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The Bible says in Revelation 16:17-21: “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.”
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “From Tribulation to Jubilation (Part 3)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
The premiliennial view holds that Christ will return at the end of the Church Age in order to set up His kingdom on earth for a literal one thousand years. Most also believe there will be a Great Tribulation period on earth prior to the return of Christ. Among premillennialists are those who believe the Church will go through the Tribulation (postribulationists), those who believe the Church will be raptured prior to the Tribulation (pretribulationists) and even a few who believe the Church will be raptured in the middle of the Tribulation (midtribulationists). Despite these differences in regard to the Rapture of the Church, premillennialists generally believe in the future restoration of the state of Israel and the eventual conversion of the Jews to Christianity.
With these distinctions in mind, notice several things about the two groups of people in Revelation 7.
The 144,000 servants of God are described as Jews from “every tribe of the sons of Israel.” The number seems to be literal, but it could also be symbolic of totality. There is no indication in the text that they are to be viewed as the New Testament church or Gentile Christians. They are said to be living on earth and need to be sealed in order to be protected from the judgments that are coming on the earth. When we consider the symbolism of the “woman” (Israel) and the “rest of her offspring” (converted Jews) in Revelation 12:1-17, it is clear that the 144,000 are literal Israelites. In fact, Revelation 7:5-8 specifically lists the fact that 12,000 come from each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
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