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                                 CHAPTER SEVEN

Verse 1
AFTER THIS I saw four angels stationed at the four corners of the earth, firmly holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind should blow on the earth or sea or upon any tree.   

These four angels are holding back the winds.  Satan is the King of the air, in Job 1:19 we see God allowed the wind to kill Job's eldest son.  This scripture is assuring us that Satan's rage against us being limited.  John making sure we understand that God will take care of us. 

Verse 2 & 3
Then I saw a second angel coming up from the east (the rising of the sun) and carrying the seal of the living God. And with a loud voice he called out to the four angels who had been given authority and power to injure earth and sea, Saying, Harm neither the earth nor the sea nor the trees, until we have sealed the bond servants of our God upon their foreheads.

The angels are holding back distruction, until we have the seal.. again we are going to be protected by God, we have nothing to fear. 

Ezek 9:3-4
3 Then the glory of the God of Israel rose up from between the cherubim, where it had rested, and moved to the entrance of the Temple. And the Lord called to the man dressed in linen who was carrying the writer’s case. 4 He said to him, “Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in their city.”

This doesn’t mean that the “saints” of God won’t go through physical death, or from suffering at the hands of the anti-Christ, but we will be protected from the direct judgment of God, and the demonic affliction, which is yet to come.  More on this in Chapter 9.

Verse 4-8
And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God—144,000 were sealed from all the tribes of Israel:
       5 from Judah — 12,000
         from Reuben — 12,000
         from Gad — 12,000
       6 from Asher — 12,000
         from Naphtali — 12,000
         from Manasseh — 12,000
       7 from Simeon — 12,000
         from Levi — 12,000
         from Issachar — 12,000
       8 from Zebulun — 12,000
         from Joseph — 12,000
         from Benjamin — 12,000

These Jews are marked to be Evangelist's during these last days more on Rev 14. These young men are undefiled with false doctrine, they are true to the Lord Jesus Christ and His word.  They are pure through the Blood of the Lamb. This is the time Israel will open her eyes to see the true Messiah.

The tribe of Dan is eliminated due to idolatry [1 Kings 12:26-30].  Being replaced by the tribe of Levi [Priests].  During the Millennium the tribe of Dan will be redeemed [Ez 48:2], and will receive their allotted land.  The tribe of Levi being Priests cannot inherit land, all they have goes to the Lord.  More on this later.

Verse 9
After this I looked and a vast host appeared which no one could count, [gathered out] of every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages. These stood before the throne and before the Lamb; they were attired in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

This is another interruption in what has been going on.  We are now looking to the future, this is the Rapture. Persecution always units Christians to survive.  More on this in Chapter 11.

Verse 10-14
And they were shouting with a mighty shout, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
and from the Lamb!”   11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang,  “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

The singing and worship must be wonderful in Heaven.  The Lord is the only one worthy to be praised
These dear saints that are martyred during the tribulation are precious to the Lord.  Again, I want to emphasize that if we are one of the martyred, there is nothing to fear. The pain is but for a moment,  then we are in the presence of our Lord. In addition, as we stay focused on the Lord the pain is not going to be that severe.  Again, what have we to fear?

Ps 116:15
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Ps 72:14
From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.

Verse 15-17
“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter. 16 They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. 17 For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

ohn is taking this time out to reassure and comfort us that Jesus shall feed and tend to us, with the love of God’s protection. As we see, the terror of the tribulation opening up around us we can have peace in knowing God is always with us.

Ps 126:4-5
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. 6 They weep as they go to plant their seed,
but they sing as they return with the harvest.

Amen, so be it!!

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