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Destiny. Trajectory. No Hope. Hope.

Future.

For current context and for mind/heart prep for this post please read and reread: Quatre, Quatre/Four, Trois, Trois/Three, Deux, Deux/Two, Un, Un/OneZéro, Zéro/Zero.

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The key to understanding Revelation is the same as the key to understanding other parts of the Bible. The apostle Paul points to that key. After explaining that God reveals the hidden wisdom through his spirit, Paul says: “These things we also speak, not with words taught by human wisdom, but with those taught by the spirit, as we combine spiritual matters with spiritual words.” (1Co 2:8-13) If we search the Scriptures (and in some cases the customs and practices of those days), we find in them many of the things used as symbolisms in Revelation. By comparing these Scripture texts, we can often understand what the Revelation symbol means. It should be noted, however, that a term or expression may refer to or symbolize different things, according to the context in which it appears. [excerpted: Revelation to John Insight on the Scriptures, Volume 2]

standing? “abel” to stand?! …Divine wrath…

1. “Who is able to stand” during the great day of divine wrath?

“WHO is able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17) Yes, who indeed? When the great day of divine wrath devastates Satan’s system, rulers and peoples of the world may well ask that question. To them it will appear that the impending cataclysm will snuff out all human life. But will it? Happily, God’s prophet assures us: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will get away safe.” (Joel 2:32) The apostles Peter and Paul confirm that fact. (Acts 2:19-21; Romans 10:13) Yes, those who call on the name of Jehovah will be survivors. Who are these ones? As the next vision unfolds, we shall see.

2. Why is it remarkable that there will be survivors of Jehovah’s day of judgment?

It is truly remarkable that anyone should come through Jehovah’s day of judgment alive, for another of God’s prophets describes it in these words: “Look! A windstorm of Jehovah, rage itself, has gone forth, an onward-sweeping tempest. Upon the head of the wicked ones it will whirl. The burning anger of Jehovah will not turn back until he will have executed and until he will have carried out the ideas of his heart.” (Jeremiah 30:23, 24) It is urgent that we take steps to weather that storm!​—Proverbs 2:22; Isaiah 55:6, 7;Zephaniah 2:2, 3.

The Four Winds

3. (a) What special service performed by angels does John see? (b) What is symbolized by “the four winds”?

Before Jehovah unleashes this fury, heavenly angels perform a special service. John now beholds this in vision: “After this I saw four angels standing upon the four corners of the earth, holding tight the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow upon the earth or upon the sea or upon any tree.” (Revelation 7:1) What does this mean for us today? These “four winds” are a vivid symbol of destructive judgment about to be let loose on a wicked earthly society, on the surging “sea” of lawless humanity, and on lofty treelike rulers that draw support and sustenance from the people of the earth.​—Isaiah 57:20; Psalm 37:35, 36.

4. (a) What do the four angels represent? (b) What will be the effect on Satan’s earthly organization when the four winds are released?

No doubt, these four angels represent four angelic groups, whom Jehovah uses to hold back the execution of judgment until the appointed time. When the angels release those winds of divine wrath to whirl at one time from north, south, east, and west, the devastation will be tremendous. It will resemble, but on a stupendous scale, Jehovah’s use of the four winds to scatter the ancient Elamites, shattering and exterminating them. (Jeremiah 49:36-38) It will be a gigantic storm wind far more devastating than the “tempest” by which Jehovah annihilated the nation of Ammon. (Amos 1:13-15) No part of Satan’s organization on earth will be able to stand in the day of Jehovah’s fury, when he vindicates his sovereignty for all eternity to come.​—Psalm 83:15, 18; Isaiah 29:5, 6.

5. How does Jeremiah’s prophecy help us understand that God’s judgments will embrace the entire earth?

Can we be sure that God’s judgments will ravage the entire earth? Listen again to his prophet Jeremiah: “Look! A calamity is going forth from nation to nation, and a great tempest itself will be roused up from the remotest parts of the earth. And those slain by Jehovah will certainly come to be in that day from one end of the earth clear to the other end of the earth.” (Jeremiah 25:32, 33) It is during this tempestuous storm that darkness will engulf this world. Its ruling agencies will be shaken into oblivion. (Revelation 6:12-14) But the future will not be dark for everyone. For whose sake, then, are the four winds held back?

Sealing…

6. Who tells the angels to hold back the four winds, and for what does this allow time?

John goes on to describe how some will be marked for survival, saying: “And I saw another angel ascending from the sunrising, having a 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 or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.’”​—Revelation 7:2,3.

