout the earth fulfills Israel’s initial call from God. (Exodus 19:6, Duet. 14:2).

In chapter seven, we see 144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel, 12,000 from each tribe. The 144,000 has been the subject of great debate in many circles.  Interpretations often center on ones view of Israel and the Church.  Those who view Israel as “replaced”, view the 144,000 as “Symbolic” and not literal Israel. While those from a dispensational understanding see the 144,000 as literal “Israel”, fulfilling the mission established for the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.   The 144,000  are “End time” harvesters who spread the Gospel to the nations.

From scripture, we can see two events, which will prepare the world for the end times harvest at the start of the Tribulation period. One, the rapture and two, Israel’s victory over an Islamic/Russian attack, known as the battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39).


The effect of the Rapture (I Thes. 4:13-18)

The tribulation has a definite starting point, the covenant allowing the Temple to be rebuilt and Jewish sacrifice to commence on the Temple Mount.  According to the pre-tribulation view, the rapture will occur prior to the tribulation.  The amount of time between the rapture and the start of tribulation is up to debate. 

But if you could imagine the effect this would have on the populations of the earth.  People will want to know what happened to these people who claimed to be Christian, who just one day vanished.  Ultimately, many on the earth will look to scripture and find Christ.  Others whose hearts are hardened to the Gospel today, will become open to its message. 


The Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39)

Another event presented in the scripture as witnesses to God’s identity in the end times is the battle of Gog and Magog.  Ezekiel actually looks forward to the event, and quotes the world looking back to the book of Ezekiel, foretelling what would happen in their day.  The defeat of Gog and Magog will be a sign to the world.  God will be known in the nations for what has taken place, leading many whose hearts were hardened to be open.

The world will see Israel’s period of desolation as the result of punishment for their rejection of the Messiah.  This event will cause many to read the Bible and see God’s hand in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. 


17 'Thus says the Lord God: "Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?23 "Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord." 'Ezekiel 38:17,23


21 "I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them.22 "So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward. 23 "The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword.Ezekiel 39:21-23

The Rapture along with the Battle of Gog and Magog will prepare the hearts of those living on the earth for the greatest ingathering of souls ever known.  Those living in the tribulation period will have a clear choice to make.  Do they choose Jesus Christ as Messiah, or the system put in place by the Antichrist? Those who choose Christ will be killed on earth but enter heaven.

The 144,000 from Israel


Vision of the four angels


1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." 
 Revelation 7:1-3

After these things:  Chapter 7 in the book of Revelation is placed between the 6th seal (Revelation 6:12-17) and the 7th seal (Revelation 8:1).  In Chapter 7, we are given insight into the events surrounding the 5th seal.  How do the martyrs in heaven in the 5th seal find Christ after missing the “Rapture”.   This chapter spreads light on the events taking place at the start of the tribulation period and demonstrates God’s mercy and grace.

There are two views on the timing of these events here in chapter seven. Some view the sealing of the 144,000 following the six seals of Chapter 6, prior to the opening of the 7th seal. Therefore, the 144,000 would have lived through the first part of the tribulation and come to realize Jesus Christ is the Messiah.  They would then be supernaturally empowered by Christ to advance the Gospel throughout the Earth.  Henry Morris author of the Revelation Record writes about this break in between the 6th and 7th seal,


After the judgments under the sixth seal (earthquakes, stars falling, etc.,) there was thus to be a brief respite on the earth.  This would give God’s enemies an opportunity to recover from their fears and to rationalize their experiences naturalistically, fixing them more firmly than before in their wickedness. Its main purpose, however, was to give those who had come to believe in God an opportunity to understand their new faith, to study His Word….

