THE SEALING OF GOD’S SERVANTS OR THE SEALING OF SAINTS
The subject here in Revelation 7 of which we need to draw our attention to is the introduction of the apostle John and what he states about the sealing of the servants of our God. Furthermore, we often see and yet many times we do not see only that which is on the surface and not the true meaning of what the scripture is stating. I have made this statement to give you this understanding that for many years I to was guilty of only just skimming the surface of reading the book of Revelation. In addition, to let you know that we must be aware of this truth that Satan does not want you to have a deep knowledge or understanding of the book of Revelation for he knows the day you do you will turn to God to receive God’s sealing knowledge of the coming days. Furthermore, Satan knows that if you have this knowledge that he cannot change what God has sealed.
It is well to note what is recorded here in the book of Revelation which you will find is that there are two different seals which will mark people in the last days the first is the seal of God and the second is seal or mark of the beast Revelation 13:16. The logic behind this thought is before the Second Coming of Christ there will be two groups of people those sealed by God and those who wear the seal of the beast. As we get deeper into the book of Revelation you will see that these individuals who wear the seal of the beast will taste the full force of God’s wrath upon them.
When we consider the parables of Christ relating to two groups of people we have to consider the parable of the wheat and the tares as well as the parable of the ten virgins.
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 13: 24-30 “He presented another parable to them, saying, “He presented another parable to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while men sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. 26 But when the wheat sprang up and bore grain then the tares became evident also. 27 And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? 28 And he said to them, an enemy has done this! And the slaves said to Him, Do you want us then, to gather them up? 29 But he said, No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them. 30 Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather the tares and bind them in a bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:24-30 NASB)
Now there is much we can learn from this parable of the wheat and tares that relate to the sealing of the servants of God and those who are of the great multitude here in Revelation 7. What Christ brings out in this parable is about how the enemy will come in and sow false doctrine within the Body of Christ or the church.
For the purpose of this writing of beware of the coming days pass the word instead of the wheat being the people of the church and the tares the non-Christian let us use the wheat as the doctrine of the church and the tares the false doctrine that comes from Satan. I use this example to show what is taking place within the church today while the church sleeps.
Notice that Revelation 7 is like a breaking point between the sixth and seventh seal where the sealing of the 144,000 of the children of Israel are sealed 12,000 from each tribe. We begin with this thought or question that many ask what is the seal of God. Secondly, there comes another thought that many individuals would address and that is how does God seal us today? To help you understand just a little about seat here from Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries is what they say. sphragizō sfrag-id›-zo From G4973; to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation (literally or fi guratively); by implication to keep secret, to attest:—(set a, set to) seal up, stop.
For the purpose of the writing about this book beware of the coming days pass the word I will address the sealing of the servants of our God using the term of impression and inscription by using Paul’s writing and John’s writing in the book of Revelation.
Now the apostle Paul when he writes to them at Rome states: “And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of faith he had yet being uncircumcised:”. (Romans 4:11 KJV) Yet Paul also writes to them at Corinth when he brings them the knowledge or understanding about the seal of his apostleship 1 Corinthians 9:2. You also find in 2 Timothy about the sure foundation of God: “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19 KJV) Each of these texts of scriptures to my understanding gives a clear interpretation of God’s seal that is to be impressed upon the heart of every man and woman that calls themselves saved.
Now we have given just a brief understanding of impression of the seal of God. However, on the 144,000 of the tribes of Israel it states a seal was made or an inscription was made on their forehead. In some Greek Dictionaries the word seal is interpreted as ownership and I believe that the apostle John is bringing out this key fact that God is letting all of us understand that we are His by Divine ownership. In addition, one might also interpret the sealing of God’s servants this way that God has put His Divine approval on His servants. There is one thing I know for sure in order to make it into the kingdom of heaven there one thing we must have and that is the seal of God. The seal of God what is it? I believe that there are many ways one can interpret this seal. Again, let me say I can only state what the Spirit of God reveals unto me. As we begin this chapter in Revelation note the opening four verses of scriptures.
