The book of Revelation begins with the words: The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God [the Father] gave unto Him Rev 1:1. This book is the revealing to us, by God the Father through Jesus Christ and written by John; what is to transpire in the latter days Rev 1:1-3.
John is then taken in spirit (in a vision) into the future and writes down those things that he sees.
The remainder of chapter one and chapters two and three cover the seven churches.
Revelation 4-5: Introduction to the Seven Seals
John was given a vision that he was in heaven before the throne of God the Father.
4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
The Father is revealed as shining like a jewel, and the bow of God is around his Throne.
4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
24 elders were around the throne with crowns which represent ruler-ship, sovereign-ship and authority. these are the beings that work with the Father overseeing the earth and the whole universe.
4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Here we have confirmed that the seven branched menorah with its flames represents the Seven Churches; for the seven lights are the seven spirits which oversee the; see Revelation 1.
4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Before the throne is a vast expanse or square of clear crystal, refracting and reflecting the brilliant light of God, so that the expanse was full of the colours of the rainbow. John describes this in Rev 15 as glass mingled with fire.
At the marriage of the Lamb after the resurrection the changed to spirit people will stand upon this crystal expanse before the throne of God the Father; to present the collective bride of the faithful called out and chosen to the Lamb!
Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Four angelic creatures or Cherubs were around the throne; and we know that two [perhaps two of these, or two others] Cherubs actually cover the throne with their wings.
4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
The Father is worthy of all honor and glory; the very leaders of the angels worship him and declare his glory!
4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
We see God the Father revealed as the Creator of all things!
How can that be? Because God the father finalized the plans and gave the command to the one who became the Son to create all things! The Father was the executive authority, while the one who became the Son actually carried out the work of creating!
4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
In the hand of God the Father was the Book that would be the key to reveal the meaning of the prophecies of scripture which had been sealed up, Daniel 12.
5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
No one in heaven or in the earth was able to understand the sealed book; which was itself the key to opening up the prophetic books of scripture..
5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
John wept that the key to opening up understanding of the prophecies could not be opened.
5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Then the Lamb of God overcame all sin and was resurrected at the end of the third day to rise up as the wave Offering to be Accepted for us! he was found worthy and was accepted as the high Priest of the father for his people and was worthy to open the Book! For his sacrifice made the prophecies of the word of God SURE!
If Jesus Christ had not been successful, there was no need to understand the prophecies because they would all have failed!
5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
The One who became the Son, the Word of Sod; prevailed unto death and resurrection to spirit! It is he, Jesus Christ alone; who is in authority over the seven churches, who is the ONLY High Priest and the ONLY Intercessor between the father and humanity forever more! NOT any man or board of men. And he has seven spirits which are his eyes to keep watch on his seven churches.
The spiritually called are espoused to Jesus Christ alone, and we are personal responsible to HIM regardless of hat any man claims or teaches! the job of elders and leaders is to help keep the flock of the Father focused on him; not to usurp the Mediator and High Priest to try and come between men and God!
How mighty and Awesome is our Father and our espoused Husband: what fools we are to compromise with their word!
5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns [Power over the seven churches] and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God [these spirits are Christ's eyes to see all that is done and report back to Him] sent forth into all the earth.
When Christ was found worthy the heavenly powers bowed down before him!
5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours [incense], which are the prayers of saints.
The heavenly elders and Cherubs and the resurrected saints; sang a song about the wonderful Lamb of God
5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
The resurrected saints being made kings and priests to replace Satan and to rule the earth, to bring many others to salvation!
5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Millions and millions of angels praised the Overcoming One; who was God, and hen gave up his God-hood to become flesh and to die for humanity; who was successful and overcame and was made God again in a resurrection back to spirit!
5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne [God the Father], and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Then Jesus Christ begins to open the seven seals which give understanding of the prophecies of the Word of God. John recorded these seals and the remainder of Revelation for the holy scriptures, but Christ while being given an understanding of these things by the Father, will only give his people an understanding of the prophets when they need to know; that is, at the end time.
THE SEVEN SEALS
THE FIRST SEAL
Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow: and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
This is the appearance of false religion which wears white to deceive, trying to appear as an angel of light 2 Cor 11:13-14. False religion first appeared among men when satan lied to Eve in the garden Gen 3 and satan has been deceiving men every since. Yet, there is coming a climax of deception, an ultimate deceiver 2 Thes 2:1-10.
