Revelations Part IV, Bible Study 07/27/11


Revelations Part IV

Interruption of the seals

Synopsis of Bible Study 7/27/11

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

 

Today we will walk through Revelations 7-9

Interruption of the seals being broken
  1. The events of end time have a lot to do with God dealing with Israel.
  2. Revelation 7:1 says 1And 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. – When we think about the 4 angels standing on the 4 corners of the earth, it is like the four points on the compass; north, south, east, and west. These four angels impact and affect the entire earth. They are standing there holding back the four winds from the earth. Wind mentioned in this scripture is viewed as a destructive force of God’s judgment. One reference of this wind as God’s destructive force of judgment is found in Hosea 13:15 where it says 15Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.-This scripture reminds us that the wind of God, brings the judgment of God.
  3. The 4 winds of the earth also can reflect back to the 4 horseman that we talked about on last week from Revelations 6:1-8 after the pattern of Zechariah. Zechariah 6:1-8 says 1And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. 2In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; 3And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. 4Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? 5And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the LORD of all the earth.6The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country. 7And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth. 8Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country. – If you will notice here, there are four chariots with horses the same color as the four horses mentioned in Revelations 6:1-8. Here they go through the earth and they are called the 4 spirits of heaven. Also to note is that word spirit translates to the Hebrew word Ruach and it is this same wind that we used to describe the breath of God or the life of God. It is like the wind or breath that God blew into Adam that made him a living being.
  4. These had the power to harm those who were on the earth. Revelation 7:2 -3 says  2And 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,  3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.- This is important. This scripture says not harm anyone until a seal had been placed on the servants of the Lord. – What is a seal? A seal in the ancient times was used by kings and property owners to show ownership and authenticity. In Ezekiel 9:4-5:4and the LORD said unto him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and who cry because of all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof.” 5And to the others He said in mine hearing, “Go ye after him through the city and smite. Let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity. – Here there is a similar protective seal given to the righteous before the Jerusalem is judged. This seal is the Hebrew letter “Ττ Tau”. Notice that it uses a small capital “t”as a symbol like the shape of a small cross. So in parallel, the 144,000 we are about to introduce is going to be sealed for a specific purpose.
  5. The difference between the 144,00 and the church: Revelation 7:4: 4And I heard the number of them that were sealed: there were sealed a hundred and fortyfour thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. – Examine this this carefully. John 6:27  27Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man shall give unto you; for on Him hath God the Father set His seal.”-  Jesus said he was sealed because he said God the father had set his seal upon him. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says 21Now He who establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God, 22who hath also put His seal upon us, and given us the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts. – Here Paul says we are sealed with the Holy Spirit which is a down payment of our eventual total redemption. Paul says God who has sealed us has given us a seal in our heart as a guarantee.
    1. Sealing then is available to every believer that is saved. When we got saved we got the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit’s manifestation in my life is evidence that we have been sealed by the day of redemption. Since the seal represents ownership and authenticity, then our seal (the Holy Spirit) reveals that we are owned by God and that we are an authentic Christian, because we are sealed by the Holy Ghost. Ephesians 1:13:13In Christ ye also trusted after ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, in Whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, – The Holy Spirit seals us. Ephesians 4:30: 30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. – So the Holy Spirit sealed the deal. When we got saved the Holy Spirit sealed the deal. During the rapture, we are caught up, because the Holy Spirit sealed the deal. When the Lord comes back for his church, there will be people still sitting in the building, because everyone is not living a spirit filled, Holy Ghost controlled life. This is why the bible says you walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh! So a result, it is the Holy Spirit that is the seal for the believer or the New Testament Church.
    2. Now verse 4 says the number that was numbered was 144,000. If you look carefully between verses 4-8, it begins to list the 12 tribes of Israel (144,000 of the 12 tribes of Israel). Revelation 7:4-8: 4And I heard the number of them that were sealed: there were sealed a hundred and fortyfour thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 5Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand; 6of the tribe of Asher were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Naphtali were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Manasseh were sealed twelve thousand; 7of 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; 8of the tribe of Zebulun were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.- What is interesting is that all these tribes of Israel were ethnically Jewish. God has to deal with Israel. The tribe of Judah, there was 12,000 sealed. This is specific identification divided by 12 tribes of Israel. – When you begin to look at these 12 tribes, you begin to see something of note. The tribe of Dan is missing The reason why this tribe is left out is:
      1. One Hypothesis says it is because Dan’s tribe was associated with antichrist (Daniel 11:36-37: 36“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished; for that which is determined shall be done.37Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above all)..
      2. Also it is believed that this tribe of Dan was omitted, because they introduced idolatry to the nation of Israel (Judges 18:30: 30And the children of Dan set up the graven image; and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land).

