Sigh, Cry, Mourn and Weep

Dear Brethren,

God always does things in an orderly way and without confusion.  You and I are slated to be among the firstfruits in the resurrection.  As spiritual beings, we will reign and rule with Jesus Christ  (Revelation 5:10).  We will be the ones who will say to the physical citizens of the world tomorrow,  “This is the way, walk ye in it.”  (Isaiah 30:21)

Beginning after the tribulation, in the world tomorrow, there will be a small remnant of physical people who will multiply and fill the earth once again.  Have you ever wondered how God will choose the selection of physical individuals who will begin to populate the seventh millennium?  God says, “I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase [in the millennium].”  (Jeremiah 23:3)  The soon coming World War will see so our young men and women carried away captive into all parts of the world.  How will they survive throughout the tribulation to be able to see a new-day in the Kingdom of God on earth?  To be protected, they must be sealed by God.

We are given an example in the Old Testament of a people who were spared from annihilation when a terrible destruction came upon all Israel because of the abominations of the nation.  “The Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.”  (Ezekiel 9:4)

The mark, or sealing signature, on the forehead of those who were mourning and weeping over the idolatrous conduct of the nation was reminiscent of the blood on the doorposts and lintel of the homes of those who were safe and out of danger when the death-angel passed over the Children of Israel.  The sealing on their foreheads afforded them protection – and their lives were spared.

When the trumpet plagues come upon the entire earth, the faithful converted saints will be protected by God because they will have already been sealed in their foreheads.  “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts… In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.”  (2 Corinthians 1:22,  Ephesians 1:13)  But how will a physical remnant of Israel survive the tribulation to live-over into the world tomorrow?

The survivors will be the physical remnant of Jacob/Israel.  They will mostly be strong young men and women who had been carried into the captivity of slave labor camps of enemy nations.  “It shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob [USA, England, etc.], will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.  The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God.  For though your people, O Israel [USA and the UK etc.], be as the sand of the sea, [only] a remnant of them will return; the destruction decreed [The USA and UK are to be utterly destroyed) shall overflow with righteousness.”  (Isaiah 10:20-22)

How and when will this emphasized physical remnant be sealed so that they may be afforded protection from the destruction which will come upon all the earth?  Perhaps we are given a clue, if not the answer, in Revelation Chapter 7.  “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed [mark of preservation] the [slaves] of our God in their foreheads.  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the Children of Israel.”  (Revelation 7:3-4)

The tribes of the Children of Israel are today’s physical citizens of the English speaking nations.  “Sealed,” in the previous verse means that a select number of people will be protected during the tribulation, as they were in Ezekiel’s day, because they worshipped the true God. When our children, the tribes of the Children of Israel, see the destruction of the world taking place, they will sigh, cry, mourn and weep for the abominations that are in the land.

When we study the chronology of events surrounding those who have washed their robes, and those who have been protected, we can see that a physical remnant is preserved alive at the last possible moment.   “And I said unto Him, Sir, thou know. And He said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”  (Revelation 7:14) These saints referred to in this verse have died in the persecution of the tribulation, having been previously sealed with God’s Spirit of promise.

There will be a new nation, made up of our children, gathered to Palestine to once again grow into a glorious People of the Lord.  “Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed [children] from the East, and gather thee from the West;  I will say to the North, Give up; and to the South, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for My Glory.”  (Isaiah 43:5-7)

Sermon:  "Sigh, Cry, Mourn and Weep"