Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike
DESTINATION IN VIEW PT. 4
Sin separated man from the ultimate destination- the KINGDOM of God. The devil keeps deceiving man that this place of our sojourn is our end…but it is not. We are pilgrims here; we should always look to where we are going and not to this little place of a stopover…
Everything points to the fact that the times predicted in the Bible are beginning to happen….Ask yourself a question:
Are you prepared for that destination?
Have I acted in such a way that when I get to that my destination I will be rewarded?
Have I set up a mansion for myself there?
Text: Rev 7:1-3
7 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.
2 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,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
THE SEAL OF GOD:
From the scriptures we find that a seal is upon us believers. This seal sets the true believers apart. The signs of the end times include everything which is happening now; the wars, rumors of wars, false teachings…but no matter what is happening now do not be moved if you are a true believer.
A seal is a symbol of authority, or it is a confirmation or guarantee that a thing is original or that it belongs to a person.
What are the Benefits of the seal of God:
37 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The LORD shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
1. Guarantees security:
The seal of God guarantees security, despite what may be happening around you, it keeps you secure.
2. It gives deliverance:
The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
The sign of the blood on the door posts of the children of Israel. When the Egyptians were weeping, the Children of God were jubilating.
3. It protects and Preserves us from the wrath of God:
The seal protects the children of God and preserve them from the wrath of God. When the wrath of God comes upon the evil doers
2 Timothy 2:19
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
4. It guarantees ownership:
We belong to God, so His seal is upon us…as Christians to carry that His seal, we must separate ourselves from everything that is impure, every source of iniquity…that is why as children who seek to make it to that Kingdom, we must depart from every form of iniquity.. Even those behaviors that the world sees as being normal. Those behaviors that the world has accepted to be a person’s right, a freedom to live as you desire. Such behaviors which are not biblical, only lead to hell.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
5. The seal guarantees that we will make it to the end.
God is not delighted in the death of a sinner.
What will qualify one to have this Seal?
a. You must accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior, you must be born again. You must acknowledge this not in secret, you must live a lifestyle that portrays this decision: in your dressing, lifestyle, speech, behaviour to people around. Do not play with your salvation, it is a personal race..You alone are accountable…
b. Obedience to God’s Word: Revelations 22:
Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Total obedience to the Word.
c. Strive for Perfection daily:
The race is not going to be easy daily but strive for it daily
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
d. Tell people about Jesus:
Do not preach, tell them about Jesus,
How will God seal men?
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Father, help me to get that seal that guarantees Your ownership in my life.
Holy Spirit, help me to do the will of God and His seal will remain on me.