The Book of Revelation
Bible Study-REV-Chapter 7
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In order to fully understand this chapter an explanation of why the Hebrew Nation has never accepted Jesus Christ as the true Messiah is necessary. Only by doing so can we understand the “sealing of the 144,000” in this chapter.
It has always been a great mystery to many Christians as to why the Hebrew people, generally, did not and do not accept Christ as their Savior even though Christ was born a Jew, through that bloodline.
Some of the reasons why the Hebrew Nation does not believe that Jesus Christ was the true Messiah:
Christ didn’t fulfill prophesies by building the third temple as written of in Ezekiel 37:26-28
He did not gather all the Jews back to the land of Israel as written of in Isaiah 43:5-6.
Elijah the prophet did not return as prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6
The Jews expected that these events would happen here on earth during this dispensation when, in fact, the third temple will not be built with human hands but will exist during the time of the Millennium.
After that 1000 years, even this temple will be done away with because during the eternity, when the Godhead of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit comes back together, as it was in the world that was, the Holy Triune will be One and that will be the Temple of the eternity.
Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. KJV
Don’t let that be a problem for you. It simply means that during the time that we are in these flesh and blood bodies the Father remains on His Throne, His Son is to be crucified and the Holy Spirit is over all of us to guide if we simply ask. There are not three “separate” Gods but rather the one spirit of our Father active in three different aspects of our life: the Father as our Creator, the Son as our Savior and the Holy Spirit as our counselor:
Ref: 1st John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. KJV
The above three reasons are given by Jews themselves, however, if we take the human factor out of it we may discover that our Father Himself may have closed their eyes to the Savior’s birth, life and crucifixion:
Ref: Romans 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. KJV
All were blinded to the truth of Christ except His Election and not everybody knows if they are one of our Father’s Election, so what sets these souls apart from all the others?
Ref: 2nd Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
You can read the Old Testament until your eyes tear up and the veil, put there by our Father, will not be lifted UNTIL you believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Ref: 2nd Corinthians 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Even as we speak, today, the here and now, that veil is still covering the Jews until they believe that Christ is the Messiah.
Ref: 2nd Corinthians 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. KJV
When they finally see the light and accept Him, Father will remove that veil.
Now, that may seem strange that our Father would do such a thing but, on the other hand, questioning the Wisdom of the Creator is not something a wise person ought to do because the Father said that He would do the same thing to the Gentiles if that’s what they wanted:
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
The Gentiles didn't give a hoot about the Bible or God or Christ. They didn't have a yearning to learn and discover what was necessary to save their soul. Satan likes people like that.
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
So, to keep their butts from being served up to Satan/Antichrist, He's going to put a veil over them, just like He did with the Jews.
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. KJV
They enjoyed living their lives without our Father being in it. If people want to sit around in their little ‘ole houses of worship and believe the horse crap that comes out of the mouth of some of these preachers He’s going to protect them from ever seeing the truth, especially when Satan/Antichrist comes, and have them deal with it during the Millennium.
However you choose to look at it the fact remains that the majority of Jews are still waiting for the Messiah even though some of the reasons they give for nonbelief will not happen until AFTER He returns.
Alright. Revelation, chapter 7.
Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. KJV
When these four angels allow the four winds to blow, they will focus on one central point and that is Jerusalem. When these winds blow Satan/Antichrist will appear and the 5-month tribulation will begin.
For now, they are told to remain patient and quiet. Even Satan/Antichrist will remain silent, He is not allowed to do anything.
Revelation 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Revelation 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. KJV
144,000. Now, many people will tell you that they will all be Jews, I mean, they come from all 12 Tribes of Israel. Not so.
During the reign of King Solomon, he allowed the Israelites to continue the practice of idolatry and they worshipped such idols as Ashtoreth, Chemosh and Milcom. (Read 1st Kings 11:29-35). After his death our Father split the United Kingdom of Israel into two Houses (factions): the House of Israel and the House of Judah.
The House of Judah contained the Tribes of Judah and the remnant of Benjamin only. The other ten Tribes became the House of Israel.
The House of Judah (Judah and Benjamin) remained around the area of Jerusalem but the other ten Tribes moved into the northern parts of Israel.
Under King Jeroboam, these ten Northern Tribes began to worship two golden calves instead of traveling to Jerusalem for the required feast days. This made our Father quite angry and because of their disobedience He scattered these ten tribes throughout Russia, Europe, the British Isles, Canada and America.
Revelation 7:5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
Revelation 7:6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthali were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
Revelation 7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
Revelation 7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.KJV
Since these 144,000 will be sealed just before Satan’s/Antichrist’s tribulation, which will happen in this day and time, those 12,000 each from Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manassas, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zabulon, and Joseph will seem to be all Gentiles and not Jews because they have intermingled among the Gentiles for over 2000 years and many of us don’t even know if our descendants came from one of those ten Tribes or not.