…….In particular was this to be vital for the preparation of a very special group of God’s servants. They were to have a key role in witnessing to the world in the latter years of the tribulation period and then in the millennial age to come.[1]


Others view the sealing of the 144,000 at the beginning of the tribulation period and their ministry of evangelism causing many to find Christ in the early part of the tribulation, specifically the martyrs in the 5th seal.  Following the rapture, and the battle of Gog and Magog a select number of Jewish males come to understand Jesus is Messiah, and begin a world-wide campaign proclaiming the Gospel.  Tim LaHaye writes,


They seal the servants of God, the 144,000 Tribulation witnesses. Since the sixth seal takes place toward the end of the first quarter of the Tribulation, we find that the destroying angel is ordered to wait until the work of sealing is finished.  This indicates that at the beginning of the Tribulation, the 144,000 servants  of God will be sealed and begin their ministry of preaching the gospel, attended by a mighty worldwide soul harvest that will culminate in a time of severe persecution for believers, inspired by the Antichrist.[2]

Four angels   Angelic forces are waiting to unleash God’s judgment in the physical world, as the world goes about killing the new believers who are now in Heaven (Revelation 6;9-11).  We see angelic judgment in Sodom, two angels destroyed the city of Sodom, but first they needed to remove Lot and his family before judgment could proceed (Genesis 19:13). 

These four angels are granted power to hurt the sea and the land.  The trumpet and bowl judgments both involve physical destruction to the Earth. (Revelation 8, 16).  These four angels are held back from judgment, lest the servants who are to be sealed get hurt in the judgment. Once they are sealed the second phase of judgment can proceed, the Trumpet Judgments (Revelation 8,9).  

Four corners     The Greek word  tevssare Tessares, means four, and can viewed as the four quadrants of the earth, meaning the entire earth. (Isaiah 11:12, Ezekiel 7:2, Revelation 20:8) The physical inhabited earth.

Four winds  Like the four corners of the earth, the term four winds also refers to complete earth, but to the environmental aspects.  God chooses these four angels, to dole out the punishments on the inhabitants on the earth.

Another angel  Here we see in the angelic world there is order, Angels participate in God’s work and are ranked. This angel commands the 4 angels, to hold back until the right time.

Till we have sealed The servants of God, 144,000 are set aside for God’s service. The word used for sealed is, sfragivzw Sphragizo.   The word means marked, or protected.  This is the same word used in Ephesians in reference to the saints who are “Sealed” with the Holy Spirit. (See also 2 Cor. 1:22, Ephesians 4:30)

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Ephesians 1;13-14


God knows who his servants, are for specific purposes chosen to accomplish his will.  The Holy Spirit seals every believer who is saved, until the day of redemption.  This means nothing will be able to counter their salvation.  In the same way the believer is sealed, the 144,000 Jewish males from the tribes of Israel will be sealed to accomplish God’s will.

Another example is in Ezekiel 9:14 where specific people who mourn over the sin of the city are sparred from God’s wrath against the city of Jerusalem.  Angels are commanded to mark those who will be sparred.

4 and the Lord said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it."

Ezekiel 9:4

Sealing of the 12 tribes of Israel


4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed: 5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed; 6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed; 7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed; 8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed. Revelation 7:4-8

Sealed  To understand who this section of scripture is talking about depends on whether scripture is viewed as literal or symbolic.  By viewing this section of scripture as symbolic many groups have taken the “144,000” and applied the number to their membership. 

Probably the most famous among this is the Jehovah Witnesses. According to the Jehovah Witnesses, the 144,000 are not of the tribes of physical Israel, but “Spiritual Israel” which they apply to their group.  This group of 144,000 JW’s, known as the “Anointed class”  were part of the Watchtower Bible and Track Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) when their numbers were much smaller.  The problem they have today, is most of the members of the “Anointed class” are dead.  So the JW’s are forced to change their positions to accommodate these problems.

The JW’s are not alone in applying this number to their organization.  Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints), Catholics and mainline Protestants also apply this select group to their body.  The only way this could seem plausible is if “Israel” does not really mean “Israel” and the tribes of Israel do not mean the tribes of Israel.

Tribes...Israel…sealed  Once a literal understanding of scripture is applied, there is little choice but to understand this section of scripture as referring to the literal descendents of Israel. When taken in context of scripture, understanding the role Israel plays in the End times is the only option.

