Revelation 7 in Bible Prophecy

Revelation 7 in Bible Prophecy – 144,000 Jews

144,000 Jews Sealed On Their Foreheads
Revelation 7:1-8
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.
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,
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.
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.
7:5 Of the tribe of Judea were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
7:6 Of the tribe of Asher were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasseh were sealed twelve thousand.
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.
7:8 Of the tribe of Zebulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

 

Four Angels Stop the Wind

After the sixth seal, four angels hold back the wind from blowing on the earth and the sea. Does thisRevelation 7 mean the wind is withheld from blowing?  Not sure.  It may mean God is holding back the devastating events to follow. The four angels are given power to do damage the earth and sea.  These angels may be the angels which cause the first four trumpet judgments (Revelation 8:6-13) or the angels who pour out the wrath of God in the first four bowl judgments (Revelation 16:1-9). An angel separate from the four tells the angels not to harm the earth or the sea until a point in time when all the 144,000 Jews have been sealed on their foreheads. The judgments can’t take place until the 144,000 are protected.

 

Who Are The 144,000?

The 144,000 consist of Jewish men from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. These include 12,000 from the tribes of Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. In this list of the twelve sons of Jacob, Ephraim is replaced by Joseph, his father and the tribe of Dan is not listed.  Revelation 14:1-5 144,000 describes these men as blameless, undefiled by women, and chaste.

“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. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. (Revelation 14:1-5)

 

What Is The Purpose Of The 144,000?

Some say the 144,000 Jews are on earth to share the gospel and speak to every people group in their native languages. This may be true but no where in scripture is this stated. We do know the 144,000 follow the Lamb wherever He goes (Revelation 14:4).

 

Christians From The Great Tribulation

Revelation 7:9-17
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;
7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
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,
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.
7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
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.
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.
7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
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.

 

The Saints Have Bodies

The saints stand clothed in white robes. They now have bodies and are standing before the throne of God. Previously those martyred were underneath the altar (See Revelation 6:9) where they had souls but no bodies.

But now starting in verse 9 of chapter 7 the saints have bodies. The redemption of their bodies, the rapture, has taken place. Now we are at the end of the Great Tribulation. It is a glorious day for the saints for the redemption of their bodies has finally taken place.

“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:27-28)
“So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:7-8)
“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)

 

A Great Multitude

A great multitude of millions or billions of saints from all nations stand before the throne of God. The saints are clothed in white robes and wave palm branches. The huge multitude cries out with loud voices, “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Imagine so many people worshipping with loud voices unto God.

 

Millions of angels (Revelation 5:11), the 24 elders, and the four beasts all fall down on their faces before the throne of God and worship Him saying; “Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”

This is a real scene. The scene may be in heaven or on earth. In the millennial kingdom the throne of God is on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.

 

After The Great Tribulation

The saints in this section comes out of the Great Tribulation!  They were either killed or survived  the Great Tribulation. In either case, they no longer must be hungry, thirsty or bear the scorching sun.
An angel asks, “Who are these people I see with the white robes and where did they come from?  The answer.

“These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 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. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 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.” (Revelation 7:14-17)

The saints are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in the temple. Jesus, is at the right hand of the father. He is the shepherd and guides them to the living water which comes from the temple. At this time God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

 

Written by Timothy Brown

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