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Mercy Undeserving

Mercy Undeserving

May 21, 2017

Passage: Revelation 7:1-8

Preacher: Nick Pierce

Series: Revelation

Category: Sermons

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The Means of World-Wide Revival

The Sealing of the 144,000

“After this…”

            -Begs the question: “After what?”

 

If God’s _______ and ________ will be made available in the             ________ time known on the earth;

            Is it not available to _____ ______ in your worst time?

 

God is working in _____ ________ so that He can work

            ___________ our lives!

 

The Gospel was never meant to _______ at you,

            But to __________ through you!

 

A Christianity that _______ __________ produces the same!

 

“Too long have we been waiting for one another to begin! The time of waiting is past! The hour of God has struck! War is declared! In God’s Holy Name let us arise and build! ‘The God of Heaven, He will fight for us’, as we for Him. We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of the sayings of Christ, and the gates and minions of hell shall not prevail against us.  Should such men as we fear? Before the world, aye, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God, we will venture our all for Him, we will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only our God, than live trusting in man. And when we come to this position the battle is already won, and the end of the glorious campaign in sight. We will have the real Holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.”  (C.T. Studd)

 

 

 

MESSAGE SERIES: REVELATION                                                                            Pastor Nick Pierce

Message #21: “Mercy Undeserving”                                                                Grace Evangelical Church

Revelation 7:1-8                                                                                                                       May 21st, 2017

 

 

Food for Thought Guide

For the week of May 21st, 2017

 

Growth Group Announcements & Information:

 

  • Growth Groups will break over the summer, meeting occasionally for social gatherings. Groups will resume later this Fall, with signups for open spots starting in August.

 

Thoughts on: Revelation 7:1-8

 

 

The 144,000 –

 

“Four angels standing at the four corners of the earth” – this phrase is an ancient (and sometimes modern) equivalent to the idea of “the four points of the compass.” The whole earth is implied; thus, the idea is that these angels effect the entire earth.

 

 

“Holding the four winds of the earth” – this is a figurative expression, indicating all the earth’s winds – those from the south, east, north, and west (note: these winds were a destructive force of God’s judgment, as they often are in the Old Testament; cf. Hosea 13:15). The four angels, for a moment, hold back the judgment that has come upon the whole earth by suspending these “four winds.” Even during devastation, God shows mercy by bringing a temporary pause to the havoc being unleashed. This temporary pause allows time for the 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, 144,000 in all, to be sealed on their foreheads with the mark of God.

 

 

“Having the seal of the living God” – Seal often refers to a signet ring used to press its image into wax melted on a document. The resulting imprint implied authenticity and ownership and protected the contents (cf. Rev. 9:4; Ezek 9:3,4). In this case, the mark is the name of God (cf. Rev 14:1). The seal is the Father’s name imprinted on their foreheads.

 

 

“One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed” – this is their general identification. They are of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Ethnically, they are Jewish, and there are 144,000 of these chosen ones.  We are not told what exactly their service is, but the 144,000 are sealed for a specific and unique purpose.

 

 

Who are these 144,000? – some facts about the 144,000 from Revelation 7 and Revelation 14 give us insight regarding their identity.

 

  1. They are called the children of Israel (Revelation 7:4).

 

  1. Their tribal affiliation is specific (Revelation 7:4-8).

 

iii. They seem to be protected and triumphant through the period of God’s wrath, meeting with Jesus at Mount Zion at His return (Revelation 14:1).

 

  1. They are celibate (Revelation 14:4).

 

  1. They are the beginning of a greater harvest (Revelation 14:4), meaning that they will usher in the final revival in history; which will be the greatest revival ever known.

 

  1. They are marked by integrity and faithfulness (Revelation 14:5).

 

 

It is best to see the 144,000 as specifically chosen Jewish people who come to faith in Jesus, protectively sealed throughout the tribulation as a sign.

 

  1. They are the beginning harvest of the salvation of Israel (Romans 11:1, Romans 11:26, Matthew 23:37-39).

 

  1. Also, these Jewish persons will be the primary initiators of the end-time, world-wide revival that takes place, ushering in the final great move of God regarding salvation, which also includes Israel before the end and the return of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. These 144,000 cannot be a part of the Church proper; for their repentance comes too late for that (i.e, the Rapture of the church has already occurred by this point.) They are a super addition to the Church – a supplementary body – near and precious to Christ, but made up after the proper Church has finished its course.” (Seiss)

 

  1. In many ways, these 144,000 will be of the type of the apostle Paul. Being Jewish, they will have solid theological grounding in the teaching of the Old Testament. When they come to faith in Christ as Messiah, the “turnaround” time before they begin preaching will be short. They will be able to preach and prove that Christ is the Messiah, both from the Old and New Testaments. Their effectiveness will be patterned, in this final world-wide harvest of evangelism, as the apostle Paul was in the first-century of the church.