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At its basic level a seal is a legal device used to stamp a name, coat of arms or logo on some impressionable material like wax, clay or paper. On the spiritual level Yahweh seals the impressionable minds of His people with His Law, His Name and His Character. In the covenant made at Sinai the Almighty wrote His law on tablets of stone. But the majority in Israel were unwilling to obey it. In fact they despised the holy commandments and broke them with impunity. In the new covenant, which is also made with the people of Israel, the Almighty plans to write His law in His true followers' minds and hearts. It will become part of our nature. Obedience will then be as instinctive as breathing.


The sealing work is detailed in Revelation chapter 7. It will not take place till the events of Rev. 6:12-17 (the 6th Seal) have occurred. Only then will the 144,000 Israelites be sealed. Who are these people? Where are they sealed? Who seals them? With what are they sealed?

The answer is:
The 144,000 are true Israelites who are sealed, in their foreheads (minds)by the Holy Spirit, with God's Law. In some mysterious way the Holy Spirit is going to impress Yahweh's law on every true believer's mind; overwrite with perfect obedience our natural tendency to sin. We will then instinctively obey the divine commandments and will obey them to perfection. By doing so we will reflect Yahweh's name, His character and His holiness in our every thought, word and deed. We will be perfectly holy people - through and through! That's what knowing the Almighty's Name means. And how do we know that we are to be sealed with obedience?

The answer is: the Bible tells us:
Isa.8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
Heb.8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8: For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, : for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
Heb.10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16:This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17: And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.


At its basic level a signature is a sign or inscription of a person's name. If you were asked to sign a cheque or document, you would inscribe your name on it. Your sign is your signature, your name. On the spiritual level the God of Israel refers to His Sabbath days as His Sign or signature; and like His law He inscribes His signature on the obedient believer's mind.

Exo.31:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 13: Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you…16: Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 17: It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever:
Eze.20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. 20: And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.

Yahweh's Sabbaths (note the word Sabbaths is in the plural, meaning the weekly and annual Sabbaths) constitute His signature. They are the SIGN of the everlasting covenant. Throughout eternity they will be remembered (kept in mind) and celebrated as the memorials of salvation; the days on which Yahweh accomplished His mightiest deeds in the redemption of mankind. Yahweh's Sabbath days will be kept throughout eternity because they are the sacred seeds of His planting, eternal memorials of His mightiest deeds in the Plan of Salvation. Unlike pagan traditions, they will never be uprooted or forgotten.

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Author: David B Loughran
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Updated: August 1998