The Weekend Word

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  1. Jean says:

    “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”

    One thing that would have provided comfort to the 7 churches listed in Chapters 2 and 3 is that God his holding back final judgment until the complete number of the saints are sealed.

    The numbering of the tribes would remind students of the OT of a census taken of able bodied men for war. From this the church on earth is often referred to as the Church Militant.

    Thank you, MLD, for another installment of your concise, clear and competent exposition of Revelation.

  2. Josh the Baptist says:

    I’m thinking, going by your bullet points, that this passage puts the Amil perspective on shaky ground. How many of your comments here are “This doesn’t mean what it says”?

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Josh, can you be more specific? I believe the Bible always expresses what it means.

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I think the issue with those who want a literal ethnic, national Israel to be seen here is that they do not let scripture interpret the scripture for the ‘meaning’.
    We saw in Revelation 5, the one speaking in the vision describe Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah (v5) – but when John looked at what was described he saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain (v6).

    It is the same here – John hears the angel describe the great crowd as “And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:…” but then he turns to see what was described – (and this is scripture interpreting scripture – who this 144,000 is) – “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (v9)

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