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SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

 

In chapter 6, we saw the events that are taking place in today’s time that are constant reminders of the Lord’s second coming.   In chapter 8, we will see the second coming of Christ and, especially, His wrath that will fall against lost mankind.

 

But here in chapter 7, we see the events that will take place AFTER the events of today (chap 6) and immediately PRIOR TO His second coming (chap 8).

 

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

  1. Revelation 7:1-8 – The Sealing Of The 144,000 Of Israel

In this section of Scripture, John sees 4 angels holding back the winds of God’s wrath that will fall against lost mankind.  Since God’s wrath will be a worldwide event, the angels are positioned over all four points of the globe (N,S,E,W).

John vision proceeds with the appearance of another mighty angel.  He is described as appearing from the east and possessing the seal of the living God.  He is then said to command the four angels to continue to hold back the wrath of God until His work of sealing is complete.

All of these descriptions clarifies for us that this angel is symbolic of Christ. At His second coming, Christ is said to appear as the eastern morning sun rising upon the earth.  Being God, He alone can be said to possess the seal of the living God.  Also Christ, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, possesses the authority to command the elect angels of God.

Christ then seals the 144,000 picturing Him placing upon them His mark of ownership and protection.  This sealing of the 144,000 is a symbolic representation of Christ taking His people from the earth uniting with Him in the skies.  Much like

the citizens of a city would go out to meet the coming King and escort Him back into the city; likewise, the people of God will ascend to meet Him in the air and then accompany Him at His return to the earth.

The symbol of the 144000 Jews represents all of the chosen saints of God from both Old and New Testament time periods will be protected from His wrath and taken to Him at His coming.  The symbolism of the number 144 reveals the inclusion of both Old Testament (12 tribes of Israel) and New Testament (12 apostles) saints being taken at His appearance in the clouds.  Likewise the number 1000 symbolically represents completeness and totality…. ALL believers from both OT and NT times will be taken by Christ…. none will be left behind.

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3XK

 

 

  1. Revelation 7:9-17 – The Multitude Before The Throne

As John’s vision continues, immediately following the sealing of the 144,000, John sees a great multitude before the throne of God in eternity. This uncountable multitude is made up of individuals from all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues. They are clothed in the white robes of righteousness while using palm branches to worship their Lord.

This is a glance ahead into eternity of the all the protected saved (previously symbolized by the 144000 sealed Israelites) who are enjoying eternity with the Lord.

This multitude around the throne is joined by the twenty four elders and the four beasts and all the angels of God.  This entire setting is describing the saints and angels of God approaching the throne.  This is symbolic of being in submission to the Lord, being available for His service, and being gathered together to worship and honor Him.

John questions the identity of this multitude and is told by one of the elders that “these are the ones who come out of great tribulation”, this is speaking of the tribulation of today that was described in the six seals.  Also, he describes them as having “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”, a clear description of the redeemed of Christ.

The elder then describes the great eternal blessings that the redeemed are enjoying: they will no longer suffer physical cravings and needs; they will no longer suffer physical discomfort or discontentment; they will be totally fulfilled and content physically and spiritually; they will have access to the source of eternal life; they will no longer suffer, feel physical pain or the pain of loss.

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Yc

 

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In the next lesson in our series, we will be looking at Revelation 8:.  In this chapter we will begin to look at the second coming of Christ and His wrath that will fall against all of lost mankind and the fallen creation.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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4 Comments

  1. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    Amen my brother and thank you for sharing this awesome summary.

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this Chapter summary!

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