Friday, February 5, 2010

#Revelation 7> Things Which Shall Be Hereafter> Who Shall Be Saved? ( #Prophecy )

3. The things which shall be hereafter (4-22) 
     A. Judgment on the inhabitants of the earth (4 -19) 
          1. The seal judgments (6-8a) 
          Summary view of who will be saved during tribulation (7) 

Chapter seven is an interlude which answers the question, raised in 6:17, " For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?". There are two groups of people who are saved in the midst of the tribulation which began in chapter six--the 144,000 Jews, and multitudes of Gentiles from among every nation and people. 

First, the 144,000 Jews will be able to stand during the tribulation. The four angels who stand on the four corners of the earth held back the wind that it should not blow on the earth, sea, or any tree until they "sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads". A seal is the sign of ownership and protection (cf. Ephesians 1:13ff.). 

The number sealed is 144,000 from "all the tribes of the children of Israel". That the tribes of Ephraim and Dan are not mentioned is not unusual, as the Bible always refers to only 12 tribes. If every tribe were named, there would be 13. Usually, Joseph is referred to by Ephraim and Manasseh, and Levi is omitted. Here, however, Levi, Joseph, and Manasseh are mentioned, but Ephraim and Dan are not. At any rate, these are 144,000 people from the tribes of Israel, rather than the church. 

The second group of people, who are save during the course of the tribulation, is "a great multitude...of all nations and kindreds, and people, and tongues". That they stand before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms, seems to show they are in heaven, victorious and righteous. That they are distinguished from the elders (who seem to represent believers from the church age--and perhaps the OT age--who have been rewarded), seems to further indicate that this is a different group than those saved during the church age, or "things which are". At any rate, all the multitude, who are about God's throne, worship God, saying "Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb". 

Thus, this chapter answers the question of who will be saved during the Tribulation, and glorifies God's power to deliver whom He chooses.

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