Pastor Tim Romero
Ezekiel 9:4–5 (ESV): "4 And the Lord said to him, "Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it." 5 And to the others he said in my hearing, "Pass through the city after him, and strike. Your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity."
God protects those who are for Him from His wrath. He will one day seal 144,000 Jewish witnesses during the Seven Year Tribulation Period and they will not be harmed from the wrath of God (Rev 7:4; 9:4; 14:1). His Son took the wrath that belonged to us thus His Church will be removed before His final wrath is poured out (1 Thess 4:13-18). Hallelujah!
Ezekiel was given various tasks of displaying the wrath to come before the Children of Israel for their abominations before God. They would not repent thus judgment would come upon them. All except those who would sigh and groan over the abominations that were being committed would experience these things. This remnant was spared the wrath to come because they were true worshippers of God. God would seal them with a mark on their forehead and would care for them during this time of trouble.
It's interesting how God uses the same imagery and description in the book of Revelation relating to the 144,000 Jewish witnesses that will be protected by God through the seven years of wrath. They will be His agents spreading the Gospel during the Tribulation. Notice in both cases God protects the Jews through His wrath. The Church however will be removed for we are sealed already awaiting our King's return (Eph 1:13-14). God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus (1 Thess 5:9). Jesus took the wrath for us upon the Cross! Just as God protected the remnant of true believers in the Babylonian captivity from His wrath so too will He protect us who belong to Him for the wrath to come by way of the Rapture (1 Thess 4:13-17). Maranatha! Come quickly, Lord.
Father, we praise Your holy name. Not just for all You've done but primary because of who You are. You are the God of all creation worthy of our praise. Thank You for redeeming us and saving us from Your eternal wrath. May our lives reflect the gratitude for You and all You've done. May we be Your witnesses in these last days proclaiming the freedom we've been given through Your Son to all we pray in Jesus name, amen.