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144,000 WITNESSES

Revelation 7 is a parenthesis between the 6th and the 7th seal. It is dealing with the 144,000 and a multitude.

The Parenthesis before the last seal - Revelation 7

PARENTHESIS

Revelation 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.”

“And after these things,” referring to what came after the six seals. An eerie quietness dawned on the earth, not a leaf that rustled in the wind. The four angels were holding back the wind momentarily.

NOTE!

In the Old Testament, winds often were a destructive force of God’s judgment. See Hosea 13:15. 

SEAL THE SERVANTS

Revelation 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

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

An angel brought in “the seal of God” to seal God’s servants. He spoke to the four angels as if to say wait, not yet. I have to apply the seal first.

NOTE!

In the ancient world, seals were used to show ownership or to authenticate. And “the seal of God” is used when God used His seal.

It was given to the righteous before Jerusalem was judged. See Ezekiel 9:4. God the Father set His seal on Jesus. See John 6:27. And, the Holy Spirit seals believers. See Ephesians 1:13.
 

ISRAEL

Revelation 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.

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.

6. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephtalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

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.

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.

Here we read it: the 144,000, all of them were the children of Israel. 

12 Tribes x 12,000 from each tribe = Total of 144,000

The Twelve Tribes of Israel in the Book of Revelation

 

NOTE!

There are twelve tribes, but the tribe of Dan is not mentioned here. It opens a can of worms for Bible scholars. 

 

 

God gave the tribe of Dan an allotment when they entered the promised land in the time of Joshua, a land that belonged to the Philistines. They disobeyed God and went far north instead. 

 

But, according to the prophecy of Ezekiel, God restored Dan during the Millennial kingdom. See Ezekiel 48:1: “Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth… a portion for Dan.”

 

THE MULTITUDE

Revelation 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.”

“And lo” as in behold, something important is followed. “A great multitude” clothed in white robes are those washed white as snow in the blood of the Lamb. But, the precise identity of this “multitude” is revealed further down in Revelation 7:13-14.

 WORSHIP

Revelation 7:10: “And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

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,

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.”

Every being in heaven, including this multitude, was worshipping God.

TRIBULATION SAINTS

 

Revelation 7:13: “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

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.”

One of the elders spoke to John, prompting him about the identity of those in white robes. 

In Greek, the present tense is used for “those coming out.” It speaks of gradually and not all at once, referring to those who turn to Christ after the Rapture and during the tribulation period.

 

GOD AMONG THEM

 

 

Revelation 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.”

The redeemed can come into the throne room and be with God. There are no barriers and no waiting lists.

Revelation 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

The hurt and struggles of life on earth are gone, and they are now safe with God in Heaven. 

 

NO MORE TEARS

Revelation 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.

Jesus Christ is now physically surrounded by those redeemed by His blood. He feeds them, leads them, and wipes their tears away.

THE END

 

BOOK OF REVELATION

Revelation, Scope and Sequence

Revelation, Introduction

Revelation 1

Revelation 2

Revelation 3

Revelation 4

Revelation 5

Revelation 6

Revelation 7

Revelation 8

Revelation 9

Revelation 10

Revelation 11

Revelation 12

Revelation 13

Revelation 14

SOURCES FROM THE WEB:

Missler, Chuck at koinonahouse.org

Korman, Baruch at  loveisrael.org

Barnett, John at dtbm.org

Ice, Thomas at pre-trib.org

Breaker, Robert at thecloudchurch.org

De Young, Jimmy at sermonaudio.com

BOOKS:

Johnson, Ken. Ancient Church Fathers.

Missler, Chuck. Daniel’s 70 Week’s: Profiles in Prophecy.

Hitchcock, Mark. 101 Answers to Questions About the Book of Revelation.

 

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