In Revelation 7, We learn about the Jewish Evangelists who will bring a lot of people to Christ.
Rob Reiner, an actor, director, and liberal activist, once said, “I think Jews are the smartest people in the world.” I agree with him for once. I have a lot of respect for the Jewish people. John Adams said this about them:
“The Hebrews did more to make people more civilized than any other people group.” If I didn’t believe in God and only believed in blind, eternal fate, I would still think that fate had chosen the Jews to be the most important tool for civilizing the world.
The promise God made to Abraham, the father of their race, when he called them out as a people backs up Adams’ opinion of them:
“The Lord told Abram, “Leave your home country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land I will show you.” I will help you become a great country. I’ll bless you and make you famous, and you’ll do the same for other people. I’ll bless those who treat you well, and I’ll curse those who don’t care about you. “Through you, God will bless every family on earth.”
We have a lot to thank the Jews for. God showed himself to the world through them. Also, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who saved the world, came to be through them.
God did give them land of their own. He did make them a strong country. But he told them from the beginning that they would be “vomited out of the land” if they turned away from him and his rules and started worshipping other gods (Leviticus 18:24–30). They also didn’t want Christ to save them, so they had him crucified. So, for hundreds of years, they were spread out across many countries and treated very badly.
Still, they are surprisingly strong, which shows in a special way that God is not done with them.
Former president and chancellor of Moody Bible Institute, Dr. George Sweeting, has written:
“A list of all the ways Jews have been mistreated since 1000 B.C. would take many pages, but just as God promised Abraham, every nation that has persecuted the Israelites has disappeared, every ruler who has mistreated them has been removed from power, and every society that has mistreated them has collapsed.”
Sweeting also talks about something else that shows how special the Jewish people are in God’s economy. Adding:
During all the years they were scattered, the Jews never gave up hope of going back to the land God had promised their ancestors. Every year, at the end of the Passover feast, each Jewish family says, “Next year in Jerusalem.”
“It’s hard to believe, but the modern state of Israel was officially founded on May 15, 1948, more than a thousand years after the people were split up.” We are living in a time when the people of Israel are coming back from all over the world to their homeland, just as the Bible said they would. Even though the odds were against it, this small country has become the most powerful in the Middle East in just a few decades. And with these things happening, the stage is being set for God’s ultimate plan for Israel, his people.
Before the seventh seal of the scroll is broken, Revelation 7 is added as a pause. The Tribulation has already begun, but now God has told four angels to stop it by temporarily stopping the winds of judgment. Then, in the east, a fifth angel shows up.
And he yelled to those four angels, who had been given the power to hurt land and sea, “Wait! Don’t hurt the land, the sea, or the trees until we’ve put the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants. And I heard how many people were marked with God’s seal: 144,000 from all of Israel’s tribes: 12,000 from Judah, 12,000 from Reuben, 12,000 from Gad, 12,000 from Asher, 12,000 from Naphtali, 12,000 from Manasseh, 12,000 from Simeon, 12,000 from Levi, 12,000 from Issachar, 12,000 from Zebulun, 12,000 from Joseph, and 12,000 from Benjamin.
After this, I saw a huge crowd that was too big to count standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were from every nation, tribe, people group, and language. They were dressed in white robes and were holding palm branches. “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” they shouted in a loud voice. All of the angels stood around the throne with the elders and the four living beings. They got down on their faces in front of the throne and worshiped God. They sang,
‘Amen! Our God has blessings, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power, and strength forever and ever. Amen.’
Then one of the 24 elders asked me, “Who are these people who are dressed in white?” How did they get there? “Sir, you are the one who knows,” I told him. Then he told me, “These are the people who died during the Great Tribulation.” They have made their clothes white by washing them in the blood of the Lamb. So, they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him in his temple day and night. And he who sits on the throne will give them a place to stay. They will never be hungry or thirsty again, and the sun will never burn them. because the Lamb on the throne will look after them. He will lead them to water sources that will keep them alive. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Some theologians have disagreed about who the 144,000 are in this passage. Some scholars say that the words should not be taken literally but rather as symbols. They say that these verses are about the church, the new Israel, and that the church will go through the Tribulation.