7. Who really is the fifth angel, and what evidence helps us establish his identity?

Though this fifth angel is not named, all the evidence indicates that he must be the glorified Lord Jesus. In line with Jesus’ being the Archangel, he is here shown to have authority over the other angels. (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 9) He ascends from the east, like “the kings from the rising of the sun”​—Jehovah and his Christ—​who come to execute judgment, as did kings Darius and Cyrus when they humbled ancient Babylon. (Revelation 16:12; Isaiah 45:1; Jeremiah 51:11; Daniel 5:31) This angel also resembles Jesus in that he is entrusted with sealing anointed Christians. (Ephesians 1:13, 14) Further, when the winds are unleashed, it is Jesus who leads the heavenly armies in executing judgment on the nations. (Revelation 19:11-16) Logically, then, Jesus would be the one to command that destruction of Satan’s earthly organization be held back until God’s slaves are sealed.

8. What is the sealing, and when did it begin?

What is this sealing, and who are these slaves of God? The sealing began at Pentecost 33 C.E. when the first Jewish Christians were anointed with holy spirit. Later, God proceeded to call out and anoint “people of the nations.” (Romans 3:29; Acts 2:1-4, 14, 32, 33; 15:14) The apostle Paul wrote about anointed Christians’ having a guarantee that they “belong to Christ” and added that God “has also put his seal upon us and has given us the token of what is to come, that is, the spirit, in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:21, 22; compare Revelation 14:1.) Thus, when these slaves are adopted as God’s spiritual sons, they receive a token in advance of their heavenly inheritance​—a seal, or pledge. (2 Corinthians 5:1, 5; Ephesians 1:10, 11) They can then say: “The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children. If, then, we are children, we are also heirs: heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs with Christ, provided we suffer together that we may also be glorified together.”​—Romans 8:15-17.

9. (a) What endurance on the part of the remaining spirit-begotten sons of God is required? (b) For how long will the testing of the anointed go on?

“Provided we suffer together”​—what does that mean? In order to receive the crown of life, anointed Christians must endure, faithful even to death. (Revelation 2:10) It is not a matter of ‘once saved, always saved.’ (Matthew 10:22; Luke 13:24) Rather, they are admonished: “Do your utmost to make the calling and choosing of you sure for yourselves.” Like the apostle Paul, ultimately they must be able to say: “I have fought the fine fight, I have run the course to the finish, I have observed the faith.” (2 Peter 1:10, 11;2 Timothy 4:7, 8) So here on earth the testing and sifting of the remaining spirit-begotten sons of God must go on until Jesus and his accompanying angels will have firmly implanted the seal ‘in the forehead’ of all of these, identifying them conclusively, irrevocably, as tried and faithful “slaves of our God.” That seal then becomes a permanent mark. Evidently, when the four winds of tribulation are unleashed, all of spiritual Israel will have been sealed in finality, even though a few will still be alive in the flesh. (Matthew 24:13; Revelation 19:7) The entire membership will be complete!​—Romans 11:25, 26.

specified aka “limited”  “little” & unspecified aka “unlimited”…”great”

10. (a) What scriptures indicate that the number of the sealed ones is limited? (b) What is the total number sealed, and how are they listed?

10 Jesus said to those in line for this sealing: “Have no fear, little flock, because your Father has approved of giving you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) Other scriptures, such as Revelation 6:11 and Romans 11:25, indicate that the number of this little flock is indeed limited and, in fact, predetermined. John’s next words confirm this: “And I heard the number of those who were sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel: Out of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand sealed; out of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand; out of the tribe ofLevi twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand sealed.”​—Revelation 7:4-8.

11. (a) Why could the reference to the 12 tribes not apply to literal, fleshly Israel? (b) Why does Revelation list the 12 tribes? (c) Why is there no exclusively royal or priestly tribe in the Israel of God?

11 Could this not be a reference to literal, fleshly Israel? No, for Revelation 7:4-8 diverges from the usual tribal listing. (Numbers 1:17, 47) Obviously, the listing here is not for the purpose of identifying fleshly Jews by their tribes but to show a similar organizational structure for spiritual Israel. This is balanced. There are to be exactly 144,000 members of this new nation​—12,000 from each of 12 tribes. No tribe in this Israel of God is exclusively royal or priestly. The whole nation is to rule as kings, and the whole nation is to serve as priests.​—Galatians 6:16; Revelation 20:4, 6.