There are several import points in understanding the role Israel plays.  Those who remove literal Israel from scripture will never be able to grasp the book of Revelation and God’s plan for the end times.  This is because the meaning of “Israel” will always change to fit the current situation.  Today, one church is Israel and tomorrow another church is Israel. The question is can we take God at His Word, does He mean what He says?

  Here, we see the role of 144,000, from the 12 tribes of Israel. Do we know who belongs to what tribe in Israel today?  No, we do not, but God certainly knows who belongs where. Twelve thousand from each of the 12 tribes of Jacob (Israel) represent a select group, descendents of Jacob who will fulfill the role planned for Israel, to be a light to the nations. They will spread the Gospel throughout the earth, and reap an end-times harvest unequaled in the history of the world.

Out of all the nations of the Earth, God had chosen the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to be a light to the nations, to be his witnesses (Isaiah 43:10-12).  Israel has for the most part has failed to accomplish this mission.  In the end-of-days, during the tribulation period Israel will succeed where preceding generations have failed.  The 12,000 from the 12 tribes will reap a harvest unequalled in the history of the world.  

Without understanding the role and plan for Israel in the end times, its hard to grasp the events in scripture.  Here are 6 points to consider when we understand the role of Israel and the Church.


1. God keeps his word.  Throughout scripture, God clearly makes literal promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendents.  His promises are unconditional, and literal, if God does not fulfill His promises to Israel, why should anybody expect Him to fulfill his promises to others?

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever."

 Isaiah 40:8

2.  The land was promised to Abraham and his descendents as an eternal covenant.  Today, the land of Israel is the center of political controversy, over half the worlds population claim a link to Israel and Jerusalem.  Yet the land was promised to the descendents who number less then 20 million in the world and only 5 million in Israel.  Israel’s possession of the land was an event foretold about extensively.  (See Also Genesis 13:15 17:3,8 26:3 28:13 Exodus 33:1; Numbers 32:11; Deuteronomy 1:8; 6:10 30:20 Psalms 105:9-12; Romans 9:8; Galatians 3:16; 4:28)


And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him  Genesis 12:7


And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: Exodus 33;1

3. Israel though disobedient would in the future be an obedient and righteous nation.  Scripture teaches about Israel’s fall, but scripture also teaches this fall is only temporary.  Israel will recover and be restored to the position of blessing amongst the nations.  Israel as a people and nation will  again be restored to their land and have a relationship with the God of the Universe.

3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. Deuteronomy 30:3-5


37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:

38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:

39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:  40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Jeremiah 32:37-40

4. Israel is part of God’s end time plan   In both the Old and New Testaments, Israel plays a central role in the end times.  Armageddon the famous battle known the world over takes place north of Jerusalem in the plain of Megiddo.  We are told the nations will of the earth will surround Israel.  Jeremiah and Daniel, look to a period unequaled in the history of the world, centering around Israel.

         7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.  Jeremiah 30:7-10


1 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.

2 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. Daniel 12:1-2

5. Jesus would return to a repentant Israel   Both in the Old and New Testaments, we see Christ returning to a repentant Israel who rejected Him at His first coming, but will accept Him at the second coming.  Christ in fact informed Israel, in the Gospel of Matthew, they would not see Him again until they recognized Him as their Messiah. 

a. 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.  Zechariah 12;9-10


37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!  38 "See! Your house is left to you desolate;

 39 "for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' " Matthew 23:37-39


6. The Church cannot replace Israel (See also Jeremiah 31:31)   Paul, in the section of Romans chapters 9-11 makes a clear distinction between Israel and the Church.  The Church for the time being has received the covenant blessing of Israel, who rejected Jesus Christ as Messiah.  Following the Rapture, “the fullness of the Gentiles” will be complete. Then Israel will be restored to the position they had before they rejected Christ.  This time, however Israel will not reject Christ but as a nation will turn to Him and cry out for His coming.  Christ will then return, with the armies of Heaven (Revelation 19, Matthew 24:30,25:30, Zechariah 12:9-10) and establish the Messianic Kingdom.

The Church is in the “New Covenant” promised to Israel in the book of Jeremiah.  This promise was made to Israel, they failed to attain it, and the Church received it, but Israel as a nation will one day receive what God has promised.


