Beginning our study of Revelation 14.
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.’
After the trauma of the last two chapters, with the rise of the antichrist and the false prophet, and all the persecutions they bring with them, it is with some relief that we sail into this gentle bay, if only for a short while.
We have met these 144,000 before in Revelation 7. This group of people are so very precious to God and He has held up His purposes to make sure that they are not hurt by any harmful winds of judgement.
Revelation 7:3 ‘Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God. Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.’
They will go through tribulation but will not be harmed because of the seal placed on their foreheads by God.
Revelation 9:4 ‘They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.’
Hence, the 144,000 who are sealed by God will be spared.
There is a biblical precedence for this.
Ezekiel 9:4 “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”
God was angry at the evil idolatry in Jerusalem and a slaughter would come to those who involved themselves in it. Only those who were repentant and were lamenting over all the detestable things that were done would receive a mark on their foreheads and be spared.
This is a reflection of the Exodus account where the Israelites would daub their doorposts with the blood of a lamb so that the angel of death would pass over. Their obedience meant that they would be spared.
Revelation 7 holds God’s promise that the 144,000 would go through tribulation but would be spared, by virtue of the seal placed on their foreheads.
Jeremiah 30:7a ‘It will be a time of trouble for Jacob but he will be saved out of it.’
God is faithful to His promise. Here, in Revelation 14, God’s faithfulness is proven to be true and not a single one of the 144,000 is lost.
Thank you for reading this.
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