When we read the Scriptures do we take the time to make the connections between God’s promises and His fulfillments? Often what God speaks is generations, even centuries from coming to pass and if we are not careful we can read right through and miss that everything He speaks comes to pass. He told Abraham that his people would be in captivity for 400 years (Genesis 15:13). As the book of Exodus opens we see an infant being spared by his parents, if we are not careful we can miss that Moses’ parents were moved to courage to fulfill God’s promise of deliverance for Israel. When Adam and Eve sinned, God told them that the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent.More than two thousand years later, when Luke 2 tells us about the birth of Jesus do we realize that He was the fulfillment of God’s promise to Eve? Every promise given in Scripture is also fulfilled in Scripture, if we will look. That’s part of what makes Revelation so important, it’s not just a look into the future, it shows us the fulfillment of all of God’s promises. Tonight, we will study Revelation 7:1-8, the “sealing” of the 144,000. This is a passage that has caused much controversy and has many explanations attributed to it., but if we are willing to look at it closely in connect with the rest of Scripture rather than as simply an apocalyptic event we may discover that it is simply the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel as written by Paul in Romans 11. What would change if we read Scripture, especially prophetic Scripture, not to see what will happen next, but to see how God fulfills every single one of His promises?