I wonder if the "seal on the forehead" is not unlike the (or contrast to) "God's word on the forehead, hand or arm, door, gate, fence post" as listed in various verses in the old testament. If so, the seal could be the rebellious nature of a non-repentant person, just as having the word of God on your forehead would represent a person who is dedicated to keeping the commandments of God. I would like to know what verses in revelation indicate the suffering did not affect Godly people.
Hi Bill, the study is from a good friend Hiram a retired Pastor. I can answer your question, if you have time...Let's go to the verses in Rev.
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Rev 7:2 And 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,
Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
The seal was to not mark those who were to be hurt, rather it was to select a group of anointed witnesses. We cannot witness without the power of the holy spirit. The believer is sealed with the holy spirit, as in these verses...
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
2 Cor 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
2 Cor 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted,after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Rev 7:4 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.
Rev 7:5 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...
These were 12000 Jews chosen by God from twelve tribes of Israel. They were sealed with the holy Spirit and sent out to witness to the nations, especially to Israel who would receive Jesus, their Messiah. Many of these will be martyrd.
>>I would like to know what verses in revelation indicate the suffering did not affect Godly people.
In the time of the antichrist, there will be great persecution against God's people and many will be killed. But, God will not send his wrath upon his own people. To ilustrate this, we go back to the plagues of Egypt sent through Moses. These did not touch God's people. The last plague was the killing of the firstborn. Those of God's people who obeyed and put the blood of the lamb around their door, were passed over by the death angel. This is the Passover that is remembered each year by the Jewish people.
Two things to remember, (1 Satan will persecute believers (2 God keeps us from his own wrath against the ungodly; he keeps his own.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Eph 5:5 For this ye know, thatno whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
1 Th 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Th 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.