Revelation 7:9-17 "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our G-d which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped G-d, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our G-d for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of G-d, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and G-d shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." (KJV)
John looked and saw a great multitude of people. From every nation, all tribes, and peoples, and tongues.
They are standing before the throne (G-d the Father) and before the Lamb (Y'shua) They are clothed in white robes and have palm branches in their hands. Not only will many Jewish people be saved, many gentile people will be saved during the tribulation period. Rev 7:9 describes them as "a great multitude, which no one could count" (NAS)
The white robes symbolize their righteousness; the palms indicate their triumph.
Their praise is 7 fold. 1) Blessing, 2) Glory, 3) Wisdom, 4) Thanksgiving, 5) Honor, 6) Power, and 7) Might.
Notice verse 11. The angels and the 24 elders (representing the church) are mentioned separately from this multitude. This shows this multitude (the martyrs) is not apart of the church. Remember the church is made up of all believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. This multitude is saved during the tribulation and is not considered part of the church.
Rev 7:14-17 "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. "For this reason, they are before the throne of G-d; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne shall spread His tabernacle over them. "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and G-d shall wipe every tear from their eyes. " (NAS)
Notice we are told they will not hunger or thirst any more. Also, the
sun will not scorch them any more. Sounds like they have been through a
very rough time. "The tribulation" Notice too G-d will wipe away
their tears. Isn't that just like the loving G-d we have. How great is His
compassion toward us! And this goes back to the letter "Zayin".