Revelation 7

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Revelation 7
Papyrus 98 (Rev 1,13-2.1).JPG
Revelation 1:13-2:1 on the verso side of Papyrus 98 from the second century.
BookBook of Revelation
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Revelation 7 is the seventh chapter of the Book of Revelation or the Apocalypse of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The book is traditionally attributed to John the Apostle,[1][2] but the precise identity of the author remains a point of academic debate.[3] This chapter contains the writer's vision of "the Four Angels of the Four Winds", the sealing of the 144,000 and the "Praise of the Great Multitude of the Redeemed".[4]


The original text is written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 17 verses.

Some earliest manuscripts containing this chapter are:

Note: The Book of Revelation is missing from Codex Vaticanus.[5]

Verse 1[edit]

I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.[6]

"Holding" is interpreted as "holding back" the winds.[7] The noncomformist biblical commentator Matthew Henry suggests that "the blowing of the four winds together means a dreadful and general destruction".[8] The Septuagint and Vulgate versions of Zechariah 6:5 refers to "the four winds of heaven", although the King James Version and many other translations refer to "the four spirits of the heavens". The Pulpit Commentary suggests that translation as "the four winds" is "doubtless correct": "the winds are supposed to be God's servants, waiting his pleasure to be sent forth on his errands".[9] Jamieson, Fausset and Brown relate the holding back of judgment to the plea given to the saints on the opening of the fifth seal in Revelation 6:

“How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer ...[10]

English clergyman John Keble uses the image in his poem, All Saints Day:

The four strong winds of Heaven fast bound.[11]

Verse 4[edit]

New King James Version

And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed.[12]

Verses 5-8[edit]

Verses 5-8 list the tribes of Israel: 12,000 were sealed from each. The tribes of Dan and Ephraim are not listed.

Verse 9[edit]

New King James Version

After these things I looked, 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, with palm branches in their hands,[13]

Verse 12[edit]

New King James Version

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.

This is the only instance in the New Testament of a prayer beginning and ending with "Amen".[14]

Verse 14[edit]

New King James Version

And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.[15]

Verse 16[edit]

New King James Version

They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;[16]

Verse 17[edit]

New King James Version

For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Davids, Peter H (1982). I Howard Marshall and W Ward Gasque (ed.). New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Epistle of James (Repr. ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans. ISBN 0802823882.
  2. ^ Evans, Craig A (2005). Craig A Evans (ed.). Bible Knowledge Background Commentary: John, Hebrews-Revelation. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Victor. ISBN 0781442281.
  3. ^ F. L. Cross, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), 45
  4. ^ Simcox, W. H.,Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges on Revelation 7, accessed 19 October 2018
  5. ^ Claremont Coptic Encyclopaedia, Codex Vaticanus, accessed 29 September 2018
  6. ^ Revelation 7:1 NKJV
  7. ^ For examples, English Standard Version, New International Version
  8. ^ Henry, M., Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on Revelation 7, accessed 22 October 2018
  9. ^ Pulpit Commentary on Zechariah 6, accessed 24 October 2018
  10. ^ Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary on Revelation 7, accessed 24 October 2018
  11. ^ Keble, J., Extracts from The Christian Year: All Saints’ Day, accessed 24 October 2018
  12. ^ Revelation 7:4
  13. ^ Revelation 7:9
  14. ^ Buls, H. H., Revelation 7:9-17 - The Great White Host, accessed 21 October 2018
  15. ^ Revelation 7:14
  16. ^ Revelation 7:16
  17. ^ Revelation 7:17

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gill, John. Exposition of the Entire Bible (1746-1763).

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