Revelation 7 pt 4

Revelation 7 pt 4

Continuing our study of Revelation 7 and exploring the identity of the 144,000.

Revelation 7:2  ‘Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God.’

We saw yesterday that the 144,000 of all the tribes of Israel are just that: 144,000 of all the tribes of Israel!

But what is the living seal that the angel from the East is bringing?

This living seal is described in Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 9:3  ‘Now the glory of God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.”

In this extreme account, God is bringing judgement upon Israel who have practiced detestable things but yet He mercifully orders a seal of protection to be placed upon the foreheads of those who are genuinely repentant and who hate these evil practices. 

This has a sort-of echo of the placing of blood on the door-post of the Israelites during the Exodus. It also looks forward to the evil parody of the end-time mark of the beast in Revelation 13:16.

God is about to release the trumpet judgements upon the earth and the purpose of the seal on the forehead of the 144,000 is to protect them through this ordeal. And His faithful protection works because we read of the 144,000 in Revelation 14 doing remarkably well!

Revelation 14:1  ‘Then I looked and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.’

God is faithful to His beloved children!

The seal can also refer to the seal of Ephesians 1:13a which we will explore further tomorrow.

My previous posts:

  • Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…
    One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 19:9 Invited
    The Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
  • Revelation 19:7 Eager Anticipation
    In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment. 
  • Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!
    I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness. 
  • Revelation 19:6 Hollering With Joy
    This side of glory, we pass through victories and defeats, as we march faithfully on. But even the most stoic and conservative amongst us might be forgiven here for ‘hollerin and a hooterin’ around the yard and throwing his hat up wildly in the air!
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