According to the book of Revelation, whom did John specifically see in God’s eternal kingdom?
Answer: The answer is threefold and very clear:
- Those who have God’s mark, or sign (His Sabbath), in their foreheads (Revelation 7:3).
- Those who refused to identify with the beast or his image and who refused to have his mark or name in their foreheads (Revelation 15:2).
This is a sign that we who gather on His set aside days, are His people and that we specifically belong to Him
His Sabbath is a sign that establishes us accordingly, as part of the family.
Now about the Sabbath being a seal:
There are three essential components of a royal seal: the name of the ruler, his official title, and the territory over which he governs. An example would be ‘Cyrus, King of Persia’. In the fourth commandment given to Moses, we find these three elements at the heart of God’s law. “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is.” Exodus 20:11.
Title—”Maker, or Creator”
Territory—”heaven and earth”—the whole universe. See Exodus 20:8-11; Psalm 33:6, 9; John 1:1-4.
The fourth commandment contains God’s name, title and dominion. It is His seal, stamped in the midst of His ten commandments, proclaiming the authority of God’s law. It is through Jesus that we learn that the God of creation is our father because of when He taught the disciples how to pray. He began the prayer by saying to pray in this way: ‘Our Father, which art in heaven.’ The word Father in Hebrew is Abba. In the word ‘Sabbath’, we see the word Father clearly written with our own eyes- S ‘abba’ th.
The fourth commandment, written in our heart and mind, proclaims God’s sovereignty in our life and seals us as one of His children, a citizen of His kingdom.
“I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign (seal) between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord Who sanctifes them…. Hallow My Sabbaths, and they (Sabbaths) will be a sign (seal) between Me and you, that you might know that I am the Lord your God.” Ezekiel 20:12, 20; see also 36:26-29.
Note: Sign and seal are used interchangeably in Scripture. See Romans 4:11.