Monday, October 19, 2020

Revelation Seals 4-7


The first three seals saw the emergence of the Antichrist and two of the “horsemen of the apocalypse.”  These occur in the first part of the tribulation or the final of Daniel’s weeks. Let’s continue looking at the remaining seals the Lamb of God will break before God’s wrath is unleashed on this earth.

Fourth Seal

And when he had opened the fourth seal…  behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8)

Death quickly follows famine for we see hunger is one of the tools used for death to take life. It is interesting to note that only one-fourth “part of the earth.” Since it is part of the earth and not a percentage of mankind, it is likely that only some countries will experience the effects of this seal.

When the seven-year peace treaty is signed, how will you prepare for what is to come? Don’t wait! The time to prepare is now. If we remain close to God, learn to hear from Him, then we will be ready.

    • Jesus fed thousands with a couple of fish and a loaf a bread
    • He turned water into wine

If we learn His ways now, learn to hear from Him, we will be ready for whatever happens.

Fifth Seal

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (Revelation 6:9-10 AKJV)

This seal is about the persecution of Christians who will die resisting the Antichrist. There are two anointed witnesses prophesying and calling down disastrous plagues. This will create a hostile atmosphere for Christians. When push comes to shove, where will you stand when God’s ways are being declared with force behind it? When suffering comes because of testimony given, will you side with man or God?

We are warned that there will be a great “falling away” before the Lord returns:

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first... (2 Thessalonians 2:3 AKJV)

If God’s anointed declare a plague where your brother, sister or mother live and they are affected, what will your response be? Those who stand by their faith in Jesus may well lose their lives. There are two verses that can shed some light on when this seal may be broken:

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:11 AKJV)

We know that Christians are killed before the halfway point of Daniel’s week or as some call it, mid-tribulation (mid-trib), because that is what is necessary for Satan to be overcome and cast down to the earth at the mid-trib point.

And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brothers, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (Revelation 6:11 AKJV)

The “waiting for a little season” could refer to the rest who would be killed when Satan is cast down to the Earth at the mid-trib point.

Let’s continue looking at the seals: the sixth one will bring more clarity.

Sixth Seal

...when he had opened the sixth seal... there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. (Revelation 6:12-13 AKJV) 

The Greek word aster is translated “stars.” It is the same word used earlier in the same manuscript where it is actually defined for us:

The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches… (Revelation 1:20 AKJV)

Stars of Heaven falling to earth is now clearly seen as Satan’s army being kicked out of Heaven. We know when this event will happen from prior studies:

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three score days. (Revelation 12:6 AKJV)

We can say with certainty that the sixth seal will be broken in the middle of Daniel’s week. If we continue reading, we see the seriousness of the earthquake that accompanies this event:

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (Revelation 6:14 AKJV)

If every mountain and island are moving, then this is a serious earthquake. Will this calamity be enough to convince the world to go to a paperless system? The next verse shows the state of the hearts of men:

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every slave, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:15-17 AKJV)

The earth and the hearts of man will be shaken as the sixth seal is broken.

7th Seal

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. (Revelation 8:1-2)

The seventh seal is the seven trumpets. Trumpets sound a warning or announce that something is coming. In this case, they are announcing that God’s wrath will be poured out! They are not God’s wrath, they are a warning that it is coming.

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