Revelation 7 shows an interlude between the sixth and seventh seals where God pauses in the outpouring of judgment. Join Pastor Graziano as he examines this pause.
Revelation Chapter 7 - 3/10/21
Chapter 7 is and _______ between the 6th and 7th seal. It is a ______ in the outpouring of judgment.
Even though God is all-wise and perfect, He still ___________ before judging things!
The Chapter is divided into two Sections:
Vs 1 The four angels: Holding back the wind. God uses angels to hold back His wrath and later in Chapter 8 (8:2) we’ll see that He uses Angels to deliver His wrath.
Holding Back = Kratew, which means to grasp, seize, __________. The root word is kratos which stresses the idea of ____________.
“Four Winds” The whole ________ is going to be affected. The four winds refer to the impending judgments of the tribulation in general. Other places God uses wind as a symbol of divine judgement:
Jeremiah 49:36, Jeremiah 51:1, 2 Samuel 22:11
Vs 2 – It was _________ to them to harm the earth. “Granted” speaks of God’s sovereignty.
The 5th angel carried the authority to stop the four angels (rank?)
Vs 3 – The servants of God are ___________ on their foreheads (vs mark of the beast)
This is NOT referring to the ___________! (We’re already in Heaven. The church is referred also to by Christ as friends (John 15:15).
Paul refers to himself as a servant, this is a response to the unconditional love of Christ at the cross (1 Corinthians 9:19 and Romans 12:1)
He also refers to us as His Bride (Revelation 19:7), the _____ (Ephesians 5:22-23), Building (1 Corinthians 3:9), Saints (1 Corinthians 1:2), The ________ (1 Peter 5:2) and a ___________ (1 Corinthians 3:9)
Don’t harm the earth until I seal the servants – again as Genesis 19:22…God must secure His own before pouring out his judgement (Similar in principle to Lot, Noah, the church etc. …)
Vs 4-8 The 144,000 (Revelation 14:1-5)
Notice the names of the Tribes:
Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, _____________, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, __________, Benjamin. (Ephraim and Manasseh – Usually combined under one name – Joseph)
Manasseh and Joseph replace Dan and Ephraim in this list...why?
Deuteronomy 29:18-21 the problem – one word - _____________
See 1 Kings 12:25-30
Ephraim – Judges 17:1-18:31
Micah stole silver from his mother, replaced it and she bought idols with the cash
Dan and Ephraim will be in the _____________ (Ezekiel 48:1-7, 23-29) but they’re going to go through the Tribulation period, ________________!
Verses 9-17 The redeemed of the Tribulation
vs 9 The Great multitude of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands.
Not the ____________ again (the church was taken out beforehand and has _____________) these have palms.
Not the elders: Elders have ____________ and golden vials in their hands, not palms
These are Gentiles from every nation that were _____________ in the Tribulation
The 144,000 are preaching and many are being saved
Vs 9 & 15 They are before the throne of God serving Him day and night.
Serve is present tense – Heaven is not only rest from earthly toil and tribulation, but also worship and privileged service!
Vs 16 No hunger or thirst
Vs 17 They are being shepherded by Christ!
Several Elders and Deacons