We are in the middle of a Walk Thru the Book of Revelation... And the Last Days on this earth during the Seven Years of Tribulation...A time when we believe Christians are already taken Home...And this world is ruled by the anti-Christ... As God pours out unrestrained Wrath on those...Who have turned against Him completely... Destroying His World and murdering His Saints...
Thus far in our Study...
We saw the Anti-Christ rise to popularity…With the bringing of a Peace Treaty between Israel and many surrounding nations! Probably involving the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem! This Covenant of Peace was broken almost immediately...With the greatest attack ever mounted against Israel... Involving Russia, Iran, and many other nations...
We saw the arrival of Two Prophets from God...Who would proclaim His Wrath and Soon Return to this fallen world... And would, for a time, be unstoppable!
And lastly... We saw the starvation, thirst, disease, attacks by starving wild animals, and horrendous fighting and murdering amongst the population...
CAUSED BY THIS WAR ON ISRAEL!
Which will overtake the world at this time... Killing over 2 billion people!
The Fifth Seal... (The Martyrs!)
We will continue the study exactly where we left off...As John's Vision of the future shifts from this terrible chaos on earth for a moment...To get a SECOND GLIMPSE of what is happening in Heaven at this time! AT THE OPENING OF THE FIFTH SEAL ON THE SCROLL!
Revelation 6:9-11 (NKJV)
9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.
This scene opens with the gathering of those who had been martyred Protecting and keeping the Word of God in their actions...And for their profession of Faith in Jesus Christ !
I do not believe this particular scene is describing ALL of the Martyrs of the Ages... Simply those coming out of the Tribulation! Because each of them is JUST THEN receiving a White Robe of Righteousness... Signifying their very recent arrival into Heaven!
This is obvious proof that many are SAVED after the Tribulation starts...
The Evidence will be overwhelming for those who truly want Him! Those who do not want Him... Will not doubt Him... They will be enraged against Him! For the Judgments against them! NOTICE - These martyrs are UNDER or BEFORE the ALTAR! THIS is an amazing and powerful picture!
Listen to how a Sacrifice was given at the ALTAR of SACRIFICE in the earthly Temple!
Leviticus 4:6-7 (NKJV)
6 The priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of the blood seven times before the LORD, in front of the veil of the sanctuary. 7 And the priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD, which is in the tabernacle of meeting; and he shall pour the remaining blood of the bull at the base of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
These Martyrs were standing AT THE BASE of the Altar! WHY? Because their very blood had been POURED OUT... As an offering to their God! They had sacrificed their very lives as an offering to God! Every action... Every Word of Scriptures... Has an incredible meaning and fulfillment in His Plan!
They cried out in anguish asking, "How long until You Avenge us, God?"
Meaning first... Does it sound like theses Saints DO NOT have memories of what happened on earth when they arrive in Heaven?! Absolutely NOT! Many believe we will not remember people or events of this life... This has absolutely ZERO Biblical foundations!!
How else would we remember Jesus' Sacrifice? How else would we be eternally thankful and worshipful to Our King? We will know everyone... And remember all that has occurred!These things are what shaped our very souls!
What glorified Christ...What won our rewards and positions in Heaven...It is ludicrous to believe we will not remember all!
There WILL be moments of pain, and tears in Heaven! In the beginning...
We do not magically become "Happy Manikins"...Who are not capable of negative feelings! It is just that all of the bad... Is eventually swallowed up and overshadowed...When Our Lord takes His Place in this world!! By the incredible Love, Security & Joy HE brings to us...
AFTER all of the pain of this Age is passed! This is why Scriptures say, "HE... Will wipe away our tears!" HE will be there to comfort us from the effects the past...And assure us of our worth and safety NOW!
Revelation 21:4-5 (NKJV)
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, (Why?) FOR the former things have passed away." 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."
These Martyrs were told to rest a while longer...Because many more would be martyred as they were through the coming Tribulation! And PLEASE NOTICE... This moment of comfort for those Saints who had given their lives in love for HIM... In these darkest and most difficult times...Was Precious and Powerful enough to Our King...To STOP in the midst of all of this... And address them! WHY? Because the Salvation of their souls...IS A PART OF THIS VERY DEED OF ENTITLEMENT JESUS IS OPENING WITH THE SEALS... HE CALLS US "HIS INHERITANCE!!" And He is welcoming them Home after their horrible suffering!
For those waiting and contemplating whether to accept Christ as your own...Those saying they will accept Him if and when they see these events occur...If a little loss of comfort now... A little ridicule and dislike now...Can keep you from One Who Loves so strongly... And has Done so much...
Do you truly think you will stand for Him in a world that HATES HIM? When it will cost you everything? And it brings you torture and death?
The Sixth Seal... (The Great Day of His Wrath!)
After welcoming and comforting His Saints...The Sixth Seal is opened...And God Reveals such a showing of His Raw Judgment and Fury...That the entire world hides from Him... And openly admits that it is HIM... JESUS CHRIST... Who has brought these Powerful Events on them!
