The Meaning of the Seal of God in the Bible

June 27, 2023
The Meaning of the Seal of God in the Bible

What is the seal of God? How and why do we need to have it?
Disasters are rampant nowadays. Drought, earthquakes, wildfires, and flash floods are a few. Is there a way to escape these disasters? The Bible tells us what we should receive to escape disasters. Many have been trying to show us the meaning of the seal. However, we can be sure of its true meaning if we study the Bible carefully.

Revelation 7:1-3 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”

Let us first find out when the sealing work will be started. The Bible gave us a definite sign to recognize this.

Before the angel having the seal of God came up from the east, the other four angels are holding what? The wind. What does this mean? In the Bible, the wind represents war (Jer 4:11,19). Therefore, the four angels holding the winds at the four corners of the earth means world war.
Historically, the world experienced World War I and World War II. Which world war does Revelation 7 refer to?

Understanding When and Where God Will Start to Put the Seal

We can see in Revelation 6:13 what occurred before the four angels held back the four winds.

Revelation 6:13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.

The stars in the sky represent Israelites.

Genesis 15:5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

God compared Abraham’s offspring (Israelites) to stars in the sky. The fig tree also represents Israelites.

Jeremiah 24:5 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians.

In the above verse, God compared figs to the exiles of Judah or the Israelites. We can also see in Luke 13:6 that Jesus made a fig tree as a metaphor for the Israelites. Therefore, “stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind (war)” denotes a great war where many Israelites were killed.

What was the war where many Israelites died? It was during World War II. The historical Holocaust appalled the world wherein genocide of Jews happened during World War II.

Thus, the world war that the four angels held back in Revelation 7 was World War II. According to the Bible, God started putting a seal after the four angels held back the four winds (World War II). Then, when did World War II end? It was 1945. Accordingly, the work of God’s putting a seal started after 1945.

Moreover, from where did God start to put a seal on His people?

Revelation 7:2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God…

The angel coming up from the east had the seal of God. Apostle John saw this revelation on the Island of Patmos.

Revelation 1:9 I, John… was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

Therefore, the work of God’s putting a seal started from a country in the east seen from the island of Patmos.

The Seal of God is the Passover

Now, let us find out what God’s seal is through the teachings of Jesus.

John 6:27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

Who did God place His seal on? Jesus. Through Jesus, we can have the seal of God. Becoming one body with Jesus signifies having the seal of God. Then, how can we become one with Jesus?

John 6:53-56 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.

The Bible says that if we eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood, we remain in Him and He will also remain in us. To become one with Jesus, we should eat His flesh and blood. Therefore, eating Jesus’ flesh and blood means receiving God’s seal. How can we eat Jesus’ flesh and blood, then?

Matthew 26:17-19 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

Jesus directed His disciples to prepare for the Passover. Let us see how Jesus and His disciples kept the Passover by reading the next verses.

Matthew 26:26-28 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus said that the Passover bread is “my body,” and the Passover wine is “my blood.” Through the Passover, we can eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood, hence be one with Jesus. This certainly means that we can receive God’s seal by keeping the Passover.

Importance of God’s Seal

Why should we know what God’s seal is? Why should we receive the seal of God? Those who do not have the seal of God will be harmed when the four winds of the earth blow. Let us see Revelation 7 again.

Revelation 7:1-3 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”

“Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God” indicates that those who do not have the seal of God will be harmed when the four winds (war) of the earth blow.

The Bible teaches us that if we receive the seal of God through the Passover we can truly escape disasters and be saved.

The Passover Saved the People at the Time of Exodus

Exodus 12:13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

The Israelites were slaves of Egypt thousand years ago. God sent a great disaster of killing the firstborn in Egypt. To escape disasters, He commanded the Israelites to keep the Passover. Following God’s command, the Israelites were able to escape the disaster and were saved. The name of Passover itself has the meaning, “disasters pass over.” Thus, the Passover is absolutely the seal of God that allows disasters to pass over us and be saved.

The Passover Saved the People at the Time of Hezekiah

The validity of the promise of Passover does not perish in any age. 800 years after the Exodus, the disasters pass over the people when they kept the Passover.

2 Chronicles 30:1 Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting them to come to the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel.

Israel was divided into two Kingdoms: Judah in the South and Israel in the North. King Hezekiah, king of Judah, sent couriers to Israel as well as to the regions of Judah to keep the Passover. However, the people in Israel scorned and ridiculed the couriers. They did not regard the Passover as an important command of God and took it lightly.

2 Chronicles 30:10 The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but people scorned and ridiculed them.

Ephraim, Manasseh, and Zebulun are regions of Israel. Israel declined to keep the Passover, but Judah kept it. At a later date, Assyria, a powerful nation, invaded these two kingdoms. What do you think happened to both kingdoms? Let us first see what resulted in Israel that did not keep the Passover.

2 Kings 18:9-10, 12 …Shalmaneser king of Assyria marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. At the end of three years the Assyrians took it… This happened because they had not obeyed the Lord their God, but had violated his covenant—all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened to the commands nor carried them out.

Samaria, the capital of Israel was destroyed by Assyria as a consequence of not keeping the Passover. Then let us see what happened to Judah that kept the Passover.

2 Kings 19:30-35 Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above… will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.’” That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!

Judah was protected by God against Assyrians by sending an angel that killed one hundred eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. Why has Judah escaped disaster? It was because Judah kept the Passover, unlike Israel. Our trustworthy God let disasters and destruction pass over the Israelites who kept the Passover that He commanded.

The Past Taught Us How We Can Escape Disasters and Be Saved

What did the past want to teach us?

Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us…

The Bible says everything written in the past was written to teach us. People escaped disasters whenever they kept the Passover. What must we learn from this? Only those who keep the Passover will escape the last day of disaster and be saved.

God warns us about what will occur on the great and dreadful day, the Last Judgment.

Amos 9:2-4 Though they dig down to the depths below, from there my hand will take them. Though they climb up to the heavens above, from there I will bring them down. Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bite them. Though they are driven into exile by their enemies, there I will command the sword to slay them. “I will keep my eye on them for harm and not for good.”

It is prophesied that though people will desperately use their methods to take flight in the last days, no one can escape the disaster that will come upon the whole earth.

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath.” In the fire of his jealousy the whole earth will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth.

Nothing can make us escape catastrophic events and be saved except having the seal of God, His promise of protection from disasters.

Whoever wants to receive God’s seal should go to the church that keeps the Passover. However, no church keeps the Passover except the World Mission Society Church of God. The Church of God believes in God the Bible testifies and regards your salvation as necessary and must be highly valued.

When people are asked if they want to be saved and go to heaven, they will definitely say yes. However, do they know the way to be saved? Going to heaven is everyone’s dream but not everyone knows the Passover that God wants us to obey to obtain that dream.

Before the four angels release the wind and the last great disaster comes, we should receive the seal of God, Passover, to escape disasters and be saved.