9 After this I looked, and behold, 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,
10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
What a glorious future we have waiting for us in heaven! Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for John to write these words as he remembered the vision given to him of such a magnificent scene? How incredible it will be to see and experience what John saw firsthand! We will stand among a great, innumerable multitude worshiping Jesus Christ alongside all the angels.
Likely, our gaze will fix momentarily on those angels. After all, we’ve never seen anything like them. But John’s revelation and Hebrews 1:6 make it clear—our fascination will stop well short of worship as our attention will fix securely on the same One who holds the gaze of every single angel. Jesus is not an angel; He is worshiped by angels.
Notice how many times in Revelation 7:9-12 John used prepositional phrases whose objects are “the Lamb,” “our God,” and “the throne.” He did it eight times! His emphasis informs us that the main attraction in heaven will not be us, new creations with heavenly bodies, as incredible as that will be. It won’t be angels, as amazing as they will be to see firsthand. It won’t be someone we miss that we loved during our time on earth, as joyful as that will be. The multitude in heaven isn’t crying out, “Whoa! Those wings are huge!” or “Look! There’s Uncle Bob!” They, along with all the angels, are extolling God the Father and God the Son. The focus of all of heaven is the throne where God and His Son, King Jesus, supremely reign.
• What, or who, most excites you about your eternal home? Why does it matter?
• How should the knowledge of this scene affect the way you live now?
• Pray Revelation 7:10 and 12, praising God that salvation belongs to Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb. Thank Him that all blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might are to your God forever and ever! Invite Him to show you what that should look like in your life right now.