In The Tribulation, Who Are Sealed?

Q. I have a question about the sealing of the 144000. We know from Revelation 7 that the 144000 will be sealed as servants of God. We also know that Gentile believers will also be sealed because of the locusts in the fifth trumpet seal only being able to harm unbelievers.  My question is, do you think this seal on the forehead will be visible, and if so will the 144000 seal be different from the seal of Gentiles because they are chosen to be servants of God?

A. There’s a fair amount of speculation about this, but here’s what the Bible says, or doesn’t say, as the case may be.  No where in the Book of Revelation are Tribulation believers said to be sealed with the Holy Spirit like Church age believers are.  In fact the only people specifically said to have seals in their foreheads are the 144,000 of the 12 tribes (Rev. 7:3-8).

The assumption that all Tribulation believers will be sealed in some manner and therefore protected from the attacks of the locusts is a popular one, but it can’t be supported by Scripture.   Rev. 9:4 says the locusts can only attack those who don’t have the seal of God on their foreheads, not that they can only attack unbelievers. The Bible also doesn’t tell us whether the seal is visible or not.

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