Jesus in Revelation (63)

Who can stand? – The sixth seal.

When the Lamb opened the sixth seal, many great and frightening events were depicted. Revelation 6:12 – 16. The “He” here points to the Lamb who opened the seven seals. Revelation 6:1. The opening of the sixth seal depicts, in a dramatic fashion, the nature of the great troubles. The unprecedented troubles will be of such a magnitude that the kings of the world, the rich and poor, will call on the mountains to hide them from Him who sits on the throne. The time of great trouble (the punishment of the prostitute, the global authority) will be so severe that people will wonder if anyone can survive. Why are the troubles so frightening? Because He who sits on the throne is about to return to the earth. The return of the Lamb is depicted in Revelation chapter 19. Those who live on the earth will wander; “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who can stand?” Revelation 6:17.

The Majority Text New Testament in  Greek states “His wrath” in the above verse. The Comparative Text in Greek indicates that translators changed the pronoun “His” to be “their,” a plural pronoun. Some of the modern-day translations do employ the plural rather than a singular pronoun. In the analyses by this author, the “great day of His wrath” is more probable. All, however, should consider the question, “who can stand?” rather than is it singular or plural. No one is safe in his or her conclusion, “when I see it, I will do something.” The time is now! The expected global troubles, coupled with the pouring out of seven last plagues, will be so severe that even John, a prisoner, wondered, “who can stand?” Accordingly, the angel who spoke to John gave him an assuring answer. Those who are sealed for God will stand, no matter what. “Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.” Revelation 7:2 – 4.

The readers of the above text should notice that John heard the number of those who were slain. Their number is 144,000. However, John did not see the 144,000. Therefore, the number that he heard describes those who were sealed; it does not represent a numeric quantity. When John turned to see the 144,000, he saw “a great multitude that no one could count…standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9. The “Israel” here refers to all who, like Abraham, believed God, and it is credited to them as righteousness. Genesis 15:6. John saw the multitude that was dressed in white robes showing they have received the Righteousness from God – Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:30. Only those who do not have their righteousness and whose Christian experience is devoid of self will stand safe in Christ, no matter of the circumstance.

Those who trust Jesus are justified by His blood through His faithfulness. Romans 5:9. They are also sealed as servants of God. “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise.” Ephesians 1:13. Those who the Holy Spirit seals have crucified themselves and have put on the robe of Christ’s righteousness. They, therefore, will stand with Jesus Christ on Mount Zion. Revelation 14:1 – 5. The righteous in Jesus did not defile themselves with the “woman.” The “woman” is the city that symbolizes self-sufficiency and human effort to secure their long-range survival by their ingenuity. These, in contrast to the justified, did not trust God but trusted their own wisdom and power.

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