December 9/Revelation 7

Verses 1-4 > Before the 7th seal is opened we have a calm before the next round of judgment. This seventh chapter of Revelation offers great encouragement for us believers. it is like a time out in football to regroup, reassure and grab some Gatorade. It is to let us know that God is all the time in the saving business. No matter how bleak things look God has people who are there to witness for Jesus and lead others to Christ. When we are saved we are sealed as a special delivery to God in heaven. The enemy cannot break the seal and open the package and steal us! We are guaranteed to be delivered to Jesus. Are you one of the ‘sealed’? Are you eagerly looking forward to Jesus coming back?

Ephesians 1:13 (NLT) — 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.

Ephesians 4:30 (NLT) — 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

The 144,000 may not be a literal number. Twelve seems to be the number for the Church > twelve tribes and twelve apostles). It may mean that God has his people, the Church, still living for him and still witnessing even though they may be bruised and battered. Think Elijah who thought he was the only one left to serve the Lord.

1 Kings 19:14–18 (NLT) — 14 He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” 15 Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. 16 Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet. 17 Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha! 18 Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”

Verses 9-10 > God knows who are his and he leaves no one behind. Again we see the Throne and here it stands for salvation. Our God on this Throne saves. Satan on his throne destroys. Isn’t it encouraging to know that our God saves from our sin and from eternal destruction? He saves those from all over the world.

Verses 11-12 > Our God is certainly worthy of our worship. He is above all other gods. He is above all.

Exodus 15:11 (NLT) — 11 “Who is like you among the gods, O Lord— glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders?

Verses 13-14 > Make no mistake about it and never ever doubt it, the blood of Jesus washes us clean.

1 John 1:7 (NLT) — 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Verse 15 > we are not going to be sitting around on clouds in heaven and playing harps. We have purposeful, rewarding, work to do serving our wonderful, accepting, loving heavenly Father! I wonder what my job will be?

Verse 16-17 > In heaven all of our needs will be met. We will never again see pictures of children with bloated stomachs and flies crawling on their faces; dying of malnutrition. No more will mothers wonder if their children are going to survive. No more campaigns for pure water because in heaven there will be no thirst. The water there is of the purist kind. Yes we will have a shepherd who leads us beside still waters and makes us lie down in green pastures! We will receive the personal touch of Jesus > he wipes away every tear. He is just as close now but one day we will actually see him.

So we have in this chapter an interlude to remind us again that our faith in Jesus is not in vain. To remind us that Jesus is worth living for and to remind us that God is still on The Throne! The Lamb Wins! Jesus is coming back. Oh how encouraging Revelation is.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In Exodus God put his blessing on the tribes of Israel and now he puts his seal of approval on the messianic Jews during the end times. The gentiles are eternally saved by not taking the seal of the beast but may die the first death for their faith. Those that do will join those under the alter we met in the last chapter.