people from every tongue, tribe and nation

Here's the headline that came across our email announcements today at work:

Immigration Naturalization Service, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Benson Great Hall

Every so often Bethel University plays host to some very large immigration naturalization services. Today as I walked over to the university campus (I work at the Seminary) I saw long lines of people waiting to complete paper work and register their attendance at the service.

It was pretty awesome to walk amongst so many people of all different nationalities and races. There was a non-interpretable buzz in the room as the vast number of different languages were simultaneously being spoken and combining together into one noise as they floated up to the ceiling of the lobby.

I feel like this experience was a picture of heaven. It was like walking through an earthly shadow of what the Apostle John wrote about in Revelation 7:9-10:

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 in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."