7:1-17 The Sealed Servants And The Great Multitude
Memory Verse: Revelation 7:9–10
7:1-8 The Sealed Servants From Israel
- 6:1-17 The story continues in Heaven as Jesus, the only one worthy to open the book in the right hand of God, takes the book from God and opens six of the seven seals. These seals represent judgements that will be carried out upon the earth during the tribulation period. The wrath of God and Jesus will be poured out on the earth during this time. Many will died. Many will remain hardened against God, not willing to repent. But there is good news. Now we get a glimpse of the good news between the six and seventh seal judgement.
- 7:1-3 “And after these things…” indicates the next vision that John is going to receive, but before he sees Jesus open the seventh seal. He first sees four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, representing the north, east, south and west poles. They are given power over nature and specifically power of letting the four winds blow on the earth, which possibly represent more judgements coming from God. When they released these “four winds” it would hurt the earth and the sea. Then John sees another angel coming from the east. The fifth angel cried out loudly to the other four angels not to hurt the earth or sea until something specifically was accomplished, that of sealing the servants of God.
- 7:2a, 3a, 4 This fifth angel had “the seal of the living God.” A “seal” represents being owned and protected by the person who owns the seal. Here the seal is from “the living God,” meaning the our God is not like the idol gods of other nations, but His is alive and forever will be alive. God is not dead. He is alive. There was going to be 144,000 servants of God of all the tribes of the children of Israel that will be sealed with the seal of the living God. God will use these men to preach the gospel during the tribulation.
- 7:5-8 Then John lists what tribes of Israel these 144,000 servants of God were going to come from. There was going to be 12,000 servants from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, which totaled 144,000. These 12 tribes are: Juda, Reuben, Gad, Aser, Nepthalim, Manasses, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zabulon, Joseph, and Benjamin. An important Bible truth to understand is the God is not finished with Israel and still has a plan for them. Israel is not the church. They may have failed in the past, but God will give them another chance and they will succeed. We will study more about them in the coming chapters.
7:9-17 The Great Multitude From Every Nation
- 7:9-10 “After this…” the next vision John had was that of a great innumerable multitude made up of all nations, kindreds, people and tongues. This great multitude stood before the throne of God and before Jesus, the Lamb. They were clothed with righteousness (white robes) and ready to celebrate (palms in their hands). Together they praised God loudly saying, “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” This is the worship of the redeemed. They attribute their salvation to their God and Jesus. We know the Lord desires this loud and joyous worship and as believers, we praise God for the work of salvation in our lives. Our salvation is all of God. The grace of God and the death and resurrection of Jesus is the only way for us to be redeemed. Praise them.
Psalm 66:1-4; 100:1–5
- 7:11-12 Then all the angels stood round about the throne of God, the elders and the four beasts and the angels fell before the throne of God on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, “Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” They start and end their praise with “amen” meaning, “we agree” or “let it be.” What did they want to happen or agree with? They wanted blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and might to be given to God for all eternity. He is eternally worthy of all of this. We serve a great God.
- 7:13-14 After these two groups worship God, one of the elders addressed John, saying, “What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?” John answered Him, saying, “Sir, thou knowest.” Then the elder responds saying, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” The elder asked John this question to emphasize who these people are. This great innumerable multitude made up of all nations are believers who were saved during the time of tribulation (when the seals were opened and God judged the earth). This is good news, because not only will terrible things happen during this time period, but God will still be working to save people. Just like today, if anyone repents and puts their faith in Jesus they can be saved. The only reason these people had the right to come before the throne of God was because they had white robes, meaning they were righteous, and they were made righteous through washing them in the blood of the Lamb, meaning they placed their faith in the death of Jesus as the substitute for their sins. Thus, these believers obtained salvation through faith in Jesus during the great tribulation.
Romans 5:10–11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
- 7:15 Because this group of people have been redeemed by God, they have the right to be before the throne of God. They are able to serve God continuously (day and night) in His temple (the heavenly place that God resides during that time). God whom sits on the throne will dwell among them, He will cover them like a tent does, meaning He will protect them. Many of these believers will be martyrs, all had lived during part of the great tribulation and now they have been fully redeemed and will eternally live under the protection of almighty God.
- 7:16-17 In the presence of God, the redeemed will no longer hunger or thirst. The sun will no longer strike them or deal with scorching heat. On earth these believers most likely experience these problems, but now they have been saved from it and will never experience it again. Now, Jesus, the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will be their Shepherd. He will feed them. He will lead them unto living fountains of waters. God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no sorrow or pain. All things will be made new. We will live in eternal joy with the Father and the Son.
Isaiah 49:10; Psalm 23:1–6; John 10:11–18; Hebrews 13:20
- Chapter seven takes place during what two seals?
- How many people is the angel going to seal with the seal of the living God?
- The sealed servants represent that God is choosing to use what nation again?
- Who is the great multitude? How were they redeemed?
- What is it going to be like to be with God in Heaven?