Readers Question / Comment - Who are the Holy People of Revelation 7 and
Can you enlighten me with regards to those "holy people" who must
endure persecution in the great tribulation like rev 13:7-10, rev 14:12-13, rev
7: 9-14 (...from every nation and tribe and people and language).
Are they the 'lukewarm' gentile Christians? Thanks! If you have any
recommended verses for me to read to understand it more clearly, I will
appreciate it more :) God bless you and your ministry! Glad I found your website.
thanks for the question. They are often refereed to as
'tribulation saints'. They will come to faith after the Rapture in the
tribulation period. The tribulation will be a period where no one can sit on the
fence anymore. They will be forced to choose - will they believe in Jesus and
follow the Lord or will they follow the Antichrist? To believe in the Lord will
be very difficult for these 'saints'. Most will be killed for their
faith. That is why we see so many from every nation coming out of the Great
Tribulation (Rev 7:9,14). We need to remember that the tribulation, especially
the second half of it, is a time where God allows the Antichrist to have power
over the saints. This was mentioned in Daniel and Revelation:
7:25 'He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of
the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and
they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time (3 1/2
Revelation 13:7 He was given power to make war against the
saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people,
language and nation.
The best way to see the saints that come out
of the tribulation from every nation in Revelation 7 is to see them as the result
of the ministry of the 144,000 Jews mentioned in Revelation 7:1-8.
is a good commentary online that may help with specific verses from Revelation. I
have this book at home and the author, William Newell, is very good.