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Revelation Chapter 7
Today Christians are spreading the Word of God throughout the world by short wave radio, television, and the Internet. The Bible has been translated into almost every language of every nation. The world has repeatedly heard the message of salvation, and yeet following the Rapture, there will be multitudes who have rejected the Bible and its message.
Jeusu said, This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nation, and then the end shall come (Matthew 24:14). Everyone will hear his message and have the opportunity to accept salvation before they die or take the Mark of the Beast.
Rev. 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Hold Back The Wind
After the six seals are opened, four angels will stand at the earth's four corners to prevent any wind from blowing. This does not mean that the earth will become square. It is simply a symbolic expression meaning the angels will be standing at the four points of the compass: north, south, east, and west. They will control the winds of the earth. Without these angels the airborne plagues from the previous seals would spread around the world.
Rev. 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
The Angel From The East
Christians have always believed in angels. It would be impossible to believe the Bible without believing in angels. They play a prominent role in God's plan for mankind. This is especially true of the stories about Jesus and the judgments of Revelation.
Angels are divided into different categories or ranks. Some rank higher than others, and some serve Satan and not God. We do not know who this angel from the east is, but we do know that he will have authority over the other four angels. The four angels will have the power to harm the earth and sea, but just before they unleash their great power, the angel from the east will intercede with a loud voice and stop them. He will have the seal of the Living God in his hand, and it will be used to mark a group of special messengers.
Rev. 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
The Mark Of God
The four angels will be commanded to hold back their destructive forces until god's servants cha be sealed. Nothing will happen to the land, sea, or trees until these special messengers are protected.
The Bible does not say what this seal will be. We are told only that these believers will be protected by some type of mark. Since the beginning of creation God has been marking his people. God's mark will be placed on their foreheads. It will ge an actual mark that will show others that these are God's people.
Rev. 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Rev. 7:5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev. 7:6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev. 7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev. 7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
God will seal 144,000 of his servants, but they will not come from the Church or any particular denomination. Instead, all 144,000 will come from the twelve trives of Israel - (the Jews).
The list of the tribes is unusual in that two of the original twelve tribes of Israel - Dan and Ephraim - will be left out. Most experts believe these two tribes will be skipped because they were both guilty of idolatry, thus disqualifying them as special servants of God. Some even believe the False Prophet mentioned in Chapter 5 will come from the tribe of Dan.
The tribes of Levi and Joseph will be added to make the twelve marked tribes of the Tribulation Period. As the tribe of priests, Levi was not counted among the original twelve tribes of Israel. The Tribe of Joeseph was also not one of the original twelve. Joeseph was Ephraim's father, and it looks like he will replace his Idolatrous son.
Warning ---> Even though these verses are clear and straightforward, some people still want to spiritualize them. The Jehovah's Witnesses, for example, believe this refers to 144,000 of theeir members. However, the verse clearly states that the 144,000 will come from the twelve tribes of Israel which excludes all Gentiles. It is best to ignore the mental gymnastics and accept the literal interpretation.
Rev. 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Listen To The Gospel
Once God has sealed his 144,000 the whole world will hear his message. Multitudes will believe and be saved. The Antichrist and his False Prophet will be furious and try to stop the revival be forcing new believers to turn away from the faith. They will deny people food and medicine. Execution will be frequent and numerous. The number of martyrs will be more than any man can count.
These martyrs will be given white robes, symbolizing the righteousness of Jesus. They will also receive palm branches, symbolizing their triumphal entry into heaven. You may remember Jesus was also given palm branches when he entered the city of Jerusalem before his death. The martyrs will stand in the presence of Jesus before the throne of God.
Rev. 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
This is a great worship service of victory and rejoicing whose central theme is salvation. The glory of salvation that belongs to God and his Son Jesus. God is the author of salvation and has narrowed the way to heaven down to one - the Lamb of God.
Rev. 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
Worship before The Throne
This may well be the greatest worship service every. When this multitude of Tribulation Saints stand before the throne praising and glorifying the Father and Son, all the angels of heaven will join in; followed by the twenty-four elders and four living creatures.
Notice all the different groups: The Tribulation Saints, the twenty-four elders representing the Church, the angels, and the four living creatures. Everyone in heaven will participate in this service.
Rev. 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Amen indicates that the angels will agree with the Tribulation Saints. Salvation belongs to God and his Son, and they deserve the credit for getting this great multitude to heaven. Then the angels will break forth with a sevenfold declaration of worship: praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength all belong to God forever and ever.
Rev. 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
One of the twenty-four elders will ask two questions: Who are they, and Where did they come from? He already knows the answer, but he will ask them anyway to make sure everyone else does.
Rev. 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
The Blood Of The Lamb
This great multitude before the throne of God will come out of the Tribulation Period. They will be saved people; people clothed in the righteousness of Jesus; people who trusted in the shed blood of the Lamb.
The elder's answer tell us what the 144,000 will be preaching. They will preach the blood of the Lamb. The fact that these 144,000 are Israelites will not alter their message.
Warning ---> When most prophesy experts talk about the Great Tribulation, they are talking about the last three and one-half years of the seven-year period. But in this verse, the term refers to all those who have come out of the entire seven-year Tribulation Period.
Rev. 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
This is a very special promise. On earth, the saved will not be safe anywhere. They will either starve, die of desease, or be murdered. There will be no way to escape the clutches of the Antichrist. Suddenly, they will find themselves in the throne room of God, face to face with Jesus, surrounded by angels, clothed in white robes, and protected by God.
Rev. 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
A Covering Of Protection
The Tribulation Saints will face hunger, thirst, death from starvation and poisoned water, burning by the blazing sun, and suffocation by scorching heat. Once they arrive in heaven, though, it will never happen again. They will be in the fortress, the place a refuge of the Almighty God. It is a place of constant protection that cannot be breached. This is God's promise.
Rev. 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
No More Tears
The Lamb, who stands in the midst of the throne of God, will preserve the Tribulation Saints. He will feed the saints from the tree of life and let them drind from fountains of living water.
This also tells us the saints are destined for a great deal of weeping before they depart this earth. They will face incredibly harsh living conditions, terrorizing circumstances, and the loss of loved ones. Their tears will have reason to fall, but when they get to heaven, God will wipe them away.