Revelation Chapter 7:2
Revelation 7:2 – Then 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 granted to harm the earth and the sea…
John sees an angel “ascending from the east,” also referred to in Scripture as from the rising of the sun, or the sunrise. Going to the east from the west depicts exile, separation, or departing:
Genesis 3:24 – So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Genesis 4:16 – Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.
Genesis 13:11 – Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other.
Genesis 25:6 – But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east.
Ezekiel 10:18-19 – Then the glory of the LORD departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim. And the cherubim lifted their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight. When they went out, the wheels were beside them; and they stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.
In contrast, coming from the east moving westward, or toward the sunset depicts assembling or return:
Genesis 11:2 – And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.
Revelation 16:12 – Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.
Deuteronomy 11:29-31 – Now it shall be, when the LORD your God has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. Are they not on the other side of the Jordan, toward the setting sun, in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the plain opposite Gilgal, beside the terebinth trees of Moreh? For you will cross over the Jordan and go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and you will possess it and dwell in it.
As the children of Israel returned to the Promised Land from the east, crossing the Jordan River toward the west, so shall the Lord will return from the east toward the west:
Matthew 24:27 – For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Zechariah 14:4 – And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south.
Ezekiel 43:1-4 – Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw-like the vision which I saw when I came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face. And the glory of the LORD came into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east.
Ezekiel 44:1-2 – Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it was shut. And the LORD said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.
The prophet Malachi even calls the Lord “The Sun of Righteousness,” showing He will arise like the sun, which travels from east to west:
Malach 4:1-2 – “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” says the LORD of hosts, “that will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.”
Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist, also alluded to Jesus coming to the earth like the rising sun, calling Him the “Dayspring” when he prophesied:
Luke 1:67-68, 77-79 – Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people… to give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
The angel from the east is coming from the same direction the Lord will return from, indicating that the Lord sent him. Revelation 7:3-4 shows that the Lord has commissioned this angel and other angels to seal 144,000 servants who turn to God before the Tribulation judgments begin. As we will see later, the work of these Jewish servants will result in a great multitude that assembles in Heaven.
The angel from the east holds a marking device to seal the 144,000 servants with the “seal of the living God.” Unlike the inanimate idols and the evil spirits posing as “gods” who will perish, God is a “living God and the everlasting King”:
Jeremiah 10:3-5, 8, 10-11 – For the customs of the peoples are futile; for one cuts a tree from the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple. They are upright, like a palm tree, and they cannot speak; they must be carried, because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, nor can they do any good…. But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish; a wooden idol is a worthless doctrine…. But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, and the nations will not be able to endure His indignation. Thus you shall say to them: “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”
1 Thessalonians 1:9 – For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.
As will be discussed in more detail in the next section, this seal is the name of the Father, in a visible mark placed on the foreheads of the 144,000 servants:
Revelation 14:1 – Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
This angel sent from God was probably an archangel, or maybe even Jesus, Himself. This angel is entrusted with the job of taking a signet and putting God’s mark upon the group that God will protect in the midst of the wrath of God. Even though this group will be on the earth during this terrible wrath that shall fall on the inhabitants of the earth, they will be protected, for they are sealed with God’s name on their forehead in full view.
God has said over and over throughout the Bible that there has been a remnant of Jews who have not bowed their knee to false gods. At one point in the Old Testament, He said that the number then was 7000. We read (in the 11th chapter of Romans), that God told Elijah that there were 7000 who had not bowed the knee to Baal.
Romans 11:4, “But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.”
You see, God has always had a remnant of physical Israel.
This angel comes from the east. This is the same location from which the light comes. This angel has authority over these four angels.
image courtesy: Revelation 7-2 – Tomas Griffin
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