The Book of Revelation Chapter 7 – Overview

Revelation chapter 7 says that God seals the servants of God. Rev. 7:1-3 He marks those who belong to Him, before he lets the four winds of the earth loose. Four winds symbolize judgment over all the earth (Isa. 66:15-16). And trees often symbolize people in the Bible (Psalm 1:1-3; Jer. 17:7-8).
In Revelation chapter 7, John saw four angels holding back the four winds, so that the great storms of war and conflict could not overwhelm the earth until the seal of Yahweh’s protection was placed upon His servants. John heard the angel command, “Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants

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144,000 Sealed

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,

from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,

from the tribe of Gad 12,000,

from the tribe of Asher 12,000,

from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,

from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,

from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,

from the tribe of Levi 12,000,

from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,

from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,

from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,

from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.

The Great Multitude in White Robes

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robesand were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the eldersand the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,

“they are before the throne of God
    and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
    will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
    never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’[a]
    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
    will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b]
    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[c]

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 7:16 Isaiah 49:10
  2. Revelation 7:17 Isaiah 49:10
  3. Revelation 7:17 Isaiah 25:8 [/infobox]

In Revelation chapter 7, John saw four angels holding back the four winds, so that the great storms of war and conflict could not overwhelm the earth until the seal of Yahweh’s protection was placed upon His servants. John heard the angel command, “Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of Yahweh in their foreheads.” Revelation 7:3. Yahweh’s servants are His people Israel.

Now Revelation chapter 7 describes a very interesting happening. A messenger from heaven tells four other messengers, who have the first four trumpet plagues, to hold off until the 144,000 are sealed. When the specifically chosen and sealed children of Israel (12,000 from each tribe, baring the tribe of Dan, making 144,000) are sealed the seventh seal is removed from the scroll. To come up with twelve tribes, the tribe of Joseph is counted twice. Once as Manasseh the other time as Joseph. Anciently , the tribe of Joseph was divided into two tribes Ephraim and Manasseh.

Well you remember this lion that we saw had two wings like an eagle and end up getting plucked and a man’s heart is given to it. You can read in Jeremiah 4 and Habakkuk chapter 1 that the eagles wings represent speed and also magnificence, or majesty, something exalted. The winds, Revelation chapter 7 verse 1 tells us 1 through 3, represent wings of strife, commotion, turmoil, like a storm. And so these symbols, these keys, begin to help us understand what the code of prophecy is.

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