Tribulation

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In Revelation 7 the 144,000 are sealed and in Rev 14 we see that the seal consists of the "name [of the Lamb] and his Father's name written on their foreheads." In Rev 9:4 we are told that the demon-locusts of the 5th trumpet judgment can harm anyone except those "with the seal of God on their foreheads." Are these the 144,000?

I believe the answer to your question is "yes." However, we must be careful about drawing conclusions.  Yes, in Rev. 7 the 144,000 are sealed with the seal of God on their foreheads, and yes, in Rev. 14 we are told that these 144,000 have the Lamb's name and the Father's name on their foreheads, but we are not specifically told that these names ARE the seal.  That is an assumption - even maybe a good one.  In Revelation 9:4 we are told that the locusts can harm only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  Therefore, I agree with your end conclusion that those sealed, being the 144,000 are the only ones who cannot be harmed.

Now it must be said that at this point the rapture has taken place, so the only people left are the Jewish remnant and those who had rejected Christ at least up until the rapture.  Could those who were saved after the rapture also become sealed?  The scripture doesn't say.  What we do know is that God loves His people and one of most important reasons for the 70th Week of Daniel is for the world to have one last chance to accept Christ.  The scripture says...

 

Joel 2:11 (NIV) The LORD thunders 
at the head of his army; 
his forces are beyond number, 
and mighty are those who obey his command. 
The day of the LORD is great; 
it is dreadful. 
Who can endure it? 
12 ´Even now,´ declares the LORD, 
´return to me with all your heart, 
with fasting and weeping and mourning.´ 
13 Rend your heart 
and not your garments. 
Return to the LORD your God, 
for he is gracious and compassionate, 
slow to anger and abounding in love, 
and he relents from sending calamity. 

Joel 2:11 (NIV) The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it? 12 ´Even now,´ declares the LORD, ´return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.´ 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 

 


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