Sealed Of The 144,000 From Every Tribe Of Israel
Revelation chapter seven is a break from the storm that has been raging. This is the eye of the storm so to speak with the worst to come. There is an eerie quiet and stillness from the war, famine, disease, carnage of death and destruction with the opening of six of the seven seals which included sending the Antichrist.
Revelation 7 HCSB 1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, restraining the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel, who had the seal of the living God rise up from the east. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were empowered to harm the earth and the sea: 3 "Don't harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we seal the slaves of our God on their foreheads." 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 sealed from every tribe of the Israelites:....
This chapter is about angels, the Tribes of Israel, and countless people from every nation, all tribes, peoples, and languages.
Hebrews 1:14 NKJV Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Ministering - divinely-authorized (service) referring to sacred ministering that performs what is acceptable to the all-holy God (HELPS Word-studies)
Angels are servants of God in which part of their service is to minister to those who will come to salvation.
Psalm 34:7 NKJV The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
God sends angels to protect those who fear God and to deliver them.
In the midst of all the judgments, God put a temporary stop to them for the moment. He has commanded four angels at the four corners of the earth to quiet everything.
Why? God's mercy is always present in times of suffering and He is going to mark out His messengers of His gospel.
Revelation 7 v2) there comes another angel from the east and he is "having the seal of the living God." He calls loudly to the four angels and says...
Revelation 7:3 NKJV saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads."
The four angels go from harming the earth and sea to holding all back so the foreheads of God's bond-servants can be sealed with God's seal.
We hear a lot about the mark of the beast or Satan but Satan can only imitate.
Seal - to attest ownership, authorizing (validating) what is sealed, ("to seal") signifies ownership and the full security carried by the backing (full authority) of the owner. "Sealing" in the ancient world served as a "legal signature" which guaranteed the promise (contents) of what was sealed
God is sending His angel to seal, to mark His ownership on those who are His to keep them from harm.
Has God sealed His own before in order to save them from harm when He sent judgment? Yes
In Ezekiel chapter nine we find God getting ready to send judgment upon "the house of Israel and Judah" because their wickedness "is extremely great."
Ezekiel 9 v2-4) Six angels are called to bring judgment and among them is one that will bring mercy. This angel wears linen and carries a writing case "by his side." The task of the angel wearing the writing case and linen is to mark the foreheads of all those in Jerusalem "who groan and cry about all the hateful, detestable things being done among them." (Revelation 22:4)
Ezekiel 9 v5) They are to kill everyone that does not have God's mark on their forehead.
Once the seventh seal is opened there will be destruction unleashed upon the earth that has never been seen before. God shows over and over that He does not tolerate sin even if it is His own.
How Are Believer's Sealed Today
Today Jesus the Christ is our Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14).
Jesus is the last and final sacrifice to pay for the sins of mankind, which was His death on the cross. (Hebrews 7:26-27, 9:12)
Believers today at the moment of salvation are sealed (2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30) by the Holy Spirit. This seal is a down payment that the promises of God are ours. One knows they are sealed and the Holy Spirit lives in them because they will grow and produce fruit.
Galatians 5:22 AMP But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.
Are You Prepared For Judgment
Ezekiel 9 v6) Notice where God tells the angels to go first, "begin at My Sanctuary."
1 Peter 4:17 AMP For it is the time [destined] for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not respect or believe or obey the gospel of God? 18 And if it is difficult for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the godless and the sinner?
D. Edmond Hiebert - First Peter "it was the time or appropriate season for God to deal in judgment with His people....The reader's experience of His chastening discipline should be understood in light of the coming judgment." (preceptsustin.org)
Do you profess to be a believer, then do you mourn over the great sinful state into which America and the world has fallen? During the Tribulation and Great Tribulation there will be no place for those who are saved to hide.
Do you fear what you see happening but don't know where to go for hope?
How To Avoid God's Judgment
Ephesians 2 v1) all who do not have faith in Jesus as the Christ are spiritually dead. Life is lived in a godless manner and eternal life has been forfeited. The belief is there is freedom and you are making your own choices, the truth is-
1. Life is lived in a way that fits in and agrees with the ways, ideals, and attitudes of the world
2. This life is on a lower plane which is where Satan rules
3. This lower life is energized by Satan which causes the flesh and the world to be the guides because there is no willingness to be persuaded by God
Ephesians 2 v4-9) But God. Two of God's great words. These words tell us when God moves no one and nothing is able to withstand Him. But God's rich mercy and great love is there as we live/lived against Him in hostility. His miracle of salvation comes through His gift of grace by faith in Christ and His gift is offered to His enemies which we who are saved were at one time.
The days are filling up with darkness. The cup of darkness will be full soon and God's holiness and justice will demand judgment.
What we see happening now is God warning and giving a small glimpse into what is coming.
Repent, accept Jesus Christ is the only way to be forgiven of your sin and pronounced not guilty before God. Receive the righteousness of Christ(2 Corinthians 5:21)
John 14:6 AMP Jesus said to him, "I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
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