“9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen. 13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 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. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Rev 7:9-17
Are they the Bride or are they the foolish virgin?
I want to review some very notable features that reveal who they are. Notice the position that they are standing. They are before the throne and before the Lamb. Next, they have white robes and have palms in their hands. They have come out of great tribulation and washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. They had robes, but they needed to be washed and made white. Their position is before the throne, day and night serving him. Now, let’s review the description of the Bride of Christ.
“7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Revelation 19:7-8
“9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;” Revelation 21:9-11
Let’s review the book of Revelation’s description of the Bride. The wife made herself ready, and she was granted fine linen, clean and white. Next, the Lamb’s wife is described as the New Jerusalem, having the glory of God. She is reflecting the very presence of God. Let’s compare.
The Revelation 7 saints washed their robes to make them white vs. the Bride is granted fine linen, clean and white. The Revelation 7 serve and stand before the throne. I want you to notice in Revelation 3:21 it says, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” The Bride is the overcomers. The Bride sits on the throne of the Lamb, and the Revelation 7 saints serve before that throne.
The Revelation 7 saints are told that the Lamb will feed them and lead them to living fountains of waters. The Bride is a great city where the dwelling place of God rests in so much that she has the glory of God.
Let’s look at another example.
“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.” Revelation 3:4
Here in the Sardisean Church Age, we find there are Christians who defile their garments because they did not walk worthily with the Lord. They are Christians, but they have spotted garments. The Bride is granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. Fine linen is quite different than a white robe. A white robe is wonderful and a blessing, but it is not at all the same as fine linen. Fine linen is very difficult to make, and it was only for the wealthy to wear at the time of the writing of the book of Revelation.
This Revelation 7 group of saints is purged by the blood of the Lamb through the great tribulation period. This is the foolish virgin.
What Brother Branham said in the Seventh Seal message…
“And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest… (John didn’t know them. See? All kindreds, tongues, and nations.)… And he said unto me, These are—he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation… (in other words, the great tribulation)… and have washed their robes,… made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and they—he that set upon the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither shall they thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them—sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water: and God shall wipe all tears from their eyes.
- Now, we open the—get to the Seal. Did you notice, they were… First, we start now, Israel, and then we see the purged church, not the Bride, the purged church by tribulation (See, see?) coming up here, great number of real sincere hearts that come up out of—of the great tribulation. Not the Church, it’s gone on—the Bride. There’s the church. Now, we find out over a little later, Jesus said that the throne would set and how the—they’d stand in the judgment, each one. Now, we find now that these people were sealed with the Seal of the living God (Is that right?), these Jews. What is the Seal of the living God? Now, I’m not calling any—hurt any feelings, I’m just saying it. See? Do you know that reading after many of scholars who write on this, claim that this group here, Blood-washed, are actually the Bride? Did you know that many scholars also claim that the hundred and forty-four thousand is the Bride? What a… There’s something got to fit out here wrong—in here right, ’cause there’s something wrong now.We see they wind up over here in Revelations 7, between the 6th and 7th chapter here, that she had been purged, and she’d been given her robes.
- Now, she’s not the Bride, but it’s the church, the pure people that—that—that didn’t have the opportunity, maybe, to receive the message, or in some way that they were blinded by these false prophets, and they—they didn’t get a chance, and yet they’re really sincere in heart, and God knows their heart, and here they’re purged during this time.”