Surviving the Last Days (Chapter 7)
Tears of the Saints
Many believers wonder whether those who are left behind to endure the tribulation will have a chance to be saved. Chapter 7 of Revelation tells us they will. Read along with me. (Note: Not all verses were linked in this blog post. Please use a Bible or Bible app to read the full chapter)
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“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. 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, saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 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:”
Just as the angels are about to destroy the earth, they are told to wait until God has sealed His servants on their foreheads. God is claiming these people as His own and giving them His seal for their protection. Though this specific seal is meant for the 12 tribes of Israel, and will happen only after the tribulation had begun, we can get hope from this promise.
Whether we realize it or not, as believers who follow Christ as our Lord and Savior, we also are sealed by the Holy Spirit. Verses one through four stand as reminders that God loves us and does consider us His children. We may not always feel His presence and His love, especially when life is hard and we are struggling, but, remember believer, that though we live in a fallen world we have the love of our God to care for and protect us.
Next, John tells us that he sees a large multitude “…standing before the throne and before the lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “salvation belongs to our lord who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!“” These people who stand in the presence of God are those who have come out of the tribulation period. They are believers, followers of Christ, those SAVED after the rapture!!
Little sparrows, there it is! Though we hope to take everyone of our loved ones along with us when Christ calls to His church, there will be those among the left behind who are saved. I encourage you therefore, to live your life as an example to the unbelieving ones you love. As I am sure you pray for them continually, don't forget to show them who you serve and tell them what you believe, and when the day comes if they are left behind, they will know without a shadow of a doubt where you have gone.
“Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” 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. 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. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 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.””
Those who turn to God during the tribulation will be saved. Verse 14 tells us their robes will be washed and made white in the blood of the lamb. This means their sins will be forgiven. Not only will they be present before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple, it says He himself will dwell among them. They will spend time in God’s presence! Although they will have suffered through the tribulation, and we know not what all that will entail, this chapter ends with a promise that they will no longer hunger or thirst or be burned by the sun or any heat, that the lamb will lead them to the living fountains of waters, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
My friends, if you are struggling, if you are sad, if you are weary from this life then know that these promises are for you as well. This life will be but in a blink of the eye one day. When we enter into His presence, we will no longer remember the pain. One day we will stand at His throne and worship Him. On that day He will wipe away our tears. It is for you and I to remember God's promises, have faith in His words, and trust in His plan.
Little sparrows, I pray that you go about your day trusting that God knows what He is doing, that He has a plan and that it is perfect.