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The Seal of the Kingdom
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Published: Friday, 19th March 2021

By: Apeh Francis Abah

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THE SEAL OF THE KINGDOM

What is God’s Provision for our Safety on the Earth Realm?

If I must prove beyond any reasonable doubt that I belong to any kingdom in Nigeria, I must then be able to speak the language of the kingdom I claim to have belong to, or I must have another means of identification maybe a green card or a name that is associated with the kingdom I come from. When you meet a British citizen, or a person who has spent a long time in the United Kingdom, you will be able to know because of his or her accent, there is something particular and unique about every kingdom and this is not different from the kingdom of God. 

 

 

How do other kingdoms and citizens of another kingdom recognize us? It is via the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit who is the third person of the trinity serves as our protector, a means of communication with heaven, teacher and all that He needs to be to us. Imagine how much time you could spend under the water without an oxygen tank. So also, life can be without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Imagine how life would have looked like if we are living in a world without light, and everyone is consistently tripping and falling, always in danger of falling into a pit. So also, life can be without the Holy Spirit. Perhaps someone is saying I don’t have the Holy Spirit and life is not difficult as you are making it seem right now. As a matter of fact, this is the reason why I am writing this to you, so you can see the need why you need the Holy Spirit urgently. The focus of this article is about the indispensability of the Holy Spirit, and to make us see and realize the role He will play in a time that will befall us shortly, and why you need Him desperately and as quick as possible, because if you will ever be recognized and identified by the kingdom of darkness as a member of God’s kingdom, it because you have believed in your heart and have confessed Christ as your personal Lord and savior and His Spirit comes to dwell inside of you.

 

 

I would like us to begin our meditation from the book of Revelations chapter 9, and we will begin our reading from verse 1, the Bible says; “Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the [a]bottomless pit.” And I want us to begin to note some certain words written in this verse. It says something happened after the fifth angel sounded, and a star fell from heaven to the earth. Does this remind you the statement Jesus made in Luke chapter 10:18? That Scripture says; “I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven” that was Jesus talking to His disciples.  So, there is no doubt that Satan was the one being referred to here as a star which had fallen from heaven to the earth. Incase you are doubting and you are asking why should Satan be described as a star? See what Isaiah 14:12 says; “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!”

 

 

Did we see that? Let us see what Revelations chapter 12:12 says; Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” Does this sound any different from the experience of what we saw in the previous Scripture? This Scripture says; “woe to the inhabitants of the earth Why? Because the devil has come down to you having a great wrath. This wrath is what was qualified in the text we read as a key to the bottomless pit. This is the reason why Jesus said He cometh not but to steal to kill and to destroy.

 

 

As a matter of fact, the Scripture also says in 1 Peter 5:8 that; Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  I want us to follow very close and patiently to discern what the Spirit is trying to communicate in this article. This Scripture says; “he seeks whom he may devour” if you won’t be devoured by him, if your life won’t be at his mercy, then apostle Peter said “be sober and be vigilant.” Why did he say that? The Scripture says; if the Lord does not watch over a city, the watch men watch in vain. Meaning that God or the Spirit of God must watch for a watch man to be successful in watching. If God is not involved in the watching, then the devourer will invade like a lion and devour. Do we understand?  The latter part of that verse in Revelations 9:1 says; After He had fallen, meaning that there was no longer light in him, he was given a key. And the only thing this key is relevant for, or can do is to open the bottomless pit. What is the content of the bottomless pit? Affliction, sorrow, pain, diseases and pestilence, wickedness, anguish, frustration etc. The aim of each of these is not to give life to man but to destroy everything beneficial to man including the life of man. That was why the Scripture said “woe to the inhabitants of the earth” So, this verse is showing us that light is no longer with him but darkness. When a light that is shining is put off, what happens? The environment becomes dark immediately. So due to his fall, his light was put off immediately.

 

 

Let us see what the subsequent verses has to say to us, it says; he was given the key to the bottomless pit meaning that he didn’t have access to it initially, the question is, why should he be given the key to the bottomless pit? See the kind of statement God made to Satan in Job 1:12. It says; “and the LORD said to Satan behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not lay a hand on his person” so this means that the power to actually destroy was actually given to Satan? But there is an exemption, God said do not touch his person. So, the ability to kill, steal and destroy was actually given to Satan so we could see that even what Satan thinks he has or can do was not originally his own ability. Stealing and destroying is also a key? But there is a reason why God permitted that and we will discover it as we move on.

