11. Then they were each given a long and flowing and festive white robe and told to rest and wait patiently a little longer, until the number should be complete of their fellow servants and their brethren, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. Amp.
I believe these are the same who have come out of the tribulation period and have made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb. Verse 11 is right before the sun and moon change and God begins His wrath. They may have died to the things of the flesh and not actual death.
14. …These are they who have come out of great tribulation (persecution) and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15. For this reason they are now before the very throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple sanctuary; and He Who is sitting upon the throne will protect and spread His tabernacle over them and shelter them with His presence.
16. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore, neither shall the sun smite them, nor any scorching heat.
17. For the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will wipe every tear away from their eyes. Amp.
They have His protection and are safe from the plagues, famine, flesh and the devil. I believe they are still on the earth because they serve the Lord day and night. There is no night in heaven. The sun is causing many problems for the earth, but they are safe. There are droughts and famines, but they neither hunger nor thirst. Their flesh does not rule but the Holy Spirit. The devil cannot lie to them anymore because the Lord is there to wipe away their tears.
They have entered into His rest. He is their ever-present help in times of need. How do we come into His rest. We cannot discuss this topic enough. His rest is a place of perfect peace because you have faith in His promises and know you are safe.
Our rest is shaken when we believe the lies of the enemy or allow our circumstances to come between us and the Lord. We must put Him in front of our circumstances. He is bigger than any and all problems we may face. We must learn this by going through His trials and find how He is always there for us to see us through. He will never leave us to ourselves. We must learn not to fear.
Hebrews 3:14…if only we hold our first newborn confidence and original assured expectation (in virtue of which we are believers) firm and unshaken to the end.
Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter (into His rest) because of their unwillingness to adhere to and trust and rely on God — unbelief shut them out. Amp. (Unbelief is calling God a liar).
Hebrews 3:19 is talking about the Israelites before Jesus. Even if we have unbelief today, the Lord will supply our needs if we come to Him and repent admitting our sin and helplessness. Nothing is too difficult for Him. We just must learn to see what He shows us about ourselves and let Him have it all.
The bottom line in this is about our relationship with Him. We must learn to come and talk to Him about everything. He listens and answers in one way or another. He will find a way to give you the answer you seek.
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest — I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls. Amp.