Revelation 6:12-17 (NKJV)
12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
On top of all of the atmospheric pollution which has occurred already...And the deadly disruption in our fragile ecosystem...TWO THINGS seem to occur here...There is another earthquake of enormous & devastating size... Darkening the skies and blotting out the sun and moon! And then... John describes what can only be an enormous meteor shower that shakes our planet... Striking repeatedly everywhere!
These overwhelming events alone...Would be horrible enough to end life on earth...If they were not soon stopped! Listen to the effects...
Revelation 6:14 (NKJV)
14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
This description of the "sky rolling up as a scroll" has baffled many...But it is not that mysterious...John uses the phrase "AS" a scroll... Which means it is a simile...When a scroll is rolled, you can no longer see it's content...This is a description of the intense clouds of dirt and debris which roll across the sky... And hide the sky's content from view!
n other words...The sky completely disappears in the rolling clouds! As more flaming meteors burst through the already dark skies...To bring quick destruction everywhere they strike! And try to picture the magnitude of what is happening...
Between the tectonic events under the earth...And the repeated, unimaginable power of meteors hitting the earth...The very mountains are moved...
And Islands are literally shifted from their positions!
What would these brief and nightmarish moments be like on earth?!
Revelation 6:15 (NKJV)
15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?
These events are enough to completely unravel even the strongest of those living on earth...As they run to the caves for protection...Because no man-made structure will protect them! And they recognize these events for what they are... GOD! Because those living in the Tribulation...Have seen the Rapture occur...And they have the Two Prophets warning them of what is happening...
And they have many around them who have been converted...And are proclaiming God's Prophecies and Wrath...
So... In these unrelenting, hopeless moments of this Seal...They recognize that "THE DAY OF HIS WRATH HAS COME!"
The 144,000 Sealed!
Then... In the middle of this onslaught...God calls for a temporary halt in the Judgments which are occurring...
Revelation 7:1-3 (NKJV)
1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then 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 granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads."
Some try to take this verse as a literal holding back of the winds...But the term "Four angels in the four corners" is used elsewhere in Scriptures... To represent His Angelic forces in all four corners of the globe! And they are being warned to STOP blowing across the earth...So as to PROTECT the earth from what is currently happening...Not JUDGE it with another Judgment! So that... They may MARK or SEAL the servants of God... BEFORE ANYMORE JUDGMENTS OCCUR!
God wants to set apart & protect certain Servants on the earth...So they may move and work during these deadly Judgments...And while amongst murderous haters of God's people...So they may complete the MISSION given to them! Who are these Servants to be Sealed and Protected?!
Revelation 7:4-8 (NKJV)
4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
Many people have questioned who these 144,000 people are...Many cult-like organizations have CLAIMED TO BE the 144,000:World-Wide Church of God...
Mormons (Latter-Day Saints)...Jehovah Witnesses (Until passed 144,000!)...
We all know this is wrong... Because Word of Light will comprise the 144K! (LOL!) NOT! Others believe this is a "Spiritual Israel"...Comprised of Christians of all races...
But it is almost as if God saw these many deceptions...And He wanted to make it unmistakable in what HE MEANT! So... He made it clear and simplistic enough for a 3rd Grader! LISTING EVERY JEWISH TRIBE BY NAME!!!
Revelation 6:5 (NKJV)
5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed; 6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed; 7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed; 8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
These 144,000 Sealed and Protected Saints from the Tribes of Israel...
Appear to have been given the Mission of evangelizing Israel... And the whole world...And proclaiming Christ to every tribe and tongue through the hellish times of the Tribulation! During this temporary respite... We have a Third Scene in Heaven...As the incredible magnitude of people who come to know Christ DURING THE TRIBULATION are revealed!
Revelation 7:9-12 (NKJV)
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
An innumerable group of people stand before the Throne! FIRST - Notice they have Robes but no Crowns as of yet! Why? Because they missed the Bema Seat following the Rapture...And will receive their Judgment and Rewards later!
SECOND - Notice that John visually identifies them as being from every tribe and tongue of the world! Giving a strong indication that we will all be individual and recognizable as the people we were born to be in this life! So we can do away with that age-old, and inaccurate question of... "Will I know my loved ones in Heaven?!
Revelation 7:13-17 (NKJV)
13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?" 14 And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Here is where the angel identifies the multitude before John...All of them have come out of the Great Tribulation! We especially know this because... The angel gives comfort... That they will never again suffer the torments of the things they have endured again! They are holding PALM BRANCHES!Which are an SYMBOL of VICTORY!
Imagine the hell on earth these people have suffered...Dying painfully of thirst, hunger, disease and being torn by animals...Or being tortured and murdered by men! And NOW... They stand in VICTORY before their God! NOW... It is all over...NOW... At this Moment... They know they have eternity in safety!They made it... THEY ARE HOME WITH HIM!
HOW EXCITED MUST THEY BE?!! AS CHRIST WIPES AWAY THEIR TEARS AND COMFORTS THEM!
