Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:13-17, NRSV)
Who are these around the throne robed in white and where did they come from?
I love John’s response. Today it would be more like, “How should I know, aren’t you the one that would know and you’re asking me?”
They are us! or are they?
They are the ones who have come through the great ordeal and have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.
They worship God for all of the wonderful things He has done for them.
So in a way they are us. But have we come through the great ordeal?