Revelation Chapter 7


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Revelation Chapter 7

  1. 7. The Book of Revelation <ul><li>Chapter 7 </li></ul>
  2. 8. Let’s review the seals so far…
  3. 9. The First Seal <ul><li>Revelation 6:2 </li></ul><ul><li>What color was the horse? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>White </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who was the rider? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Antichrist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What did it represent? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time of false peace </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Man-made </li></ul>
  4. 10. The Second Seal <ul><li>Revelation 6:4 </li></ul><ul><li>What color was the horse? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Red </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What did the rider carry? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A great sword </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What did it represent? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>War and bloodshed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Man-made </li></ul>
  5. 11. The Third Seal <ul><li>Revelation 6:5 </li></ul><ul><li>What color was the horse? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Black </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What was the rider holding? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a set of scales </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What did it represent? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty and famine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rationing of food </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Man-made </li></ul>
  6. 12. The Fourth Seal <ul><li>Revelation 6:8 </li></ul><ul><li>What color was the horse? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pale green </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who was the rider? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Death with Hades closely behind </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What did it mean? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>death </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25% of inhabitants of earth are destroyed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>War, famine, disease </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Man-made </li></ul>
  7. 13. The Fifth Seal <ul><li>Revelation 6:9 </li></ul><ul><li>What was it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Martyrs standing under the altar in Heaven </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who were they? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Believers who were killed during the Tribulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beheaded (20:4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refuse to worship the beast (13:15) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What were they doing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking God for vengeance and justice </li></ul></ul>
  8. 14. The Sixth Seal <ul><li>Revelation 6:12 </li></ul><ul><li>What was it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Great earthquake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sun becomes black </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moon becomes blood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Massive meteor shower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Atmosphere and sky will disappear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continents will shift </li></ul></ul><ul><li>natural disasters </li></ul>
  9. 15. Revelation 6:17 <ul><li>“ For the great day of His wrath has come, and WHO is able to stand?” </li></ul>
  10. 16. Chapter 7 <ul><li>Between the sixth and seventh seal </li></ul><ul><li>First interlude </li></ul><ul><li>The “quiet before the storm” </li></ul><ul><li>Answers the question in Revelation 6:17 </li></ul>
  11. 17. Two Groups of Believers <ul><li>Revelation 7:1-8 144,000 sealed servants of God </li></ul><ul><li>Revelation 7: 9-17 Great multitude of believers </li></ul>
  12. 18. Revelation 7:1 <ul><li>Four “corners” of the earth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Four points of the compass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>North, South, East, West </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Holding back the four winds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the earth’s atmosphere will be shut off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coming storm of judgment is temporarily on hold </li></ul></ul>
  13. 19. Revelation 7:2 <ul><li>“ Seal of the living God” </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership, protection </li></ul><ul><li>The mark is the name of God (14:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Protection from God’s divine wrath and demonic activity, but not from human harm. (13:7, 16:2, 20:4) </li></ul>
  14. 20. Revelation 7:3 <ul><li>What does the angel from the east command the other four angels to do? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not harm the earth, sea, or the trees until the servants of God have been sealed. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where were the servants sealed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the forehead </li></ul></ul>
  15. 21. Revelation 7:4-8 <ul><li>Who are the 144,000 sealed servants? </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish believers </li></ul><ul><li>12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Saved early in the Tribulation </li></ul><ul><li>Missionaries to the world </li></ul><ul><li>Will not be harmed </li></ul><ul><li>Firstfruits of a new, redeemed Israel (Zech 12:10) </li></ul>
  16. 22. Who else in the Bible was “sealed” from God’s judgment and wrath? <ul><li>Noah and his family </li></ul><ul><li>Rahab and her family </li></ul><ul><li>Lot and his family </li></ul><ul><li>First-born Jews during the Passover </li></ul>
  17. 23. Fast Forward to the Millennium… <ul><li>Revelation 7:9-17 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 nd part of the chapter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduced to a second group of believers </li></ul></ul>
  18. 24. Revelation 7:9 <ul><li>Great multitude of all nations, tribes, people and tongues… </li></ul><ul><li>What do the white robes represent? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Righteous acts of the saints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salvation and victory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do the palm branches represent? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbol of victory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>celebrations </li></ul></ul>
  19. 25. Revelation 7:10 <ul><li>“… salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” </li></ul><ul><li>What is the theme of their worship? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Salvation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who do they attribute their salvation to? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God and the Lamb </li></ul></ul>
  20. 26. Revelation 7:11-12 <ul><li>Great worship scene around the throne </li></ul><ul><li>Who is worshiping God and the Lamb? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Angels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 Elders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four living creatures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great multitude of people </li></ul></ul>
  21. 27. Revelation 7:13-14 <ul><li>The elder’s question: Who are these people and where did they come from? </li></ul><ul><li>The elder’s answer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Those who were saved during the Tribulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product of the ministry of the 144,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Martyred </li></ul></ul>
  22. 28. Revelation 7:15-17 <ul><li>Seven blessings described </li></ul><ul><li>For those who stood for Christ during the Tribulation </li></ul><ul><li>For all believers in Christ as we reign with Him for eternity </li></ul>
  23. 29. Revelation 7:15 <ul><li>Perfect Nearness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Therefore they are before the throne of God…” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perfect Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“… and serve Him day and night in His temple.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perfect Fellowship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.” </li></ul></ul>
  24. 30. Revelation 7:16 <ul><li>Perfect Satisfaction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ They shall neither hunger nor thirst anymore…” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perfect Security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“… the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat…” </li></ul></ul>
  25. 31. Revelation 7:17 <ul><li>Perfect Guidance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to fountains of the waters of life…” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perfect Joy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” </li></ul></ul>
  26. 32. Look what we can look forward to! <ul><li>Perfect Nearness </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect Service </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect Satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect Security </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect Joy </li></ul>
  27. 33. Personal Reflection <ul><li>What’s preventing us from telling others about Christ? </li></ul><ul><li>Why wait until the 144,000 Jewish believers do their job? </li></ul>