Summary: Let’s go back into the heart of the tribulation period and rejoin John in his vision of that terrible time. In these verses, we are going to learn about a vast multitude of redeemed saints, and we are going to get a glimpse into glory as the curtain i
Sermon outline from Adrian Rogers former pastor of Belleview Baptist Church, of Memphis, TN.
The series of messages on End Times for Today will take the words from Revelation chapter by chapter and reveal the blessings that within these pages.
As we continue to move through the book of the Revelation, we are in the middle of a parenthetical passage. Chapter seven is inserted into the narrative to allow us to catch a glimpse of the grace of God at work during the most horrible time earth has ever known.
In our last study, we saw the Lord redeem 144,000 Jewish men. These men were sent out into the entire world to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to all nations. In this passage, we will see the fruits of their preaching, as a vast multitude is brought to faith in Jesus Christ and is delivered out of the Great Tribulation.
It comforts my heart to know that the Rapture of the church does not spell the end of people being saved. I praise the Lord that He intends to redeem a multitude that no man could number during the dark years of the Tribulation Period. This passage reveals the heart of our great God. It is in His heart and plan to save sinners, and He is going to do just that during the Tribulation.
The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ came into this world for the sole purpose of saving sinners from their sins, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15.
It is also clear that God intends to save every person who will turn to Jesus by faith, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out,” John 6:37.
Here is God’s promise to His elect, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” 2 Peter 3:9.
That is the heartbeat of God and it can be heard in the verses before us today.
Let’s go back into the heart of the tribulation period and rejoin John in his vision of that terrible time.
In these verses, we are going to learn about a vast multitude of redeemed saints, and we are going to get a glimpse into glory as the curtain is pulled back just a little.
So, let’s take these verses and consider the subject: A Multitude That No Man Could Number.
I want to share some facts about this precious group of saints that are presented in these verses.
1. The Description of this Multitude Revelation 7:9-12
A. How They Are Shown Verse 9
Reading John’s description of this multitude reveals a number of things about who these people are.
1.) Their Number – They are described as “a multitude which no man could number.” They are a group of people so vast that John makes no attempt at all to declare their number. What a wonderful image of the grace of God.
We are also told that God “added daily to the church such as should be saved”, Acts 2:47.
I read that and I am amazed at His saving power! But wait, about 1,000,000 were saved in Nineveh when the entire city repented and turned to faith in God, Jonah 3:5-10.
Praise God for His saving grace. Even more amazing than that is the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. Over 3,000,000 were saved by grace when they placed the blood on the doorposts of their houses by faith, Exodus 12.
All of these great demonstrations of the powerful, saving grace of God pale in comparison to what He will do during the Tribulation Period! God will save a multitude that will number in the multiplied millions! Praise God for His grace!
2.) Their Nationalities – We are told that they come from “all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues”.
Here is a multitude that knows no racial, economic, social, or national distinctions.
The Gospel has been preached worldwide, without respect to any people group and a vast multitude is saved.
They are Gentiles and they have been saved by grace.
In the first none verses of this chapter, God dealt with Jews. Now, He extends His grace to the Gentile nations of the world.
I praise the Lord that the Gospel of grace is a message that applies to all people everywhere.
We have our prejudices and we judge people by the color of their skin; by their ethnic background; by how they were raised; and by many other foolish, ignorant standards.