The first three verses of scriptures the apostle John states: “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 the tree. 2 And 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, 3 Saying, hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads, 4 And I heard the number of them that were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of the tribes of the children of Israel.” (Revelation 7:1-4 KJV)
As we begin to consider what these texts of scriptures are stating does not give unto us just what the seal is, however, I believe we can learn much when we consider these four verses of scriptures. It is clear that these angels have been given the power to hold back the winds from the four corners of the earth. In addition, that when these winds are released they are going to damage the whole earth. It is well to notice that the text is clear when it is state, “the four winds of the earth”. Furthermore, these angels have been commissioned to bring forth God’s will upon the earth and they have control over the winds of the earth. The point is that no human-being has the power to control the wind but these angels can. Also, one might interpret that these winds that the angels are holding back could mean the trouble of the coming days of strife and destruction.
In verse one the apostle John says he saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth hold back the four winds and therefore one might interpret this as the angels overshadowing the whole earth. In addition, it also shows that nothing is beyond their control. Nevertheless, the four winds might be referring to the four horsemen of the first four seals. In the book of Zechariah, we find that the prophet states in verse five states “And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.” (Zechariah 6:5 KJV) Now we find in the gospel of Mark where it states that the four angels from the four winds were sent forth to gather the elect from the ends of the earth Mark 13:27.
When we consider both accounts found in Revelation and Zechariah and these angelic beings that hold back the four winds. The English word for “winds” “is translated from the Greek word ‘anemos’, which means and also pertains to four cardinal points of the compass” Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary. These angels that hold back the four winds saw another angel coming down from the living God which cries with a loud voice for them to restrain themselves until the servants of our God is sealed Revelation 7:2. You will find that this direction from which this angel comes from the east show the Divine manifestations of the Lord God also spoken by the prophets in the Old Testament Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Malachi.
It is also well to remember that time frame of Revelation 7:1-8 and Ezekiel 9:1-11 is right before the Day of the Lord, which is also known as the Great Tribulation. This is where there is much discourse in the Body of Christ today some say that the Body of Christ will not have to go through this Great Tribulation, while some say the Body of Christ has to endure the first three and half years, and finally there are those who say that the Body of Christ has to endure all the way through. The problem with the first that the Body of Christ will not have to endure anything is that there is no preparation for the coming days. I believe that it is after this sealing of our God of the 144,000 is when destruction comes upon the face of the earth.
Now this sealing is of the 144,000 of twelve tribes of Israel. In addition, the sealing of the 144,000 could be interpreted that God would ever keep a people He established and everlasting covenant with. Moreover, it might be to show God’s Divine ownership so the seal could also be God’s declaration which guards the 144,000. Now verses five through eight in Revelation seven gives all twelve tribes of Juda that were sealed.
However, now we are back in the Throne Room of God and now the apostle John tells us of a multitude that no man could number from every nation; kindreds, and people, and tongues which stood before the throne and the Lamb clothed in white robes. The Spirit of God says we are to remember the words of the Lord to the souls under the altar that these that have come out of great tribulation are the ones who have washed their clothes with the blood of the Lamb. In addition, note that the souls under the altar was given with robes and was told to rest for a while until all their brethren had been slain which I believe takes place during the time of the beast. When considering this great multitude that no man could number that stood before the throne, we need to look at verse nine through seventeen and consider these questions.
1 Where are they seen? “Before the throne, and before the Lamb”
2 From whence they came? “Out of every nation, all tribes, people, tongues”
3 What is their appearance? “They are standing”
4 How came they there? “Out of great tribulation”
5 What do they miss? “They shall hunger no more”
6 What do they enjoy? “The real presence of God and Christ”
7 How are they occupied? “They serve Him day and night”
“Then 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 was granted to harm the earth and sea, 3 saying “Do not harm the earth and sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” (Revelation 7:2-3 NASB)
This means he is coming from where the sun rises every morning or from the heavens that the angels holding back the winds are to wait until the sealing of the servants is finished. You will find that in the book of Ezekiel chapter 9 that this angel is described has an “inkhorn” to mark or seal the servants of our God. In addition, the forehead is the area where we make all of our decisions.
