Greetings MOL Family!
Today we begin a new series, and in this study we paint a vivid picture of the approaching storm…
Until the Servants of God Are Sealed
And 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. 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, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. – Revelation 7:1-3
You notice that all the winds of the earth are held by the angels. And here the command is given to them, to hold them until something happens. What is that? Until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. The inference, of course, is that as soon as the sealing is accomplished, what will happen to these winds? They will be turned loose, and they will be blowing like a hurricane, spreading death and devastation everywhere. You notice it is spoken of here as four winds; the four points of the compass, in other words, all the winds, every wind.
Now, we must not get the idea from this that none of these winds are blowing now. On the contrary, the angels are simply holding them from doing too much damage. But these various winds are blowing now.
Notice the statement here in My Life Today:
Four mighty angels are still holding the four winds of the earth. Terrible destruction is forbidden to come in full. …
Angels are holding the four winds which are represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path. – My Life Today, pg. 308
Do you get the picture? Somebody just holding a horse. Well, the angels, it says, are holding the winds like this. But they are blowing to some extent. And so, it says:
The angels hold the four winds, forbidding the terrible power of Satan to be exercised in its fury until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. – Ibid
Jesus is lifting His wounded hands in the Sanctuary above, asking that angels shall still hold these winds from blowing in their most terrible fury, until the remnant are sealed. Read it in the last paragraph on this page. So, the winds that we shall have to deal with in fury, without any control during the great time of trouble, are blowing to some extent now.
Safe In Jesus
Now, let us turn to Ephesians 4 and see what the dear Lord has planned for us. He wants us to stand, not go down; to be victorious, not defeated. You remember in Ephesians 4:8, the apostle says that when Jesus went up to Heaven, He gave gifts unto men. In the eleventh verse, he names those: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Beginning with the twelfth verse, he tells what these gifts are for:
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. – Ephesians 4:12
Till we all come in the unity of the faith. – Ephesians 4:13
The margin says “into” the unity of the faith:
And of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. – Ibid
Notice what will be the result when we reach this glorious goal:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. – Ephesians 4:14
So, the mature Christian is ready for any wind and every wind that God permits to blow. And he won’t be what? He won’t be tossed about. Isn’t that wonderful, friends? Think of it, to stand firm and true.
This is what is going to happen with the 144,000. All during the great time of trouble, every wind is going to beat upon them; now from one quarter, now from another, now one kind of wind, now another. But God is going to demonstrate through the 144,000 that through His plan of salvation men and women may be made so steadfast that no matter what wind blows, it will not take them from their base. They will stand.
Wouldn’t you like to have that experience, friends? That is what I want to study with you in this series – every wind. I trust you will be taking notes, and put down the references from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, and the salient points, because, friends:
A storm is coming, relentless in its fury. Are we prepared to meet it? – Testimonies for the Church, Volume 8, pg. 315
That is the question. We can be. We can be so steadfast, so riveted to the eternal Rock that we are safe and secure, just as safe in this world as we would be if we were bodily in Heaven, safe in Jesus.
A Shelter In The Time Of Storm
Now turn to Isaiah 32:2, and I want you to see a wonderful promise there which, I trust, we shall go over so often in this series that you will know it by heart. I will read the first verse to get the setting:
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind. – Isaiah 32:1-2
What man do you suppose this is? Oh, this is Jesus, the King in the first verse, who reigns in righteousness:
A man shall be as an hiding place from the wind. – Isaiah 32:2
I like the song:
The Lord’s our rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever may betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.
A man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. – Isaiah 32:2
So, here we have various figures introduced, all to convey the thought that Jesus is the place of refuge, the place of security, the place to flee to, and if we will hide in Him, we will be safe from any and every wind that blows.
Now, where is Jesus? Well, He is in the Sanctuary. He’s standing at the Mercy Seat:
From every stormy wind that blows,
From every swelling tide of woes,
There is a calm, a sure retreat;
’Tis found beneath the mercy seat.
Oh, friends, this is our place of repair. This is our place of refuge. This is our place of security with Jesus, in the Most Holy Place. So, those who will listen to His message through apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, who will place themselves under the gifts of the Spirit that God has put in the Remnant church:
Will henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine. – Ephesians 4:14
And all the other winds. They will be safe and secure from all alarms. I want every one of you to be in that safe, secure position. That is why we are going to study in this series the winds, and we will find that the answer to the wind problem is the security in Jesus:
Behold, a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind. – Isaiah 32:2
We hope that you will join us next week, as we continue through these 8 lessons; to learn how to safely hide in the loving arms of Jesus.
Invite a friend, and we’ll see you then…
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* This study has been adapted from classes taken by Elder W.D. Frazee.