Summary of passage: John saw 4 angels holding back the 4 winds of the earth from the 4 corners of the earth. Another angel with the seal of the living God told the 4 angels to not harm the land until a seal is placed on the foreheads of God’s servants, a total of 144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel (12,000 each).
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: We see in Genesis 6 God sparing Noah who is a man of righteousness while punishing the rest of the world. Moses asked God to spare His people repeatedly or God would have started over with Moses (Exodus 32:10; Numbers 14). God is just. He is holy and as holy He must punish sin.
Awesome passage in 2 Peter 2:4-10 where Peter points out God spares no one judgment. He judges angels, Noah, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah but saves Lot. God knows how to rescue the godly and condemn the ungodly.
9) Personal Question. My answer: It has deepened my gratitude for being among the chosen. My understanding of why judgment occurs and suffering occurs in the world has deepened. God’s mercy and grace are infinite; only man puts a limit on it.
Conclusions: Thematic questions to the passage. Helps us to understand why God does not save everyone. Because everyone doesn’t want to be saved.
End Notes: See Previous Lesson HERE