The Sealing Of God's People
(Revelation 7)

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Chapter 7 is a pause between the sixth and seventh seal. It is similar to the declaration in Revelation 10 where the angels tells them to "Prophesy Again" at the end of the sixth trumpet. Then he says that "there is time no longer" and "the Mystery of God will be finished" during the seventh trumpet. There is a 3.5 year period in which the wicked will tread on the temple, but the two witnesses will send plagues. The trumpet is silent at first, then it sounds.

Revelation 7 introduces the work of the Holy Spirit of Pentecost who seals the people of God. Here we see the last call to be sealed. God is washing and consecrating His priests for ordination. The symbols used involve the blessings that they receive.
Jewish understanding describes the day of atonement (Yom Kippur) as the time when Israel is sealed. On this day it is the last time that you have a chance to change the books of judgment. Your fate is sealed after this time. Therefore, according to our interpretation, this final sealing began in 1844 and will continue until the Seven Last Plagues.
1844 Judgment Begins Three Angel's Message Latter Rain Mark of the beast Seven Last Plagues Harvest
Righteous dead   Dead Sealing Living   Righteous Living Punishment

We will define certain information about the seal of God.

The people of God receive the seal of God instead of the Mark of the Beast. Before they enter the Promised Land (heaven) they are counted by God and given their inheritance. These are the same people pictured in Revelation 15 as standing on the sea of Glass.

Winds of Strife

The Sealing (Revelation 7: 1-8)
Revelation 6 ends with the question, "Who will be able to stand?". Revelation 7 attempts to answer this question by looking at the people who are triumphant. They will be able to stand.
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. And I 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." And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel. (Revelation 7: 1-4)
The final trouble is held back until the sealing is completed. This appears to happen in the sixth trumpet when the four angels are released.

Sixth Trumpet. Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." (Revelation 9: 13-14)
Let us put this in perspective with what we have learned in Revelation 15. As soon as God names and numbers His people He allows the time of trouble to begin. Daniel 11: 45 to Daniel 12: 1 reveals that a great time of trouble will begin at some time after Babylon goes to war in the Middle East and Israel is occupied. This occupation of Israel is equivalent to the persecution of the people of God. When the people of spiritual Israel are persecuted, the people of physical Israel are also persecuted.
Trumpets 1844 Yom Kippur Temple Remains Opened Feast of Tabernacles
Revelation 15 Judgment (Sealing) Holy Spirit 2. Deliver
Latter Rain
Priests Redeemed 3. Redeem (Wrath)
Priests Named
Day 1-6 Day 7 (Great Hosannah) Day 8
Righteous Dead 1. Freedom 144,000 Sheep Ordination (Inauguration) 4. Release Second Coming
9 Fifth Trumpet (Babylon Falls)SealedSixth Trumpet (Four angels released) Seventh trumpet
13 Idol Image to the beast666Name of the Beast Goats Seven Last Plagues Seventh plague
Mark of the Beast
Daniel 12 King of the North comes to an end Michael stands up Time of trouble (great tribulation) Resurrection

Universal Message. And I saw another angel come down from heaven clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth. (Revelation 10: 1-2)
The universal message is delivered. It is completed in the seventh trumpet. The opening of the Book of Daniel has a universal impact. This is shown by the angel of Revelation 10 having one foot on the land and the other on the sea.
Similarly, the sealing work of the angel of Revelation 7 has a universal influence. The full force of the global time of trouble is withheld until the 144,000 servants are sealed.

So we have two angels with a universal work. The first seals the servants of God. The second sends the final message to the whole world. Both of these angels announce a work that is completed by four other angels.
So the sealing of the 144,000 is either essential for the spreading of the gospel message or is a result of this work.
The Universal Angels
Symbol Revelation 7Revelation 10
Sun Ascends from the rising of the sun Face as the sun
Earth, Sea Do not harm the earth or sea Right foot on the sea, left foot on the earth
In his hand Seal of God Little book
Seals Servants of God Words of the seven thunders
Voice Loud Loud
Delay Delay the destruction No more delay (time)
Work The sealing The Gospel
Completed Sixth trumpet Seventh trumpet
Working Angels 4 Angels Three Angels and the angel with the strong voice
Time of trouble Judgment of Babylon

Four Corners Of The Earth. This refers to the global nature of this event. (Ezekiel 7: 2-3). If the four corners of the land represented all of Israel, then the four corners of the earth represents the whole earth.