12. Why is it appropriate that the 24 elders sing before the Lamb the words of Revelation 5:9, 10?

12 Although the natural Jews and Jewish proselytes were given the first opportunity to be chosen for spiritual Israel, only a minority of that nation responded. Jehovah therefore extended the invitation to the Gentiles. (John 1:10-13; Acts 2:4, 7-11; Romans 11:7) As in the case of the Ephesians, who previously had been “alienated from the state of Israel,” now non-Jews could be sealed with God’s spirit and become part of the congregation of anointed Christians. (Ephesians 2:11-13; 3:5, 6; Acts 15:14) It is appropriate, then, for the 24 elders to sing before the Lamb: “With your blood you bought persons for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”​—Revelation 5:9, 10.

13. Why could Jesus’ half brother James properly address his letter “to the twelve tribes that are scattered about”?

13 The Christian congregation is “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” (1 Peter 2:9) Replacing natural Israel as God’s nation, it becomes a new Israel that is “really ‘Israel.’” (Romans 9:6-8; Matthew 21:43)* For this reason, it was quite proper for Jesus’ half brother James to address his pastoral letter “to the twelve tribes that are scattered about,” that is, to the worldwide congregation of anointed Christians that in time would number 144,000.​—James 1:1.

[excerpted: Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand! p. 113; Sealing the Israel of God] (my colorful highlights)

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Revelation 7:9-12–

American Standard Version:

After these things I saw, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 and they cry with a great voice, saying, Salvation unto our God who sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb.

11 And all the angels were standing round about the throne, and about the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12 saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Bible in Living English:

After this I saw, and there was a great crowd, that no one could count, out of every race and tribe and people and language, standing before the throne and before the lamb, clad in white robes and with palms in their hands, 10 and they cried loudly “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the lamb.” 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne and the aged men and the four creatures, and threw themselves down on their faces before the throne and did reverence to God,  12 saying “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever; amen.”

King James Version:

After 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;

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

11 And 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,

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

The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures:

ΜετὰAfter ταῦταthese (things) εἶδον,I saw, καὶand ἰδοὺlook! ὄχλοςcrowd πολύς,much, ὃνwhich ἀριθμῆσαιto number αὐτὸνit οὐδεὶςno one ἐδύνατο,was able, ἐκout of παντὸςevery ἔθνουςnation καὶand φυλῶνof tribes καὶand λαῶνof peoples καὶand γλωσσῶν,of tongues, ἑστῶτες(ones) having stood ἐνώπιονin sight τοῦof the θρόνουthrone καὶand ἐνώπιονin sight τοῦof the ἀρνίου,Lamb, περιβεβλημένους(ones) having been thrown about στολὰςrobes λευκάς,white, καὶand φοίνικεςpalm [branches] ἐνin ταῖςthe χερσὶνhands αὐτῶν·of them; 

10καὶand κράζουσιthey are crying out φωνῇto voice μεγάλῃgreat, λέγοντεςsaying The σωτηρίαsalvation τῷto the θεῷGod ἡμῶνof us τῷto the (one) καθημένῳsitting ἐπὶupon τῷthe θρόνῳthrone καὶand τῷto the ἀρνίῳ.Lamb.

11 καὶAnd πάντεςall οἱthe ἄγγελοιangels ἱστήκεισανhad stood κύκλῳto circle τοῦof the θρόνουthrone καὶand τῶνof the πρεσβυτέρωνolder persons καὶand τῶνof the τεσσάρωνfour ζῴων,living [creatures], καὶand ἔπεσανthey fell ἐνώπιονin sight τοῦof the θρόνουthrone ἐπὶupon τὰthe πρόσωπαfaces αὐτῶνof them καὶand προσεκύνησανworshiped τῷto the θεῷ,God

New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures—With References:

After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd,+ which no man was able to number, out of all nations*+ and tribes and peoples+ and tongues,+ standing before the throne+ and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes;+ and there were palm branches+ in their hands. 10 And they keep on crying with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation* [we owe] to our God,+ who is seated on the throne,+and to the Lamb.”+

11 And all the angels+ were standing around the throne and the elders*+ and the four living creatures,+ and they fell upon their faces before the throne and worshiped God,+ 12 saying: “Amen! The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power+ and the strength [be] to our God forever and ever. Amen.”*+

New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures:

After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues,*+ standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes;+ and there were palm branches in their hands.+ 10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne,+ and to the Lamb.”+  11 All the angels were standing around the throne and the elders+ and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Let the praise and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever.+ Amen.”

