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God Will Work With Israel and the Church Simultaneously in the FUTURE – Ep. 137 The Biblical Prophecy Program™ with Alan E. Kurschner | Christian Theology / Eschatology

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Having established a biblical-theological pattern that God has worked with both Israel and the church simultaneously in the past and in the present. It should not be unexpected then that God will work with both Israel and the church at the same time in the future—particularly during the seven-year period. There is a striking juxtaposition in Rev 7 depicting God's protection of two groups just before the day of the Lord’s wrath begins with the opening of the seventh seal. The first group are the 144,000 “from all the tribes of the people of Israel.”



After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so no wind could blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, who had the seal of the living God. He shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission to damage the earth and the sea: “Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees until we have put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Now I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all the tribes of the people of Israel: From the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Zebulun, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed. (Rev 7:1–8)



These 144,000 are, at least in part, the remnant of Israel who will converted at the end of the age—or, more specifically, at the end of the seventieth week of Daniel thereby fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 9:24–27. God will redeem this group at that time when they recognize Jesus as their long-awaited messiah (cf. Zech 12:10). It is said that they are protected on earth from the impending wrath of God by having a “seal” placed on their foreheads: "Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees until we have put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God" (Rev 7:3). Yet, there is another group that is simultaneously protected from the soon-arrival of God's eschatological wrath. This group, however, is not protected on earth but delivered to heaven before the throne of God. They are described as an innumerable number who appear in heaven "who have come out of the great tribulation," possessing newly resurrected bodies:



After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. They were shouting out in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels stood there in a circle around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they threw themselves down with their faces to the ground before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Praise and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” Then one of the elders asked me, “These dressed in long white robes—who are they and where have they come from?” So I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night i

Having established a biblical-theological pattern that God has worked with both Israel and the church simultaneously in the past and in the present. It should not be unexpected then that God will work with both Israel and the church at the same time in the future—particularly during the seven-year period. There is a striking juxtaposition in Rev 7 depicting God's protection of two groups just before the day of the Lord’s wrath begins with the opening of the seventh seal. The first group are the 144,000 “from all the tribes of the people of Israel.”



After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so no wind could blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, who had the seal of the living God. He shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission to damage the earth and the sea: “Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees until we have put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Now I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all the tribes of the people of Israel: From the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Zebulun, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed. (Rev 7:1–8)



These 144,000 are, at least in part, the remnant of Israel who will converted at the end of the age—or, more specifically, at the end of the seventieth week of Daniel thereby fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 9:24–27. God will redeem this group at that time when they recognize Jesus as their long-awaited messiah (cf. Zech 12:10). It is said that they are protected on earth from the impending wrath of God by having a “seal” placed on their foreheads: "Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees until we have put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God" (Rev 7:3). Yet, there is another group that is simultaneously protected from the soon-arrival of God's eschatological wrath. This group, however, is not protected on earth but delivered to heaven before the throne of God. They are described as an innumerable number who appear in heaven "who have come out of the great tribulation," possessing newly resurrected bodies:



After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. They were shouting out in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels stood there in a circle around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they threw themselves down with their faces to the ground before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Praise and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” Then one of the elders asked me, “These dressed in long white robes—who are they and where have they come from?” So I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night i

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