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. Revelation 7:9
Writing from the island of Patmos to seven churches, the elderly apostle John is both pastor and poet. He writes metaphorically, allegorically, apocalyptically, and in everyday terms. The book of Revelation is mysterious and often confusing! But John’s letter is grounded in the history of the early church’s expansion, the realities of persecution, and in his deep and abiding love for Jesus.