“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude … from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne …” (7:9). In his visions, John saw the judgment of God falling on those who worship “demons and idols,” who won’t repent of “murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality…” (9:20-21). But those who follow Christ are seen before God’s throne, people from “all tribes” worshipping Him in freedom. Believers in John’s day could take comfort that their endurance under persecution was worth every sacrifice.
Until Jesus returns, every generation must choose who or what we will worship. “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb! (7:10).