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Revelation Sealing of God's People

Revelation Sealing of God's People

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Teachinghearts
The Sealing of God's People(Revelation 7)
 
"Explore the Word. Change the World"
 Lesson 30:Time: 80 minutesPrint: 14 pages
PassoverWavesheaPentecostTrumpetsDay of AtonementTabernacles
1-34-567 8-11101112-1314-1516-1914, 20-22LambChurchLamb acceptedSeals Sealing Judgment Remnant Legal CaseSatan's empireWarningDestructionRescuedLamb of God is the Seed plantedHoly Spirit Begins WorkSealingChildren of God named
Seed plantedRain, HarvestSummer DroughtRainFruit Harvest
Symbols
Revelation 7 introduces the work of the Holy Spirit of Pentecost who seals thepeople of God. Here we see the last call to be sealed. The symbols used involvethe blessings that they receive.Jewish understanding describes the day of atonement (Yom Kippur) as the timewhen Israel is sealed. On this day it is the last time that you have a chance tochange the books of judgment. Your fate is sealed after this time. Therefore,according to our interpretation, this final sealing began in 1844 and will continueuntil the Seven Last Plagues.
1844
Judgment BeginsThree Angel's MessageMark of the beastSeven Last Plagues
HarvestRighteous dead
Sealing
Righteous Living
Punishment
We will define certain information about the seal of God.
Definition
. The seal of a king marks his name, title and territory.... For in six days the Lord made the Heavens and the Earth and the Sea and all that is in themand rested the seventh day.(Exodus 20: 8-10)The Sabbath commandment contains all these elements. The name is Lord God. The title isCreator and the territory is heaven and earth.
Who Owns the Seal
? God owns the seal and He sealed Jesus. Then Jesus sends the Holy Spirit toseal us.Do not work for the food which perishes, but food the food which endures to eternal life, whichthe Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father has set His seal.(John 6: 27)
Who Seals
? The Holy Spirit gives the seal by changing our hearts according to the covenant.Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.(Ephesians 4: 30)The Holy Spirit brings us into conformance with the laws of God by writing them on our hearts.Therefore, if His work is successful in us, we will never break any laws of God and we areautomatically sealed. So He causes us to have the correct attitude towards God that will allow usto be sealed or selected on the day of judgment.
What is the Seal
? We have the seal when the law is written in our hearts and we do the will ofGod. The covenant allows God to do the following in the sealing.But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares theLORD, " I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God,and they shall be My people.(Jeremiah 31: 33; Hebrews 8: 10)
Holy Spirit
. God sends the Holy Spirit to do the sealing. (Ephesians 4: 30)
Law
. He seals the law in our hearts. This was the prophesy about Jesus.I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.(Psalm 40: 8; Hebrews10: 7)
 
