Summary: Today we’ll read and talk about the innumerable multitude that is saved in the Tribulation because of the preaching of “the gospel of the Kingdom”** that they’ll hear from these 144000 Jewish Missionary’s.
REV. #25~7:9-17 SAVED IN THE TRIBULATION 10-3-09
Last time we read and talked about the 144000 Jews, 12000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel that have received Gods seal in their foreheads and that they become Missionary’s the world over.
So today we’ll read and talk about the innumerable multitude that are saved in the Tribulation because of the preaching of “the gospel of the Kingdom”** that they’ll hear from these Jewish Missionary’s.
Ø Remember that 1:19 is the key verse of the Revelation;
19Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
John was told to write the things he had seen, and he saw the vision of the glorified Christ, there in chapter 1:
Then he was to write about “the things which are.” John himself was in the church period, and we are still in it today, as the rapture has not yet happened, 2:& 3: are talking about the things whice are, the church age.-the 7 different churches that are named there, also represent 7 different “temperatures” you could say, of the church from Pentecost until the rapture, as the last day church is depicted by Laodicea.
We saw in chapters 4–5 that the church was in heaven, it’s removed from the earth in 4:1-2—
Jesus will not allow His Bride to be to suffer any part of the Tribulation, so He takes her out of harms way.
From chapters 4:-19:7 the church is never mentioned again, and the reason is She is not on earth. What John is telling about here is what will take place on the earth dwellers.
The book of “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” is a book with seven seals, and the seals are being removed or opened by the Lord Jesus as He was the Only One found that was worthy to open the book through out all creation.
Ø Six seals have been removed in chapter 6:
There the four horsemen introduce the Great Tribulation period, and the seven seals give an overall picture of that seven-year period.
As was pointed out last time that Chapter 7 is a parenthesis in the chronology of Revelation, showing God’s program of grace and salvation during this period of judgment.
In other words God halts His judgments for a short time in order to seal His special Servants, the 144000, as He has a minister for them to carry out.
Ø The opening of the 7th seal is seen in chapter 8: and verse 1 as the chronological order of the tribulation resumes.
Ø Listen as I read the 1st 3 verses again in order to get our thought line back on track.
7:1-3 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2And 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, 3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
The winds depict God’s judgment of the earth, and the four angels are restraining agents who hold back the judgment until God’s special servants can be sealed.