The Seventh Seal... (Silence Followed By The Trumpets!)
We know that Revelation has 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets, and 7 Bowls...The 7th Seal... Ushers in the Trumpet Judgments...The 7th Trumpet... Ushers in the Bowl Judgments...And the 7th Bowl... Ushers in the Words... "It Is DONE!" As the final wave of Judgment sweeps the globe!
Here in this temporary reprieve of Judgments... After the 6th Seal has been unleashed...Following the Sealing of the 144,000... And the gathering of the multitudes around the Throne...We have this Reverent Moment...At the opening of the SEVENTH SEAL!
Revelation 8:1 (NKJV)
1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
Can you fathom standing before uncountable multitudes...Of angels, creatures and other saints... Before God Himself...And not one single creature... Out of the billions... Makes a sound...For half an hour!! As they all watch in awe and expectation...For God's next Unstoppable, Overwhelming Act of Judgment!
Revelation 8:2-3 (NKJV)
2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
This clearly and specifically identifies the prayers as belonging to the saints on the ALTAR before the Throne...THE MARTYRS... Who were murdered by those on earth at this Moment! The MARTYRS... Who had cried out... "HOW LONG, OH LORD?!” Now this angel mixes their very prayers…On the fires of the ALTAR...Along with the sweet smelling incense to be burned...Before the Lord God on the Throne!
Revelation 8:4-5 (NKJV)
4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THIS PRECIOUS AND AWESOME ACT BY GOD!!
God allowed the angel to fill a censer with the FIRES OF JUDGMENT FROM HIS VERY ALTAR...(Which would be used to begin the following Judgments!)
AND MIX THAT FIRE...WITH THE VERY PRAYERS OF THOSE SAINTS KILLED AND PRAYING FOR JUSTICE!
NOW... Listen as that censer is used in the FIRST TRUMPET!
Revelation 8:6-7 (NKJV)
6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
This FIRST TRUMPET TO FOLLOW AFTER THE SEALS... The beginning of the next, even more severe Judgments...Started with great hail and fire falling from the skies... All over the earth!
Causing massive fires everywhere it lands...And literally burning a THIRD of all of the vegetation on the entire earth...Try to imagine... Literal fire falling from the sky... Mixed with destructive boulders of hail! The hail striking people and killing them instantly... Destroying things...The fire igniting people, buildings, cars... Anywhere it hits...Becoming uncontrollable... Burning entire regions of the earth...
Imagine the food shortage to follow... With a third of the earth… Just gone!
When there is already mass starvation from short food supplies...When there is already darkness from the sun to inhibit crops...BUT HERE IS THE AMAZING THING... AND IT SHOWS HOW JUST, HOLY, AND EVEN POETIC OUR GOD TRULY IS...
There is one more thing mixed in with the hail and fire...Something seemingly TOTALLY UNNECESSARY AND UNFITTING... BLOOD! The Greek word used for this blood means... "BLOOD!" And John doesn't use the words, "Like" or "As" blood... Just literally "BLOOD!" In all of the terror and chaos of these moments...Now imagine seeing literal BLOOD raining down onto people and things everywhere...As this destruction unfolds!
WHY?! Because the inhabitants of this earth…Have lusted after the blood of God's Saints... Have shed their blood innocently for their Faith in Him!
And now that very BLOOD is mixed with their own destruction and misery! They wanted blood... God is giving it to them!
With the FIRST FOUR SEALS... We saw mankind himself... After being deceived by the Anti-Christ...Destroy 2 billion people in war, famine and disease!
With next, FIFTH SEAL...God brings the martyrs of the Tribulation to His Throne...To comfort them... And hear their pleas for Vengeance! Then He Promises them Vengeance will soon come in full! The SIXTH SEAL brings...
Supernatural Fury directly from the Hand of God...As earthquakes and meteorites slam the earth with such intensity...They move mountains and islands in the sea!
And then... The Pause... The Refrain for a Moment...As God marks His 144,000 warriors from the Tribes of Israel...To evangelize the whole world... Untouchable by Satan or the Judgments! And we see how even in the chaos... God reaches out and touches the hearts of those who would CHOOSE HIM!
As countless millions find Him... And die horribly, rather than forsake Him!Receiving great Praise and Rewards for their perseverance and love! If these Saints... As millions before them in history...Can give everything they have on this earth... And follow Him through anything...
Can you and I not see fit to live differently today?! Can we not be real and sacrificial today? The heart of a true disciple is NOT only measured by the circumstances they live through... But by the conviction with which they lived in the times they were placed!
Then God Breaks the Final Seal (SEVENTH)...Ushering in the Intensified Judgments of the FIRST…Of the Seven Trumpets...Literally sprinkled with the blood of His own Saints that were martyred! God is not mocked... Not brushed aside... Not denied...The events leading to these Moments are already coming to pass...
How long will you wait?
How long will you risk facing the Wrath of a Holy God?!
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