After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9
Have you ever been in a large crowd, I mean, a really large crowd? Although I have been in some pretty big crowds, when I think about the giant crowd
mentioned here in Revelation 7, I simply cannot fathom it! I can’t imagine seeing a crowd that is so large that it cannot be numbered.
I was visiting the website for the Guiness World Book of Records, and out of curiosity, I thought I would look up some records for large crowds. I discovered:
1. The largest crowd to be “slimed” was 731. Yes, on March 12, 1999 in Birmingham, England, 840 litres of slime was poured upon 731 people in a fundraiser for Comic Relief.
2. The largest crowd to gather for the purpose of blowing bubbles, met in Upton Park, London
England, in May of 1999; 23,680 people assembled there in order to blow bubbles simultaneously.
3. The largest crowd for a regular season football game is 102,368, for the Los Angeles Rams against the San Francisco 49ers, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, California, USA, on November10, 1957.
4. The largest number of visitors to a single department store in one da is an estimated 1.07 million who shopped at the Nextage Shanghai, in Shanghai,
China on December 20, 1995.
5. The greatest number of live spectators for any sporting event is 10,000,000 over a three-week period at the annual Tour de France cycling race.
All over the world, people gather in large crowds for many purposes, but as exciting as some of
those gatherings might be, they all pale in comparison to the innumerable crowd of Revelation 7.
In addition to being a massive crowd, Revelation 7:9 describes a diverse tribe from “Every, tribe, tongue and nation!”
This past weekend I was given the honor to speak at St. Peters in Brooklyn, New York. What a joy to worship with people from America, India, Italy, Uganda, Korean, the Middle East and more! All of these beautiful people gathered to worship THE Beautiful Savior! At the time of the “Sharing of the Peace” the only thought of color was that of the blood shed on the cross by Jesus that “knocked down the dividing wall of hostility.”
Thanks be to God!