Study of Revelation 7:1-8:5

Key Verse

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” Revelation 7:9

Introduction

In chapter 7 we see God’s elect sealed by God to protect them from His judgment. The Bible is clear that Christians will suffer at the hands of the ungodly, but it is also just as clear that Christians will never suffer the judgment of God because the Lamb was slain in their place.

Chapter 7 also gives us a glimpse into the throne room once more as we witness glorified believers, a multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language who have come out of the great tribulation, worshipping the Lamb for redeeming them.

Scholarly Commentary

“This sealing is the most precious thing under heaven. Scripture speaks of the seal in a threefold sense. First of all, a seal protects against tampering…Second, a seal marks ownership…third, a seal certifies genuine character.”19

“(the 144,000) represent those who follow the Lamb wherever He goes, and the entire church militant, therefore, as is also clearly taught in Revelation 22:4. Christ, having purchased them by His own precious blood, owns them, and the Father (through Christ, in the Spirit) protects them. Let the winds blow; they will not harm God’s people. Let the judgments come; they will not hurt His elect!”20

“The church is thus depicted in military terms as a remnant called out of the world to do battle for God. This force is ready to fight, and v. 14 interprets the manner of their fighting. They conquer their enemy ironically in the same way in which the kingly Lamb from Judah ironically conquered at the cross: by maintaining their faith and witness through suffering, they overcome their foe, the devil and his hosts. Consequently, they are those ‘who follow the Lamb wherever He goes.’”21

“First, in 7:1-8 we see God’s people sealed or protected and prepared for spiritual battle. Second, in 7:9-17 we see God’s people celebrating in heaven following their victorious endurance though the great tribulation.”22

“We might therefore expect that the seventh seal would disclose the new creation that is to come. Instead, when the Lamb breaks the seventh seal, nothing seems to happen: ‘there was silence in heaven for about half an hour’…silence is creation’s expectant response to the Lord’s impending arrival in judgment. ‘Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for he is aroused from his holy habitation.’” (Zech. 2:13)23

Reflection

Spend some time reflecting on the promise of Revelation 7:15-17. Ask the Lord to cause this hope to give you strength for enduring whatever suffering you face.

Think about the fact that your prayers are poured out on an altar before Lord and are pleasing to Him. Let this truth sink in to your heart and motivate you to pray more earnestly and passionately than you ever have for God’s purposes to be accomplished. 


Works cited

19 & 20 Hendriksen, William. More than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation.

21 Beale, G. K. Revelation: A Shorter Commentary.

22 Duvall, J. Scott. Revelation.

23 Johnson, Dennis E. Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation

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