According to Revelation 7:1-20, How Can Many Others Be Saved During the Tribulation Period if the Holy Spirit is Not Present?

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Revelation 7:1-20 gives us evidence that there will be a great multitude of people that will be saved in addition to the Jewish people.  Revelation 11: 3 and the following verses talk about two witnesses that will come on the scene at the beginning of the seven-year tribulation.  They will be headquartered on the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem. They will start to preach the gospel of the kingdom.  Matthew 24:14 talks about how the gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all the world and then the end will come.  The Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. 

The rapture of the church takes all born again believers out of this world and into the heavenlies.  Anybody entering into the Tribulation period will be lost if they’ve never heard, understood, and accepted the gospel.  They will have an opportunity.  Every single person on earth will have an opportunity to hear the gospel and learn how they can trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  They will not become Christians because Christians are only in existence between the time of Pentecost and the rapture of the church. There will be Jews and Gentiles in the Tribulation period, and these two witnesses of Jerusalem will preach to them.  They will have a ministry for 1,260 days, which is three and a half years – the first three and a half years of the Tribulation period. 

Revelation 7:4-8 talks about 144,000 male virgin Jews.  That would be 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of the state of Israel, i.e. the Jewish people or the sons of Jacob.  Those 144.000 will spread across the world for the entire seven-year period of time preaching the gospel.  Revelation 7:3 says that they will be sealed even before any of the judgments start in the Tribulation period so that they can have protection from any harm during those seven years while they are giving the message of the gospel out. Revelation 7:9 says that a multitude that no man could number will come to know Christ and that will be made up of Jews and Gentiles. 

Regarding the presence of the Holy Spirit, many people look at 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 when it says,

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”

2 Thessalonians 2:6-7

They are talking about a restraining force that has somewhat kept people at bay.  That is referring to the Church.  The people who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior have the Holy Spirit living in them today.  At the rapture of the church, the body of Christ, the Christians, go to heaven.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t leave.  The Holy Spirit has the same characteristics of all of the Godhead – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  They are omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (always present). The Holy Spirit will never leave; he will convict those in the Tribulation period to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 

Jimmy DeYoung was a prophecy teacher and journalist who travelled the country and the world educating the Body of Christ of the future events foretold in God’s prophetic Word. His goal was to equip Christians with the knowledge and understanding of what God’s Word says will happen someday soon, so that they can make better decisions today. Dr. DeYoung went home to be with his Savior on August 15, 2021.

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