The Four Winds. Winds represent war and strife. (Jeremiah 49: 35-38)

The Earth, Sea, Tree. The great time of trouble is not supposed to start for any place or class of humans until God has sealed His people.

Four AngelsThe four cherubim in the Most Holy Place
Four CornersAll the earth
Four WindsWar and trouble
SeaPeople, the wicked
EarthPeople, the unreached
TreesPeople, the righteous

From The Rising Sun. The angel comes "from the Rising sun" or from the east, with the seal of the Living God. East is the direction of Christ's coming, from Heaven. (Matthew 24: 27). It is also the direction of the kings and priests of Israel. This seal is a message or work from God for the people of God in preparation for the coming of God.
For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24: 27).
Who is this angel from the east? An angel is a messenger bringing a message from God. Sometimes God is His own messenger because Christ appeared as the "Angel of the Lord" in the Old Testament. This angel did not forbid people to bow before Him like other angels.
Sometimes the messenger is a human. Jesus said the John the Baptist was Elijah because John was bringing the same message as Elijah. So the message and the messenger can be called by the name of the sender. So John was Elijah. So let us see who this messenger is.

Sealed The Servants Of Our God.
This seal is the main point of contention in the mark of the beast issue of Revelation 13. It is the external sign of loyalty of a final generation that will trust in a Creator God, even when creation begins to crumble around them during the seven last plagues.
The Seventh Day Sabbath is the sign that God is the Creator and it contains the seal. (Exodus 31: 13-17).

The Seal.
What is the seal? It is the name of God written in our foreheads. It is total submission to God with the help of the Holy Spirit. It is a recognition and obedience to the Creator God of Genesis.
The Name of God is on our Forehead. Then I looked, and saw, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. (Revelation 14: 1)
The Seal is on our Forehead. 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)
The Power of the Holy Spirit
2 Peter 1: 1-8 says that divine power is given to us so that we can have the following:

The Mark in the Head.
Fruitful : (Fruit of the Spirit). This part of the power is the baptism of the Spirit that cleanses us. It meets all the definition of the word baptism. It gives us the power to bear the character of God, which is the fruit of the Spirit, so that we are once again "in His image".

The Mark on the Hand.
Useful : (Gifts of the Spirit).
The power to be useful. This part of the power does not cleanse or cause people to repent. It is not the baptism. It does not accomplish the work of baptism. It gives us the power to work with the Spirit to accomplish the plans of God.

God gives His name where He chooses to live and He chooses to live with us.
The Property of God. You shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God at the place where He chooses to establish His name. The tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear [love] the Lord your God always. (Deuteronomy 14: 23)
Compare this to how He rejects the wicked with a defiling meal which shows that He does not give them His name.

How do we get this seal or name of God? Only those who love God will get His name. One tangible outward sign of this mental obedience is keeping the commandments. The mark of the beast issues involve the first four commandments. They submit to the beast and obey it and get the mark of the beast in their hand and forehead. We will be sealed in our hand and forehead if we obey God.
If you love Me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14: 15)
Name On the Hand. This one will say,"I am the Lord's". And that one will call on the name of Jacob. And another will write on his hand, "Belonging to the Lord", and will name Israel's name with honor. (Isaiah 44: 5)
On the great day of atonement our hand will either be labelled "For the Lord" or "For Azazel".

The Holy Spirit And The Seal.
Both the old and new testaments talk about the result of the work of the Holy Spirit. The result of the covenant is the sealing in the hand and head by the Holy Spirit. We will do and love the will of God.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing they render you neither useless nor fruitless in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1: 8)

A Seal
There are six essential elements in a seal needed to authenticate a document. Let us use the Seal of the United States of America as an example.
1 NameGeorge Washington
2 NumberAll people
3 TitlePresident
4 AuthorizerThe people
5 TerritoryUnited States
6 DurationTime in office

The Sabbath And The Seal
The Sabbath commandment contains all the elements used in a seal.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God: ... for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is , and rested the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20: 8-11)
The seal states who, what, why, where, whom and when authority is given.