More simply said: only 12,000 will be of the Tribe of Judah; the rest will be Gentiles with ancestry going back to the other ten Tribes.
I know that this sounds pretty complicated and it’s probably the first time that many of you have ever heard of this but the point that you need to understand is that not all of the 144,000 will be Jews, of the Tribe of Judah, and much of this Tribe still remains in and around Israel today.
It’s also well to point out that because of practicing idolatry in this life, the Tribes of Dan and Ephraim are not mentioned in the above list, they were replaced by Levi and Joseph, but during the Millennium they will again be grafted into the Tribes but during the 5-month tribulation they will not have the protection of the hand of our Father on them.
For the 12,000 of Judah this is extremely important because the “seal of the living God” is knowing that the false messiah comes before the true Messiah and it will be the first time that they will accept the Lord our God as their Savior. Father is going to protect them from the onslaught of Satan/Antichrist.
The other 132,000 will also be given this seal and then understand the truth.
Whew! How ‘bout them apples? And you thought this was going to be hard to understand. LOL!
Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; KJV
This looks forward to the end of the tribulation when ONLY those who had the seal of our Father etched in their brain, knowing the difference between Satan impersonating Christ and the true Christ, will stand triumphantly before our Father and His Throne.
Again, we are dressed in a white robe that represents all the good things that we did in this life and the palms represent the return of Jesus at the end of this five months, much like His return to Jerusalem before His crucifixion.
The difference is that now He sits on the right hand of our Father and He looks out over this multitude of people who received remission of their sins because of His death on the cross. How proud He and we both will be at that time.
Because of Him we overcame this ungodly world and the tentacles of Satan and we stand in spiritual bodies, knowing confidently, that we will spend eternity with Him. Nothing or no one can take that away from us from this point forward.
Revelation 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Revelation 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. KJV
There’s that number 7 again: 1. Blessing; 2. Glory; 3. Wisdom; 4. Thanksgiving; 5. Honor; 6. Power; and 7. Might.
Revelation 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. KJV
ONLY those that have made it through the five month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist.
Revelation 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
Revelation 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. KJV
How cool is that? No more tears. This will be repeated again in chapter 21:4.
You know what? Not only is it extremely important to do the things that save our soul from damnation but the souls of the members of your family as well.
When the Day of the Lord is over it will be the first day of the Millennium and we will all be in spiritual bodies. These bodies never get sick, never get cancer, never bleed from a cut on the finger, never get tired and never need any sleep.
And during the Millennium the only souls that most will be able to come into contact with will be family members. This is a time for teaching those that didn’t get the truth during this life through no fault of their own. And we are given the opportunity to go to and speak with family members if we see that they are still screwing up, even during this time.
We will pay a price for doing so; we won’t be allowed to get near to Christ for the next seven days because until they overcome during this time, He considers their soul to be unclean, just like flesh and blood bodies were considered unclean during the Old Testament by a woman having her time of the month or coming into contact with a dead body.
The point is: we will be able to recognize our family members during the Millennium and be close to them if they make it into the eternity. It would be nice to have them around and be able to talk to them.
Well, maybe some of them! (Sorry ‘bout that.)
This chapter concerns itself with our Father’s Elect and it focused on His chosen people and we saw how the Gentile can be part of this 144,000 and not even know it but is that the full number of His Elect?
Many will be saved but not all will be a part of His Election. We found out that a person has to receive a seal to be one of the Elect and that “seal of God” is nothing more than knowing the difference between Satan/Antichrist imitating Christ and the True Christ.
There are others that are called His Elect that were justified in the age that was, the first heaven/earth age. They stood with our Father during the war, the katabole’, and really didn’t have to go through this earth age but since our Father is true to His Word, that ALL will come through this life umbilical cord to umbilical cord, they will do so as well.
But these souls that were justified back then, can be used by our Father in implementing parts of His overall plan for us without claiming that their free will was compromised by interference from Him. These souls are a part of His Election also.
They receive no special favors in this life though. They go through the same hardships and temptations as everybody else but, now and then, our Father can touch them and use them for His purposes and they probably will never even know it has happened.
Most people that go to church accept as true, that salvation only comes from believing that Christ died for their sins. This does not make them one of His Elect because they can still lose their salvation during the five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist. It’s called Apostasy.
They will unknowingly transfer their belief in the true Christ over to the false christ because they haven’t been taught any differently. Some churches teach that “once saved, always saved” and that too is a lie. Because of the Apostasy.
There are no absolutes in believing and following Christ. You’ve got to keep your wits about you constantly because if you drop your guard or falter in your belief, Satan will be all over you like a duck on a June bug. He’ll beat the spiritual snot out of you before you know what’s happened.
It takes work every day to keep your soul out of harm’s way. Don’t let the things of this world distract you to the point that you end up losing everything.
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30 January 2015