God’s Amazing Ownership of His Bond Slaves (v. 2-3). That’s the Doctrine of Salvation: God calls, chooses, seals, fills, and uses these 144,000: calling both them and us, His bondslaves.
Revelation 7:2-3 (NKJV) 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, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
God knows whom He has chosen. He knows their names, their genealogy, their location, and every detail right down to the genetic code He Himself designed as the author and creator of life.
God owns all humans first as their Creator, but here we see that salvation means that His ownership deepens. Here God marks out those He saves by sealing them as those He bought at a price. God purchased these 144,000 Jews, seals them, and they instantly become the bondservants of God.
This is the very same process each of us who have ever been saved has gone through. God seeks us, finds us, convicts us, we respond in faith and He saves us, seals us, and makes us His bondservants.
These were lost and unbelieving Jews, born as sinners but drawn by the convicting Spirit of God to salvation. Just as God sealed the Jews who believed during the horrific days of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, and preserved them through safely while the rest perished: so these 144,000 are saved, sealed, and preserved by God through the horrors of the Tribulation.
No human or demon enemy can harm them, and they can do what God called and gifted them to do for His glory. That is God’s amazing ownership of His bond-servants. The blessing for us is that the same is true for us today. God has saved us, He calls us and until His work for us is done, no human or demon can stop us.