Revelation Chapter Seven





We call attention here to the seventh chapter of Revelation. In this

chapter we read of the sealing of one hundred and forty-four thousand.

How much confusion might have been avoided if expositors and Christians

had not lost sight of two facts in connection with this sealed company.

First, this sealed company cannot be called now, nor are they in

connection with the Church of God, because the Church according to the

scope of the Book of Revelation is no longer on the earth when this

takes place; and secondly, the Word states clearly that these sealed

ones are "of all the tribes of the children of Israel." This sealed

company therefore is of Israel, and will be called after the Church has

been removed to her heavenly destination.



In the second half of this chapter in Revelation we read of another

company. John writes, "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." When one of the elders had

asked, "Who are these which are arrayed in white robes, and whence came

they?" He told John, "These are they which came out of the Great

Tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the

blood of the Lamb." We learn that this multitude of all nations comes

out of the Great Tribulation. It is not the Church, for the Church is

not in the Great Tribulation. This great multitude represents the

Gentile nations who heard the final testimony and who believed, They

turned in repentance to God and were then washed in the Blood of the

Lamb. This great company does not stand before a heavenly throne, but

it is the millennial throne which is in view here, and their

blessedness throughout the millennial kingdom, after having suffered in

the Great Tribulation, is described. They are the nations which the

King calls blessed, and which will inherit the Kingdom. They are the

fruits of the faithful witness of the elect Jewish remnant heralding

the Kingdom before the Lord comes.





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