There is a sealing of God’s servants in their foreheads in the end of time before the four winds hurt the land, sea and trees. The angel from the east has the seal of the living God to seal the servants of God in their foreheads. They are not sealed in their hands as well as the foreheads as the mark of the beast. In the forehead denotes the mind of Christ which marks these servants with the seal of the living God allowing them to stand through the judgments of God upon the world.
There are three sealings in the Word of God which speaks of the state of growth of the believer or servant of God. All who are born again of the water and the Spirit are newborn babes which desire the sincere milk of the Word that they may grow thereby.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” (1 Peter 2:2).
The first growth is from that of babes to little children as stated by the apostle John in his epistle.
“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.” (1 John 2:12; 13b).
The little children are a higher glory than the babes due to having been born again as the newborn babes and have known the Father. To have their sins forgiven is to have the remission of their sins which is only by being born of the water and the Spirit as told to Nicodemas by JESUS. These believers have believed and obeyed Peter’s command on the Day of Pentecost in order to be born again of the water and the Spirit.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38).
Not only have these believers had their sins forgiven for His name’s sake, but they have known the Father; that is, that JESUS is the Father. They have the revelation that JESUS as the Son of God is the same Spirit as the Father. The Father is the invisible Spirit of God. The Son of God is that same Spirit made visible. Jesus states that He and the Father are one; that is, “heis” meaning one and the same Spirit. Jesus is the image of the invisible God.
“I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30).
Jesus also stated that if a believer did not believe that He is the Father, that they would die in their sins, making the revelation of Him as the Father an essential for salvation in the kingdom of God.
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.” (John 8:24-27).
This is also revealed in the Old Testament for the high priest garments of glory of beauty required three stages of engraving of an engraver, which is the engraver of a signet or sign of sealing. The first stage of the high priest was that according to the birth. This corresponds in the Old Testament engravings of a signet of the high priest as John’s statement to the little children whose sins were forgiven in being born again which is the birth.
“And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel: Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth. With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel: thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold.” (Exodus 28:9-11).
The little children is the first sealing or state of glory from babes to little children. This sealing according to the birth of the believer is essential for salvation in being able to enter the kingdom of heaven.
The next sealing in the level of glory is that of young men. This requires obedience to the Word of God that after a believer diligently seeks the Lord JESUS, he/she must also obey the truth in order to overcome the wicked one. Not only does the believer have to obey the Word, but also must do the will of God in order to be able to enter the kingdom of heaven as we will see and understand.
“I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” (1 John 2:13b,14b).
In the Constitution of the kingdom of heaven preached by JESUS on the sermon on the mount, he declared that not all that say unto him Lord, Lord will be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. To say unto JESUS Lord, Lord, is to say to him that He is the Lord JEHOVAH God Almighty, the Father of glory. These then are believers who are born again and know that JESUS is the Father of glory, the Creator. However, not all that are born again believers according to the birth will be able to enter the kingdom of heaven because they did not obtain the next glory of young men. In other words, they did not do the will of God in obeying His Word and doing His will in them.
Because of these believers not doing the will of God, JESUS told them to depart from him, for he never knew them, for they did not do the will of his Father which is in heaven. These believer’s rebuttal the Lord telling him that they had cast out devils, done many wonderful works and prophesied in His name. Even though they did these things, they were not able to enter the kingdom of heaven because they did not do the will of God in their lives. This seems harsh but is nevertheless the truth that JESUS requires obedience unto righteousness unto holiness. The people were astonished at JESUS’ words revealing that obedience and doing the will of God is essential to enter the kingdom of heaven.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine.” (Matthew 7:21-28).
The same is true of the high priest having another engraving of an engraver of signet after that of birth according to the tribes of Israel. There were four rows of various and different stones on the breastplate of judgment with the names of the tribes of Israel. This is the second stage of growth for the tribes of Israel according to their names denoting the working of the tribe. Judah for example meaning “praise”. Reuben meaning “see ye a son”. Simeon meaning “to hear, to understand”. Etc. The tribes in birth were all written on the two onyx stones on the shoulder of the high priest, all being equal. However, on the breastplate of judgment, there was diversity according to the will of God for each individual tribe.
Then there is the final growth to perfection which is that of the fathers. The fathers have known the truth, the Word of God which is “him from the beginning” shown in John 1:1. The fathers are the full grown body of Christ who have come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, unto a perfect man. There is but one body where the members of Christ are his body and he is the head making but one man.
Our Lord JESUS is coming back the second time without sin unto salvation for a glorious church without spot or blemish. These are the believers who will be presented to JESUS perfect in both spirit, soul, and body. JESUS is not coming back for a denomination or a heresy of believers who have an intellectual knowledge of him as the Savior but is coming back for a perfect church in the full image of Christ. The reason JESUS gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers is for the perfecting of the saints who have grown up into him in all things of faith.
The final glory is that of the fathers.
“I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, fathers, because you have known him that is from the beginning.” (1 John 2:13a,14a).
“And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.” (Exodus 28:36.38).
On the forehead of the high priest was another engraving of an engraver of a signet being the final “HOLINESS TO THE LORD”. This is the mind of that every believer that is fully mature and perfect will have in the last day sealing of the servants of God in their foreheads as written by John in The Revelation 7. Without that final sealing of fathers, that of living creatures, the believers will not be able to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord JESUS. The sealing of God in these various stages of glory are essential for salvation in each of the seasons of God in order to be able to enter the kingdom of heaven.
“And 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.” (Revelation 7:2.3).