  1. Name. The Lord Your God. It must state who is sealing it.
  2. Numbered. The seventh day. It states the number or quantity ruled.
  3. Title and Authority. Creator. It states the persons office or authority.
  4. Authorizer. Who gave authority. God is His own authority.
  5. Dominion and Territory. It states the realm or jurisdiction where he has authority. Heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them.
  6. Duration. One day. It states how long the authorization lasts.

The Sabbath As A Sign Of The Seal
However the Sabbath by itself is not the seal. It is the entire law that is sealed in the heart.
Bind up the testimony and seal up the law among my disciples. (Isaiah 8:16)
However, at the end of time allegiance to the Sabbath will be the final test to see if we will obey God or obey our own commandments. Because the Sabbath issue is so important in establishing who will obey the Holy Spirit, it is often equated with the seal. A name, title and territory by themselves is not a seal, but they are contained in the seal, so the Sabbath by itself is not the seal but only a part of the seal.
A sign is a system that looks like the real event and is a reminder of the purpose and location of the event.
The Sabbath is a sign of the work of the seal and the sign of the covenant. It is structured like the seal.
Sanctify My Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God (Ezekiel 20: 20)
Also I gave them My Sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them (Ezekiel 20: 12)
As we embrace the sign of the seal, it is evidence that we are submitting to the seal. Jesus died when He embraced the sign of the covenant. He realized that He must be circumcised for sin and then rest in the grave. The final generation will also die because of the Sabbath sign. We must rest from sin by being obedient to God even when it seems that a day should not be such a big issue. The fruit in the Garden of Eden also seemed like a "small issue".

The Three Dimensional Seal of the Covenant
LevelSealSeal of God Sabbath Mark of the Beast
SpiritualHoly Spirit NameContentName of God and Christ The Lord Your God Name of the Beast
Authority Our Father Creator Dragon's authority
Territory Mt. Zion Heaven, earth, sea Every tribe, nation, tongue
Number 144,000 Seventh day 666
Duration EternityOne day 42 months
Authorizer God is His own authorityGod Dragon
Mental Head
Mark on the Head
KnowledgeLawLaw in our heartRemember Lawless
AcceptGod God is our Father God is Lord Reject God
DecisionChange Character transformation Renewed mind Reprobate mind
CharacterFruitful Fruit of the Holy Spirit Dead to our works Slaves to sin
Physical Mark
Mark in the hand
Forehead Name of God The Lord your God Name of the beast
HandHand Number of God Seven Number of his name (666)
GiftsUsefulGifts of the Holy Spirit Restoration Destruction
ActionObedienceDo His will. Follow Christ Rest from our works Do our will
SignCut OffDeathDead to sin. Freedom Circumcised hearts Uncircumcised hearts, name of the wicked cut off
SanctifiedHolyWe are Holy, blameless The day is holy Unholy
RenewalLifeEternal Life. Resurrection Kept forever Eternal death
Covenant Blessings Blessed day Cursed

The covenant is a legal agreement to seal us. God takes the steps to put His stamp of approval on us. There have been two signs of the covenant. Both point to the promise that God would separate us from our sins and make us dead to sin and give us rest and make us holy. Then He would give us new life. God used Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to fulfill this covenant. After He cut off sin by the death of Christ, He is giving us rest from sin through the sealing work of the Holy Spirit.

The Mark Of The Beast And The Seal
and he provides that no one will be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13: 17)

  1. Name. ... and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. (Revelation 13: 1)
  2. Number. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man, and his number is six hundred and sixty six. (Revelation 13: 18)
  3. Title, Authority. They worshipped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast ... (Revelation 13: 4)
  4. Authorizer. Revelation 13: 4 also reveals that the Dragon gave authority to the beast.
  5. Dominion and Territory. ... and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. (Revelation 13: 7)
  6. Duration. ... And authority to act for forty two months was given to him. (Revelation 13: 5)
The Name and Number of the Seal
The name and number is encoded in the first four commandments which are attacked by the beast during the persecution.
1Name Identifies God Name of GodName of the Beast
2 No graven images Name of ChristImage to the Beast, Antichrist
3 Do not take name in vain Takes the name of GodBlasphemous names
4NumberSabbath SaturdaySunday

The Name and Number of the Mark.

