Let's look at Revelation Chapter 7. This is an important portion of Scripture that has been so misunderstood and there is a lot of confusion on what it really means. At this time we have the two witnesses proclaiming that the King and the Kingdom is coming. They are preaching from the city of Jerusalem. The King is Jesus Christ. Out of the preaching of these two witnesses there will be a great response to their prophesying by the 144,000 young Jewish men that we find in Chapter 7. Their conversion will take place during the tribulation.
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.
The winds described here picture harmful winds as agents of God bringing destruction. The four angels hold back the winds so that not a leaf rustled in the trees, and the sea became as smooth as glass. Let’s also remember that this is a time of the supernatural and that these occurrences will happen by the power of our sovereign God.
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 (judge) the earth and the sea,
In ancient days, a king would push his signet ring into the wax on a scroll or document as a seal to mark his ownership and to protect its contents. God places his own seal on his followers, identifying them as his own and guaranteeing his protection over their souls. At this time the 144,000 Jewish men have been chosen from the 12 tribes of Israel and have yet to be sealed.
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
According to this verse, the only believers who will suffer through this terrible evil and persecution will be those who become Christians during the tribulation, perhaps because they had witnessed the rapture of true believers.
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.
In verses 5-8 all the tribes are named except for two. The two are Dan and Ephraim. Why did God leave these two tribes out of the 144,000? The tribes of Dan and Ephraim lived in the northern part of Israel. They were guilty of falling into idol worship and rebellion. That is why they were left out. Now we have the other 12 tribes sealed and they are ready for their mission.
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations (their ministry is not just the Nation of Israel), and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;"
These are the people that have gone through the tribulation. Because of the power of the false prophet and the antichrist, these people were martyred almost as soon as they became believers. Moving from event to event we find them in (Revelation 6:9-11).
This also fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham that he would have descendants too numerous to count.
This scene will also provide great comfort to all believers facing persecution. Those who will face the great tribulation have a guaranteed future with God. Those who are saved by the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), in this age of grace will be in the Rapture of the Body of Christ and will not face the tribulation.
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
These 144,000 Jewish men will circumvent the globe in a miraculous way. They won't be standing in airport lines or have to buy any airline tickets. God will spiritually send them. They won't have to learn any languages. They will fully know every language and dialect everywhere they go. And these 144,000 young Jews will circle the globe at least three years out of the seven years of the tribulation.
The preaching of the 144,000 will fulfill the prophecy given to us by Jesus in (Matthew 24:14).
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Most churches believe that it is their duty to preach the gospel to all peoples and nations. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. From this scripture we can see that Jesus has not commissioned the churches to bring the gospel to all nations. Christ did commission us to share the gospel with those we come into contact with, in all levels of society.
And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Please notice that it does not say and, “then shall the end come.” Mark 16:15 is our Great Commission in the Church Age. Here, Jesus was speaking to the 11 disciples. The disciples had been trained well, and they had seen the risen Lord. God had given Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples (believers) as they preached, baptized, and taught. With this same authority, Jesus commands us to share the gospel of the Kingdom with every person we can.
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 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 (that is Jesus).
They have been redeemed, for they have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white. It is difficult to imagine how blood could make any cloth white, but the blood of Jesus Christ is the world’s greatest purifier because it removes the stain of sin (Hebrews 9:14). White symbolizes sinless perfection or holiness, which can be given to people only by the death of the sinless Lamb of God on their behalf. This is a picture of how believers are saved through faith
Your questions and comments are always appreciated.
2015 – 2016