Who are the “Great Multitude” in Revelation 7:9?
Revelation 7:9 (NASB)
A Multitude from the Tribulation
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no
one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and
tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in
white robes, and palm branches.
In his vision Rev 7:9 John saw a great multitude of people from all nations, tribes and tongues, something similar was also prophecied by Zechariah 8:23 which reads :
Zechariah 8:23 (NASB)
23 "Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."
What happens when the Son of Man comes in His Glory and Power? (Mt 24:30)
Jesus speaking privately to his disciples, said that there will be a time when the "Son of Man" will judge all the nations of the earth and separate the people into two groups, one he described as the sheep and the other as the goats. He also made mention of a third group a special group that He referred to them as His" Least of these brothers and sisters of mine"( Vs 40) or the King's brothers". Romans 8:16-17 And that Jesus will judge the peoples of the nations according to how they have treated his brothers that are still living on the earth. (Vs 35-36, 40-43)
Matthew 25:31-46 NASB
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with
him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All[b] the nations
will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from
another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He[c]
will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are
blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I
was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and
you invited me in, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick
and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’
37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you
hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38
When[e] did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and
clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 And the king will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you
did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you
did it for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you
accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil
and his angels! 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I
was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 43 I was a stranger and
you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me,
sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they too will
answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or
naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?’
45 Then he will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth,[m] just as you did
not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 46
And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into
The "Great Multitude" are the righteous people that Jesus referred to them as the "sheep".
Obviously the sheep are judged worthy of being on Jesus's right-hand sight, a position of favor and honor, these righteous people (Vs 37) have given support to Jesus brothers (Matthew 12:50 and John 20:17) and exercised faith to the extent of having received a righteous standing before God, will be given everlasting life on earth. Jesus said: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:3 NET Bible)
God makes the following heartwarming promise,
Psalm 37: 10-11 NKJV :
For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you
will look carefully for his place,n But it shall be no more. 11 But
the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the
abundance of peace.
And at Psalm 37:29 Aramaic Bible in Plain English, we read,
And the righteous ones inherit the Earth and dwell upon it for
I am not sure what you mean by the following,
[These are the souls who have been saved and are in Heaven.
Not "spirits" of dead people , but "souls" of dead people]
What makes you believe that the scripture indicates that souls go to heaven?
Can the human soul die?
Ezekiel 18:4 (NASB)
4 Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the
soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.
Matthew 10:28 (YLT)
28 `And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to
kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to
destroy in gehenna.
Acts 3:23 (NASB)
23 And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet
shall be utterly destroyed from among the people
The Christian scriptures give emphasis to the gathering of the heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ (Romans 8:15-17 ). These heirs are referred to in the NT scriptures by various names, " Least Brothers " of Jesus (VS 40 above), " Little flock" and "Faithful and sensible steward" (Luke 12:32, 12: 42 NASB). "Chosen ones" (Matthew 24:22 WEB and NHEB). "Israel of God" (spiritual Israel) Galatians 6:16 (NASB). and "Good seed" (Matthew 13:24 NASB)