The wicked belong to the beast and are counted among his followers and so they have the mark and name of the beast. The mark includes only two of the six characteristics, the name and the number. These are universal signs of the wicked.

  1. Name. The first three commandments tell how to treat the name and reputation of God.
    1. The first identifies Him and why He is God.
    2. The second says that we cannot make our own Gods from the image of anything in heaven and earth.
      But the New Testament actually says that Christ is the only image of God that can be worshipped. This is because Christ is God who made Himself into the form of man to come to the earth. Even in a lower form He is still God and can be worshipped.
      in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4: 4)
      He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1: 15)
      » Christ. He is the image of God who became man. He was made without human intervention.
      » Antichrist. He is the image of man trying to become God. He was made by human intervention.
      » Duration. This commandment also legally specifies the duration of the punishment.
      ... for I, the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and fourth generation of those who hate me. (Exodus 20: 5)

      Judgment began in the third generation of churches and will be complete in the fourth generation.
      1. Pergamos. This is the church that began the apostasy or "those who hate God".
      2. Thyatira. This first generation persecuted this church.
      3. Sardis. This unfaithful generation abandoned the work of God.
      4. Philadelphia. The judgment started in 1844 with this third generation that ridiculed this church.
      5. Laodicea. This is the fourth generation after apostasy. They will suffer the seven last plagues.
    3. The third invites us to take His name with honor. The 144,000 have both the name of God and Christ.
  2. Number. The fourth commandment is an invitation to meet Him every seventh day.

The other characteristics cannot be signs of the mark because they are universal or belong to only one individual.

  1. Title or Authority. The authority is given to only one leader and is not a characteristic shared by all the wicked.
  2. Authorizer. This is the dragon or Satan.
  3. Territory. The territory is the earth where even the righteous live.
  4. Duration. The duration of authority is experienced by everyone and cannot be a sign of allegiance to either side.

The 144,000 (Revelation 7: 4-8)
Numbering the People
Number by NamesOnly the male heads of households were numbered
NumberlessAll others were not numbered. Women, children below twenty, old people, the Levites from the branch of Aaron
Israel was brought out of Egypt and counted before they received their inheritance in the Promised Land. As a part of this process only the male heads of the household were counted.
The tribe of the Levites were not numbered. This is because God was their inheritance. However, in the new Jerusalem the Levites are numbered along with the other tribes. This is because all tribes are priests and all receive this inheritance because their possessions are the property of God.
If the numbered people were only the heads of household and the vast majority were not numbered, then the 144,000 must be symbolic or representative of a larger group. It is not the total of all who will be saved. Verse 9 confirms this when it introduces the large number of people who could not be counted.

We see here the symbolic 144,000 represents the people of God. These are the redeemed from the Earth who were brought out of Babylon and are sealed with the Seal of God. (Revelation 14: 1-4). But who are they?

Who Are The 144,000?
... They have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. (Revelation 14: 4)
Nation Ancient Israel Righteous IsraelWicked
Tribe 12 Tribes 12 Tribes1 Man
Family Leaders counted 144,000 counted666
Members Were not counted by law Could not be countedMany
Inherits Land of Israel New EarthDeath

They are the first fruits of a harvest. So they must be from trees that were planted by God three and a half "years" earlier.
There are many interpretations about this group of people.

If we look at the usage by Israel the best that we can say is that they are leaders who represent a large number of people in their families. They do a great work at the end of time.
The 144,000 are the first fruits of the new olive oil harvest, the 144 bells and pomegranates on the robe of the high priest, and the angel of the house of David who lead the whole house of Israel (Jews and Gentiles) in the final exodus.

Could Not Be Counted. This could mean that the group was so large that it was virtually impossible to count in any reasonable period of time. It could also mean that it was illegal to count them so they were not counted.
Now we see the symbolic reason why numbering the people is such a sin. God wanted to preserve the symbol that the final people of Israel was a very large group, so He made it illegal for the prototype who represented them to be counted. If they had counted the people, it appears that God might have been limited to saving only the number that represented that initial count. Like the heads of household, this numberless group also has the name of God written on their forehead.

