Summary: Study of Revelation, using "the Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible" as a guide. Includes work sheet for participants. boxes & underlined blanks may be missing
Study in revelation 15
Will Anyone Be Saved During The Tribulation?
Rev. 7: 1-17
We have six of the seven seals broken that seal the book, that tells what will happen at the end of the world. So far what we have seen is just the previews of things to come. Right now we are looking at what is called
“The beginning of sorrows and woes”
For the first six seals we just jumped right in, opening one after the other. Now there seems to be a pause before opening the 7th seal. Why? Let’s see if we can figure this out.
V. 1 Winds of judgment are held back:
Where are the angels standing? Beside the throne Down by the river On the four corners of the earth.
What are they doing? Cleaning the throne room Fishing holding back the winds [check one]
What wind are they holding back? –Cool breeze that blows in off the ocean –Warm southerly breeze of Spring –Winds of judgment that are about to blow across the whole earth.
Are the angels in charge of the wind or do you believe that God is in charge of the wind and the angels?
Vs. 2-3 The command is given:
God gives the command to hold back the tribulation until a wonderful thing can be done. What might that be?
I get to preach the last revival message
We have to take up an offering
The servants of the almighty God are to be sealed.
In ancient times a king’s ring was his seal. He would stamp important documents, showing that they were under his power and authority.
There will be others receiving a mark or seal during the tribulation time, who are these?
Those who follow the beast or the antichrist.
During the terrible time of tribulation those who are sealed by God will not be harmed by the judgments to come. There will, however, be some killed by the antichrist during this time. But the judgments that God will send will not affect them, because they bear His seal.
Can you think of a good example that shows us God’s protection of those who are sealed in Him?
What about the ten plagues of Egypt? Did any of God’s people feel the affects of God’s judgment on Egypt?
In the final Judgment they were told to sacrifice a lamb and to put the blood of that lamb where?
In the street so the Egyptians would slide down in their catfish bait so they could catch more fish on the door post of their home. Why? So the death angel would pass over the homes of those sealed by the blood of the lamb.
Vs. 4-8 Who are these 144,000?
I don’t understand the confusion over who they are, but look at what others say.
Jehovah’s Witnesses distinctly believe that only 144,000 people will be raised to heaven, and will thus spend eternity with God. They do not believe that this number necessarily comes from descendants of Jacob, but from early Christians, and those of Jehovah’s Witnesses who profess to be "anointed" (or "spiritual Israel"). Witnesses believe that the 144,000 have been selected by God from the time of Jesus’ apostles through to today. They believe that the 144,000 (those having a "heavenly hope") will reign with Christ in heaven, while all other people accepted by God will live forever on a paradise earth (an "earthly hope").
Traditional Christian teaching Corresponding Jehovah’s Witnesses teaching
1) 12,000 and 144,000 are symbolic numbers representing all of God’s people; or 2) Literally 144,000 people (12,000 from each tribe) will be chosen from the tribes of Israel.
All Christians are born again and will thus spend eternity with God.
One cannot see God’s Kingdom or enter into it without being born again.
Approximately 9,105 of the 144,000 anointed ones are alive on Earth today, according to the latest figures posted on the official Jehovah’s Witnesses website . However, they believe that Jesus is Shepherd and Savior over both those with the "heavenly hope" (the 144,000) and those with the "earthly hope" (to live on a paradise earth).
The Christian Skoptzy sect in Russia believe that the Messiah would come when the Skoptsi numbered 144,000, and all their efforts were directed to reaching this total.
New Age movements
The number 144,000 is also significant in various New Age religious movements.
The Church Universal and Triumphant teaches that Sanat Kummara and the Lords of the Flame also brought 144,000 souls with them from Venus.
The new age religion called Raëlism also states that there are 144,000 chosen people to continue humanity in case of an upcoming disaster.
1^ See "Numbers in the Book of Revelation" as an example of this view.
2^ "144,000 sealed in Apocalypse [Revelation] 7:4ff; 14:1 ff: This is [[12 (number)|]], the number of the tribes of Israel, multiplied by itself and then multiplied by [[1000 (number)|]], the number of a military unit in the ancient Israelite army. The number indicates the fullness of Israel; the Church in the New Testament is conceived as the fullness of Israel, and this is the heavenly Church in its final completion."--Dictionary of the Bible, John L. McKenzie, S.J., p. 621.