                                                              i.      Another tribe worthy of note is Ephraim. It is referred to in the scripture, but only indirectly. You do not see Ephraim mentioned in the book of Revelations. You do, however, see the tribe of Joseph mentioned. Joseph if you remember represents two tribes. They were Ephraim and Manasseh. So then we then must recognize that the tribe of Joseph must mean the tribe of Ephraim. Why then is Ephraim not recognized in the text? It is because Ephraim was also associated with idolatry (Hosea 4:17 says 17Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone). Idolatry was a serious thing to God.

Who then are these 144,000?

  1. Many groups have claimed to be this 144,000. For example, the Jehovah Witness say their whole group is a part of the 144,000 until their number of members surpassed the 144,000. They say the 144,000 are a select group of witnesses that will go to heaven. This isn’t true though! A deeper comprehensive understanding of the scripture will reveal that the 144,000 were converted Jews, still identified as Israelites in some manner.
  2. Here are some important facts about the 144,000.
    1. They are called the children of Israel. Revelation 7:4 says 4And 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.
    2. Their tribal affiliation is specific. Each tribe is specifically mentioned.
    3. They are protected and triumphant during God’s wrath. They are protected during the tribulation. In fact, Revelation 14:1 says 1And I looked and lo, a Lamb stood on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads. – They meet the Lord at Mount Zion.
    4. d.     They are celibate. Revelation 14:4 says 4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.- The c portion teaches us that they are the beginning of a greater harvest.
    5. They were marked by integrity or faithfulness. It is important for us to understand this, because Israel is a term never specifically applied to the New Testament Church. Israel was an Old Testament reference to the Jews, God’s chosen people. When we understand this, then we can understand that the 144,000 were specifically chosen Jews, who believed in Jesus Christ, who were converted during the tribulation. They were sealed and when all the things begin to happen during the tribulation, they were exempt from it (because they were sealed).
    6. We often associate this next verse with the church, the people. Romans 10:1 says 1Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved., Romans 11:1 says 1I ask then: Hath God cast away His people? God forbid! For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin, Romans 11:26 says 26And so all Israel shall be saved, as it is written: “There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. – In these scriptures, you can see that Israel was the beginning harvest of salvation in Israel. So you see God had to deal with Israel. There was a conversion that had to take place, so they are sealed in their foreheads. They are not part of the Proper Church as we know it, because they would have had repent and that repentance would have come too late, because the church has already been raptured in this scripture. This is where we see the grace of God extended, because God has to deal with his chosen, Israel.
    7. 1.     The scene shifts now we see this great multitude. Now we see this great multitude at the throne. Let’s shift back to the throne. Now we understand the four angels hold back the winds and there were this 144,000 that had to be sealed. We also understand that John says he saw a multitude that no one could number. Revelation 7:9-10 says  9After 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 in white robes and with palms in their hands 10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb!”- In other words there was a multitude that no one could number of different tribes, different people, and different tongues. No matter how you cut it, what John saw was a perfect picture of the throne of God. Around the throne was different people and different ethnicities, but in this world, things are so segregated. God is bringing us together. He is allowing this to happen in the church now. God is bringing us together and he is allowing the church to look like what it will look like when it is raptured, because during this time we are going to be together regardless of where we come from. We are all one, because we are covered in the blood.
    8. The fact that John saw individuals implies that John was aware of who was who. This means we may know who is who, but you won’t know them like you know them now. We will be immortal and incorruptible. We will be like what we were intended to look like (the spirit of God inside us).
    9. They were clothed in white robes. The robes represented covering in righteousness and the priestly service of Jesus Christ. This means at the throne, there is service. Remember in John 12, when Jesus rode into the city on a donkey and they greeted him with palm leaves and shouted Hosanna? Well the palms represented victory. All the people around the thrones in this vision were giving glory and worship to him that sat on the throne. They know that they are there because of Him. They know they have salvation, because of Him. Salvation is not what we earn, it is given by God. This is why they were saying salvation is yours. We are not saved by works lest any man will boast. We are saved by grace.
    10. Revelation 7:11-12 says 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four living beings, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. – The heavenly host joined in and began to give God glory. Revelation 7:13-14 says 13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14And 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. – These are the ones that endured hardness in their lives. These are the ones Peter talked about who went through the fiery trials and didn’t change their testimony. These are they that overcame a lot to get here. They are here in white robes and they have washed them in the blood of the Lamb. Regardless to what they did on this side, they were sealed by the Holy Ghost and are now therefore washed in the blood of the Lamb. You should thank God that you are washed in the blood. When Isaiah prophesized in  Isaiah 1:18 18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. – They had on white robes, because their sins were gone by the blood of the Lamb. Can you imagine the magnitude of celebration at the throne now?
