by M. Wesley Jun
GOD AND THE LAMB AND BELIEVERS IN HEAVEN
Key Verse: 7:9-10
The vision in this chapter can be divided into two scenes. Describe the first scene in 1-8. What answer does this chapter give to the question, “For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (6:17)
What do you think “the seal of the living God” means? (2-3; 9:4) We Christians have been sealed by God. (Eph 1:13-14) What comfort and assurance does this give us, especially during times of suffering?
What do you think means that the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel will be sealed during the great tribulation? Can we view it as a symbolic number of all believers, both Jews and Gentiles? (14:1-5)
Describe the second scene as it shifts from earth to heaven. (9-17) Who is the great multitude that stands before the Lamb? (9, 13-14) Why do they cry out with praise, worship and thanksgiving? (10-12)
In what sense is the description in verses 15-17 a picture of heaven? Can you imagine an eternal home where there will be no hunger, thirst or pain, and where the Lamb will be our Shepherd and he will wipe away all tears? How does this help you to endure suffering and remain faithful to God to the end?