Deuteronomy 33: The Twelve Tribes At The End Of The Exodus
Deuteronomy 33 records the blessings of Moses to the tribes who are about to enter the Promised Land. This is also the focus of Revelation 7. We will summarize what we believe they represent, but you should read the lesson on the twelve tribes. That lesson explains how the names of the sons, the blessings of Jacob and the blessings of Moses predict their role in the final week of the life of Christ at His First Coming. Each group also represents a phase in the final days before the Second Coming. Deuteronomy 33 can be divided into four phases.

Exodus The Heads Of Household
Moses charged us with a law, a possession for the assembly of Jacob. And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people were gathered, the tribes of Israel together. (Deuteronomy 33: 4-5)
The blessings of Moses begins with an admonition to keep the law, which was their inheritance. Moses gathered with the heads of the household before he blessed the sons.
At the end of time, the sealing begins with a call to the leaders of the tribes. They will give the three angel's message which warns the world to obey the laws of God. The 144,000 are the final heads of household who are the leaders during this final warning.
At that time Moses was their king. The last great revival movement begins with great leadership who recognize Christ as their head, both as the God and King of the nation.

Exodus The Sealing Of The Twelve Tribes
The blessings of Moses are instructions to the final generation who are approaching the end of their exodus. The order of the blessings in Deuteronomy 33 is not the same order as the list who are sealed in Revelation 7. We will use Deuteronomy as a picture of the characteristics of the last tribes. We will assume that Revelation represents a possible strategy and order in the sealing. It is the same strategy that Jesus used during His ministry.

Go To The House Of Israel
These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' (Matthew 10: 7)
First go to the house of Israel and try to convince them that Jesus is the Messiah and that He is coming again to usher in the kingdom of God. At the first coming they rejected Christ, but they will not reject Him this time. Their acceptance of the Messiah will be such a great light that it will be a great sign that triggers the greatest results in our final evangelism.
The SealingPsalm 80
Next Step
House of David
Shine a Light

Stir Up The Power of God
Ministry to the JewsPregnant Woman
Next Step
Ministry to the GentilesAsher
ManassehCome and Save Us
Next Step
The Last PersecutionIssachar

  1. Judah ("Praise the Lord"). The conversion of the Jews is triggered by desperate times when the nations are surrounding them. They cry out to God and He hears them and sends the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 12). They are brought back to the fold when they recognize the Messiah. Then God helps them against their adversaries.
    And this regarding Judah; so he said, 'Hear, O LORD, the voice of Judah, And bring him to his people. With his hands he contended for them, and may You be a help against his adversaries'. (Deuteronomy 33: 7)
  2. Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence or Dignity"). Reuben represents Israel, the firstborn son who lost his dignity and his birthright. The hope of Moses is that by the last Exodus the nation of Israel will survive as a large number of people who will join the rest of the righteous as they wait for the Messiah.
    May Reuben live and not die, Nor his men be few. (Deuteronomy 33: 6)
  3. Gad ("Raider"). There is a blessing said for the people who convince the Jews, especially the clergy. As Gad, they represented the priests who convinced the Romans to arrest Christ. The Romans tore His arms and head with a crown of thorns and nails. However, in this act the priests fulfilled the justice of God by keeping the ordinances. The death of Christ brought justice to a dying world, even though the priests betrayed Him to do so. At the end of time it is the priests that will be raided and convinced. God will tear their arm and forehead to remove or prevent the mark of the beast from being placed there.
    Of Gad he said, "Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad; He lies down as a lion, and tears the arm, also the crown of the head. Then he provided the first part for himself, for there the ruler's portion was reserved; And he came with the leaders of the people; He executed the justice of the LORD, and His ordinances with Israel". (Deuteronomy 33: 20-21)
    A large number of believing Rabbis and priests are a definite sign to the world.

