101114 The Coming Of The Lord – The Interlude

The Coming Of The Lord

This course of study of the end times follows the notes that have been made by Dr. John Mac Arthur and Dr. Charles Ryrie. Such notes may be found in their study bibles and in other of their teachings. The teachings of Dr. Ed Hindson and Dr. Harold Wilmington, both of Liberty University, will also provide a large amount of information for the study.

In order for me to produce a study of the end times, reliable sources of information are necessary for input. Great credibility can be found in the following list of names of respected theologians whose information may be used. The letters that follow the name will be used to show reference to the source during the study.

Dr. John Mac Arthur/Mac Arthur Study Bible (MAC). Dr. Charles Ryrie/Ryrie Study Bible (RYR). Dr. Ed Hindson (HIN). Dr. Harold Wilmington (WIL). Dr. R.C. Sproul/Reformation Study Bible (RSB). The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HSCB). The Key Word Study Bible (KEY). The Scofield Study Bible (SCO). The Thompson Chain Reference Bible (TCR). The Complete Jewish Bible (JEW). Liberty Commentary Bible, Libery University (LIB). The New International Commentary (TNIC).The Pulpit Commentary (PUL). The New American Commentary (NAC). Holman New Testament Commentary (HNT). Holman Study Bible (HSB). Additionally, I am in continuous review of respected media experts of the end times, such as Dr. John Hagee, Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Jack Graham, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Dr. Charles Stanley, Dr. Jack Van Impe. Deceased Dr. Jerry Falwell; Deceased Dr. John F. Walvoord; Deceased Dr. Adrian Rogers. BibleGateway.com is used to cut and paste scriptures onto pages and posts. Other sources of information will be noted as they are added. Comments that I personally make will show no indicator of authorship.

Normally, when I write a post, I will start in the past, at the beginning, and move toward the present. In this study, I will be looking at things that will take place in the future, as they were seen by the author John, which is also our future. As we continue through this study we will, at the same time, be looking back at events that will lead us to an understanding of the future.

Before we go any further in this subject area, I would like to provide a bit of encouragement for those who may feel overwhelmed by this study of God’s Holy Word. The following verses should provide a reason for all of us to study the book of Revelation.

Revelation 1:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Not only will we be blessed by studying the Book of Revelation, we will also be blessed by studying the other books of the Bible that contribute to the understanding of the end of times. As we study Revelation, which is the Revelation of Jesus, and not of the Apostle John, we are given the order of the vision that was given to John.

Revelation 1:19 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.

chapter 1 – the things which you (John) have seen

chapters 2-3 the things which are

chapters 4-22 the things which will take place after this

The last two subjects of study that relate to The Coming Of The Lord have been:

1. The Coming Of The Lord – A Global Crisis? (100714).

2. Seal Judgments (100814).

Now, we will proceed to the next subject of study, as follows:

The Coming Of The Lord – The Interlude (101114)- Revelation 7 New King James Version (NKJV)

The study of the end times continues with an interlude that occurs between the sixth seal(6:12-17)and seventh seal (8:1). In this seventh chapter of Revelation we will see two separate and distinct groups of people. We will discuss in verses one through eight, the 144,000 Jewish missionaries (vv 1-8). In verses nine through seventeen, we will see the results of the evangelistic efforts of the Jewish missionaries, which are their converts who are in heaven (VV 9-17). (MAC)

The Sealed of Israel

1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.

MAC THE FOUR WINDS The four angels will turn off, for a brief interlude, the essential engine of earth’s atmosphere.

2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,

MAC SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD The seal is the name of God. It is imprinted on an object and implies authenticity and ownership (cf 9:4; Ezek 9:3-4).

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

RYR The judgments will be delayed until the 144,000 Jews can be sealed. They will be protected supernaturally.

4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:

RYR 144,000 These are Jews from the 12 tribes of Israel (12,000 from each tribe). They are protected so they can perform service to God during this time period. The omission of the tribe of Dan may be because Dan was guilty of idolatry on many occasions. (Lev 24:11

MAC “ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR THOUSAND” These are Jewish missionaries who will be instrumental in the salvation of many Jews and Gentiles during the Tribulation (vv 9-17). They will be the first fruits of the redeemed Israel (v4, Zec 12:10). Finally, Israel will be the witness nation that she refused to be in the OT (Rom 11:25-27).

MAC “EVERY TRIBE OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL” By sovereign election, God will seal 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes, promising His protection while they accomplish their mission.

5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.

A Multitude from the Great Tribulation

9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

RYR A GREAT MULTITUDE Consisting of many groups of people who will be redeemed during the Tribulation (v 14). It will be in these very difficult days that many people will accept Christ as their Savior.

MAC A GREAT MULTITUDE The Tribulation will be a time of judgment, but also a time of unprecedented redemption (cf v14, 6:9-11; 20:4; Isa 11:10; Mat 24:14).

