After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”  Revelation 7:1-3

The Lord uses the angels of Heaven to carry out His will upon the earth.  Before the judgment of the Lord is poured out upon the earth the Lord will seal His servants on the forehead.  The marking they are sealed with demonstrates that they are servants of God Almighty and that the judgments of the Lord shall not touch them.  We will see later on as we go through Revelation further that the servants spoken of hear are 144,000 evangelist who come from the twelve tribes of Israel.  There are 12,000 witnesses from each of the twelve tribes and their role during the seven year tribulation is to spread the gospel throughout the earth.

This again is another reason the bride of Christ will not be on the earth during the time of the seven year tribulation.  The Lord will raise up these Jewish evangelist to spread the gospel.  The Lord’s desire is that all would come to salvation and even though the seven year tribulation will be a time of God’s judgment the offer of salvation will still be available to all who would call upon the name of the Lord.

Satan never creates but he always counterfeits and as you read through the book of Revelation you see that he has even counterfeited God in sealing His servants upon the forehead.  For there will come a time in which those who live during the seven year tribulation if they desire to save their lives will have to take the mark the of beast which will either be placed upon their hand or their forehead.

As the bride of Christ now upon the earth we have the awesome privilege and opportunity to spread the gospel as the Holy Spirit gives opportunity.  We are called to plant seeds and water those seeds with faithful prayer.  We are surrounded daily with people who are lost and must understand where ever God has planted us that is our mission field.  We must fix our eyes upon Jesus and grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  Let us never become deceived by the times we live in but understand that the Lord return is very soon.

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