Revelation Chapter 7 The 144,000

Daily Devotional in Revelation 7

Daily Nugget:
After the sixth seal is opened, there will be a brief respite, a parenthesis if you will, before the seventh seal is broken.  During this time the winds throughout the earth will be held back from blowing (vs. 1).  Before more cataclysms occur, an angel warns (vs. 2) that one more task must first be performed.

The task will be that 144,000 thousand Jews, 12,000 members from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, must be selected (vss. 4-8) and marked with the Father’s name on their foreheads (Rev. 14:1).  Although records of who are members of those tribes are lost to man, God still knows who they are.  There are many that claim to be the 144,000, including certain “anointed” Jehovah Witnesses.  The Bible, however, is very clear that they are Jews. 

Of the twelve original tribes, two of the tribes have been substituted. The Israelite tribes of Dan and Ephraim were omitted because their names were blotted out (Deut. 29:18-21), when they introduced idolatry to Israel. They will be replaced by the tribes of Levi and Joseph.

These 144,000 Jews will go throughout the world and will present the world with one more opportunity to hear the Gospel and be saved. The soul-winning efforts of these 144,000 will have outstanding results.  There will be so many saved that it will be hard to number them (Rev. 7:9).  These will be those that never heard the saving Gospel before and had never rejected Christ.  They too, as many other converts of that period, will be martyred for the cause of Christ.

God does not want any to perish and go to hell (II Peter 3:9).  He gives multiple opportunities to most to trust Christ as payment. He has not given up on the Jews either and gives them this last opportunity to accept Christ as Saviour. His opportunities are limited, however, as is the time to be saved.  Allow me to ask, are you saved (John 3:16)?  Please take this opportunity to trust Christ as Saviour before it is eternally too late!

Today’s Thought: Today is a gift from God; use it wisely.

Today’s Reading: Revelation 7
 1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
 4 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.
 5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
 9 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;
 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
 12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
 13 ¶ And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
 14 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.
 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (KJV)

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