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Keys to Revelation - Chapter 7

Written by: Capoccia, Tony    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                        Keys to Revelation - Chapter 7

Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

          BIBLE TEXT                                  COMMENTARY

REV 7:1  After this I saw four            [after this I saw] - Introduces angels standing at the four corners      another part of John's vision. of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any        [four angels..four winds] - Four wind from blowing on the land or on      angels are seen holding back the four the sea or on any tree.                  winds of the earth: North Wind, East                                           Wind, South Wind, and West Wind. All                                           winds come from one of these four                                           directions and God has commanded that                                           His servants the angels prevent these                                           winds from blowing, making the entire                                           earth to experience calm winds.

                                          [prevent..wind] - Another judgment of                                           God.  More and more as we experience                                           energy shortages, man is developing                                           a greater reliance on wind power and                                           by the day of this judgment it could                                           likely be a significant source of                                           energy.  Man also has enjoyed the                                           coolness of a breeze on a hot day and                                           has relied on the wind to move the                                           polluted air of major cities to pre-                                           vent a great build-up of smog.

                                          But the greatest judgment will be in                                           the change of the weather.  Without                                           any wind, the clouds and the rain                                           they bring will not be occurring and                                           the earth's food supplies will be                                           greatly reduced.  Another judgment                                           would be to the reproduction process                                           of plants that rely on the wind to                                           carry the pollen and/or seed. 

REV 7:2  Then I saw another angel        [from the East] - Possibly because coming up from the east, having the      Palestine is east of Patmos. seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four          [seal] - Word indicates the seal is a angels who had been given power to        signet ring, like that used by an harm the land and the sea:                Oriental monarch, to give validity to                                           the official documents.

                                          [seal of God] - A special mark that                                           was painted, tattooed, or maybe even                                           applied with lasers in a such a way                                           that clearly showed who God's true                                           children were.  It was done before in                                           Ezekiel 9 were God had an ink mark                                           placed on the foreheads of those who                                           hated sin, in order for them to avoid                                           judgment.   

REV 7:3  "Do not harm the land or        In addition to the Calm Wind judgment the sea or the trees until we put a      God prepares to pour out His wrath on seal on the foreheads of the              the land, sea, and trees, but only servants of our God."                    after he first sealed those on the                                           earth who belonged to Him.

REV 7:4  Then I heard the number of      [144,000] - Not a select group from those who were sealed: 144,000 from      among the Believers on the earth, all the tribes of Israel.                rather, they are the only faithful                                           Believers alive when this event takes                                           place.  All the other Christians were                                           removed from the earth during the                                           Rapture, at the beginning of the                                           Tribulation Period. 

                                          [from..Israel] - God chose Israel to                                           bring the Good News to the lost but                                           she never fulfilled that command and                                           rather put up barriers to the lost,                                           preventing them from knowing the                                           the truth.  But now God is causing                                            Israel to be faithful to their first                                           commission of reaching the lost                                           nations.

REV 7:5  From the tribe of Judah          [From the tribe of...] - God chose 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe        the twelve tribes of Israel for His of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of      witness during the Tribulation. Gad 12,000,                              12,000 were selected from each tribe.

                                          When God was completed He had 144,000                                           Jewish Evangelists all preaching the                                           pure and holy Gospel of Jesus Christ.

REV 7:6  from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,

REV 7:7  from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,

REV 7:8  from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.

REV 7:9  After this I looked and          [great multitude] - These are the there before me was a great              those who the 144,000 witnessed to multitude that no one could count,        and who were led to Christ by the from every nation, tribe, people          Holy Spirit (see REV 7:14).  One must and language, standing before the        remember that these believers began throne and in front of the Lamb.          the Tribulation Period as wicked They were wearing white robes and        sinners in total rebellion to God, were holding palm branches in their      but God sent the 144,000 preachers hands.                                    with the Gospel message that brought                                           the Faith to them so they could then                                           Believe in Christ, Repent of their                                           sins and Submit to the Lordship of                                           the Lamb of God--Jesus Christ.

                                          [white robes] - See REV 19:8 and                                           19:14

                                          [palm branches] - The palm is a sign                                           of festive joy and also an emblem of                                           victory.  Here they represent the joy                                           and the victory of those who have                                           been redeemed by the Blood of Christ.

REV 7:10  And they cried out in a        [sits on the throne] - God the Father loud voice: "Salvation belongs to        (see REV 4:2 commentary). our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."                        [Lamb] - Jesus is the Lamb of God,                                           the perfect sacrifice (JOH 1:29,36;                                           ACT 8:32; 1PE 1:19).

REV 7:11  All the angels were            [all the angels] - These are the same standing around the throne and            angels listed in REV 5:11 as "...many around the elders and the four            angels, numbering thousands upon living creatures. They fell down on      thousands, and ten thousand times ten their faces before the throne and        thousand."  A number that literally worshiped God,                            cannot be counted by man.

                                          [elders...living creatures] - See                                           REV 4:4, 4:7 commentary.

                                          [fall down...faces] - Proper response                                           of a creature to its Creator.

REV 7:12  saying: "Amen! Praise and      [saying] - They respond to the cry of glory and wisdom and thanks and          the redeemed (v. 10) with "Amen" and honor and power and strength be to        sing praise and glory to God for His our God for ever and ever. Amen!"        great salvation to man.  Compare this                                           doxology with REV 5:12-13.

REV 7:13  Then one of the elders          [asked me] - One of the elders,  asked me, "These in white robes--        anticipating the question which John who are they, and where did they          is about to ask, poses a question to come from?"                              him.

REV 7:14  I answered, "Sir, you          [washed... made them white] - Both know." And he said, "These are they      verbs indicate a "once-for-all" who have come out of the great            action which took place in the past. tribulation; they have washed their      (See HEB 9:24; 1JN 1:7-9; ISA 64:6 robes and made them white in the          and ISA 1:18). blood of the Lamb.

REV 7:15  Therefore, "they are            [serve Him] - All those whose sins before the throne of God and serve        have been washed in the Blood of the him day and night in his temple;          Lamb will perform worshipful service and he who sits on the throne will        to God forever. spread his tent over them.                                           [day and night] - Heaven has no night                                           so the idea is from man's perspective                                           to indicate for ever and ever.

                                          [spread His tent] - God's presence                                           will ever be with His saints as                                           though He lived in the same tent with                                           them at all times, as though He                                           spread His presence over them like a                                           tent.

REV 7:16  Never again will they          [hunger...thirst...scorching] - These hunger; never again will they            were part of the Tribulation trials thirst. The sun will not beat upon        that they faced, but like us, they them, nor any scorching heat.            also hungered and thirsted for                                           righteousness (MAT 5:6).

REV 7:17  For the Lamb at the            [Lamb...shepherd] - An intriguing center of the throne will be their        idea that a lamb would become a shepherd; he will lead them to            shepherd.  springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from            [lead them] - Jesus, our Shepherd, is their eyes."                              currently leading all of His lambs                                           through this life, on a journey that                                           will ultimately arrive in Heaven at                                           the River of the Water of Life (REV                                           22:1).

                                          [wipe away every tear] - Like a                                            mother who wipes away her child's                                           tears so they will smile and laugh                                           again.  All of our sorrows of this                                           life on earth will be wiped away and                                           a permanent smile with laughter will                                           appear.

Tony Capoccia BIBLE BULLETIN BOARD Box 130 Shreveport, LA 71110 Modem (318) 949-1456 300/1200/2400/9600 Baud

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