In Ezekiel chapter 9 we find this prophetic word to hold this understanding of the cry of the prophet Ezekiel saying unto God would He kill the remnant of Israel in God pouring out His fury on Jerusalem Ezekiel 9:8. The God who gave Ezekiel His word of what He was doing is the same God who gave His Son the revelation of the coming days for God made it clear to the prophet Ezekiel these words: “And as for Me also, My eye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their head.” (Ezekiel 9:10 NKJV) The purpose of stating this text of scripture is to relate the in the coming days God will fulfill His Holy Word and will not spare any who have not made their commitment unto the word of the living God. For all of us today we must take heed of the book of Revelation for the coming days for it is God and Christ way of telling what we must do to endure until the end. To be one of this great multitude that stand before the throne reminds me of what the Lord stated seven times to seven churches to them that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death. This is just one of the many blessings that the Lord said He would grant to them that overcometh or endures until the end.
Now verses five through eight here in Revelation seven gives you all of the tribes of Israel the number that were sealed. Now in verses nine through seventeen speaks of the great multitude that came out of great tribulation. The only thing that I can say is there is much discourse over this subject of who these are that come out of great tribulation. Therefore, again the only thing I can say with all honesty one must decide for themselves who these are and who do they represent and are they the Body of Christ or the church or those who come out of the great tribulation.
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 1o and crying out a loud voice saying, Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10 NKJV)
Now from what the apostle John see here of the great multitude you also see John speak of those who are slain under the altar in the fifth seal who are given white robes and told to rest for a while till all of their fellow servants would be killed. I do not know what others think about their fellow servants being killed, but to my own personal understanding gives the picture of those fellow servants who are killed by the beast and them who stand fi rm on the word of God are part of this great multitude. Then in verse 11 relates back to the Throne Room of God and the worship of God going on with the four living creatures, the four and twenty elders.
“Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir you know.” So he said to me, “these are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:13-14 NKJV)
Looking at Revelation 7:13 and the words of the elder “and where did they come from” when the apostle John responded to the elder and said “sir thou knowest” the elder said out of great tribulation. One might also interpret what the elder stated in this manner that these are the ones who face great conservatory from the beast and the antichrist and overcome his mark, his number, his image and the beast who have the harps of God Revelation 15:2. I believe this is the one true way to described how the great multitude overcame the sinful traits of the beast and antichrist is day by day, hour by hour, they held fast to their faith in the promise of our Lord to them that overcome I will grant the a crown of life Revelation 2:10. In addition, there are many other promises that the Lord Jesus Christ makes to the seven churches to them that overcome.
Now we have come to the seventh seal in Revelation 8:1 and it is well to note that the apostle John does not hear the four living creatures or elders speak for there is silence in heaven for the space of half an hour. First, we need to ask ourselves the question: what does silence in heaven mean? One might interpret it in this analysis that it could be that it is the mark of time or the moment, that God is stating His judgment to the seven angels with the seven trumpets are listening to God’s instruction, as well as making ready to sound their trumpets upon the earth. Yet another example to consider this, that during this half an hour is about all the events that take place while preparing for the angels with the seven trumpets.
In addition, silence in the kingdom of heaven was and event that was something remarkable for they were always praising God. Again, it is well to note that all of this is taking place in the Holy Temple of God in the kingdom of God. Moreover, I believe that silence here has a twofold meaning first it is entirely different or opposite of what normally takes place in the kingdom of heaven, and secondly it is the Divine results of the revelation that God gave to His Son to show unto His servants the things that must shortly come to pass or the things that will happen in the coming days.
Furthermore, I also believe that this is the time when the temple of God was open for the apostle John to see and write the revelation of the events of the coming days and to pass the word to the Body of Christ to make ready for the sounding of the trumpets. However, the silence in the space of a half an hour could also be consider as the time that God is hearing all on the prayers of the saints and it could also be all those who are under the altar Revelation 6:10. Chapter Seven