    11. Revelation 7:15-17: 15Therefore, “they are 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. 16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17For the Lamb who 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.” – At the throne of God, you will have no need at the throne. Do you happen to know what that might feel like to have no need? To be at the throne and not have a need or to be in a place where you are shepherded by the Lamb is amazing. Jesus told the woman at the woman at the well that he was living water and if she drank of him, she would never thirst again. Water represents life. When you have the throne, you have life. He came that we might have life more abundantly. At the throne, you will never have death or pain. Don’t worry about all your past, because on that day, he says he is going to wipe away every tear from your eye.
    12. 6.     Now the stage is set. You saw the throne scene. You saw the angels hold back the 4 winds and you saw what is happening on the earth with the 144,000. Now let’s look at chapter 8. This will change your life perspective forever. Know that once you hear this or read this, you will be accountable to this.
    13. Revelation 8:1 1And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven about the space of half an hour. – There was 30 minutes of silence in heaven. Some try to speculate that during this time, God is explaining himself to mankind about all the wonders of the past and his sovereign acts and man is in awe as God of his explaining himself. This is not it. This silence in heaven is shock and awe. This is the silence that sets the stage for the judgment of God to come. Despite all the praise going on around the throne and despite the angels holding the wind back from the four corners of the earth, they too were even in awe during this 30 minutes. Imagine now God is moving from the seat of grace to the judgment seat. 30 minutes might not seem long, but in context, it is. Imagine being preached to for 30 minutes and in the midst of the sermon, your Pastor would stop and not say a word for 10 minutes. That short time would seem endless. Imagine all the glory going on in heaven and then all of a sudden for 30 minutes, there is nothing but shock and awe.
      1. The seven angels show up. 2And I saw the seven angels who stood before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which was before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire from the altar, and cast it onto the earth; and there were voices and thunderings and lightnings, and an earthquake. 6And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. – After the angel threw the censer to the earth, there were thundering, lightning, and an earthquake and the 7 angels prepared themselves to sound their trumpets. When the other angel threw the censer it to the earth the:
        1. 1st trumpet sounded- It was a plaque on vegetation. Revelation 8:7 7The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth; and a third part of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.- The trees and grass was burned up. Some think this may manifest as a nuclear bomb or meteor. We do not know, but whatever method God uses, people will know that this is of God.
        2. 2nd trumpet sounded-This was a plague on the sea.- Revelation 8: 8-9 8And the second angel sounded and, as it were, a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and a third part of the sea became blood; 9and a third part of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died, and a third part of the ships were destroyed.– 3rd of the sea, became like blood. A 3rd of fish died and a 3rd of ships were destroyed. The word sea here is a reference to the Mediterranean.
  3. 3rd trumpet sounded-This was a plague on the fresh waters Revelation 8:10-11 10And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as if it were a lamp, and it fell upon a third part of the rivers and upon the fountains of waters; 11and the name of the star is called Wormwood. And a third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. – A whole ecological system was destroyed.
  4. 4th trumpet sounds- This brings plagues on the heavensRevelation 8:12-13 12And the fourth angel sounded, and a third part of the sun was smitten, and a third part of the moon and a third part of the stars, so that a third part of them was darkened; and a third of the day shone not, and the night likewise. 13And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the other voices of the trumpets of the three other angels, which are yet to sound!” – – Darkness sets on the earth. 3rd of earth was darkened
  5. It is important to note that the first 4 trumpets show us God’s judgment. God attacks substances. There is an attack on food, water, and ordinary commerce. He attacks light and the regular routine and rhythm of days is thrown off balance.
  6. The four trumpets reveal the mercy of God’s Judgment, because only a 3rd of the earth is stricken. God is showing us and calling us to repentance in a rebellious generation.
  7. 5th  trumpet sounds- 1And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth; and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit.-Satan was given the keys to the bottomless pit. The keys were given to him for a purpose. Where is the bottomless pit? We call it the Abyss. It is a prison for certain demons according to Jude 6, Luke 8:31 which says 31And they besought Him that He would not command them to go out into the deep., and Romans 10:7 which say 7or, “`Who shall descend into the deep?'” (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead).
    1. What came out of the bottomless?
      1.                                                               i.      It was Locust- Revelation 9: 3-6 3And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth; and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4And it was commanded to them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those men who have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months; and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man. 6And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.- Only those without seal, will not be tormented. For 5 months, they will say they would rather die, but death will flee from them. This is God’s judgment.
      2.                                                             ii.      What do these locusts look like? Revelation 9:7-10 7And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots with many horses running to battle. 10And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stingers in their tails; and their power was to hurt men five months. -These locust were shaped like horses prepared for battle.
The great multitude
The 7th seal was opened (Revelations 8)
The Remaining blasts of 2 angels that are about to sound (Revelations 9)

