Revelation #15 Revelation 7 1-17 (MSG) End Time Warning, Assurance, Promise
Revelation #15 Revelation 7 1-17 (MSG) End Time Warning, Assurance, Promise
The 6th seal of the Scroll of Destiny
had been opened. The world is in
trauma. With each seal being opened
things have gone from bad to worse. Now
between the 6th and 7th seal, we are going to get a
glimpse of what is happening within the Church.
In Chapter 7 there is a message of warning,
assurance, and promise.
Recall the last thing we read in chapter
6. There are martyrs under the altar
calling out to God: How Long? This is part
of the Church in glory, those waiting in the throne room of God. Chapter 7 reveals what is occurring within
the Church on Earth.
Revelation 7:1-12 (MSG)
1 Immediately I saw Four Angels
standing at the four corners of earth, standing steady with a firm grip on the
four winds so no wind would blow on earth or sea, not even rustle a
tree. Then I saw another Angel rising from where the sun rose, carrying
the seal of the Living God. He thundered to the Four Angels assigned the task
of hurting earth and sea, "Don't hurt the earth! Don't hurt the sea! Don't
so much as hurt a tree until I've sealed the servants of our God on their
4 I heard the count of those who
were sealed: 144,000!
[12,000 sealed from each of the 12 tribes of Israel]
9 I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing:
Salvation to our God on his Throne! Salvation to the Lamb!
11 All who were standing around the Throne—Angels, Elders, [Cheribim]—fell on their faces before the Throne and worshiped God, 1 singing:
Oh, Yes! The blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, The honor and power and strength, To our God forever and ever and ever! Oh, Yes!
first thing I notice is that the world must be flat because we’ve got angels
standing at the 4 corners. Can you see
why you must be wise when it comes to interpreting the scripture, discerning
what is metaphorical language and what is to be understood literally? The 4 corners represent the entirety of the
Earth. It is part of the ancient
cosmology we read of in Job and Isaiah (Job 373, Isaiah 11:12). Recall John has ascended into the heavens so
his view of the Earth is all-encompassing.
angels are holding back the wind. Wind
in the Old Testament represents divine judgment (Psalm 18:10, 104:3-4, Isaiah
40:7 &21, Jeremiah 23:19, Ezekiel 5:12).
The Angels are directed to hold the wind. That the winds are coming serves as a warning
for we who have bent the knee to the Lordship of Christ. Rough times are coming, times of tribulation
are coming, prepare. Prepare now, get
ready in the calm before the storm.
sees another angel coming out from the sun carrying the seal of God. Now, we don’t know if it’s a harbor seal,
lion seal, or elephant seal but…. OK, bad joke.
The seal of God is a sign of ownership. In Ezekiel chapter 9, a seal is
placed on all genuine believers. The
seal is God’s empowerment and protection of those who belong to Him (Rotz, p
144,000 is a symbolic number. Twelve and its multiples often represent the
people of God, not the amount. You can
think of it as 12 times 12 and that a thousand times over (Eller, p. 102). As such 144.000 represents the expansiveness
of God’s salvation. A multitude upon the
Earth that are sealed. The sealed have acknowledged their sin, that their
relationship with God is not right. The
sealed have believed that Jesus is the forgiver of sin and the reconciler of
relationships, with God, Others, the Earth, and even their very selves. The
sealed have committed themselves to be Christ followers, loyal, true, staying
the course, and keeping the faith no matter what. The sealed have asked God to accept their
faith. And God has sealed them with His
mark. Are you sealed? Is the mark of God on your heart and
soul? The winds are coming, the winds
are here, be prepared. Being sealed is your assurance that you will endure and
overcome the tribulations that will come upon the entire world.
looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all
nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing,
dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and
the Lamb and heartily singing: Salvation to our God on his Throne! Salvation to
The redeemed throughout time, every nation
and tribe, every race and language Stand before the throne symbol of intimacy
with God, dressed in white the symbol of righteousness, waving palm branches
the symbol of victory and rejoicing (Leviticus 23:40, John 12:13), and they
worship singing “Salvation.” It is a song of Praise (Ladd, p 119), the song of
the redeemed. Look what God has
accomplished! Look at the gift He has given us through the Lamb! This scene is
prophetic, it reveals an event that has yet to take place (Ladd, p 119).
To stand before the throne is to be in close
physical proximity to God, a picture of intimacy. To be permitted to stand is a sign of
recognition and acceptance, you have been made worthy. To be upright before God is because you have
been victorious and have overcome the challenges of the faith meeting with His
approval. To stand with all the
believers is to be on an equal footing in unity. Together with all the white-robed saints you
are privileged to worship.
