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I would like to share with you my personal thoughts on Revelation 7. Please keep in mind that there are many different interpretations of this chapter, none will be proven right or wrong until after the prophecy is fulfilled and by then all that will really matter is that the prophecy was fulfilled. I’m not a prophet and I don’t prophesy. I am but a simple person who loves the Lord and this is the way the Lord has explained this chapter to me personally so that I am comfortable and at peace with His word.

Revelation 7 talks about two groups that will have a special place in Heaven because they accepted Christ as their Savior during the Tribulation period, the most horrible time in the history of our world.

GROUP ONE – The 144,000 Jewish descendents that recognized, accepted and evangelized Jesus Christ as THE one and only true Messiah that was prophesized in the OT scriptures written hundreds of years prior to the birth of Christ. Scattered throughout the OT are prophecies that relate to everything that will take place from the birth of Christ, through the years of the church (our present time), through the period of the seven years of Tribulation, through the Second Coming of Christ and the Millennium when Christ will rule here on this earth for 1000 years, to the final destruction and creation of a brand new and eternal heaven and earth. The 144,000 were God’s OT “experts” who knew and could prove through application of the OT scriptures how Christ fulfilled the total and exact prophecy of the Messiah and would continue to fulfill the prophecy forever and forever. They were sealed because they were God’s authorities and teachers on the OT scriptures of prophecy and could answer any questions relative to those scriptures presented by people living during the Tribulation period. When someone accepts Christ as his or her Savior, it is achieved both emotionally and logically. People who accepted Christ during the Tribulation period had to be totally and solidly grounded in their faith both emotionally and logically because they would face persecution for their faith that was greater than any ever known to mankind. They would be grounded emotionally through the words of Christ and words about Christ presented in the NT books of Matthew through Revelation, and these 144,000 Jewish decendents would provide them with the information that was needed to logically accept Christ and all that was happening here on earth during that time. God will provide a special place in Heaven for these sealed chosen ones.

GROUP TWO – The multitude too numerous to number are those who accepted and came to Christ during the Tribulation. They were just common folks of that day whose faith was uncommon. It is hard for me to even imagine what a Christian would have to endure living under the reign of the antichrist. They would live on an earth disheveled by horrible natural disasters, they would face extreme torture and death because they deny the antichrist and stand firm in their belief in Christ, they would be restricted from buying or selling anything, and they would be stripped of all the earthly comforts that we take for granted. Multitudes will take and make their stand for God during the most horrendous of all times and Christ will provide them with a special place in Heaven for all they had to endure.

Proverbs 30:5-6 (NIV) "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” I think these words are so important today in distinguishing between a true Christian church and a sect just based on some of the principles of Christ. A true Christian church needs nothing more than the Bible on which to base it’s teachings and a Christian needs none other than the Bible on which to base their faith. Some sects will take the Bible and change it by omitting phrases as “only begotten son.” To just glance at the scripture as they present it, it appears to be true to Scripture given to us by God, but it is not. We have to carefully examine the scripture to make sure that it is flawless and presented by the church as God intended it. Other sects will add to verses within the Bible or they will provide an additional book that they say was given after the completion of the Bible that should be accepted as a continuance of the Bible. I truly feel that one way we fail our young people today is by not stressing to them that the Bible is flawless, it is complete within itself, it should not be changed or added to, and there are no other books required by or sanctioned by God as an addendum to the Bible. We as parents, grandparents, youth leaders, mentors and just believers in the one true God need to constantly stress this to the youth God places under our direction. Of course, this also places the responsibility on us to continually study the scripture so that we can distinguish between the pure and holy teachings and the false teachings.

God Bless!
Pat

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