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144,000 Sealed January 7, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Revelation 7:1-8.

Summary: In this passage, John observes four angels preventing the four winds of the earth from blowing on it. A fifth angel then commands these four angels to restrain those winds – until all believers have been marked with the seal of God.

Thoughts: This passage further highlights the difficulty of hewing to a literal interpretation of Revelation. In particular, Jehovah’s Witnesses adopt a literal interpretation of this passage. They believe that only 144000 people will enter heaven at the end of time. Obviously this is a controversial stance; an example of a counterargument can be found here. My thought is that we should focus on “authorial intent” in this case and determine if the number 144000 would have held a special meaning for John’s readers. Perhaps John used the number 144000 to convey the idea of perfection and completeness:

  • the nation of Israel consisted of twelve tribes
  • Jesus commissioned twelve apostles during His earthly ministry.

Thus, his readers would be encouraged in that if they maintained their faith, they would certainly be preserved from spiritual destruction; the seal of God would be applied to all genuine believers.

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1. youngearth - January 8, 2016

According to Revelation the rapture will happen after:

1) First seal is opened – man of lawlessness , conqueror, is revealed (Rev 6:1, 13:7)
2) Fifth seal is opened – tribulation of the saints (Rev 6:9-11, 20:4)
3) Sixth seal is opened – sun, moon, and stars changed (Rev 6:12-13); Jesus appears from heaven (Rev 6:16); raptured saints now standing before the throne (Rev 7:9-14)

The following 7 trumpet blasts and 7 bowls of God’s wrath are reserved as judgment on the ungodly. In contrast the 144,000 sealed Jewish believers are divinely protected while these judgments are poured out upon the earth.


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