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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 7\\

This chapter contains a vision seen at the end of the sixth, and at
the opening of the seventh seal, which expresses the security of the
saints in all ages following, the praises of angels and men on that
account, and the happiness of all the people of God in the
millennium state. First, a vision of four angels is seen restraining
the winds from blowing on the earth, sea, and trees, \\#Re 7:1\\; then
of another angel, described by the place from whence he came, the
east; by what he had, the seal of the living God, and by his cry to
the four angels not to hurt the earth, sea, and trees, until the
servants of God were sealed, \\#Re 7:2,3\\, and then follows the number
of the sealed ones in general, \\#Re 7:4\\, and the particular number of
them out of each tribe of Israel, \\#Re 7:5-8\\. After which is another
vision of all the elect of God together, described by the numberless
multitude of them; by their descent from all nations; by their
position and situation before the throne, and the Lamb; by their habit
and attire, and by their loud cry, ascribing salvation to God, and to
the Lamb, \\#Re 7:9,10\\, who are joined by all the angels around
them, worshipping God, and ascribing glory to him, \\#Re 7:11,12\\.
And next is described the happiness of this numerous company, in
the thousand years' reign, introduced by some discourse which passed
between John, and one of the elders, \\#Re 7:13,14\\, who are said to
be before the throne, to serve God continually, and to have his
presence, \\#Re 7:15\\, to be free from everything troublesome and
distressing, \\#Re 7:16\\, and to be fed by the Lamb, and to be led by
him to fountains of living water, and to have all their tears wiped
away from them, \\#Re 7:17\\.