Read Revelation CH 7
What does it say?
John witnesses the sealing of God’s servants and hears the praise song of an innumerable multitude of those who have been saved from great tribulation.
What does it mean?
The judgment in the sixth seal seems to continue. Four angels are given the task of withholding the four winds from the earth, but they are warned not to harm the earth or the sea until God puts His seal on His servants. Once this has taken place, John sees a multitude of people–beyond number–who are worshipping God. This multitude of people are those who have been saved out of great tribulation, who serve God in His heavenly temple, and who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb who alone can save and protect them. John paints a vivid picture of God’s judgment, but also reminds his readers that God protects those who worship Jesus, the Lamb.
How should I respond?
We’ve all seen commercials for security systems promising a person to talk with as you wait for someone to come with help. With this system, you are never alone! John describes a similar picture of Jesus and His protection of His followers. Those who are faithful to Jesus are protected, but that does not guarantee an absence of trouble. Just as purchasing a security system will not keep disaster from happening, being under Jesus’ protection is no guarantee against having problems. Jesus does promise His own presence as your protection, even in the midst of trials. How have you already experienced God’s protection in your life? What problems do you need to bring to Jesus today? His protection is available even if the trial does not go away. You are safe in Him.