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All peoples and languages will be present in God’s kingdom

All peoples and languages will be present in God’s kingdom

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9)

The people of Israel have a special place in the Bible. God made a covenant with their forefather Abraham, and elected this people to be His special representatives. And although they failed to fulfill their calling, many Jews were proud of their being descendants of Abraham. They even tended to think that only Jews could be God’s children.

But the Bible makes clear that this is not correct. See for example Psalm 22:27-28 and Zechariah 2:11. Jesus Christ has come to reconcile both Jews and non-Jews with God, and to join them together into one holy church. He explicitly commissioned his disciples to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, and to make disciples of all nations (see Matthew 28:19). And indeed it has happened; nowadays there are Christians all around the globe!

In Revelation 7, we get a glimpse of heaven. There is a great multitude from every nation, from all tribes and peoples. They are in God’s presence in eternal bliss. That’s how God wants it to be. He does not favor certain nations or peoples; He desires all people to be saved.

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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