New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Study Edition):

After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues,*+ standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes;+ and there were palm branches in their hands.+ 10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne,+ and to the Lamb.”+

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and the elders+ and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Let the praise and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever.+ Amen.”

(7 parallel translations comparatives : Revelation 7:9-12)

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Revelation 7:4-8–

American Standard Version:

And I heard the number of them that were sealed, a hundred and forty and four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel: 5 Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand: Of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand; 6 Of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand; 7 Of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand; 8 Of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

 

The Bible in Living English:

And I heard the number of the sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel: 5 out of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand sealed, out of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, out of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, 6 out of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, out of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, out of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, 7 out of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, out of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, out of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, 8 out of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, out of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, out of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand sealed.

 

King James Version:

And 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.

5 Of 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.

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

7 Of 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.

8 Of 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.

The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures:

ΚαὶAnd ἤκουσαI heard τὸνthe ἀριθμὸνnumber τῶνof the ἐσφραγισμένων,(ones) having been sealed, ἑκατὸνhundred τεσσεράκονταforty- τέσσαρεςfour χιλιάδες,thousands, ἐσφραγισμένοι(they) having been sealed ἐκout of πάσηςevery φυλῆςtribe υἱῶνof sons Ἰσραήλ·of Israel;

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ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Ἰούδαof Judah δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδεςthousands ἐσφραγισμένοι,(ones) having been sealed,

ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Ῥουβὴνof Reuben δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Γὰδof Gad δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

6 ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe ᾿Ασὴρof Asher δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Νεφθαλὶμof Naphtali δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Μανασσῆof Manasseh δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

7 ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Συμεὼνof Simeon δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Λευεὶof Levi δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Ἰσσαχὰρof Issachar δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

8 ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Ζαβουλὼνof Zebulun δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Ἰωσὴφof Joseph δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδες,thousands,

ἐκout of φυλῆςtribe Βενιαμεὶνof Benjamin δώδεκαtwelve χιλιάδεςthousands ἐσφραγισμένοι.(ones) having been sealed.

New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures—With References:

And I heard the number of those who were sealed,* a hundred and forty-four thousand,+ sealed out of every tribe+ of the sons of Israel:+

5 Out of the tribe of Judah+ twelve thousand sealed;

out of the tribe of Reuʹben+ twelve thousand;

out of the tribe of Gad*+ twelve thousand;

6 out of the tribe of Ashʹer+ twelve thousand;

out of the tribe of Naphʹta·li+ twelve thousand;

out of the tribe of Ma·nasʹseh+ twelve thousand;

7 out of the tribe of Simʹe·on*+ twelve thousand;

out of the tribe of Leʹvi+ twelve thousand;

out of the tribe of Isʹsa·char+ twelve thousand;

8 out of the tribe of Zebʹu·lun+ twelve thousand;

out of the tribe of Joseph+ twelve thousand;

out of the tribe of Benjamin+ twelve thousand sealed.+

New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures:

And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000,+ sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel:+

5 Out of the tribe of Judah 12,000 sealed;

out of the tribe of Reuʹben 12,000;

out of the tribe of Gad 12,000;

6 out of the tribe of Ashʹer 12,000;

out of the tribe of Naphʹta·li 12,000;

out of the tribe of Ma·nasʹseh+ 12,000;

7 out of the tribe of Simʹe·on 12,000;

out of the tribe of Leʹvi 12,000;

out of the tribe of Isʹsa·char 12,000;

8 out of the tribe of Zebʹu·lun 12,000;

out of the tribe of Joseph 12,000;

out of the tribe of Benjamin 12,000 sealed.

New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Study Edition):

And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000,+ sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel:+

5 Out of the tribe of Judah 12,000 sealed;

out of the tribe of Reuʹben 12,000;

out of the tribe of Gad 12,000;

6 out of the tribe of Ashʹer 12,000;

out of the tribe of Naphʹta·li 12,000;

out of the tribe of Ma·nasʹseh+ 12,000;

7 out of the tribe of Simʹe·on 12,000;

out of the tribe of Leʹvi 12,000;

out of the tribe of Isʹsa·char 12,000;

8 out of the tribe of Zebʹu·lun 12,000;

out of the tribe of Joseph 12,000;

out of the tribe of Benjamin 12,000 sealed.

(7 parallel translations comparatives : Revelation 7:4-8)
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