Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 14 – Revelation 7

Chuck is doing a lot of review in this study.  After re-capping many of the highlights from recent weeks, he begins the teaching on Revelation chapter 7.  This week, we learn about the 144,000 Sealed Servants from the 12 Tribes.  When you read this chapter, pay close attention to the tribes listed.  Who is missing?  Chuck explains why they’re missing.

Chuck also covers the myth of the “Ten Lost Tribes” with a fairly lengthy history lesson that I will probably rewatch.  This leads into the discussion of the two tribes that are missing from the list and the list of Scripture to support why they aren’t listed.

Then, we spent some time contrasting the Tribulation Saints with the 24 Elders.  Chuck keeps saying that the 24 Elders are the church.  This doesn’t completely sit well with me.  Why the number 24?  Why call them Elders?  The number seems literal, not representative.  I could be wrong, and I haven’t studied them on my own, yet.  Maybe this topic should top my list of subjects to study.

Well, I did take the time to study “elders”.  I learned several fascinating things:  elders are representative of a larger group.  In many cases, they are responsible for disseminating information to that group they represent.  So, I now believe that these 24 elders represent the redeemed.  They would be the representative pillars of the faith.

The closest I can come to an answer about the number 24 right now is that the number 12 deals in reference to government perfection, and 24 is 12 x 2.  Another source says 24 references a heavenly government of some sort, and heavenly worship.  This study is certainly not finished.

Homework for next time:  Read Revelation 8.  Read Joshua and compare to Revelation.

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