The 144,000 “males” on Mount Zion comprise the “first-fruit” of the final harvest, the priestly company that “follows the Lamb” – Revelation 14:1-5.
Previously, John saw the 144,000 “males” from the tribes of Israel encamped in the wilderness. Now, they appear together on “Mount Zion,” a priestly company and the “first fruits” of the greater harvest to come. They stand with the “Lamb” in contrast to the “inhabitants of the earth,” who bowed and rendered homage to the “beast.”
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One of the twenty-four “elders” interpreted the vision of the innumerable saints standing before the Lamb and the throne – Revelation 7:13-17.
We have reached the point where the two questions have been answered – How long must the martyrs wait for vindication, and “who is able to stand” before the “wrath of the Lamb” and he “who sits on the throne.” Having been sealed, numbered, and assembled, John has witnessed all the saints “standing” before Jesus and his Father in victorious worship.
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John saw an innumerable multitude of men and women from every nation standing before the Lamb and the Throne – Revelation 7:9-12.
The saints have been “sealed” before the unleashing of the “four winds of the earth.” Next, they were assembled for the coming sojourn and John “heard” their “number,” 144,000 “males” from the “twelve tribes of Israel.” Now, he will “see” the assembly of the saints as it arrives at its destination, a multitude so vast that “no man could number them.”
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144,000 males from the tribes of Israel are numbered and assembled for the journey to the city of New Jerusalem – Revelation 7:4-8.
The “servants of God” have been “sealed” against the onslaught of the “four winds of the earth,” but now they must be “numbered” to ensure that no member of the covenant community is lost in the coming “tribulation.” The full complement of “witnesses” must be assembled to witness the “day of the wrath of the Lamb.”
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The saints must be “sealed” before the onslaught of the “four winds of the earth” – Revelation 7:1-3.
Before the first four seals and their “riders” could be unleashed, the “servants of God” had to be prepared for the coming onslaught. Moreover, their “sealing” would enable them to “stand” before the “Lamb” and the “throne” on the coming “day of the wrath of the Lamb” that was unveiled when the “sixth seal” was opened.
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