Prophecy – Part 87

Tribulation Age; God’s Wrath – Revelation 7 1-12

Upon review of last week’s message, I find that the information concerning the l44,000 is incomplete.   So, I will finish that before moving on to the understanding that the Church is saved from God’s Wrath.

Remember, Jesus Christ is holding the great book of Destiny, the book that tells what is to happen at the end of the world.  The book is so important and so secretive that God has it bound with seven seals until it is the time for it to be opened.  Remember: the events have not yet happened upon earth.  They are things that are to happen in the end time.

However, God has given us a glimpse into the future.  Why?  To warn us to turn to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christ alone can save us from the judgment to come, John 14:6.  Therefore, we must follow Him ever so diligently while we walk upon the earth.  This glimpse into the great book of God, into the destiny of the world, is given to us in this great book of Revelation.

We have seen Jesus Christ break open six of the seals that bind the book.  To our horror, when He broke them open, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse were seen storming across the face of the earth with their terror and devastation.

We have seen how the four horsemen represent the wars and killing, famine and pestilence, hunger and starvation, death and hell that the antichrist will unleash upon the earth.  We have seen how evil will amass together every force of demonic power it can in order to make a final assault upon the earth.  And we have seen that the destructive devastation will kill one fourth of the world’s population.

Shocking!  One fourth of the population will be killed by the catastrophic devastation of evil unleashed upon the earth.  But to our horror, this is not all.  God’s great book declares that this is just the beginning of sorrows and woes.

But this terrible devastation, as horrible as it is, is nothing compared with what is to come.  When all the judgments have fallen, the earth, the world, will be utterly destroyed.  How it is to happen will be seen when the seventh seal is broken.

When the seventh seal is broken, the seven seal judgments are over.  The period of history that will be known as the beginning of sorrows and woes is finished.  But the GREAT TRIBULATION itself will be launched by the seventh seal.

  • The great tribulation will witness the shattering blast of the seven trumpets of judgment.
  • The great tribulation will witness the wrath of seven bowls of judgment poured out upon the earth.

Now, for a critical question:  Will anyone be saved through such terrible days?  Can anyone survive such terrible happenings?  As Scripture itself has just asked:

“For the great day of His [God’s] wrath has come, and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17). 

LET’S LOOK AT SCRIPTURAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE 144,000 SAVED JEWS.  (Revelation 7:1-8)

Can anyone stand?  Will anyone turn to the Lord and be delivered through this terrible time?  Yes!  There is to be a remnant of Israel saved: 144,000 Jews shall be saved. 

  1. The winds of judgment are in the hands of God and His angels, not in the hands of evil (Revelation 7:1-2).
  2. God will give the most wonderful command: to delay the judgments until God’s people can be sealed (v. 2-3)
  3. God will give the wonderful counsel to seal 144,000 JEWS FROM ALL THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL (Revelation 7:4-8).

(7:1-2) End time – Israel – Jews – Salvation:  The winds of Judgment are in the hands of God and His angels, not in the hands of the evil one (Satan and his demons).  How wonderful is that?  How could anyone say this is not a marvelous truth.

So, what is being declared?  Four angels stand at the four corners of the earth holding the four winds of Judgment so that they cannot blow upon earth.   “The four corners of the earth are the four main points of the compass: north, south, east, and west”  (Lehman Strauss.  The book of Revelation.  Neptune, NJ: Loizeaus Brothers, 1964, pg. 170).

POINT:  This is a picture of God in control of the whole earth, of every direction upon earth.  And He is merciful.  He has not unleased His avenging angels of wrath upon earth, not yet.  In mercy He has chosen to wait a little while longer.

These are the most comforting thoughts:

  • to know that judgment is in the hands of God,
  • to know that it is God Himself who is to execute judgment, and
  • it is comforting because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
  • Just think!  Every person has the privilege of escaping judgment.  No person has to stand before the throne of God at the time that judgment is carried out by God.
  • Every person who wants to be saved can be saved and delivered from condemnation by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior (John 3:16).

NOTE:  The winds of judgment are to be unleashed upon the earth.  Every person will face these awful times unless he has surrendered his life to Christ.  And then most terrible of all, he will have to face the eternal judgment and condemnation from the presence of God forever, if he has not committed himself to Christ as Lord and Savior.

“When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:” (Matthew 25:31-32, KJV).

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7, KJV).

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12-15).

[Revelation 7:2-3] – Seal – Israel, Salvation of God who will give the most wonderful command.  The command will be to delay the judgments of the great tribulation until ALL the servants of God can be sealed.  The SEAL means the mark of possession, authority, power, protection, and preservation.

  • In ancient times a king’s ring was his seal.  He would stamp the mark of his ring upon official documents showing their possession, authority, and power.  This is certainly part of the meaning here.  The 144,000 will be sealed, protected, and preserved by God (Genesis 41:42; Esther 3:10; 8:2; Daniel 6:17; Matthew 27:66).

