Revelation 7 shows the “four winds” about to bring destruction upon the earth, but they are held back by four angels until the one hundred forty four thousand receive the seal of God on their foreheads. The sealing of the 144,000 is the equivalent of the Old Testament “Latter Rain” and will result in the salvation of the Great Multitude.
The Woman Clothed with the Sun of Revelation 12 symbolized God's people, Israel in the Old Testament and the Christian Church in the New Testament. Satan, symbolized by a dragon, persecuted the woman during the 1260 years of the Middle Ages but God protected a remnant who were faithful to Him.
The church of Pergamos is the third of seven prophetic messages to the Christian Church. During the Pergamos era the union of church and state compromised the purity and mission Jesus had given His followers.