As chapter 6 ends, we stand on the brink of Jesus’ return. We see mankind from lowest slave to highest leader fleeing in terror from the “wrath of the Lamb” and asking in horror: “Who can stand?”
Chapter 7 answers the question. Those marked with the “seal of the living God” only they will stand. They will escape the coming wrath against sin. Who are they? They are pictured here in two ways.
First, we see them as the 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. I believe this is a symbolic number representing completeness. It does not refer just to Jews or a special class of Christians, nor to only those believers alive at the end of time, but to every believer from every age. They have ALL been “sealed” showing they belong to God.
Later, we see this same group now in heaven. They are a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They wear white robes of victory, hold palm branches, and sing praises to God and the Lamb. They have all made it home to glory!
Who can escape the coming wrath? Only those who are “sealed.” And how is one “sealed”? We must “wash our robes and make them white in the blood of the Lamb” (7:14). We must “sign on the dotted line,” receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord! Then we will be “signed, sealed and delivered”!
Put Your seal upon us, O Lord, for we confess Your name and own You as our Savior and King. Amen.