Revelation 7
Today Christians are spreading the Word of God throughout the world by short wave radio, tv, and the
Internet.  The Bible has been trans-lated into almost every language of every nation. The world has re-
peatedly heard the message of salvation, and yet following the Rap-ture, there will be multitudes who have
rejected the Bible and its mes-sage.

Everyone will hear his message and have the opportunity to accept salvation before they die or take the
Mark of the Beast.

·        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.

Four Angels – Hold back the winds

Four angels will be standing at the four points of the compass:  north, south, east, and west.  They will
control the winds of the earth. Without these angels the airborne plagues from the previous seals would
spread around the world.

Tim LaHaye:  The greatest revival the world has ever known is yet to come.  It will not occur within the
Church Age but during the Tribulation Period.

·        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,

Angel from the East – seal of the Living God

Christians have always believed in angels.  They play a prominent role in God’s plan for mankind.  This is
especially true of the stories about Jesus and the judgments of Revelation.  

We do not know who this angel from the east is, but we do know that he will have authority over the other
four angels.    Before they unleash their great power, the angel from the east will intercede with a loud
voice and stop them.

Related current events:

El Nino, the weather phenomenon that turns up in the tropical Pacific every three to five years; current El
Nino could be the worst in 150 years.

·        3.  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our
God in their foreheads.

The four angels will be commanded to hold back their destructive forces until God’s servants can be

The Bible does not say what this seal will be.  Since the beginning of creation God has been marking his

Dennis Pollock:  The God of the Bible is an emotional God – he re-joices, he becomes grieved, he takes
delight in his people, and he be-comes very angry when his creatures default, rebel against the com-
mands he has given them.

The recent rapid climate changes are at least partially caused by hu-man factors.  (Intergovenmental
Panel on Climate Change)

·        4-8.  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.  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.  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.  Of the tribe of Simeon [were]
sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi [were] sealed twelve thou-sand. Of the tribe of Issachar [were]
sealed twelve thousand.  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.

God will seal 144,000 of his servants, all will come from the twelve tribes of Israel.  Two of the original
twelve tribes of Israel – Dan and Ephraim – will be left out.  Some even believe the False Prophet men-
tioned in Chapter 5 will come from the tribe of Dan.

The tribes of  Levi and Joseph will be added to make the twelve marked tribes of the Tribulation Period.

Even though these verses are clear and straightforward, some people still want to spiritualize them.  The
Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, believe this refers to 144,000 of their members.  However, the verse
clearly states that the 144,000 will come from the twelve tribes of Israel which excludes all Gentiles.  It is
best to ignore the mental gymnastics and accept the literal interpretation.