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Revelation 7 (Revelation 7:1-17)

Ray ByrneRay Byrne, February 25, 2018
Part of the Revelation series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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About Ray Byrne: Pastor Ray came to Grace Fellowship in May 2014 after forming a relationship with the church over the previous seven months through pulpit supply. He was drawn to the people of the church, as they were genuinely welcoming and kind. “There is a sense of community and support that occurs at Grace Fellowship that I haven’t quite seen before” says Pastor Ray. He and his wife Nicole joined with what God is doing at Grace Fellowship after eight years of youth ministry at two other churches. The transition for them has been natural as the heart and goal of the ministry is the same- Building lives of faith in Christ. Pastor Ray has a passion for seeing the people of the church engage in disciple-making relationships and inviting others to follow Jesus together. He also has a strong burden for preaching the bible as God’s word, in a way that seeks to allow God’s truth to be revealed as we earnestly seek Him. He feels this is best done when we learn God’s story the way He laid it out; one book, one story at a time. By approaching God’s story to His people in a way that allows us to understand His truth, he believes that His story will lead us in ours.
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Revelation 7:1-17

1And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2And 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, 3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4And 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. 5Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. 9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. 13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. 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. 15Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (KJV)

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