WHO IS ABLE
TO STAND THE
I. COMPLIMENTARY TEXTS
1. Jeremiah 49:34-37 - The 4 winds are pictures of judgment
against God's enemies.
2. Ephesians 1:13; 4:30 - Being sealed shows ownership,
promises and future blessings from God.
3. James 1:1 - God’s people were described as “twelve
tribes” by James referring to Jewish Christians outside Palestine.
4. John 12:13-15 - Palm branches are pictures of triumph
II. MAIN THEME Revelation
7 - This chapter answers the question of 6:17. The people sealed by God can stand in
the face of the Lamb's wrath.
In fact, not only will they stand, they will be taken into the very
presence of God, to
be cared for by God!
1. TEXTUAL DISCUSSION OF REVELATION 7, and related passages
A. The first vision - :1-8, "After this I
saw..." - :1.
1.) God's messengers, angels, hold back or
delay the judgment - :1-3; 9:14-15.
delay is so the bondservants of God can be sealed - :3-8
a. Sealing usually shows ownership,
relationship, authority over, and protection in Revelation - :3-4; 9:4;
13:16-17; 14:1; etc.
The sealed are the servants of God - :3; 1:1; 22:3-5.
3.) The sealed are the 144,000, or "12
tribes", of the servants of God that the letter was written to - :3-4;
change from the first vision to the second vision, :9-17 involves changes
Time - "After these things I looked..." - :9.
Number of people - "144,000" compared to a great multitude which
no one could count" - :4, :9.
Place - "earth" compared with "standing before the
throne" - :1-3, :9.
Appearance of those involved - no description compared with "clothed
in white robes, and palm branches
their hands;" :1-8 compared with
B. The second vision, "After these things I
looked, and behold..." a great contrast to the judgment scene
great multitude crying "Salvation (not judgment) to our God..."
voices praising, not fearing God - :10f.
people serving, not fleeing from God - :15; 22:3.
and the Lamb blessing the saints, not judging - :15-17; 21:3-7.
2. Related topics with text from other books of the Bible.
sealed of the tribes of the children of Israel - Rev 7:4
are sealed with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our inheritance - Eph
1:13-14; 4:30; 2 Cor 1:22;
first Christians were children of Israel - Matt 15:24; Luke 2:34; Acts 2:36
apostles of Jesus were all Israelites - Matt 10:1-7
Samaria heard the gospel firm Philip after the persecution at
Jerusalem -Acts 8:1-6
Peter received a vision teaching him that the Gentiles are
acceptable to God - Acts 10:11-17, 28-37
Paul talks about how most of
the Israelites had rejected Jesus Christ and that the Gentiles had been
with the hardening of the Israelites to last until the fullness of
the Gentiles has come in -Romans chapter 11
Therefore the 144,000 (the complete 12 times 12 times 1000) probably
refers to the first fruit of the gospel,
those who were converted to Christ out of the Israelites. James 1:1 refers to Israelite Christians
outside of Palestine - James 1:19; 2:1, 7, 21.
B. The great multitude that no one could
count out of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues who are clothed in
robes are Christians from all nations - Rev 7:9,
14; Acts 13:48-49; 15:16-17; 28:28;
Romans 15:12; Ephesians 3:6-11.
C. The four winds picturing God’s judgment
show that His judgment is complete throughout the earth; there is no one
His judgment - Jeremiah 49:34-37; Mark 13:37; Rev 7:1
D. There is joy
among God’s people at the triumph of the Lamb and His saints - Rev 7:9;
1. Persecution comes
from people, and may even lead to death - 6:11.
2. Judgment comes from God, and leads to torment, even eternal
torment -6:12-17; 20:11-15.
3. God will identify and mark His people, protecting them from
judgment, not from persecution - Rev 6-7; Acts 5:41; 9:16;
Romans 8:17; Phil 1:29; 2 Tim 3:12; 2 Cor 1:4-7; Rom 8:1.
4. The Lamb and God will cleanse, shepherd, guide and wipe
away every tear, so don't quit - keep
trusting - 7:14-17; 21:21:3-7; Eph 1:12-14.
5. Remember, the resurrection proves God can give life to
those who die on His behalf, and judges those who won't
repent - Acts 17:30-31; 1 Cor 15:20-28, 51-58.
VERSE - Revelation 7:3