Revelation 7. Forum Discussion

God will wipe every tear from the eyes of those that go to heaven

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

In verses 2-3, 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.”

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 or as we will later hear, “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 just the number at that time? Now 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.

But salvation was not limited to just the descendants from these 12 tribes. Jesus died once, for ALL. – Hebrews 10:10. So then, this number of 144,000 represented only the Jews from the 12 tribes.   But there were many others also. 

As 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 a lot of people being in heaven. However, we must also be mindful of the reality of Jesus’ words from Mathew 7:13-14 in what is commonly referred to as, “The Narrow and Wide Gates.”

“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 would be a strong indication that they were going to heaven. John also writes that they were, “Clothed in white robes.”

We will end today’s study with one of the most beautiful, encouraging, and hope-inducing quotes from the Bible:

“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

This is a glimpse into the awesome love, peace and comfort that those who are saved will feel when they get to heaven. This, “Great multitude,” of people had gone through great tribulation, John writes.

“They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.” - Revelation 7:14.

Here are the beautiful words of John from verses 15-17 describing what it will be like for them, and us too, if we obey God’s commandments:

  • 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

Amen

Comments

Michael

I think being in the presence of God and Jesus and all of the saints will be amazing. No tears, or pain, or sorrow - and it's forever. I am very much looking forward to it. Even though I am not worthy, God's grace is sufficient!

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