Will any be saved during the tribulation?

In their earlier days, the group known as Jehovah’s Witnesses claimed they constituted the144,000. They misappropriated this Scripture and applied it to themselves, though they are not Jews and never were. They ran into difficulty, however, when the group grew beyond 144,000. The … More

Chapter seven is a parenthesis. In this chapter there is a break between the sixth and seventh seals. This period of tribulation takes place after the church leaves the earth, after the church concludes its mission and is taken to be with the Lord. From our Scripture passage today I believe we will find the answer to the question that many ask: Will there be any saved during the tribulation? This is answered in this chapter, where two classes of the saved are mentioned specifically; 144,000 Jewish evangelists on earth (vv. 1-8), and their converts (vv. 9-17). It is very evident that God has a remnant that will be saved, sealed and called out for the use of evangelism during the great tribulation. It seems that in the midst of wrath God reminds us of His mercy for His own.

  1. The sealed Remnant of Israel (Jews) (vv. 1-8) - This refers to 144,000 Israelites made up of the 12 tribes with 12,000 from each tribe who will be sealed and protected during the Tribulation. It is obvious that Israel will be in the Tribulation, and though men do not know the identification of each tribe today, certainly God knows. It is interesting to note that in the list of tribes Dan is omitted and Manasseh is substituted. Speculation has it that Dan was omitted because it was one of the first tribes to go into idolatry.

Application

I am thankful that the same God who has been merciful to the Jews and will send out144,000 Jewish evangelists during the tribulation was also merciful to save me.

Revelation 7:1-8 (English Standard Version)

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad, 12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh, 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar, 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

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