Pray FirstNavigation
Resources
Study Help
Texts
Revelation 7Deuteronomy 33
 
Obedience
. The result is that we are obedient to the will of God because we arerighteous.Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, A people in whose heart is My law; Do notfear the reproach of man, Nor be dismayed at their revilings.(Isaiah 51: 7)
The Seals
. How are the seals related to the sealing? When the king took the throne, He read thelaw and covenant. The opening of the covenant scroll involved the breaking of the seals. Theagreement listed the curses which we saw being released in the prophecy of the seven seals. Thecovenant also stipulated that God would write His law into our hearts. Therefore, the Holy Spiritwas sent to seal us. The opening of the covenant scroll caused two sets of actions by God.
Curses for the Wicked (Seven Seals)
. The wicked receive the punishment of the fivesets of curses.
Blessings for the Righteous (Sealing)
. They receive the Holy Spirit Who seals the law intheir hearts.
Sabbath
. The prophecies predict that the Sabbath commandment will be the weak link in thechain of commandments that Satan will attack. It is the controversy over this commandment andthe first four commandments that will be the great issues at the end of time. Breaking anycommandment in disobedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit will cause us to lose the seal ofGod. The fight over the Sabbath will be the great issue that determines who responds to theseal.... and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.(Acts 5: 32)
Yom Kippur
. Jewish tradition says that this day is the final chance to be sealed. The sealingbegan on the feast of trumpets. Yom Kippur is just the last opportunity. During this period fromthe feast of trumpets to Yom Kippur, Jews would greet each other with these words.
"May you be sealed and may your name be written in the book."
 Now that the great Yom Kippur has begun and God is selecting His people, Revelation 6 asks "whowill be able to stand" in this judgment. Revelation 7 answers that by saying only those who aresealed and adopted by God.
Background
The people of God receive the seal of God instead of the Mark of the Beast. Before they enter thePromised Land (heaven) they are counted by God and given their inheritance. These are the same peoplepictured in Revelation 15 as standing on the sea of Glass.
The Sealing (Revelation 7: 1-8)
Revelation 6 ends with the question, "Who will be able tostand?". Revelation 7 attempts to answer this question bylooking at the people who are triumphant. They will beable to stand.After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners ofthe earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, sothat no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or onany tree. And I saw another angel ascending from therising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and hecried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom itwas granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, "Do notharm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealedthe bond-servants of our God on their foreheads." And Iheard the number of those who were sealed, one hundredand forty four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sonsof Israel.(Revelation 7: 1-4)The final trouble is held back until the sealing iscompleted. This appears to happen in the sixth trumpetwhen the four angels are released.
Sixth Trumpet
.Then the sixth angel sounded, and Iheard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar
 
which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who arebound at the great river Euphrates."(Revelation 9: 13-14)Let us put this in perspective with what we have learned in Revelation 15. As soon as God names andnumbers His people He allows the time of trouble to begin. Daniel 11: 45 to Daniel 12: 1 reveals that agreat time of trouble will begin at some time after Babylon goes to war in the Middle East and Israel isoccupied. This occupation of Israel is equivalent to the persecution of the people of God. When thepeople of spiritual Israel are persecuted, the people of physical Israel are also persecuted.
Trumpets1844Yom KippurTemple Remains OpenedFeast of TabernaclesRevelation15Judgment (Sealing)LatterRainPriestsNamedDay 1 to 6Day 7 (Great Hosannah)Day 8Righteous Dead144,000Ordination (Inauguration)Second Coming9Fifth Trumpet (Babylon Falls)SealedSixth Trumpet (Four angels released)Seventh trumpet13Image to the beast666Name of the BeastSeven Last PlaguesSeventh plagueMark of the BeastDaniel 12King of the North comes to an endMichael stands upTime of Trouble (great tribulation)Resurrection
Universal Message
.And I saw another angel comedown from heaven clothed with a cloud: and a rainbowwas upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun,and his feet as pillars of fire. And he had in his hand alittle book open: and he set his right foot upon thesea, and his left foot on the earth.(Revelation 10: 1-2)The universal message is delivered. It is completed inthe seventh trumpet. The opening of the Book ofDaniel has a universal impact. This is shown by theangel of Revelation 10 having one foot on the land andthe other on the sea.Similarly, the sealing work of the angel of Revelation 7has a universal influence. The full force of the globaltime of trouble is withheld until the 144,000 servantsare sealed.So we have two angels with a universal work. The firstseals the servants of God. The second sends the finalmessage to the whole world. Both of these angelsannounce a work that is completed by four otherangels.So the sealing of the 144,000 is either essential for thespreading of the gospel message or is a result of this work.
The Universal AngelsSymbolRevelation 7Revelation 10Sun
Ascends fromthe rising of thesunFace as the sun
Earth, Sea
Do not harm theearth or seaRight foot on thesea, left foot on theearth
In his hand
Seal of GodLittle book
Seals
Servants of GodWords of the seventhunders
Voice
LoudLoud
Delay
Delay thedestructionNo more delay(time)
Work
The sealingThe Gospel
Completed
Sixth trumpetSeventh trumpet
WorkingAngels
4 AngelsThree Angels andthe angel with thestrong voiceTime of troubleJudgment ofBabylon

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