Revelation 7 Lesson

Heaven. What will it be like?

Jesus’ revelation to John gives us a feel for the glory of heaven!  There is no better source in the world than the Bible to provide insight into what heaven will be like for those who are saved through the blood of Jesus.

Hearing about the majesty of heaven gives us strength to keep serving Jesus, because it gives us hope.  Hope to strive to serve Him better, even when things get hard.  Especially, when things get hard! 

Virtual Bible Study has several forum discussions that talk about heaven linked below. Being curious about heaven is natural. God provides us details through His inspired word.

Revelation 7 is a fascinating and challenging chapter.  This chapter may take multiple readings to better understand all that is going on.

John writes how he:

“Saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads. – Revelation 7:2-3.

This angel had, “The seal of the living God.”  In other words, this angel was sent by, and with the approval of God.

The angel says:

“Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.” Revelation 7:3.

This is reminiscent of the Passover, as the seal on the forehead means that they are going to heaven and not hell.  Another way of saying that, as we will read later, is to say that their names are, “Written in the Book of Life.”

In verse 4, we find out that the number of those going to heaven (sealed on their foreheads) was 144,000. Is that literal? Is that a partial number of the TOTAL people that will be in heaven after the judgement? Here is an important observation that can go unnoticed your first few times through Revelation. John makes it a point to tell us that these 144,000 were all, “Sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel.” 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel.

However, salvation is not limited to just the descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel. Jesus died once, for ALL (Hebrews 10:10). So then, this number of 144,000 represented only the Jews from the 12 tribes.   There were many others who were saved as we will soon read about. 

John writes in Revelation 7:9-11:

"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all  tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches  were  in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’" 

That is a comforting scripture. We like to think of many people being in heaven. However, we must also be mindful of the reality of Jesus’ words from Mathew 7:13-14:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. ”

This, “Great multitude of people” seems to be very much in favor with God. Verse 9 gives us their location in John’s vision, so we know that they are standing, “Before the throne,” and, “Before the Lamb.” To be so close to God and Jesus will be an awesome site! John also writes that they were, “Clothed in white robes.”

As we think about heaven and wonder what it will be like, we can be comforted by this hope inducing scripture:

“Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”” – Revelation 7:13-17.

We will end today’s scripture with the following thoughts of encouaragement from John’s observations:

  • He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.
  • They will hunger no longer.
  • Nor thirst anymore.
  • Nor will the sun beat down on them.
  • Nor any heat.
  • The Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd.
  • And will guide them to springs of the water of life.
  • And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Taken from Revelation 7:15-17.


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Everyone has a story about their faith. What is your story?

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Everyone has a story about their faith. What is your story?

James A Guillory
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What is the story about my faith, well before I met Jesus I was going down a very terrible road my life was filled with the thoughts of how can I satisfy my selfish desires but you know the more that I tried to satisfy my desires the more empty I became but when I surrender my life to Jesus and He says in his word that he will give you abundant Life this is very very true because at that moment when I surrendered to HIM that vacuum,that emptiness that was in my heart he himself completely filled it,now I live a life of hopeful anticipation of going to heaven and being with my Lord and Savior Jesus forever and ever!!

Noli galsim
James A Guillory

Whenever i am depressed i had to pray to the Lord and thankong him ..i know that he will not give me some problems if i cant cope witj thanking him everyday is my way to talk to him..

James A Guillory
Noli galsim