The Heavenly Court Reviews
the History of God's Servants
The Judgment of the
The judgment scene of Daniel Chapter 7 is enlarged upon in Revelation 4:1-8:1 and Revelation 17:1-19:8. In Daniel 7 the pre-advent investigation distinguishes two classes of professed Christians: the true saints of God and the apostate religious system. In Revelation, the experience of God's people is reviewed in Chapters 6 & 7, and the counterfeit religious system is described in Chapters 17 & 18. In both Daniel and Revelation the dual results of the judgment are the formation of Christ's kingdom and the defeat of the false religious power.
In Revelation 4 & 5 the judgment is set and the books are opened. "Ten thousand times ten thousand" and "thousands of thousands" of angels surround the throne of God (Daniel 7:10; Revelation 5:11). Daniel 7:9 mentions thrones (plural), and Revelation 4:4 reveals twenty-four thrones around the throne of God. On these thrones sit twenty-four elders. The scene also includes four living creatures that continually exclaim, "Holy, holy, holy." In Daniel 7:13 and Revelation 5:7 Jesus comes to the Father for the judgment to proceed.
Revelation 7 pictures the sealing of the saints and presents a preview of their reward. In Revelation 17 & 18 Babylon's fate is sealed and her doom is foretold.
Revelation chapters 4, 5, & 7 describe seven outbursts of praise to God and/or Christ by the attending beings. In Revelation 19:1-8 the scene continues with the 24 elders and the 4 living creatures around the throne, and four more outbursts of "Alleluia" to God.