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August 26, 2016, 9:18 AM

The Seal of the Living God

And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed… Revelation 7:4
 

From verse 5 thru 8 there are 12 names listed as tribes. Is this a complete list? Are all 12 of the original tribes listed?

Hint: No, not all of the tribes are mentioned. There is a tribe not mentioned at all and another that is referred to but not mentioned by its name. See if you can find the missing and not mentioned tribes.

Revelation chapter seven is a break in the opening of the seals. In Chapter six John saw the first six seals opened. Before the seventh seal is opened John has this vision shown to him in chapter seven of “The 144,000” and the question that many ask is who are these people?

The answer to that question depends on who you ask. I took a Bible class at HPU way back in the late 70’s on the Book of Revelation. Our text book “Worthy is the Lamb” was written by Dr. Ray Summers. Dr. Summers for many years was the head of the New Testament department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and he later became the chairman of the religion department at Baylor University in Waco.

Dr. Summers says in his book that “the 144,000 represent NOT Jewish Christians only but the whole body of believers.” That was what I learned and was taught many years ago. Since then I have read and studied books on Revelation by John Phillips, Adrian Rogers, David Jeremiah, W.A. Criswell, H.A. Ironside and other commentaries and the bottom line is there are many opinions and no one really knows with absolute 100% authority who the 144,000 are.

My opinion today is that the 144,000 represent Jews who become Christians during the tribulation. When I was just out of High School and taking my first college classes I believed Dr. Summers because I did not know any other teaching and since it was a Bible Class in a Bible University surely it had to be right. Through the years of studying on my own and digging into what it means because I want to learn and know and not just be told what to believe I think it makes more sense that the 144,000 are from Jews who become saved during tribulation.

Let me just say this and then we will move on to the rest of this email: I don’t want you to believe it just because I say it like I did with Dr. Summers. If you have time and can, do some research and study for yourself.

Join me Sunday and we will continue our series on the Book of Revelation. This week’s message is titled “THE SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD” and our text will be Revelation 7:1-17.

I probably took too much time and space talking about the 144,000 because when people get to chapter seven that seems to be the largest topic for discussion. It gets overlooked that if you ask me an even larger topic should be not just “who are they” but that they “are sealed” and their sealing is so important that orders are given to leave things alone until they are sealed.

Pray for this week’s message as we talk about THE PROMISE OF GOD’S SEAL, THE POWER OF GOD’S SEAL AND THE PLAN OF GOD’S SEAL!

SUPER SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICE

It seems like yesterday we were just beginning the month of August and our services but we are at the end of the month and about to have our last service for this summer.

Join us this Sunday at Hamby Baptist Church for our SSSS at 6pm.

MARY HILL DAVIS STATE MISSIONS

We have set goal of $1,000 for our State missions offering. There are envelopes available in the office, SS rooms and in the sanctuary. Please be praying for the amount God would have you give to support our mission work in our own state.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

If you haven’t picked up your shoe box yet we have plenty. This year we also have a table set up in the fellowship hall for “extras”. If you are filling boxes and have extras from packages of items that you had to purchase more of than you needed, we are gathering the extras and hopefully can use all the extras to fill even more. As we have done in the past if you would like put a gift of money in an envelope and mark it “Shoe Box” and we will get someone to take it and fill a shoe box for you.

DEACON ORDINATION

I would like to go ahead and start you to thinking about our upcoming Deacon ordination. We are looking at the date of September 18th.  We will let you know more of the details soon.

WELCOM NEW MEMBERS

We welcome Scott and Chayla Henderson to our church family.

Prayer needs: June Dozier (eye illness), Landon Goets (grandson of Melvin and Ginger), Mark Childers dad, Praise for rain (we had over 5 inches last Saturday and Monday here at the church),

Special request: I met Tommy Clark a couple of weeks ago when I was asked to preach a funeral for a lady named Ammie Clark. Thru my visiting with Tommy and his family in planning his wife’s service I learned that Tommy was a retired lock-smith. He learned that we had many doors to our church and they were not all keyed alike. Guess what, he volunteered to come out and change that. He did come out and he taught me a lot as I tried to do as much for him as I could because his health is not that good, but he was very head strong about wanting come out and do something for us as a church. Great news is we now have all our six new doors keyed alike. The bad news is he may have over done it because I had to put him in one of our wheelchairs and get him back to his van, then his care giver, who was also with him, made him take a nitro pill then off to the ER they went. It is early as I am writing so I do not have the update yet and may not get it in time before this goes out so that is why I am asking that we all pray for Tommy Clark today. If you grab a get-well card and or thank you card fill it out to him and bring it to church or by the office and I will get them to him. He told me strongly that he would not take anything for what he did for the church but I don’t think cards count.

Thanks for all your prayers! Thanks for your love, support and encouragement!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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