You stand by having bent your knee to the
Lordship of Jesus, you remained faithful.
You obeyed. You did the work
assigned as an ambassador by using your spiritual gifts to lavish God's love
for others. You did not recant when
faced with persecution. You’ve kept the
faith, and that’s why you stand. Having bent the knee, stand. This is your
promise, be a conqueror and you will stand.
As the redeemed praise all in the throne
room join in.
Revelation 7:11-12 (MSG)
All who were standing around the
Throne—Angels, Elders, [Cheribim]—fell on their faces before the Throne and
worshiped God, singing: Oh, Yes! The
blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, The honor and power and
strength, To our God forever and ever and ever! Oh, Yes!
Did you catch that there are 7 praises?
Blessings, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and strength. 7 is the number for completion. This is a song of complete adoration to
God. It is His due.
Revelation 7:13-14 (MSG)
then one of the Elders addressed me: "Who are these dressed in white
robes, and where did they come from?" Taken aback, I said, "O Sir, I
have no idea—but you must know."
And so the Elder tells John:
Revelation 7:14-17 (MSG)
"These are those who come from the
great tribulation, and they've washed their robes, scrubbed them clean in the
blood of the Lamb. That's why they're standing before God's Throne. They serve
him day and night in his Temple. The One on the Throne will pitch his tent
there for them: no more hunger, no more thirst, no more scorching heat. The
Lamb on the Throne will shepherd them, will lead them to spring waters of Life.
And God will wipe every last tear from their eyes."
It's up to you to decide if the white-robed
saints are the redeemed from all of time or just those who endured the great
tribulation. Having made the observation
that we have been in the end times since the resurrection of Christ, I tend to
lean toward the idea that the uncountable multitude are all those who have put
their faith in Christ and stayed true.
Throughout scripture, we see this
illustration of dirty garments and clean garments. Dirty garments are acts of unrighteousness,
clean garments are just the opposite.
Moses commands the people to wash their
garments in preparation for God's visitation (Exodus 19:10, 14). The Psalmist
asks to be washed until he is whiter than snow (Psalms 51:1-7). Isaiah tells us
to come to God and our scarlet sins will be made white as wool ( Isaiah 1:18).
In Zechariah’s vision we read "Look, I've stripped you of your sin and
dressed you up in clean clothes" (Zechariah 3:4 (MSG). Paul writing to the congregation in Corinthin
reminds them that they have been washed and sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:11).
Not only are sins forgiven, but so great a salvation we have been given, that
those who have bent their knee to Jesus, those who have let Jesus in, those who
stand, have been cleansed from within, they have been changed.
At first, it may seem odd that you are
washing your garments in blood. In
Judaism, the blood stood for life. The
blood is the life and the life belongs to God.
In the New Testament, the blood symbolically purges our conscience from the
works to serve the living God (Heb 9:14, Barclay's Daily Study
Bible (NT). Atonement, justification,
and redemption are all possible due to Jesus' sacrifice. You scrub your garments clean through your
fidelity to Christ. Have you washed your garments in the blood? Fidelity: all wrapped up in that word is your
loyalty, faithfulness, reliability, dependability, and trustworthiness, to
In Chapter 7 we have the warning of the
coming winds, the last efforts of God to redeem humanity from its folly. We have the assurance that in the coming
tribulations, God will not let go of us, for we have been sealed with His seal
of ownership. We have a promise of being
a conqueror. We have a great promise:
“The One on the Throne will pitch his tent
there for [you]: no more hunger, no more thirst, no more scorching heat. The
Lamb on the Throne will shepherd [you]
will lead [you] to spring waters of Life. And God will wipe every last
tear from [your] eyes."
Chapter 7 contains a warning, an assurance,
and a promise.
The warning is the wind is about to
blow. The winds of the hurricane, the
winds of the tornado, and destructive winds are going to blow, for people do
not change when they see the light, only when they feel the heat.
An assurance is given to those who have bent
their knee to Jesus. They bear the seal
of God and therefore will have everything they need to endure the tribulations
that are going to be visited upon the world.
promise of endurance, perseverance, and
participation in the Triumph of the Lamb is given. To participate in the Triumph of the Lamb means
From chapter 7 know that God is in control,
He reigns and His plans will prevail.
We know that right now God is restraining
the winds. If the winds are being
restrained now, can you imagine what things will be like when they are let
fully loose? We know God’s love and
salvation are universally extended to every human being on earth, the throne
room worship foretells the unity and diversity of the Christian community. We know that worship is the only response to
what God is accomplishing. Worship Him
now with gratitude and devotion.
The times are going to be full of
trauma. You will endure and persevere,
and having maintained your fidelity to Christ, become part of the white-robed
victors in glory.