Saturday, December 12, 2009

Revelation 7

Four angels are set to harm the earth with judgment but are held back until the servants of God are sealed. They were numbered 144,000 from Israel. Beside them he saw a crowd that could not be numbered of those who came from the great tribulation. Why number some and not others? I have no idea. They have had their robes washed and whitened by the blood of the lamb. Blood is not generally considered a whitening agent!

The songs and the scene appear to be a continuation of Revelation 5.

Two other interesting statements of relationship between this crowd and God:
  • The one seated on the throne dwells among them (Revelation 7:15).
  • The lamb shepherds them (Revelation 7:17). I cannot help but recall Psalm 23:1-2.

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