Go To The Gentiles
The Gentiles are now the unfaithful ones. They have discarded the laws of God as "outdated Jewish ceremonies". Like Laodicea, they think that they know everything and need no instruction. The witness of Jews and the revelation of the Gospel in the laws and ordinances wakes them up.

  1. Asher ("Rich Bread"). He represents the time Christ was buried, but treated like royalty.
    Of Asher he said, "More blessed than sons is Asher; May he be favored by his brothers, And may he dip his foot in oil. Your locks [bars, shoes] will be iron and bronze, And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be [so shall your strength be]. (Deuteronomy 33: 24-25) Asher is a picture of feet that are ready to do the will of God during the time of the revival of the iron kingdom.
    and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6: 15)
    Asher is the son who introduces the "Rich Bread of Life" to the world by preaching the Gospel.
  2. Naphtali ("Loose Doe"). He is the son that represents the resurrection phase of Christ.
    Of Naphtali he said, "O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, And full of the blessing of the LORD, Take possession of the sea [west] and the south." (Deuteronomy 33: 23)
    This is a promise of the great success of the evangelism efforts. We will be successful in gathering people from the wicked sea so that they can wait in the south for the Lord. The end time exodus is represented by a church fleeing from the king of the north to wait for the Lord in a place as far away from the north as possible.

    The Time of The Shining Light..
    After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. (Revelation 18: 1)
    At this point we will look at a prophecy in Psalm 80 that speaks only about the children on the western side of the tabernacle (Joseph, Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh). Psalm 80 is a plea that God will reverse their disgrace, revive them and restore them.
    O Give ear Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth! Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your power and come to save us! Then we will not turn back from You; Revive us and we will call upon Your name. O Lord God of hosts, restore us, cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. (Psalm 80: 1-2, 18-19)
    The light will shine and the power will be shown before the four sons on the west are revealed.
  3. Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). According to Moses, he will be ten times smaller than Ephraim. This seems to represent the fact that when the fullness of the Gentiles comes in that they will be a much larger nation than the Jews. The majority of Jews probably accept by this time. They now know that God has forgotten their unfaithfulness at the crucifixion.
  4. Simeon ("Unloved"). Simeon is the Christian church, the second son. Moses had no blessings for Simeon. Why? He is not missing from the kingdom as Revelation shows, but he will not be allowed to build the church of God.
  5. Levi ("Attached"). The entire church is now officially attached or married to God. They are now the bride of Christ and the nation of priests who can enter the sanctuary and seek shelter from the coming storm. This is the only place where they can escape the wrath of God and the wrath of the beast.
    Of Levi he said, let Your Thummim and Your Urim belong to Your godly man, whom You proved at Massah, with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah; who said of his father and his mother, 'I did not consider them'; And he did not acknowledge his brothers, nor did he regard his own sons, for they observed Your word, and kept Your covenant.
    They shall teach Your ordinances to Jacob, and Your law to Israel. They shall put incense before You, and whole burnt offerings on Your altar. O LORD, bless his substance, and accept the work of his hands; Shatter the loins of those who rise up against him, and those who hate him, so that they will not rise again.
    (Deuteronomy 33: 8-11)
    They did not consider any allegiance or loyalty more important than obeying God. They are worthy to receive Christ.
    He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (Matthew 10: 37)
    Jesus indicates that we will go through a final testing at the hands of the wicked when we are worthy.
    and A MAN'S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. (Matthew 10: 37. See Micah 7: 5-9)

The Church During The Persecution
The entire church, Jews and Gentiles is now united. This also becomes a sign that brings more people to the church. Persecution intensifies and they now face great opposition from family, friends and the established churches who are in league with the wicked governments.

