Revelation 7 Lesson

What will Heaven be like?

What will heaven be like?

There is no better resource in the world than the Bible to answer that question.

Jesus’ revelation to John gives us a sense of how glorious Heaven will be for those who choose to follow Jesus. It is important for us to take the time to learn what the Bible says about Heaven.

Hearing about the majesty of Heaven gives us the strength to keep serving Jesus because it gives us hope!

Virtual Bible Study™ has several lessons that talk about Heaven linked below.  

For today's lesson, we will be focusing on Revelation 7. 

Revelation 7 is a fascinating chapter!

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, 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?

Will only 144,000 be saved?

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 will be many more saved, as we will read about next.

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.”

While there will be a “great multitude” standing before the throne and before Jesus, many more will perish than will be saved. The Bible warns us of this so that we can be prepared.

As we think about Heaven, we are comforted by the following 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 encouragement taken from Revelation 7:15-17:

  • 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.

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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?

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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!!

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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 it..so thanking him everyday is my way to talk to him..

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James A Guillory
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Awesome

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