Revelation 7:1-8:1 Comments by Stephen Ricker
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Salvation Belongs To our God
Comments for Study 6

Revelation 7:1-8:1
Memory Verse: 8

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I. 144,000 Sealed (7:1-8)

>1. What is the four corners of the earth? (1)

* Revelation 7:1 "After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree."

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>2. What powers were given the angles in verse 2 and what can we learn from this?

* Revelation 7:2 "Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea:"

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>What must be done before the Lamb's wrath begins? (3)

* Revelation 7:3 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."

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>What can we learn from the fact that there are Jesus' people on the earth at this time?

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>3. Which tribe are the 144,000 from?

* Revelation 7:4-8 "Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000."

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>What is amazing about this fact?

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II. They Came Out of the Great Tribulation (7:9-17)

>4. What event is spoken of in verse 9?

* Revelation 7:9 "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 in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands."

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>What does it mean that they were wearing white robes?

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>5. What did they proclaim?

* Revelation 7:10 "And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."

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>How did God bring about salvation? (Rom. 1:16-17, 13:11; Eph. 1:13-14)

* Romans 1:16-17 "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

* Romans 13:11 "And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed."

* Ephesians 1:13-14 "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory."

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>6. What did the angles do? (11)

* Revelation 7:11 "All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,"

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>What did they say? (12)

* Revelation 7:12 "saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"

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>7. What did John want to know? (13)

* Revelation 7:13 "Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes--who are they, and where did they come from?"

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>Did John know the answer? (14)

* Revelation 7:14 "I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."

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>Why then might he ask it? (Matt. 7:13-14)

* Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

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>What is the great tribulation?

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>What does it mean that so many believers came out of it?

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>8. What honor is given them? (15)

* Revelation 7:15 "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 spread his tent over them."

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>9. What did they experience in this life that they will not experience again? (16)

* Revelation 7:16 "Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat."

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>How does this spur us onto a life that is pleasing to God?

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>10. What does it mean that Jesus is our shepherd?

* Revelation 7:17 "For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

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>What does the good shepherd do?

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II. The Seventh Seal -Silence (8:1)

>11. Why might there be silence in heaven? (8:1)

* Revelation 8:1 "When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour."

* No one is there. They all went to earth following Jesus as he arrives on the Mount of Olive.

* This is during Jesus' second coming to earth with all his angels.

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