“And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which HAVE NOT the seal of God in their foreheads” (Revelation 9:4, emphasis added, KJV). 

“And I Looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads” (Revelation 14:1).

“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4).

“Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Revelation 7:3). 

“And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof” (Ezekiel 9:4).

  • In the New Testament the believer is SEALED WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD, that is, the Holy Spirit seals and guarantees that the believer belongs to God.  The presence of the Holy Spirit living within the heart and life of the believer is his seal and his guaranteed that he will escape the judgment of God and live eternally with God.

“Which is the earnest [guarantee] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:14). 

“Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 1:22).

“Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 5:5).

In contrast to the seal of God upon His servants, the lawless and rebellious followers of the beast (the antichrist) will bear his mark or seal (Revelation 16:2).

God will seal His servants to identify them and to assure their protection from the wrath and destruction coming upon the earth.

Remember: God does not condemn His followers.  His followers escape the judgment of God.  The judgment and destruction from God’s hands fall only on “those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.”  This clearly is stated in Revelation.

  • The demonic forces that are to be unleashed upon earth will not touch God’s people.

“And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but ONLY THOSE MEN which have not the seal of God in their foreheads” (Revelation 9: 4, emphasis added, KJV).

  • The bowl judgment sores will not touch God’s people. Judgment is poured out only upon those who have the mark of the beast.

“And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

This should not seem strange to the believer, the follower of God, that God will judge the unbelievers who follow the antichrist and not judge believers. As stated, God does not condemn His people; He condemns and judges unbelievers.  And the judgments of the great tribulation are to be upon an evil and apostate world.

(See 2 Peter 3:9; Jude 14-15; Psalm 62:12; Jeremiah 17:10).

God gives the most wonderful promises to genuine believers.  No believer will ever be judged and condemned to death and hell.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can separate a genuine believer from the love of God.   How do we know this? Read through the following verses and be absolutely blessed: [John 3:16; John 5:24; Romans 5:8-10; Romans 8:35-39; I John 3:1). 

(Revelation 7:4-8) – Salvation:  God will give the wonderful command to seal 144,000 Jewish believers.  There will be 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes.  This is exactly what this passage says.  This is clear indication that Israel will be saved in the end time.

  1. This passage should be taken at its face value, that is, that 144,000 Jews and innumerable Gentiles (Revelation 7: 9-17) will be saved.
  2. The 144,00 are apparently a special body of Jewish believers who are dedicated to serve the Lord Jesus Christ totally and wholly during the tribulation of the last days. Note three things that Revelation says about them.

a. They are virgins, that is, they have never married. The days of the end time will be filled with horror after horror.  The worst holocaust the world had ever seen will be launched by the antichrist and millions will be killed.

A special commitment will be needed to stand up for Christ.  Apparently those 144,000 form a special body of believers who vow and commit their lives to never to deny Christ to the end.

They apparently take a special vow to be the encouragers and ministers to the believers and to the others who will be so severely attacked and persecuted by the antichrist.

NOTE:  The vow and commitment the 144,000 will take will apparently be like the vow the Pharisees took when they first formed to stand against Antiochus Epiphanes.

b. They are called the servants of God.  They are a body of believers who give themselves to serve God while ungodliness and evil are raging in the end time.  They will be ministering, witnessing, and encouraging the believers and the Jews who are having to flee into the wilderness and hiding places of the world to escape the holocaust.  The 144,000 will have a great part to play in the turning of Israel to Christ, their true Messiah, in the end time.

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Revelation 7:3).

c. They are said to be redeemed from among men (Jewish men).  They are the first fruits offered to God and Christ.  This simply means that they will be the first Jews to be saved in the tribulation.

“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.  These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth [leads].  These were redeemed from among men, being the FIRSTFRUITS unto God and to the Lamb”  (Revelation 14:4).

3. This is undoubtedly part of the restoration of Israel. Christ clearly stated that Israel was to be saved in the end of time. (See Romans 11:2; Romans 11:15; Romans 11:23-24; Romans 11:25-26.)

We have talked about salvation in the end time.  However, you may not realize that God’s gift of salvation is available to anyone who wants it in the present.

If your interest in salvation has been peaked in our study today, please read the following Scriptures as you open your heart to following God.  He loves you and wants you to be with Him in eternity, but there is only one way.  That one way is God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus said, “I am the way…”

a. John 3:16. – Salvation is a free gift of God.

b. Romans 6:23 – Sin separates us from God and sin must be cleansed through the blood of Christ, which was shed for you.

c. Romans 10:9-13. – Follow the path to heaven which is laid out in this Scriptural way to heaven.

d. See also Romans 5:1, 5, 6-11.

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