Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
Just then a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
1 Kings 19:18
I still have left in Israel seven thousand followers who have not bowed their knees to Baal or kissed the images of him."
If the Lord who commands armies had not left us a few survivors, we would have quickly become like Sodom, we would have become like Gomorrah.
But what was the divine response to him? "I have kept for myself seven thousand people who have not bent the knee to Baal."
The one who conquers will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, but will declare his name before my Father and before his angels.
In a circle around the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on those thrones were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white clothing and had golden crowns on their heads.
Each of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached of both their fellow servants and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.
After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands.
The armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, were following him on white horses.
Now Mordecai went out from the king's presence in purple and white royal attire, with a large golden crown and a purple linen mantle. The city of Susa shouted with joy.
When the sovereign judge scatters kings, let it snow on Zalmon!
Let your clothes always be white, and do not spare precious ointment on your head.
The angel spoke up to those standing all around, "Remove his filthy clothes." Then he said to Joshua, "I have freely forgiven your iniquity and will dress you in fine clothing."
Then as they went into the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
Whenever you enter a town or village, find out who is worthy there and stay with them until you leave.
But those who are regarded as worthy to share in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man."
2 Thessalonians 1:5
This is evidence of God's righteous judgment, to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which in fact you are suffering.