Protecting His Servants
As the drama unfolds, God sets out to ensure that His Loyal Servants are protected from the mayhem to come. Here are the angels at work to help stop the weather going wild before
the faithful are sealed by The Holy Spirit (Paul taught the Asian churches that “you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1:13)
144,000 is divisible by? 12!! Yes 12,000 from each tribe of Israel. This is a symbolic statement honouring the traditions of the Old Testament, and then these guys are followed by:
“… a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages.”
So don’t let anyone say that God has placed a numerical limit on the numbers of believers that God will welcome to Heaven (Jehovah’s Witnesses use the 144,000 as the limit; they believe that God’s Kingdom will be ruled by Jesus Christ and 144,000 “spirit-anointed” Christians drawn from the earth).
Another Great Promise
And so we end this rather heady section of Scripture with a wonderful promise:-
The Lamb on the Throne will shepherd them, will lead them to spring waters of Life. And God will wipe every last tear from their eyes.”
If you have time play this YouTube presentation of Psalm 23 (The Lords is My Shepherd) – great with sound, but you can just read the words. The calm of this Psalm is most welcome!