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….Things which must be hereafter – Part 2
The Four Angels
- to whom it was granted to harm the earth, (vs 2). Notice these did not harm the earth, till these servants of God were sealed on their foreheads – 144, 000.
Who are these 144,000 people mentioned in the book of Revelation, (chapters 7 and also chapter 14)?
Here is what’s revealed;
- they’re the servants of our God, who are spared of the great tribulation’s effects, and here is how they got spared, a 5th Angel had to intervene, and these were sealed on their foreheads with the seal of, “a Lamb’s Name and his Father’s Name” (ref. Rev 14:1).
- These 144,000 came only from the tribes of the children of Israel.
What’s peculiar about them?
It is written;
- “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” Revelation 14:4
- “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” Revelation 14:5
John said, “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
“Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” Revelation 7:13
Where did they come from?
They came from all nations, (the children of Israel also included) and kindreds, and people, and tongues!
“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
Why are they arrayed in white robes?
They are dressed in white because they came out of the great tribulation!
“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.” Revelation 7:14
The book of Revelation is a highly symbolic book (cf. 1:1). But in chapter 7 there is nothing symbolic about it. However, any attempt to exploit the message of the narrative to your own theological ends could be futile. The Apocalypse has become a happy hunting ground for some religious cultists who seek biblical support for their peculiar doctrines.