Summary: Are you part of the 144,000?
“The Great Unveiling: Guaranteed Security”
Last week we looked at the seven seals and saw how much of God’s judgment is already underway in history. We learned that there is still much more to come, and with increasing intensity. But after the sixth seal there was a break in the action – prior to the final seal, in chapter 7, there is an entirely different scene in this divine drama. But it’s critical to our understanding because it contrasts the panic of the pagan world with the security and salvation of the faithful.
The presentation of the sixth seal ends with people facing the wrath of
God crying out, “Who can stand?” In the face of God, who is able to stand, to measure up and be worthy? Who will be able to bear up? After all, didn’t Paul say “There is none righteous, no not one?” These are legitimate questions which Chapter 7 answers. There are those who will bear up and survive. As we learn more about them, let us pray.
Most righteous Father – we realize again how imperfect and unworthy we are. When we see your holiness and meet you in glory, we, too, wonder how we can ever bear up. As we catch yet another glimpse of your heavenly bliss, remind us once more of your grace. Help us get beyond the controversy and confusion of Revelation into your heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The first scene in Chapter 7 (1-8) gives us a SENSE OF SECURITY. In verse 1 we meet angels standing on the four corners of the earth holding back the winds. The picture communicates THE POWER OF CHRIST (1-3). In Zechariah the 4 horsemen were interpreted as “the four winds of heaven.” Keeping in mind that people in those times believed the earth was flat and therefore had 4 corners, we can understand the significance of the angels’ position. They surround the world with power. And with that power they are holding back the winds of destructive judgment. Since for the Jews every act of nature was directly from God, John’s readers knew that John was saying that GOD HOLDS BACK THE WINDS AND HORSES OF JUDGMENT. God has heard the question “Who can stand?” He’s heard the inquiry of “What will happen to believers during this time?”, and He’s answering. Think about it – before we entered these last days – again, we are in the last days – God suspended the decisive action of judgment and history.
Isn’t it amazing? The earth, the sea, the trees are all standing still at the command of Jesus Christ! The Lord who stilled the storms and calmed the seas, holds back the words of judgment. As someone once said, “…every moment on the earth is made to serve the redeeming purpose of God for mankind. The 4 winds…cannot blow and vent their rage as they like, but only as they are made to serve the Church of Christ.” In EVERY MOMENT, THE DESTINY OF THE WHOLE WORLD IS IN THE HANDS OF CHRIST! Not one moment of your life, or the life of this earth, passes outside His control.