Shall Receive God’s Seal?
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.
Rev. 7:2, 3.
seal of the living God will be placed upon those only who bear a likeness
to Christ in character.
As wax takes the impression of the seal, so the soul is to take the impression
of the Spirit of God and retain the image of Christ.
It is obedience to the principles of the commandments of God, that molds the
character after the divine similitude.
The seal of God’s law is found in the fourth commandment. This only,
of all the ten, brings to view both the name and the title of the Lawgiver.
It declares Him to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and thus shows
His claim to reverence and worship above all others. Aside from this precept,
there is nothing in the Decalogue to show by whose authority the law is given.
The Israelites placed over their doors a signature of blood, to show that
they were God’s property. So the children of God in this age will bear
the signature God has appointed. They will place themselves in harmony with
God’s holy law. A mark is placed upon every one of God’s people
just as verily as a mark was placed over the doors of the Hebrew dwellings,
to preserve the people from the general ruin. God declares, “I gave
them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that
I am the Lord that sanctify them.” Eze. 20:12.
Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads—it is
not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both
intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved—just as soon
as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come.
Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land,
. . . that we may know what is coming.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 82, 83.