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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Pause in God's Wrath (Revelation 7)

The 7-year Tribulation is described in Revelation 6-19. But in the middle of that there are a few interlude chapters where there is a break in the description of the judgments. Revelation 7 is one such break in which we get encouragement amidst the wrath.

Since Revelation 6 describes the first 6 of 7 seal judgments, you would expect Revelation 7 to describe the 7th seal judgment. But we don't hear more about the judgments until Revelation 8. I think we get this interlude in the judgments at this point as both encouragement and as a reminder of God's purpose through the judgments.

The first 8 verses of Revelation 7 is a passage that is often taken out of context. Some religious groups claim that it is special "saints" from their religion that will be the chosen 144,000. However, they ignore the part about the 144,000 being Jews, 12,000 from each of the tribes of Israel.

They would also have to ignore Daniel 9:24 which tells us the Tribulation is about the Jews. So it's not symbolic when Revelation 7:4 says 144,000 from every tribe of the sons of Israel.

These 144,000 Jewish men will be special anointed followers of Jesus who come to faith during the Tribulation and share the gospel like super Apostle Pauls. Why? Because God's desire is that all would hear the gospel during the Tribulation and hopefully choose to repent of their sins and trust in Jesus as their Lord. So there will be the two witnesses sharing, the 144,000 sharing, and even an angel sharing for all to hear.

As a result of the gospel being shared during the Tribulation, Revelation 7:9-12 tells us many will come to faith during the Tribulation. John sees a great multitude from every nation standing before the throne, who were saved during the Tribulation and then died.

Revelation 7:9,13-14 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. [13] 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?" [14] .. 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."

So, even though the 7-year Tribulation is about the Jews, all unbelievers of all nations who are alive at the time will enter the Tribulation. All will have the chance to repent of their sins and trust in Jesus as their Lord. God's desire is that none would perish. But each person will have the choice to choose their eternal destination, just as we do today.

We can't embrace sin and at the same time trust in Jesus as our Lord. In order for Jesus to be our Lord, we have to let go of the sin that we are attracted to and turn away from it, submitting to Jesus. Are you willing to do that now so that you can be assured of being with Jesus for all eternity?

Dear Lord, Thank you for giving every one of us chance after chance to let go of the sin that we want to cling to and instead turn to You in repentance. Lord, I pray as this world turns darker and darker in these last days of the church age, before the Tribulation, that many more would hear the gospel, repent of their sins that they are holding on to, and submit to You as their Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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