  1. Issachar ("Rejoice in Your Tents"). This is the church that begins the feast of Tabernacles and the "tents" are the booths constructed during this feast.. The blessings of Issachar and Zebulun are said together, because, as the great evangelism goes forward, the persecution intensifies and the people must seek the temporary shelters to continue their work.
    Of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going forth, And, Issachar, in your tents. They will call peoples to the mountain; There they will offer righteous sacrifices; For they will draw out the abundance of the seas, And the hidden treasures of the sand. (Deuteronomy 33: 18-19)
    These two tribes call the people to look to Mount Zion, the mountain of God. They will offer themselves as living, righteous sacrifices. The result is that they will pull people from the grasp of the raging seas of the wicked to become treasured stones in the kingdom of God.
  2. Zebulun ("Rejoice in Your Going Forth"). This is the church that responds to the call to flee out of Babylon and begin the final exodus from earth.
  3. Joseph ("Reproach Removed"). He represents the church who is now ready to enter heaven because their reproach has been removed and their quarantine lifted in the camp of heaven. The leper priests are cured! They are now safe to save. He is also the blessed firstborn son of the beloved wife.
    But this church is now under persecution all around the world. The leadership of Joseph convinces them that it is now time to flee for their lives, living in the tents that they have prepared. Living like wild oxes, living off the produce of the earth, outdoors in the bushes with God.
    Of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, With the choice things of heaven, with the dew, And from the deep lying beneath, And with the choice yield of the sun, And with the choice produce of the months. And with the best things of the ancient mountains, And with the choice things of the everlasting hills, And with the choice things of the earth and its fullness, And the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush. Let it come to the head of Joseph, And to the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers. As the firstborn of his ox, majesty is his, And his horns are the horns of the wild ox; With them he will push the peoples, All at once, to the ends of the earth. And those are the ten thousands of Ephraim, And those are the thousands of Manasseh. (Deuteronomy 33: 13-17)
    This blessing could be interpreted both as the reward they will receive in heaven and as the resources they will have during the persecution while they are living in the tabernacle of God. Joseph is composed of two branches of the church.
  4. Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). This is the beloved church who dwells securely by faith in the sanctuary of God, under the care and protection of God as the seven last plagues ravage the earth and punish the wicked.
    Of Benjamin he said, "May the beloved of the LORD dwell in security by Him, Who shields him all the day, And he dwells between His shoulders." (Deuteronomy 33: 12)
    This is a yoke and a burden on His shoulders that God gladly bears.
    The church who was once "the son of sorrow", will be placed on the right hand of Jesus when He returns.
    All the nations will gather before Him; and He will separate them from one another as the shepherds separate the sheep from the goats. And He will put the sheep on the right and the goats on the left.
    The Sheep on the Right. The He will say to those on His right, "Come, you who are blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you, from the foundation of the world".
    The Goats on the Left (The Sin Offering). Then He will say to those on His left, "Depart from Me accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and the angels".
    (Matthew 25: 32-34, 41)

It means an upright people, full of knowledge.
The mobile nation of Israel during the exodus was the nation of Jeshurun with Moses as their king.

Exodus The Second Coming
The rest of the blessings of Moses is a beautiful description of the events at the Second Coming which occurs when the last church, Benjamin, is ready to be separated from the wicked.
Jesus Comes with the Clouds. "There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, and through the skies in His majesty.
Wicked Destroyed. "The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, and said, 'Destroy!'
The Righteous Tabernacle with God. "So Israel dwells in security, the fountain of Jacob secluded, in a land of grain and new wine; his heavens also drop down dew. "Blessed are you, O Israel; who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, Who is the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, and you will tread upon their high places."
(Deuteronomy 33: 26-29)

The Blessings Of Moses
This order is from the blessings of Moses. It is different from the order of the sealing. Moses simply lists the characteristics of the people who are sealed and the order in which heaven responds to them. Revelation lists the order of the sealing and how the people respond to the Holy Spirit. It presents the church in four distinct groups or stages of experience that leads them into the Promised Land. From the time the church is converted from Jacob to Israel, we can see the change in the blessing from Jacob to Moses. They have matured by the time of they cross over into the Promised Land.
Reuben and Simeon represent the state of the two branches of the church before the latter rain. The Jews are surrounded and being afflicted by the nations around them (Zechariah 12). The Christians have become scattered and violent and are an unloved people.

