After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
My campus minister used to say, “You are invincible until God is through with you.” In other words, no force of nature, no scheme of the devil, no other person can thwart the purposes God has for your life. You will not die until he has accomplished everything he intends to accomplish in you, through you.
I was struck by a similar thought as I read this passage this morning. Even nature, even the judgment that God has decreed on the created order, is subservient to his plan to save his people. Nothing will interfere with God’s design to save his elect. The end of all things will not come until every one of his sheep is brought safely into the fold. This is very good news.