|It is much easier to
deal with the multitude. Virtually all
the authorities agree: they are
|The reasoning is
| White robes are a
symbol of purity and of victory.
| Palms are the
symbol of those who praise God (see Palm Sunday)
| They are given
living water -- rewarded with life for their victorious deaths.
course, hold that they cannot be the church, hence must be those converted
during the Great Tribulation (this is the passage from which that concept
comes. Note that in the Greek the
definite article, the is there, it is not supplied.) There are two views, again.
| For the older
dispensationalists, these are not under grace, but saved under some special
dispensation akin to the law of Moses.
| For the newer
version (Lindsey, Smith) they are under grace, which does not end.
|The historicist view
is that these are the Diocletian martyrs.