Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.—Revelation 14:1Do you long to know God more deeply? Are you tired of all the voices in your head saying contradicting things about the character of our God? Does God’s love sometimes seem more confusing to you than simple? Please don’t despair. I have good news for you.
The book of Revelation speaks about a special work Jesus is going to do for you in regards to your desire to truly know His inmost thoughts and feelings for you. It’s called the sealing.
“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out 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 we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads’” (Revelation 7:1-3).
But what is it that is being sealed? Look carefully at this week’s opening text (Revelation 14:1). What is being sealed is the name or character of our God in our innermost thoughts and feelings so that nothing can shake us in our understanding of what our God is truly like. Would you like this blessing, dear reader? The promise is sure.
“There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads” (Revelation 22:3-4).
But we do not have to wait till the streets of gold to have this grand experience.
“Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads—it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved—just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming” (MS 173, 1902, emphasis added).
Did you catch that? We have been living in the time of the sealing for over 100 years. God is persistently but desperately trying to accomplish this in you right now. I meet so many people each weekend who are genuinely confused over what God thinks and feels toward them. And it’s no wonder when we stop to listen to all contradictory things we say about our God. We don’t yet truly see Him or His love as it really is. My desperate cry this week, my prayer, is that we will cease our cultural resistance and allow the settling into the truth of God’s character of love to reach its long-awaited, glorious, triumphant accomplishment in our hearts. That we will truly be the ones who “hasten” the fulfillment of His greatest desire. That His heart’s cry to be simply understood by us will finally find its fruition in the hearts of His people in this generation. Won’t you give Him, dear friend, opportunities, a little of your time? Open His Word this week, spend some time simply “with Him” this week, and let Him guide you more deeply into the most important experience of the ages? An encounter He calls “the sealing.”