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Re: Sealed in their foreheads

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  • moto_bl
    Hi Marcus, There are a number of figurative expressions found in the Bible. The book of Revelation probably uses the most. But to provide a basis for context
    Message 1 of 4 , Mar 31, 2009

      Hi Marcus,

      There are a number of figurative expressions found in the Bible. The book of Revelation probably uses the most. But to provide a basis for context regarding Re 7:2-4, first-century Christians are spoken of as being "sealed" by means of holy spirit, which is an advance token of their heavenly inheritance:

      "But YOU also hoped in him after YOU heard the word of truth, the good news about YOUR salvation. By means of him also, after YOU believed, YOU were sealed with the promised holy spirit, which is a token in advance of our inheritance, for the purpose of releasing by a ransom [God's] own possession, to his glorious praise."

      (Eph 1:13, 14) NWT

      The seal signifies their being God's possession and shows that they are truly in line for heavenly life:

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      But he who guarantees that YOU and we belong to Christ and he who has anointed us is God. He has also put his seal upon us and has given us the token of what is to come, that is, the spirit, in our hearts." (2 Co 1:21, 22) NWT

      Bearing a mark in the "forehead" is similarly used in a figurative way in the Bible to signify that one is a slave to the true God or to another:

      "And as regards the glory of the God of Israel, it was taken up from over the cherubs over which it happened to be to the threshold of the house, and he began calling out to the man that was clothed with the linen, at whose hips there was the secretary's inkhorn. And Jehovah went on to say to him: "Pass through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and you must put a mark on the foreheads of the men that are sighing and groaning over all the detestable things that are being done in the midst of it."

      "And to these [others] he said in my ears: "Pass through the city after him and strike. Let not your eye feel sorry, and do not feel any compassion. Old man, young man and virgin and little child and women YOU should kill off—to a ruination. But to any man upon whom there is the mark do not go near, and from my sanctuary YOU should start." So they started with the old men that were before the house." (Ezekiel 9:3-6) NWT


       

      --- In JWquestions-and_answers@yahoogroups.com, Paul Leonard <anotherpaul2001@...> wrote:
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      > Some of the 144,000 are chosen but not yet sealed, or they have not all yet been chosen.
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      > --- On Mon, 3/30/09, Marcus Ampe & Belgische Christadelphians marcus_ampe@... wrote:
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      > From: Marcus Ampe & Belgische Christadelphians marcus_ampe@...
      > Subject: [JWquestions-and_answers] Sealed in their foreheads
      > To: JWquestions-and_answers@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Monday, March 30, 2009, 6:45 AM
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      > Unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on
      > account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.â€"Matt. 24:22.
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      > Looking forward to the great tribulation (Matt. 24:21) What does the
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      > “‘Do not harm the earth
      > or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the
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      > God in their foreheads.’”â€"Rev. 7:1-3.
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    • Marcus Ampe & Belgische Christadelphians
      Thank you Moto
      Message 2 of 4 , Apr 1, 2009
        Thank you Moto
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