In Revelation 7:9-17 the apostle John records his vision of a great multitude of God's children "from every nation, tribe, people, and language" standing before the Lamb and singing doxologies. The text is a most comforting description of the end of human troubles: no more thirst or hunger, no more griefs or trials. Now the people live by streams of living water under the care of their Shepherd–the complete fulfillment of
Finally, believers will experience the church of all peoples gathered before God. When singing “Here from all nations, all tongues and all peoples, countless the crowd, but their voices are one,” consider the words of Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 30: “The Spirit gathers people from every tongue, tribe and nation into the unity of the body of Christ.” This diversified unity will become obvious when he brings the new heaven and earth.