MAC EVERY NATION AND ALL TRIBES AND PEOPLES AND TONGUES These are all of the earth’s groups.

MAC WHITE ROBES The white garments of all of the redeemed relate to holiness and purity. Such white robes are reserved for Christ, holy angels, and to those who have been redeemed (note 3:4).

MAC PALM BRANCHES In ancient times they were related with celebrations, including the Feast of Tabernacles (Lv 23:40; Ne 8:17; Jn 12:13).

10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

MAC SALVATION TO OUR LORD Salvation is the theme of their worship as they recognize that it comes only from God.

11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

MAC ELDERS They represent the redeemed of all times (note 4:4).

12 saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”

MAC WHITE ROBES The white garments of all of the redeemed relate to holiness and purity. Such white robes are reserved for Christ, holy angels, and to those who have been redeemed (note 3:4).

14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”

So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

MAC THE GREAT TRIBULATION (See notes on 3:10; 6:1,9,12) These people were left behind when the church was raptured, because they had not been saved/born again at that time. During the 7 year tribulation period they will be saved, martyred, and enter Heaven. The Tribulation will a be time of great judgment, but it will also be a time of unparalleled grace in salvation (Matt 24:12-14).

MAC WASHED THEIR ROBES Salvation’s cleansing is in view (Cf 19:8; Tit 2:11-14).

MAC BLOOD OF THE LAMB This refers to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus (Cf 1:5; 5:9; Rom 3:24, 25, 5:9).

SCO Verse 14, Tribulation

The great tribulation is the period of unexampled trouble predicted in the passages cited under that head from Psalms 2:5 to Revelation 7:14 and described in Revelation 11-18. Involving in a measure the whole earth Revelation 3:10 it is yet distinctly “the time of Jacob’s trouble” Jeremiah 30:7 and its vortex Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It involves the people of God who will have returned to Palestine in unbelief. Its duration is three and a half years, or the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel. (See Scofield “Daniel 9:24”). Revelation 11:2; Revelation 11:3 The elements of the tribulation are:

(1) The cruel reign of the “beast out of the sea” Revelation 13:1 who at the beginning of the three and a half years, will break his covenant with the Jews (by virtue of which they will have re-established the temple worship, Daniel 9:27 and show himself in the temple, demanding that he be worshipped as God; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
(2) The active interposition of Satan “having great wrath” Revelation 12:12 who gives his power to the Beast Revelation 13:4; Revelation 13:5
(3) The unprecedented activity of demons Revelation 9:2; Revelation 9:11 and
(4) the terrible “bowl” judgments of Revelation 16.
The great tribulation will be, however, a period of salvation. An election out of Israel is seen as sealed for God Revelation 7:4-8 and, with an innumerable multitude of Gentiles Revelation 7:9 are said to have come “out of the great tribulation” Revelation 7:14. They are not of the priesthood, the church, to which they seem to stand somewhat in the relation of the Levites to the priests under the Mosaic Covenant. The great tribulation is immediately followed by the return of Christ in glory, and the events associated therewith Matthew 24:29; Matthew 24:30.

See “Remnant” Isaiah 1:9.
(See Scofield “Romans 11:5”). “Beast” See Scofield “Daniel 9:24” See Scofield “Revelation 19:20” “Armageddon” Revelation 16:14. See Scofield “Revelation 19:17”.

PREVIEW OF VS 15-17 RYR This great multitude has died or has been martyred during the Tribulation. They are now seen in Heaven enjoying Heaven’s blessings.

15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.

MAC HIS TEMPLE This refers to the heavenly throne of God. During the Millennium there will also be a temple on earth – a special holy place where God dwells in a partially restored, but still fallen world.(see Ezek 40-48). In the final and eternal state, with its new heavens and earth, there is no temple. God will be the temple (vs 21,22).

MAC SPREAD HIS TABERNACLE OVER THEM The presence of God will become their canopy of shelter to protect them from all terrors of a fallen world, and its horror that can not be described, that they will experience on earth during the time of Tribulation.

16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;

17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

MAC SHEPHERD The Lamb, who is Jesus, has always been the Shepherd (Ps 23, Jn 19, Heb 13:20)

This verse relates to another verse of scripture. Consider the close similarity in the words of this verse to those that are written in Revelation 21:4. Consider the joy that will be present in the lives of all of the redeemed of all times who will spend eternity with God.

Revelation 21:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

In this post we have considered the times that are awaiting us, and the presence of God during those times. But, let’s consider the comfort of knowing that God’s Holy Spirit is with us now. The video of The Talleys, which took place during a Gaither event, shows a number of the redeemed who have gone on to be with the Lord. (2 Cor 5:8).

He Is Here/The Talleys/Gaithers

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