(3) Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
The angel from the east (Christ) commands the four angels to “hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees” until He protects His people by taking them to be with Him.
What a blessing it is to understand that any of God’s wrath that is pointed towards the lost will be withheld from His people. Of course, this is not limited to His wrath that will fall to His second coming but also includes His eternal wrath that will be meted out following the judgment of all lost mankind.
This judgment, and its eternal results, are described in Revelation 20:11-15…
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Throughout the Word of God, His people are promised to be protected from this time of eternal wrath that is faced by those who have never trusted in Christ. One such passage is 1Thessalonians 5:6-11 KJV…
“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
In our last devotional, we saw that one source of the believer’s comfort concerning future events is the knowledge that the Lord is coming again. At that time He will take us to be with Him and our saved loved ones who have passed on before us (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Here in our 1 Thessalonians 5 passage, we see another great source of comfort for His people… the knowledge of our deliverance from His eternal wrath that is to come. What should be the natural result of that comforting knowledge? A spirit of preparedness and seriousness, as well as a strengthening of God’s people.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation