Revelation 7 – Part 2

Speaker: Scott Jarrett | Nov 6, 2011

Revelation 7 – Part 1

III. Preliminary Considerations For Verses 9-17

-Chapter 7 represents an interlude (i.e. a reprieve or delay in action) between the events represented in the breaking of the first 6 seals and the events represented by the breaking of the seventh seal/seven
trumpets (8:1-6).
-The events represented in the breaking of the six seals = The Jewish War from its beginning to w/in 5mos of its end (MAR/67 AD – APR/70 AD).
-Chapter 7, therefore, takes place sometime close to APRIL of 70 AD.
-What else is going on at this same time: Titus has surrounded Jerusalem ready to siege; Jewish Christians are among those being allowed to leave the city w/o harm; Titus’ father Vespasian is now on the throne of Rome as her new Emperor (Dec 21st, 69 AD) and has canceled the edict against Christians issued by Nero.

Historical support:

-Both ancient historian Dio Cassius, and early church father Tertullian, identify Vespasian as the one who canceled the edict of persecution against the Christians.

“ Vespasian sent a dispatch to Rome rescinding the dis-franchisement of Christians as had been condemned by Nero and succeeding rulers. His action included living and dead alike, and he moreover stopped the indictments made upon such complaints of ungodliness or impiety, however, they might be.” –Dio Cassius

IV. Contextual Interpretation For Verses 9-17

VERSES 9-17 REPRESENT THE FULL NUMBER OF CHRISTIAN MARTYRS DURING THE NERONIC PERSECUTION NOW CELEBRATING IN HEAVEN. THIS ALSO THEN REPRESENTS THE ANSWER TO THE
SECOND PART OF THE MARTYR’S PLEA IN REVELATION 6:10, AND THE END OF NERO’S EDICT OF PERSECUTION.

-Why this is significant/ironic = b/c it means THAT AT The SAME TIME the Jews’ attempts at exterminating the Christian religion failed –their own extermination (as a valid theistic religion) is coming to fruition! Christianity is being relieved while Judaism is being razed/destroyed; Christianity is being vindicated while Judaism is being annihilated.

Scriptural witness:
(9) Great multitude from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues standing before the throne and before the Lamb clothed in white robes (Rev 5:9, 6:9-11, VERSES 13 and 14 confirm them as Christian martyrs); palm branches in their hands (Lev 23:40 w/Rev 6:11 “rest”—until it is time to celebrate!–*WHICH is what they do in the remaining verses 10-14)

(10-17) Crying out w/the angels, four living creatures, and 24 elders in worship…and serving before God night and day in His Temple where every tear is wiped away and the Lamb guides them to the springs of life (Rev 4-5, 21:3-5 confirms the location of this as heaven).

*FOOD for ADDITIONAL THOUGHT:
IF this is what HEAVEN is for those who arrive there after death, why would anyone want to come back? Yet this is exactly the thinking of those holding to a Premillennial Eschatology!

“What shall we say of a supposed divine program which, after glorifying the spirit in heaven, resurrects the body, reunites it to the spirit, and then consigns the now—completely glorified believer to—not another one hundred years, but—one thousand years of life in the same sinful world he longed to leave? Such is not the hope of Scripture. Peter clearly states the Christian expectation in his second epistle: Looking for and hastening unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless, we, according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. There is no room in this simple, glorious hope for the complicated, semi-purgatorial experience of glorified believers which a post-resurrection millennium requires. It is unthinkable that those who
experience the heavenly joys described in Revelation 7:15-17 should be torn from them, and demoted to the premillennialist powder-keg millennium!” –Jay Adams