Study Guide: Revelation 7:1-8 - Restoration and Protection
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
12,000 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 were sealed.
Main point: God’s glory is majestically displayed in His absolute and eternal salvation.
Summary: This chapter is an interlude between the first six seal judgments and the seventh and last seal judgment. John hears an announcement of God’s people being sealed from divine wrath. Then he looks and sees a multitude beyond number from every nation of those who have been cleansed from sin by the blood of the Lamb. These believers worship God for His greatness displayed in the salvation that He has provided for His people.
- Some believe that the 144,000 are future Jewish believers and some see this group as representative of the church as a whole. Either way, this passage talks about how these believers are sealed by God. Read Ephesians 1:13–14. How are believers in the New Covenant sealed by God? What does it mean that we are “sealed” and what is the significance?
- At the end of time, God will unite heaven and earth together and we will be with Him forever (Ephesians 1:10, Colossians 1:20, Revelation 21:1–2). How is this eternal state described in verses 15–17?
- Read back through the chapter and list out the attributes of God that this passage describes or implies.
- Which aspect of how God is described in this passage most stood out to you? Why?
- What causes you the most fear in life (fear of the unknown, physical harm/sickness, fearing for others, etc.)? Based on the truths of this chapter, what would you tell another believer that was struggling with the same fears as you?
- In this passage, we see God’s plan for salvation to spread to all nations. What is one practical way that you can be part of this mission (giving, going, praying)? Think of one other believer that you can challenge to join you in taking this practical step.
Prayer point: Praise God for His glory that is displayed in this chapter, and give thanks for the hope we have through the salvation that He has provided. Ask Him to use you to be a part of bringing this hope of salvation to others.
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