Romans 10:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, butleave it to the wrath of God, for it iswritten, “Vengeance is mine, I willrepay, says the Lord.”
The Day of the Lord!Joel 2:15Alas for the day! For the day of theLORD is at hand; It shall come asdestruction from the Almighty.2 Peter 3:10But the day of the Lord will come as athief in the night.
“The Beginning of the End!” Rev. 6: Six seals removed from the scroll #1 – False Messiah #2 – War #3 – Famine #4 – Death #5 – Cry of Martyrs #6 – Comsic Disturbances #7 – ???
Revelation 7: A Pause in the ActionRevelation 7:1After this I saw four angels standing atthe four corners of the earth, holdingback the four winds of the earth, thatno wind might blow on earth or sea oragainst any tree.
Revelation 7: A Pause in the ActionJohn sees God SEALING!
Revelation 7: God is SEALING!Revelation 7:2-3Then I saw another angel ascending fromthe rising of the sun, with the seal of theliving God, and he called with a loud voiceto the four angels who had been givenpower to harm earth and sea, saying, “Donot harm the earth or the sea or the trees,until we have sealed the servants of ourGod on their foreheads.”
Revelation 7: God is SEALING!Revelation 7:4And I heard the number of the sealed,144,000, sealed from every tribe of thesons of Israel.
Revelation 7: God is SEALING!Two realities about this 144,000 1. They are believing Jews! *These sealed are “from every tribe of the sons of Israel.”
Revelation 7: God is SEALING!Romans 11:25-26Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do notwant you to be unaware of this mystery,brothers: a partial hardening has comeupon Israel, until the fullness of theGentiles has come in. And in this way allIsrael will be saved, as it is written, “TheDeliverer will come from Zion, he willbanish ungodliness from Jacob.”
Revelation 7: God is SEALING!Two realities about this 144,000 1. They are believing Jews! 2. The number 144,000 is most likely symbolic
Revelation 7: A Pause in the ActionJohn sees God SEALING - The 144,000 (vv. 1-8)John sees God SAVING - The Great Multitude (vv. 9-17)
Revelation 7: God is SAVING!Revelation 7:9After this I looked, and behold, a greatmultitude that no one couldnumber, from every nation, from alltribes and peoples and languages,standing before the throne and beforethe Lamb, clothed in white robes,with palm branches in their hands,
Revelation 7: God is SAVING!Revelation 7:10-11And crying out with a loudvoice, “Salvation belongs to our God whosits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Andall the angels were standing around thethrone and around the elders and the fourliving creatures, and they fell on theirfaces before the throne and worshipedGod,
Revelation 7: God is SAVING!Revelation 7:12Saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory andwisdom and thanksgiving and honor andpower and might be to our God foreverand ever! Amen.”
Revelation 7: God is SAVING!Revelation 7:13-14Then one of the elders addressed me,saying, “Who are these, clothed in whiterobes, and from where have theycome?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.”And he said to me, “These are the onescoming out of the great tribulation. Theyhave washed their robes and made themwhite in the blood of the Lamb.”
Revelation 7: God is SAVING!Revelation 7:15-16Therefore they are before the throne ofGod, and serve him day and night in histemple; and he who sits on the throne willshelter them with his presence. They shallhunger no more, neither thirstanymore; the sun shall not strike them,nor any scorching heat.
Revelation 7: God is SAVING!Revelation 7:17For the Lamb in the midst of thethrone will be their shepherd, and he willguide them to springs of living water,and God will wipe away every tear fromtheir eyes.
Remind yourself that salvation is not something you achieve; rather it issomething that God gives – freely to you but at a great cost to Himself! Revelation 7:10Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!
Revelation 8Revelation 8:1When the Lamb opened the seventhseal, there was silence in heaven forabout half an hour.Zephaniah 2:7aBe silent before the Lord God! For theday of the Lord is near.
Revelation 8Silence in heaven (v. 1)Angels, trumpets and a golden censer (vv. 2-5)
Revelation 8Revelation 7:2-4Then I saw the seven angels who stand beforeGod, and seven trumpets were given tothem. And another angel came and stood atthe altar with a golden censer, and he wasgiven much incense to offer with the prayersof all the saints on the golden altar before thethrone, and the smoke of the incense, withthe prayers of the saints, rose before Godfrom the hand of the angel.
Revelation 8Revelation 7:5Then the angel took the censer and filledit with fire from the altar and threw it onthe earth, and there were peals ofthunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning,and an earthquake.
Revelation 8Silence in heaven (v. 1)Angels, trumpets and a golden censer (vv. 2-5)The first four trumpet blasts (vv. 6-13)∙ Seal judgments (7), trumpet judgments (7), bowl judgments (7)
Revelation 8Revelation 8:6-7Now the seven angels who had the seventrumpets prepared to blow them. Thefirst angel blew his trumpet, and therefollowed hail and fire, mixed with blood,and these were thrown upon the earth.And a third of the earth was burned up,and a third of the trees were burned up,and all green grass was burned up.
Revelation 8Revelation 8:8-9The second angel blew his trumpet, andsomething like a great mountain, burningwith fire, was thrown into the sea, and athird of the sea became blood. A third ofthe living creatures in the sea died, and athird of the ships were destroyed.
Revelation 8Revelation 8:10-11The third angel blew his trumpet, and agreat star fell from heaven, blazing like atorch, and it fell on a third of the rivers andon the springs of water. The name of thestar is Wormwood. A third of thewaters became wormwood, and manypeople died from the water, because it hadbeen made bitter.
Revelation 8Revelation 8:12The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and athird of the sun was struck, and a third ofthe moon, and a third of the stars, so thata third of their light might be darkened,and a third of the day might be kept fromshining, and likewise a third of the night.
Revelation 8Revelation 8:13Then I looked, and I heard an eagle cryingwith a loud voice as it flew directlyoverhead, “Woe, woe, woe to those whodwell on the earth, at the blasts of theother trumpets that the three angels areabout to blow!”
1. The prayers of our mouth move the hand of our God! (Where our prayers focus, God’s power falls!)2. We must consider both the severity and the kindness of our God!
Hebrews 12:28-29Therefore let us be grateful for receiving akingdom that cannot be shaken, andthus let us offer to God acceptableworship, with reverence and awe,for ourGod is a consuming fire!