 “And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. Please note that it was not an angel that opened this pit, it is referring the fallen star. So, the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Apostle Peter made a statement in Acts 2 while he was talking about the signs that will show that God has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh which was also prophesied by Joel, in verse 20 he said; The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. Did we see that? Does this not refer to what Isaiah said about darkness covering the earth and gross darkness the people? So, before the coming of the day of the Lord, the safety would only be in God, the Scripture says; the name of the Lord is a strong tower, we could also put it this way; the name of the Lord is our identity the righteous runs into Christ by it and they are saved. Verse 21 says and it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’  So, safety is accessed in the name of Jesus Christ but your continuous protection is by the Spirit of Jesus Christ-the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures though they come against us like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard. Did we see that? If the flood comes and there is no Holy Spirit in you to raise a standard then you will be defeated effortlessly.

 

 

Now this is the heart of this message, let us read verse 3, It says; then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.” Please note that word; “but only those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads” Remember that the purpose of this article is to make you see the reason why you need the Holy Spirit as desperately as you need air to breath. So that when Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit, it is actually for the good of mankind. The Holy Spirit is like the identity card, that the one who has been cast down will use to recognize those who are not part of his kingdom. Verse 4 “made a very striking statement it says They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.”  When you refuse the Holy Spirit, you are accepting to become a victim of the bottomless pit. What is the seal of God on the forehead that this Scripture is referring to? The Holy Spirit! How did I know that? See what Ephesians 4:30 says; And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed and marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin].” (AMP)

 

 

Did we see that? Much more than speaking in tongues, much more than the cool feeling we have with Him, much more than the teachings and direction and the miracles the Holy Spirit helps us to achieve and accomplish, one of the primary reasons for the Holy Spirit is for this day; the final deliverance, the day of redemption. See what it says; through the Holy Spirit, we are branded as God’s own. 2 Timothy 2:19 says; having this seal, the Lord knows those who are His. Meaning that the Holy Spirit is a mark of ownership, used to distinguish between God’s people and those who are not God’s people. See what Ezekiel 3:9 says; Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. 9 Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead.” The forehead is a means of identity and resistance. God was not referring to his physical head, but his spiritual identity. The forces of hell cannot resist or withstand the believer who have the seal because the seal is the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is God. If they can’t withstand God, they cannot withstand the God that is in you. Scripture says He that is in you, is greater than he that is in the world, greater than he that has the key to the bottomless pit. With the Holy Spirit in you, you are indestructible.

 

 

Perhaps you are saying I have not been sealed what is the hope for me, will I be able to stand in the day of the Lord? Will I be saved? All you have to do is to be born again confess Jesus as your Lord and savior, you must be born of the water and of the Spirit. See what Revelations 7:3 says; “do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”  Do not take this period of grace for granted, endeavor to be sealed, the message of the kingdom is going out on a daily basis accept Jesus now so that you can be sealed with the Holy Spirit to be safe from the torture and torment of the bottomless pit.

 

 

This is why it is important to look for the Holy Spirit as a matter of urgency. For some people they don’t mind praying to God, they don’t even mind calling Him Father, they can even fight others for the sake of Jesus, but they will never yield and subject themselves to the lordship of the Holy Spirit. Refusing the Holy Spirit is refusing to be sealed. Refusing the Holy Spirit is allowing the elements of this world which we can also say the element of the bottomless pit to afflict and over power you, why? Because you have refused the complete dimension of God. Refusing the Holy Spirit is refusing to receive the complete access to Christ and His unsearchable riches.


Thanks for the gift of your time, I am Apeh Francis Abah!

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Word of Confession: (Optional)

Lord Jesus, I confess to you that I have sinned against the LORD God - in the rebellion of my heart, I have disappointed your expectations on my life. I have fallen from Your grace and followed wrong influences around me. Today, I retrace my steps back to you - and I ask that in your mercy you accept me as your son and give to me (again) the promise of the Father - the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, please, come and make my heart your home, and from there rule in the affairs of all men. In Jesus Name I have prayed.

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