                                                          iii.      They had a leader- Revelation 8:11 11And they had a king over them, the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue his name is Apollyon. Proverbs 30:27 says 27The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands – Locust normally don’t have a king. They do what they do instinctively, but these were not ordinary locusts.

                                                         iv.      You would think that would be enough. Revelation 9:12 says 12One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. – Says one woe is past and more will come. The worst is yet to come.

  1. 6th trumpet sounded- This is an army of destructionRevelation 9:13-15 13And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which stands before God, 14saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates.” 15And the four angels were loosed, who had been prepared for an hour and a day and a month and a year, to slay a third part of men.-  We begin to see war and a mighty army. The angels were released in river of Euphrates to kill a 3rd of mankind. They have been there all this time, prepared for this time. Why the river of Euphrates? It is because has geographical significance. It is because Euphrates is a landmark of ancient Babylon. It was boundary of the Roman Empire which ultimately will be revived when the antichrist comes. It was also associated with the first sin. It is also associated with the first murder. The first organized revolt of God which was the tower of Babble was near this river. The first dictatorship was also associated by this river.
    1. The army- Revelation 9:16-19 16And the number of the army of horsemen was two hundred thousand thousand, and I heard the number of them. 17And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and they that sat on them had breastplates of fire and of jacinth and brimstone; and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions, and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18By these three was a third part of men killed by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails were like unto serpents and had heads, and with them they cause hurt. -What an amazing parallel. The power of this plague was in there mouth and tail. The two things that the devil uses against us even now is our mouth and our tail.
    2. Revelation 9:20:20And the rest of the men, who were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold and silver, and brass and stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; 21neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. – They did not still repent. They saw this happen, were in awe and realized they were still alive, and then they went back to business as usual. Isn’t it amazing that Revelation is unfolding now? God gives us this to show us what is going to happen. After major catastrophes, earthquakes, and other major events, we seek repentance, and shortly after the dust settles, we are back to business as usual. God gives us a glimpse even now, but after the dust settles, we are back to business as usual. After they leave the funeral, they are back on the porch drinking a 40.
    3. Today, the Lord says to us that we need to come to a place of repentance. This may be a little unnerving, but this is not a metaphoric illusion. You believe that God will walk with you through the shadow of death and you believe through his stripes are healed, but believe also that some people will be left behind. For 5mths they will cry out for death and will not find it. There will be another group that will say wow and go back to business as usual. It is time to come back so that we can go back with our Lord.
It is important to note, after all we have seen in the 6th trumpets, watch the response of man.
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