So the 144,000 are numbered and now John sees a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”.
Quite the scenes in heaven!
First reading would make us think, ah, ok, this is the rest of us saved believers, a multitude in heaven rejoicing and worshiping, sounds like us.
But, if the 144,000 are converted Jewish believers saved out of the Great Tribulation, then surely other people would be saved out of the Great Tribulation too, right?
The Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, applies to everyone, doesn’t it, and Matthew 24.14 tells us that …this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.’
So the 144,000 are saved out of the Tribulation, so is this multitude.
Despite being in the worst situation that they have ever been in, humanity still can be saved and redeemed by our Great, Merciful, Loving God.
So what does a multitude do, a multitude saved out of Tribulation? They worship!
‘crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”’, then when the angels, elders, living creatures hear this, they get in on the worship too!
Do you ever have that feeling at church, worship is so focused on who God is, what He has done, what He is like that you just feel like ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen’
So what does a multitude do? They worship God. They thank Him for what He has done for them. They inspire others to worship. They serve Him day and night in His temple, (Psalm 27.4). Then, then worship some more!