When the 7th seal is opened (tomorrow) we will see a great fury unleashed on the earth in the form of 7 trumpets. But before that, in chapter 6, we get two comforting pictures:
(1) The servants of God (144,000) are sealed (1-8). This provided protection from the judgments coming.
(2) Another worship scene from heaven (9-17).
We wonder what to make of the number 144,00 and why there are 12,000 from each of the tribes of Israel? What does the text say that identifies who these are? See 14:1-4 for more clues about their identity. Why do you think its 144,000. Is that the total number saved? Or could the number be symbolic?
Who is a part of the great multitude worshiping around the throne? It says they came our of the great tribulation, but what is their condition now?
So we see God’s people on earth and in heaven. In either place, they are blessed.