John seeth four angels holding the four winds; and another angel coming to seal the servants of God in their foreheads. The number of them that were sealed out of each of the tribes of Israel. An innumerable multitude out of all other nations stand before the throne in white robes, with palms in their hands, praising God and the Lamb. The angels, elders, and beasts, worship and glorify God. One of the elders sheweth John who they are that are clad in white robes, and what is their blessedness for ever.
1AND after athese things I saw bfour angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding cthe four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
a ch. 4-6. b Ps. 34.7. He. 2.14. c Ep. 4.14. Da. 7.2; 8.8. Is. 27.8. Je. 49.36,37; 51.2; 4.11,12.
2And I saw another angel ascending from the east, dhaving the seal of ethe living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, fto whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
d Jn. 6.27; 3.34; 7.37-39. Ep. 1.13; 4.30. 2Ti. 2.19. Jn. 10.14. e Ps. 42.2. f v.1,3. ch. 8.7-12.
3Saying, gHurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have hsealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
g ch. 6.6; 9.4. Is. 27.8; 65.8. Ps. 76.10. Mat. 24.22. h Eze. 9.4. ch. 14.1-4; 22.4. 2Ti. 2.19. Ep. 1.13; 4.30. 2Co. 1.22. Ca. 1.11. Ga. 5.22,23. Ex. 12.13,23.
4iAnd I heard the number of them which were sealed: jand there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
i ch. 9.16. j ch. 14.1. Ge. 15.5. Eze. 13.9. Is. 4.2,3. Ps. 87.6. Ac. 2.41; 4.4; 5.14; 6.7. Ro. 11.5,7,16. Eze. 47; 48. Ge. 32.28.
5Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
6Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
8Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
9After this I beheld, and, lo, ka great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, lclothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
k Ge. 12.3; 22.18; 49.10. Ps. 2.8; 22.27-31; 45; 47; 66; 67; 72; 87; 100; 110.2,3. Is. 2.2,3; 43.6; 49.12-26; 52.15; 53.12; 60; 62; 25.6. Je. 3.17. Zec. 8.22; 2.11. Ro. 11.25; 15.9-12. ch. 5.9; 11.15. l ch. 6.11; 5.10; 1.5,6; 3.4,5,18. v.14. ch. 14.4; 15.2. Le. 23.40. Ps. 92.13,14. 2Pe. 3.18.
10mAnd cried with a loud voice, saying, nSalvation to our God owhich sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
m ch. 19.1. Zec. 4.7. Ps. 3.8; 115.1. Is. 43.11. Je. 3.23. Ho. 13.4,9,11. Ac. 4.12. ch. 5.9,10. Jn. 1.29,36. Ep. 1.3-11. n ch. 2.10. o ch. 5.13.
11pAnd all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
p ch. 5.11,12. Ps. 34.7; 103.20; 148.2.
12Saying, qAmen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
q ch. 5.12-14; 19.1. Jude 25. 1Ch. 29.10-13. Mat. 6.13. 1Ti. 1.17.
13And rone of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
r ch. 5.5; 4.4,10.
14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they swhich came out of great tribulation, and thave washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
s ch. 15.2; 13.7; 6.9-11. Jn. 16.33. Ac. 14.22. t Is. 1.18. Zec. 3.3-5. 1Co. 6.11. He. 9.14; 10.10. Ro. 5.9. Ep. 5.25-27. 1Jn. 1.7. ch. 1.5,6.
15Therefore are they ubefore the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
u Ps. 134.1,2. ch. 21.3,4; 22.3-5. Is. 4.5,6. 2Co. 6.16.
16vThey shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
v Is. 49.9,10. Ps. 121.6. Mat. 13.6,21. Ca. 1.6. Is. 4.6; 32.2; 25.4.
17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne wshall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: xand God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
w Ps. 23.1,2,5; 36.8. Is. 25.6,8; 40.11. Jn. 10.10,11,14; 4.14; 7.38. Is. 12.3; 49.9,10. x Is. 25.8; 30.19; 35.10; 51.11; 60.20. ch. 21.4.