June 2nd, 2007
Depending on how you define them, there are somewhere between 5000 and 10,000 different languages used by humans on earth. Some of these have hundreds of millions of speakers, and some have only a few hundred. English language speakers tend to assume that virtually everybody speaks English, but English may only be the fifth most popular language, with well under 10% of the world’s population being native speakers. How does this affect us now? It means that if you want to enjoy spending eternity with all sorts of different kinds of people, you need to start practising now…
The Revelation to John — Chapter 7
7:1 After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth, or on the sea, or on any tree. 7:2 I saw another angel ascend from the sunrise, carrying the seal of the living God. He shouted with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given the task of wrecking the earth and the sea, 7:3 “Don’t harm the earth, or the sea, or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads!” 7:4 I heard the number of people who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from every tribe of the people of Israel: 7:5 twelve thousand from the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand from the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand from of the tribe of Gad, 7:6 twelve thousand from the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand from the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand from the tribe of Manasseh 7:7 twelve thousand from the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand from the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand from the tribe of Issachar 7:8 twelve thousand from the tribe of Zebulun, twelve thousand from the tribe of Joseph, and twelve thousand from the tribe of Benjamin.
7:9 After this I looked, and there was an enormous crowd of people, too many for anyone to count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. 7:10 They shouted with a loud voice, “Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne, and from the Lamb!”
7:11 All the angels were standing around the throne, and around the leaders, and the four living animals. They fell on their faces in front of the throne, and worshipped God, 7:12 saying, “Amen! Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanks, honour, power, and strength, be to our God forevermore! Amen.”
7:13 One of the leaders spoke to me, “Who are these people dressed in white robes, and from where did they come?” 7:14 I said, “Sir, you must know.” He said, “These are the people who came through the great persecution. They washed their robes, and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. 7:15 So they are in front of the throne of God, serving him day and night in his temple. The one who sits on the throne will shelter them. 7:16 They will never again be hungry or thirsty. The sun will not beat down on them, and they will no longer suffer any heat, 7:17 because the Lamb in the centre of the throne shepherds them, and leads them to springs of life-giving water. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
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