This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the sealing of the 144,000 of Revelation 7.
Here’s a short summary of the fulfillment of the 7th seal of Revelation 8, followed by a verse by verse explanation. It represents the Lord sealing His servants before He sounds the 7 trumpets of judgment against the Pagan Roman Empire.
“Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Revelation 7:3
The upcoming trumpet judgments pertain to the Roman earth, the sea and the trees, so before God sends army after army against the pagan Roman Empire, He is sealing His people so that they are not harmed.
“And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” Revelation 7:4
144,000 is a symbolic number, reflecting the 12 tribes. God uses the number 12 as an organization number, 12 tribes, 12 disciples.
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”” Revelation 7:9
We are not to think that God only marked and protected 144,000. John tells us that there was a great multitude that no man could number.
“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:13-14
These are the martyrs who were killed by the Roman Empire. There were 10 persecution periods under Rome, the most severe was the last 10 years, from 303-312 A.D., which the era of the Church of Smyrna endured.
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Revelation 2:10
David Nikao Wilcoxson
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