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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Revelation Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (95 AD)
Overview: God Reveals the Future to John (c 1-22)
Theme: Messages for the Church (c 4-22)
Message: The Great Multitude Worshiping Before God (v 1-17)

Revelation 7 Commentary

(7:1-8) God's People will be Preserved - The sixth seal had been opened, and the people of the earth had tried to hide from God, asking who would be able to survive God’s judgment (6:17). Just when destruction seemed sure, four angels held back the four winds of judgment until God’s people were sealed as his own. This sealing occurred in this interlude between the sixth and seventh seals. An interlude also comes between the sixth and seventh trumpets (10:1–11:13) but not between the sixth and seventh bowls (16:12-21). The faithful believers would be kept safe. This chapter contains two pictures: first, the sealing of the 144,000; second, the great multitude worshiping before God’s throne.

(7:9-17) Praise from the Great Multitude - This “vast crowd” is the redeemed multitude, the great international family of God, offering praise to him. These are the ones who have been protected, redeemed, and purified.

David Burnette's Life Application

Salvation is in Christ Alone

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Revelation with Chapter 7 and in today's text we see the Lord revealing to John the 6th seal of the 7 seals broken which continues to describes the judgement that is coming in the end times . The 144,000 symbolizing the completeness of the 12 tribes of Israel. Then the multitudes of people who have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus-Christ. Salvation is in Him and Him alone by Grace through Faith. In applying this text we can see only one way to the Father and that is through the Son not of works lest any should boast. While Jehovah-Witnesses try to misinterpret this passage trying to say that Heaven is full and the those who work hard can inherited the Earth - the Truth is that we who are Saved will gather around the throne praising and worshiping Jesus-Christ the Author and Finisher of our Faith. Realizing our position in Christ should motivate us to Praise and Worship Him Now. How about you today? Are you Saved? If so are you giving Him the Praise and Worship that we will giving Him for Eternity? Let us learn from our text today that Salvation is in Jesus-Christ and Christ alone.


Revelation 7

Revelation 7

 1And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

 2And 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 given to hurt the earth and the sea,

 3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

 4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

 5Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

 6Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

 7Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

 8Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

 9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

 13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

 14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

 15Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

 16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

 17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.