But this way of interpreting the passage seems to do the passage harm. There is no clear case in the New Testament for the Church being called “Israel.” In Romans 11:25–26, the apostle Paul also makes a clear distinction. He says:
“Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery so that you won’t be proud of yourselves. Some Israelites have hard hearts, but this will only last until all of the Gentiles come to Christ. All of Israel will be saved this way. As it says in the Bible,
“The one who saves will come from Jerusalem, and he will keep Israel from doing things that are against God.” “And this is the deal I made with them: I will forgive their sins.”
The late W.A. Criswell, who was once the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas and was sometimes called the prince of preachers, asked:
““Why can’t you just take the text as it is?” “What’s wrong with getting it the way it’s written?” I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 people from all the tribes of Israel were sealed. God spoke those words. Let’s take the text to mean what he says it does. All of Israel’s tribes were among the 144,000.
“Well, no one knows where the tribes of the Children of Israel are anymore,” someone might say. It’s a crazy way to look at it. ” Are we to believe that the one who will bring the dead back to life from the ground, the ashes, and the water doesn’t know where the 12 tribes are?
Here, we’re told that God has sealed these 144,000 people. God chose them, saved them, and marked them as His own. No one knows what the seal is. Some people say that the seal is the power of the Holy Spiritd chose them, saved them, and marked them as His own. No one knows what the seal is. Some people say that the seal is the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul told the Ephesians, “Don’t upset the Holy Spirit of God, who sealed you until the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).
But it seems like this is more of an outside sign than an inside one. The seal marks these Jews as special and will protect them during the bad times of the Tribulation. It’s a seal, just like the Jews had to get circumcised when Moses was alive, and the Hebrews in Egypt had to put a mark on the door to stop the angel of death from killing them. Also, it’s different from the 666 seal that the doomed voluntarily accepted and put on their right hands or foreheads, which is talked about later in Revelation.
Lastly, the passage links the 144,000 to a huge group of people so big that they can’t be counted. During the Tribulation, people from all over the world will turn to Christ. These people have suffered a lot for their faith, but they now wear white robes and worship in heaven.
So, what are we looking at? There seems to be only one conclusion that makes sense. The 144,000 are Jews who turn to Christ, become great evangelists, spread the good news, and bring a lot of people from their own country and all over the world to Jesus. And God protects them with a seal so that they can finish this mission.
It’s amazing to see how passionate a Jew is who has a good relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. The followers of Christ were Jews. Despite their small number, their testimony changed the world for Christ at the time.The apostle Paul was a Jew who wrote most of the New Testament. He wrote 13 books and spread the Christian message to a large part of the Mediterranean.
Richard Wurmbrand, who wrote Tortured for Christ, is a more modern example. Before he became a Christian, Wurmbrand was a strong atheist. But an old carpenter in Romania prayed, “My God, I have served you on earth, and I want my reward in heaven.” “But I hope that my reward is that I won’t die until I bring a Jew to Christ, since Jesus was Jewish.”
One day, Wurmbrand found himself strangely and irresistibly drawn to a small village where he was the only Jew out of 12,000 people. When Wurmbrand found out that he was a Jew, he said, “The old carpenter wooed me like no beautiful girl had ever been wooed.”
He prayed for Wurmbrand’s salvation for hours and gave him a Bible to read. Wurmbrand finally gave his life to Christ. He became a key figure in the underground church in Romania, where he was severely persecuted but still led many people to Christ.
Kirk Cameron’s daughter, whom he adopted, meets her birth mother.
Soon, there will be 144,000 Wurmbrands, and a lot of people from every country will follow Christ because of what they say.
Dennis Prager, a conservative radio talk show host and author who is Jewish and went to the prestigious Yeshiva of Flatbush, has said:
“When Jews stopped being Jews, that didn’t mean they stopped being religious.” They just switched from Judaism, which is based on God, to godless secular humanism and leftism. For Jews on the left, being Jewish is their ethnicity, and being on the left is their religion.
Revelation says that in the future, all of this will be different. Jews will figure out that Jesus is their Messiah because they are smart, and God’s Spirit will help them. They will then persuade most of the world to agree with them.
I can’t wait any longer.
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