25  For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

26  And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;27  For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins."

Romans 11:25-27


31 "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah

32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,  says the Lord.

33 "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

34 "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

Jeremiah 31:31-34

The Great Multitude in Heaven

9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
Revelation 7:9-10

After these things   John now sees the resulting work of the 144,000 from Israel

Great multitude  John is in heaven and sees people before God’s throne, gathered from the nations of the earth. This group of people in Heaven is all encompassing. John uses four terms so there is no mistake about the composition of these souls in Heaven before the throne, nations, tribes, peoples and tongues.

Again the book of Revelation affirms to those on earth, the home of the saint is in Heaven in the presence of God, before His throne.  Heaven is not just for the 144,000 as the JW’s like to claim, but for all who have a relationship with Christ.

Imagine being on Earth, and about to die for your new faith in Christ, this section in Revelation will serve as refuge to any suffering believer.  Following the blade of execution, the believer can look forward to entering the presence of God in Heaven.

In the tribulation, all throughout the earth, persecution will break out and those who put their faith in Christ will die. Here we see the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14, “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations”.  The ministry of the 144,000 will be to proclaim the gospel to the nations, and from their work, we see a great multitude in Heaven.

Before the throne   So there is no mistake, the multitude is in Heaven.  They are not on earth, but before the throne of God, in Heaven.   This is the hope of the believer, John want to assure them.

White robes  In the fifth seal, we saw under the altar the souls of those who were killed for their faith in Christ. They were told, rest a while until their fellow servants should also die and white robes were given to them.  Here we see the completed number of saints, gathered out of the tribulation standing before God’s throne in Heaven. 

Palm branches  This event of the saints before God’s throne waving Palm branches is actually pictured in the Feast of Tabernacles.  Israel was  to rejoice before God with branches for seven days. The Feast of Tabernacles was a prophetic shadow of a future event when the saved both Jews and Gentiles would stand before God’s throne and celebrate their salvation.

40 'And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. Leviticus 23;40


Praise of in Heaven

11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
Revelation 7:11-12


All the angels   The Heavens again rejoice over this group gathered from the nations of the world.  This is the third time we see the Heavens rejoicing in unison (Revelation 4:9-11, 5:9-14). John again demonstrates this multitude is in Heaven, lest there be any mistake.


The identity of the great Multitude

13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?" 14 And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 "Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 "They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 "for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Revelation 7:13-17


Elders  The identity of this group is a mystery to John.  The fact the elder asks John to identify this group gathered from the nations demonstrates their ingathering is separate from the believers raptured into the Lord’s presence. 

Arrayed in white  In Revelation 6:9-11, the martyrs werel told to wait until their number was complete. These before the throne are clearly the redeemed of humanity and not angels.  They are wearing white, the clothing of the redeemed in Heaven.  Jesus promises the “Overcomers”, they will wear white.  (Revelation 3:4,5,18, 4:4, 6:11, 19:14)

Come from   John, asked if he knows where this multitude came from could not say. This group is a mystery to John.  The elder then informs John they came out of the “Great Tribulation”.  T

Great tribulation  Jesus uses the term “Great tribulation” to apply to the second half of the Tribulation period following the Abomination of Desolation (Matthew 24:21)  In the first half of the tribulation, according to Revelation half of the earth population dies.  In both the first and second half people will die for their in Christ.  In the second half, people will be forced to choose between Christ and the Antichrist. Those who choose Christ, will not be able to buy or sell and will become fugitives in the world.  Left to the elements of the environments, they will face hunger, thirst and the scorching sun.  Here they are reassured following death, they will be in the presence of Christ, the Lamb.  They will never again be subject to suffering again. 

Before the throne  They tribulation saints will dwell before the throne of God and the Lamb and know God personally like saints of the church age.




[1] Henry Morris, The Revelation Record,  1983, Tydale Publishers,  Pg. 128

[2] Tim Lahaye,  Revelation Unveiled, 1999, Zondervan  pgs. 148-149