And 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 given to hurt the earth and the sea.
Our scripture text setting is John on the isle of Patmos where he was shown what would happen during the tribulation. All believers during this time was given the seal of God. This was His identifying mark so during these turbulent times they would be spared God's wrath.
A seal is an identifying mark used to show ownership. Cattle farmers use identifying brands to mark their cattle which lets other farmers know who the cattle belongs. This is true with God. Believers' seal is invisible to us with the naked eye but is visible to Satan, the angels and God Himself.
Having the seal of God during the tribulation will become a life saving mark as all believers will have their faith thoroughly tested, but all who remain faithful to God will be greatly rewarded. Remaining faithful unto God applies to believers of all generations as it does today. This is because Satan is busy trying to destroy our faith in the Lord with his attacks on the truth of God's Word, His moral values and commandments.
What must believers do? Believers must stand firm on the truth of God's Word while remaining faithful to Him and His ways. Believers have a helper to aid in our efforts.
Believers, we belong to God. His seal proves that we do.
Comments are welcomed.