In Revelation 8 we get the opening of the Seventh Seal and the sounding of the first Four Trumpets.
The 144,000 is symbolic but also probably literal, and refers to a group of 1st century Jewish Christians who were sealed and thus saved from death in the Great Tribulation. In the Old Testament, a census was a military act that mustered God’s holy army, so this is a group of 144,000 Jewish warriors who relaunch the church after the tribulation.
My view is that the four horsemen are demons that possess four successive Roman Emperors (Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero).
This is a picture of Christ’s ascension to the right hand of the Father. In Acts 1:9 we get the ground level/earthly view of Jesus’ ascension, and here in Revelation 5 we get the heavenly view of the same event but from the other side of the firmament.
The book of Daniel opens in the year 605 BC, this was the year that King Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem and took Daniel with him back to Babylon along with some of the articles from the temple.
Malachi is the last of the twelve minor prophets. His name means “my messenger” (מלאכי) which anticipates a major theme of the book: the future arrival of God’s messenger.
The book of Ezekiel opens in the fifth year of King Jehoachin’s captivity (summer of 593 BC), this was about 7 years before the fall of Jerusalem. By this time, Daniel had been serving in Nebuchadnezzar’s court for about 10 years, and Jeremiah had already been prophesying for about 30 years.
The book of Lamentations is a eulogy for Jerusalem, a funeral dirge for the lonely city.
Jeremiah is the longest book in the English Bible. Although Psalms and Isaiah have more chapters, in terms of its actual word count Jeremiah tops them all (33,002 words in Hebrew).
In Hebrew, the book of Ecclesiastes is called קהלת (Qohelet), which is usually translated as “preacher” and appears in the first verse of the book, “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.”