Help me to see You more clearly, Lord, as I focus on these truths.
"... and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes ... saying, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'" (Revelation 7:9-10)
In the middle of the Great Tribulation we see something very strange. We see a picture of a great multitude of people so vast they cannot be numbered. They've been washed whiter than snow in the blood of the Lamb, and they are in heaven before the throne because they have given their lives for their faith. (vv. 14-15). These are those who will be won to the Lord Jesus Christ by the Jewish witnesses during the Tribulation.
Why would so many be saved in the Tribulation period? Well, people are going to be looking for answers. They'll need an explanation for the disappearance of millions as the church is taken out. Then all false security will be taken away as calamity, war, famine and disasters ensue. People will be paying attention when these 144,000 enthusiastic evangelists begin preaching the Gospel. But millions who believe the Word of God during this horrific time will be persecuted and murdered. many will be guillotined. And they will go to heaven through the gates of pain and torture that come out of the Great Tribulation.
Yet what a privilege is theirs! We see these Tribulation saints there before the throne, and the Bible says they serve Him in His temple (v. 15). In the Old Testament only the priests and Levites could serve in the temple, not the common man. But now we see a temple in heaven, and people of every tribe and nation are there serving the Lord. The Lamb now becomes their Shepherd, making perfect provision for these majestic martyrs (vv. 16-17).
Yes, some will come to salvation through great suffering during the time of God's wrath on earth, but they're all coming through the blood of Jesus to heaven. And when they get there, the Lord is going to take every tear and turn it into a pearl and string it for a diadem for them to wear.