Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
Rev 6-7 Seals and the 144,000
In this episode, Rob and Vinnie address the 5th and 6th Seals and begin a look at the 144,000 of Rev. They discuss the importance of the "prayers of the Saints" (6:9-11) for the overall narrative as well as what it means for that the people of God are "sealed."
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5th Seal the souls under the altar 6:9-11
“How long?” (6:10)
“They should rest for a little while longer” (6:11)
6th Seal: the nations and the final judgment 6:12-17.
The imagery of earthquakes and signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars is common apocalyptic imagery (Isa 34:4 LXX; Isa 13:10-13; 24:1-6, 17-23; Ezek 32:6-8; Hos 10:8; Joel 2:10, 30-31; 3:15-16; Hab 3:6-11; Mark 13:24-26; Acts 2:19-20)
Earthquakes signify the presence of God. Exod 19:18; Isa 24:18-20; 29:6; Joel 2:10; 3:16.
Mountains: signify kings and kingdoms.
7:1-17 is an interlude (a pause) See also: 10:1-11:14
4 angels holding back the 4 winds
The OT context is found in the “marking” of the people of God in Ezekiel 9:4-6
In the NT, the Holy Spirit is called the Seal of God. (2 Cor 1:21-22; Eph 1:13, 14)
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