  1. Meet the Messiah: (The Ministry to the Jews). The formerly unloved Christian church introduce the Messiah to the Jewish church who had lost their preeminence. The status of the Jews and Christians changes when they lift up Christ, the king from the tribe of Judah. Both groups see Christ as the Messiah more clearly in the scriptures and it begins a spiritual revolution.
  2. Converted and Sealed: (The Ministry to the Gentile World). The repentance and conversion created one nation of faithful priests, attached to God. They become beloved sons who do the will of their Father as His right hand and earn the respect of heaven as their reproach is removed.
  3. Persecuted. Then their persecution intensifies and they flee from the pursuing forces of Babylon to live as refugees under the protection of God. Christ comes and rescues them when He raids the earth.
  4. Reward. The wicked and righteous receive their reward. The righteous are resurrected and raptured and the former people who were dead in sin receive the reward of kings.
The Blessings of the Twelve Tribes
Son Meaning of NameJacobMoses Final Role
1 Simeon UnlovedScattered, violentNo blessing Christians: Unloved Gentiles
Reuben AfflictedNo preeminence or dignityLive, survive, do not die Jews: Lost dignity, besieged
The Latter Rain God sends the Holy Spirit.
JudahPraise the LordLion kingBring to His people Jews introduced to the Messiah
2 LeviAttachedScattered, violentFaithful priests People become faithful priests
BenjaminSon of Right HandRavenous wolfBeloved son lives securely Son of the right hand
JosephReproach removedFruitful boughBlessed firstborn Righteous approved by heaven
Manasseh and Ephraim The two sons of Joseph were mentioned as a part of his blessing
3 Zebulun A good giftHaven for shipsRejoices and Goes forth Righteous have fled Babylon
Issachar Given WagesDonkey bears burdensRejoices in Tents Righteous live in Tabernacles
The Second Coming Christ brings His reward
GadHow fortunateRaiderExecutes justice Righteous rescued by Christ
4 Dan JudgedSerpentLion's whelp The wicked rejected
NaphtaliWrestled, prevailedLoose doePossess sea, south Righteous resurrected, raptured
AsherHappy am IFat bread, rich king's foodBlessed son Old sinners get a king's reward

A Change In The Inheritance
The fortunes of four tribes seemed to change.
Added Tribes (Counted): Two tribes who were technically not counted in the original distribution of inheritance, now receive a direct inheritance under their names. Now they can lead a tribe and get the inheritance of God.

Missing Tribes (Not Counted): But two children are missing from the list. They used to be one of the major tribes camped around the sanctuary. Why are they are not worthy to lead a tribe in heaven?

The Great Number (Revelation 7: 9-12)
After these things I looked, and saw, 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." And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, "Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen." (Revelation 7: 9-12)

Righteous Throne Angel

The Great Tribulation (Revelation 7: 13-17)
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)

What Is The Message Of The 144,000?
Their message must center around the issues of the last day. They must call people back to God and issue a warning to the disobedient. As the messengers of God to a decadent world they must confront the evils of the world and attack the strongholds of Satan. They must do all this for their love and for the glory of God or a strong desire to see God honored. Some will concentrate on different messages, but all are under the control of the Spirit of God.
For a while it seemed that only those who were hostile towards God were able to point out injustice in the world, while those who claimed to be leaders of the people of God were supporting great immorality. But evil cannot fight the good fight because it will be side tracked by immoral goals. The people of God must stand up to evil and injustice and chart a courageous course to a moral solution. Some will do this by enforcing morality, but the true messengers of God will define evil and point the way to righteousness and urge people to make a choice. As multitudes wait in the Valley of Decision, there will be many messages and messengers who deliver the message from one God.

Repeat Repetition and Enlargement
See the study on the The Last Exodus.
The four cups of the Passover seder are the experience of the church before the final exodus.

  1. Freedom ("I Will Bring Out"). The 144,000 are brought out. They are free because Babylon has fallen.
  2. Deliverance ("I Will Deliver"). The latter rain comes and the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit is given.
  3. Redemption ("I Will Redeem"). The nation of priests is called out and given the name of their God.
    ... Do not fear, for I have redeemed you and called you by My name. You are Mine! (Isaiah 43: 1)
  4. Release ("I Will Take Out"). We are resurrected and raptured from the earth and taken to Heaven.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4: 30 Time: 80 minutes
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Copyright     Updated : September, 2007
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2008)
Thanks to the Holy Spirit for telling me to see a connection between the seals and the sealing and for showing me that Revelation was written in the order of the feasts.
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