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The Great Crowd – Who Are They?


Bible Student Elder, David Stein, discusses the doctrine of the Great Crowd (Great Company).  Who are they?  What does the Bible say about the Great Crowd?  Where are they mentioned in the Bible besides Revelation 7.  What do the other scriptures in the Bible have to say about this group and how does this help us to understand Revelation 7.

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30 comments to The Great Crowd – Who Are They?

  • Gaza

    As one of JWs why is everyone so desperate to go to heaven is not a paradise earth good enough for you. Those government representatives of the 144000 act as priests in that they personally assist earthy ones including resserectioned ones on earth. They will need to find a suitable place to introduce these ones maybe to relatives. Baby’s aborted to willing surrogate mothers if the real parent is not available. They are servants in spirit form able to put on flesh when on assignment on earth. Being priests is not being somebody special Jesus proved that he lowered himself to save humanity. These one throw there crowns back to God. Those on earth who would already be on earth without being sinners if it had not be for Stupid Adam that is Gods purpose for us. The Great Crowd or Multitude survive as did Noah. We all stand before the judgement seat of God. But it is not some court Jesus said I did not come to judge the world ( Satans definition) but to save it. Peter James and John whilst on earth did see heaven during the transfiguration. Jesus did say what his followers needed to do to enter his kingdom but they were the ones who he had chosen to help him in heaven. He had to go on about the heavenly group it was a new ideas for a new group it was in addition to the exiting commonly held view of faithful Jews. Martha explained this view Jesus did not say all the messianic prophecies were replaced his was in addition.

    • Christopher Johns

      Thanks for your reply. Jesus only offered a heavenly hope to his followers. Jesus never spoke of an earthly hope for CHRISTIANS. Jesus at Matthew 5:5 in context is speaking of inheriting the earth to rule over. We can see this because the immediate following passages calls them “sons of God” “verse 3: The Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.” Verse 8 “They Will are God” . This is why Jehovah’s Witnesses have to use the Old Testament to show a paradise earth. The anointing to the heavenly hope didn’t exist before Jesus came therefore when we read passages from Isaiah and Psalms it’s about a paradise earth. Jesus came to call those who would rule with him. Never two classes. Jesus opened up a new a living way. Notice how all of his disciples were anointed at Pentecost. Never an unbegotten earthly class. Jesus always taught about the kingdom of the heavens. Not the earth. The great crowd in revelation is said to serve God day and night in his temple. The word here for temple is NAOS which if you look in the Kinhdom interlinear it means “Divine habitation.” Thats heaven. Not earth. If we read Psalms 45 we see the bride and HER COMPANIONS that follow her into the palace. Jesus never set out two hopes for his followers. The Bible says there is ONLY ONE CALLING not two.

  • Cazenovi (Bible Student & JW)

    One scripture that tells me the GC is indeed a heavenly group (albeit a secondary heavenly reward or not) is:

    John 3:3, 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot *see* the kingdom of God.”
    5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot *enter* into the kingdom of God.


    So Jesus himself clearly said that unless spirit begotten, no one can even see, nonetheless enter into the kingdom of God.

    In Rev 7:9 the GC are said to be “standing before the thrown”. Regardless if the interpretation of “standing before/in the mists of” meant to be IN the thrown or not, the GC could certainly SEE it, therefore the GC must be spirit begotten/born again as per John 3.

    And the GC are holding palm branches…Could this parallel to the Festival of Booths?

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