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,
In those days, a king’s seal was a signet ring that bore a personalized emblem that was used to authenticate official documents written by the king. Basically, the king would place a dab of wax or other substance on the official document to seal it. Then, using his signet ring, he would leave imprint in the wax. This would prove that the document originated from the king and bore the full authority of the king behind it.
Here, we read that the angel in John’s vision possessed the signet ring of God Almighty. This helps us to understand that this angel symbolically represents Christ, the second person of the Godhead. Only God Himself could possess God’s signet ring.
In this context, we can learn that Christ is the One that will personally come and “seal” His people by taking them home to be with Him. This taking of the saints will prove to everyone that they are possessed by God and had been His official representatives on earth. Thsi act of “sealing” will also protect His people from the wrath that is to come.
Christ, Himself, will come in the clouds, taking up His saints to meet Him in the air. As the lost of the world see this take place, they will recognize that, truly, these were the people of God, presenting His message and working under His authority as they had ministered for Him on earth.
Can you imagine what that day will be like? What a wonderful day that will be!
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1Th 4:13-18 KJV
May we all, as Christians, comfort one another with these words, as we wait on our Lord’s soon return!
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