- John sees four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, and they are holding back the four winds (destruction) from touching any part of the earth (land, sea, trees).
- Then he saw another angel coming from the east, carrying the seal of God.
- The angel called out to the other four, telling them not to harm the earth until the seal of God has been placed on the foreheads of all His servants.
- John then hears the number of people who are marked with the seal of God, 144,000.
- These 144,000 are sealed from the tribes of Israel, 12,000 people from each of the 12 tribes.
- John then sees a crowd too large to count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, before the throne and the Lamb. The people in the crowd were clothed in white robes and held palm branches.
- They shouted and praised the One on the throne and the Lamb for they are where salvation comes.
- Then the millions of angels surrounding the throne, along with the living creatures and the 24 elders, sing in agreement with the crowd.
- Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power, and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.
- One of the elders then asks John, “who are these people and where do they come from?”
- John replies, explaining that the elder knows, not him.
- The elder tells him that these are the people who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and have made them white.
- They stand before God’s throne, serving Him day and night in His Temple.
- The One who sits on the throne gives them shelter and they will never be hungry, thirsty, or scorched by the heat of the sun.
- The Lamb will be their shepherd, and He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
- God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Today, I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness. God reminds people throughout history that He has and will always have a remnant of people faithful to Himself. Even when things look bleak, there is huge persecution, or it doesn’t seem like people are responding to the Gospel, there are those that God is preserving. Just as He is faithful to preserve, He has given a promise that He will take care of all needs in eternity (even moreso than He does now). I look forward to the day when I will never be hungry or thirsty. When God will wipe away every tear from my eyes. Today I’m reminded of the future God has prepared for us.
Lord, I thank you for your faithfulness in the everyday. You have saved, you are saving, and you will save. Thank you for the reminder of what awaits us in eternity. Thank you for just being the awesome God that you are. I praise you for your goodness and the favor you have shown us. Amen.
Posted on Wed, December 9, 2015
by Brian Landers