Somewhere during the tribulation period, there will be four angels who it was granted to harm the earth and the sea. I don’t know if these are God’s holy angels, or if they are fallen angels…I would lean toward holy angels that were given the directive to do this. Even as I write this I can’t help but think that the fallen angels are referred to as demons throughout the New Testament (if I understand correctly), so God probably wouldn’t call them angels in Revelation. In either case, they will harm the earth and the sea, and then another angel will “cry with a loud voice" for them to stop. Revelation7:2 says of this angel, “having the seal of the living God”; which is what got me thinking…didn’t the other four have the ‘seal’?….what is this ‘seal’ if the others are holy angels without the ‘seal’ but this one who “cried out” does have the ‘seal’?
Revelation 7:1-2 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then 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 granted to harm the earth and the sea,
Why did the angel say, “do not harm”? It seems as though they were going to continue to harm the earth and the sea, but they are commanded to stop for now….why? They are to stop until the servants of God are sealed on their foreheads. I don’t know what the seal is, I don’t know if it is literally on their forehead, but it is clear that some form of chaos will cease until this “sealing” is done. In addition, we know that these servants of God are enduring the tribulation period until this seal happens.
Revelation 7:3 saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads."
Then we have a seen of total worship around the Throne of God; multitudes no one could number, every tribe and tongue…angels too…but the people were in white robes…why? We have seen a couple chapters back that the white robes were given to those who have died for their faith in Jesus. Now we get a little more insight….these people also came out of the Great Tribulation. More evidence that the believers will be here for the tribulation. But the more amazing insight is that there is a special position for these people. They will “serve God day and night in the temple”! I don’t know what the other options for service look like in Heaven, but we know that the white robes are given to martyrs and this special position of serving Him in His temple is also given….so what will it be?....Do you want a white robe and be given the blessing of serving Him day and night? Just preach Jesus until you are killed for it…are you in?
Revelation 7:9-17 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen." 13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?" 14 And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."