Revelation Chapter 7 provides a break between the opening of the sixth and seventh seals of the scroll. In this chapter, John addresses the issue of who will be able to stand on the day of God’s wrath.
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The Four Angels
At the beginning of Revelation Chapter 7, John told of how he saw four angels from four corners of the earth. They seemed to be holding back the wind as a means to protect the earth. A fifth angel appeared and told the first four that they, in fact, had the ability to harm the sea and earth if they chose to do so.
John saw this as a call to seal some people prior to the Tribulation. John then explained that the 144,000 individuals were sealed and it he confirmed that they are Jewish. He said that these people would be saved to take forth the message of Jesus being the Messiah.
The 144,000 were divided into 12 tribes of 12,000 each. These 12 tribes bring people to Jesus while the Tribulation is in progress. Those who were chosen accumulate in great numbers and they join the angels and elders in their adoration of God.
An exchange with an elder shows John that those who were redeemed during the Tribulation stand separate from the church. It showed that the redeemed served God while the elders ruled with Him.
The chapter ends with the realization that those who serve God will never be spiritually hungry because He will provide their needs and wipe away all of their tears.
Revelation 7 (King James Version)
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.