(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,
As John’s vision of the sealing of the 144,000 continues, John sees an “angel ascending from the east”. This “angel” (or messenger) is a symbolic representation of Christ coming to seal His people, thus protecting them from the wrath that is about to fall upon lost mankind.
What does it mean when we are told that Christ (this angel) ascends from the east? It is picturing Christ as the arising of the morning sun.
Throughout the Bible Christ is associated with the sun and light giving. Christ is described as “the light of the world” (John 8:12, 9:5); “the bright and morning star” (Rev 22:16); “the day star” (2 Peter 1:19); the “star” (Numbers 24:17); the “dayspring from on high” (Luke 1:78); the “sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:1-3).
Specifically, these titles for Christ are teaching us two basic truths about Christ:
- Christ is the light that shines in the world, revealing God to all through His teachings, actions, and Word. It is this light that opposes the sinful darkness of this world, opening the eyes of the spiritual blind and causing darkness to flee…
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
- Christ, when He returns will appear in the eastern sky, shining as a bright light (Matt 24:27) driving the darkness of sin from the world, purifying and preparing it to be the eternal dwelling place for His people ….
“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” Mal 4:1-3 KJV
As Paul encouraged Titus, may we all look for the glorious return of Christ, and our permanent deliverance from this sinful world, as a constant reminder of our need to live our lives for Him… the One who loved us, gave Himself for us, and will come back to take us home to be with Him eternally!
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” Tit 2:11-15 KJV
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