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God's Jewish Remnant & the Tribulation Saints (10 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
December 21, 2008
INTRODUCTION: In last week's lesson, we looked the fifth and sixth seal judgments. One fourth of the world's population has been destroyed by this time.
Chapter seven is a parenthetical pause in the Seal Judgments. The Seventh Seal picks up in chapter 8. God puts everything on hold until He has sealed His servants, the 144,000 Jews in vv. 4-8.
Let's go ahead and take a look at chapter 7.
I. THE SEAL OF GOD (VV. 1-3)
A. The Four Angels (vs. 1)
1. These four angels have been given orders to hold the four winds of the earth that they would not blow on the sea or on any tree. The four winds simply mean, North, South, East, and West.
We can only imagine what the destruction has been up to this point: War, famine, earthquakes, changes in the heavens...stars falling from the sky; the sun is blackened and the moon becomes as blood. One fourth of the world's population has been destroyed. Think of what it will be like; when God turns the winds lose...tornadoes, cyclones, typhoons, and hurricanes.
B. The Second Angel (vv. 2-3)
1. The second angel has the seal of God. Again, he tells the first four angels not to hurt the earth, the sea or the trees until the seal of God has been placed upon the foreheads of His servants. Remember, the unbelievers during this time will have the seal of the Antichrist--"666." Those who receive this seal will be forever lost, sealed for an eternity in hell. However, God's seal on the believing remnant of Israel will not only signify that they have received Christ, but it will assure them that they will not be hurt, so that they can carry out God's commission as His servants. These are men totally and completely dedicated to the service of God. So much so, that they have not taken wives. Who would want to get married during a time like this, a ...
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