08 The 144,000 and the Great Multitude

Summary

In a spiritual sense, every believer in Christ is subject to both the blessings and curses of the covenant. The blessings are the promise of a place in the New Jerusalem; the curses are signalled by the arrival of the horsemen.

These are God's warning to try and win us back. If we resist, the end result will be spiritual death brought by the pale horse.

Next, as with Israel, God turns His attention to those oppressing His people. In breaking the fifth seal, there is a call for justice from the oppressed of all the ages. They are pictured as souls under the altar having been offered in sacrifice, crying out to God for justice.

The breaking of the sixth seal shows the return of Jesus to this world. When wicked people flee, calling on the mountains and rocks to fall on them, the question is asked: "Who shall be able to stand?"

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