Introduction: When we studied the “Seven Seals” last week, did you
notice that we were missing a seal? That is right, Revelation 6 ended
with the sixth seal! It turns out that the seventh seal is found in
Revelation 8. We study Revelation 8 next week. Revelation 6 ended
with momentous signs taking place in the heavens. What is happening
in the galaxy causes world leaders to realize that Jesus is coming
and the “day of wrath” is beginning. Revelation 8 begins the
discussion of a horrible time on earth. So what is Revelation 7
about? As we will study this week, it is about those who are saved!
Note that there are important points in Revelation 7 that are
difficult to understand. Let’s dive into our study of the Bible and
see what we can learn!

  1. Sealed Against Harm

    1. Read Revelation 7:1-3. What is about to come on the earth?
      (Harm! The following chapters in Revelation discuss
      terrible times.)

      1. Who is in charge of the timing of the terrible
        things? (God. God’s angels are seen to be “holding
        back” the terrible times.)

      2. Why are the terrible times ahead delayed until the
        “seal of the living God” is placed “on the foreheads
        of the servants of our God?” (The seal helps us or
        protects us in some way. Otherwise, the delay would
        make no sense.)

        1. Do you think that those who have the seal are
          protected from all harm?

      3. Where is the seal placed? (On the forehead.)

        1. Why? (The seal reflects a decision to be a
          servant of God.)

    2. Read Revelation 7:4-8. Who are these 144,000? (They are
      servants of God who seem linked in some way to the tribes
      of Israel.)

    3. Read Revelation 7:9. Are these also sealed? (Revelation
      7:3 reveals the sealing process is about to begin.
      Revelation 7:4 describes those sealed “from all the tribes
      of Israel.” Then Revelation 7:9 describes those from
      “every nation, tribe, people, and language.” The way this
      is written indicates that they are all sealed, but this is
      subject to debate.)

    4. Why would the sealing of the “tribes of Israel” be stated
      separately from the sealing of those of all other nations?
      Why are those sealed from all other nations the only ones
      described as “wearing white robes?” (John’s vision is of
      two different places. The 144,000 are on earth and the
      unnumbered multitude are in heaven. The language of
      Revelation 7:3 indicates that the 144,000 are alive just
      before the opening of the seventh seal! The unnumbered
      multitude seem to be those saved over the history of the
      world. Perhaps the link to the twelve tribes is not
      important, and the 144,000 are a subset of the unnumbered

      1. Does the number 144,000 seem odd to you? (In this
        book of symbols, it seems symbolic.)

  2. The Proclamation!

    1. Read Revelation 7:10-12. How are all saved? (Through the
      power of God. It is not our own works.)

      1. Do you think this proclamation has something to do
        with their sealing?

      2. Read Revelation 4:11 and Revelation 5:12. What are
        the reasons for the previous statements of praise?
        (God as Creator and Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross.)

        1. What memorializes both of those events? (The
          Sabbath. God made the Sabbath holy in
          connection with His Creation ( Genesis 2:2-3),
          and Jesus observed a Sabbath rest after His
          crucifixion. Matthew 28:1-2.)

        2. Does observing Sabbath have anything to do with
          the seal?

    2. Read Ezekiel 9:3-6. Ezekiel describes a kind of forehead
      “sealing” process. Who obtains the seal that keeps them
      from being destroyed? (Those who “grieve and lament over
      all the detestable things that are done.”)

      1. If Ezekiel’s account helps to form our judgment, it
        seems that those who are sealed have a special regard
        for the work of God. They celebrate His Creation, His
        victory at the cross and they detest the rejection of
        God by those who do detestable things.)

        1. This brings to mind that this week the State of
          New York voted to allow abortions for unborn
          babies at full term! Do you grieve and lament
          about that? Do you recall what your child
          looked like the day it was born?

    3. Read Revelation 7:13-14. How would you put John’s response
      in modern language? (Why are you asking me? You know the
      answer to your question.)

      1. We assume the elders are advisors to God. Why would
        one of them ask such a question? (He wanted John to
        think about it. He wanted us to consider it.)

      2. What do we know about this unnumbered multitude?
        (They have “come out of the great tribulation” and
        they are saved by grace alone.)

    4. Read Revelation 12:17. (Read the entire chapter if you
      would like a better view of this.) Are we the “rest of her
      offspring?” (Yes!)

      1. Look again at Revelation 7:14. What do you think is
        the “great tribulation?” (It is the conflict between
        Jesus and Satan here on earth. Specifically, it is
        the “war” that Satan has been waging against
        Christians since Jesus returned to heaven. See
        Revelation 12:17. This is some evidence that the
        unnumbered multitude are those Christians who lived
        after the cross. But, the better suggestion is that
        the 144,000 are just one part of the larger
        unnumbered multitude. The difference is that only the
        144,000 lived during the time before the opening of
        the seventh seal.)

  3. The Results

    1. Read Revelation 7:15. Where do the unnumbered multitude
      live? (“Before the throne of God.”)

      1. Read Revelation 21:1-4. Where does God live in the
        future? (On earth.)

      2. Where do we live? (On earth and in the New

        1. Why? (Because we are the living memorial to
          Jesus defeat of Satan and sin!)

      3. What does it mean in Revelation 7:15 that God will
        “spread His tent” over us? (Read Revelation 7:16. We
        are protected from hunger, thirst, and heat.)

        1. Why do you think there is so much focus on
          heat? (Read Revelation 16:8. It could be
          because in this area of the world, heat was a
          particular problem. It could be because one of
          the final plagues is the sun scorching the

    2. Read Revelation 7:17 and re-read Revelation 21:4. What is
      absent in the earth made new? (Sadness and mourning!)

    3. Friend, do you want to be there? Do you want to live
      without worry and sadness? Do you want to live in the
      center of the world empire? Why not wash your robe in the
      blood of the Lamb? Why not do that by being baptized and
      trusting in Jesus for your salvation?

  4. Next week: The Seven Trumpets.