What Does Rev. 7:14 Mean?

Q. Re: Rev 7:14. “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” What does “out of” mean? Isn’t it the clear clue of when the multitude (the church/body of Christ)will be raptured?

A. The Greek word translated “out of” in Rev. 7:14 refers to both the time and the place of the event described, in this case the Great Tribulation. It means the multitude of Rev. 7 will arrive in Heaven before the Great Tribulation begins on Earth.

In addition to that, they cannot be the Church because they are not called kings, and although they will serve God in His Temple they are never called priests either. They are post rapture believers who will be martyred for their faith in the first half of Daniel’s 70th Week.

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