Remember that the Book of Revelation is the revealing of what will “shortly come to pass” Rev 1:1, these things are about the future, not the past. This man is the abomination spoken of by Daniel Mat 24:15, Dan 11:31, Dan 12:11. He is the religious deceiver who appears so righteous, so Godly, so good; that he wins the respect and admiration of the whole world, but uses his popularity to deceive, speaking the words of the dragon, the devil Rev 13:11-18.
Paul tells us that the end shall not come until the son of perdition is revealed 2 Thess 2:1-10.
Jesus tells us that the tribulation will begin when this abomination stands on the Holy Place Mat 24:15-21.
Since both of these warnings refer to the beginning of the tribulation, they must refer to the same thing; the greatest abomination of them all, a man who uses the Primacy of Peter lie to exalt himself up above God and deceives all nations into following him into rebellion against God’s law and therefore against God Himself!
This man will claim that he has been given the authority to change God’s Law and God’s Word, he will claim that he has the authority to substitute the traditions of his church and his own opinions in place of God’s Word.
This man of sin will have the number 666 within his name or title Rev 13:18, for it is the number of a MAN, the man of sin, the greatest False Prophet.
He is the one who shall call for men to build an image (a likeness, a replica) of the fallen beast of Babylon, a revival of the Holy Roman Empire Rev 13:15. He is the one who shall have the power to make it happen! He appears as a righteous and Godly man and is also given the power to perform miracles Rev 13:13-14 and 2 Thess 2:1-10.
DO NOT BE DECEIVED BRETHREN: The end shall not come, until this Son of Perdition has been revealed!
2 Thess 2:1-3. WHEN THIS ABOMINATION IS SET UP Then the 1,290 days will begin and continue into the 1,335 days!. Dan 12:11-12
There are many false prophets and false teachers, but ONLY ONE who will have the power to build a replica of the Holy Roman Empire, ONLY ONE who will manage to deceive the whole world. ONLY ONE who has the power to do great miracles.
This man uses the PRIMACY OF PETER lie, to exalt himself above God, and this great deceiver appears to the whole world to be a man of God, sitting in the temple of God, his Roman basilica in the Vatican.
REMEMBER BRETHREN: THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST SEAL The setting up of this man, is only the FIRST SEAL. Let no one DECEIVE YOU! 2 Thess 2.
After this final Pope helps to sets up this new political entity in Europe, he will go to and stand upon the HOLY Mount in Jerusalem as regional peace and safety is announced.
When he goes to the Holy Place, THEN THE TRIBULATION WILL BEGIN, NOT BEFORE; for our LORD JESUS CHRIST has declared this Mat 24:15-21 and Luk 21:24!
The tribulation will not begin until this man of awesome power visits the Holy Place! This has NOT HAPPENED YET!
The first seal is the setting up of the appalling abomination of deception in the Vatican in Rome as the final man of sin who exalts himself above by God, by deciding for himself what is right and wrong and presenting himself as the ultimate moral authority for mankind..
THE SECOND SEAL
Rev 6:3-4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
This is speaking of the fierce king who is set up over and rules the revived Holy Roman Empire Dan 8:23-25.
The empire rebuilt by the false prophet of the first seal. This New Europe and its ruler shall have power to make war (margin) for forty-two months (1,260 days) Rev 13:4-10.
He shall tread down the streets of Jerusalem with his armies for forty-two months Rev 11:2.
This is the times of the Gentiles referred to in Daniel, by our Lord Luk 21:24, Dan 12:7.
The phrase; He shall have power to take peace from the earth, implies that a general peace exists at the time that he is so empowered 1 Thess 5:3, Dan 8:25.
This man has the power to make war for forty-two months, he occupies Jerusalem for forty-two months.
This is the Great Tribulation, or hour of temptation and tria, or the Time of Jacob’s trouble, Rev 3:10.
How do we know? Jesus Christ said so! Mat 24:15-21. This man is empowered at the beginning of the 1,260 days [which is 42 months] of tribulation.
The son of perdition, the appalling abomination, who is the final Pope over the apostate “Christian” church is set up at the beginning of 1,335 days, because he needs the time to bring about this political miracle.
Subtract 1,260 from 1,335 and you will see that this king or ruler is empowered to make war and begin the tribulation, about 75 days after the false prophet is set up!
This political leader becomes the leader of the New Europe of ten nations, Babylon the Great, the new Holy Roman Empire, whatever it’s official name
The second seal is the Beast Emperor of Babylon, the New Europe, empowered to bring about the wars of the great tribulation.
THE THIRD SEAL
And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four creatures say, a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt (waste) not the oil and the wine Rev 6:5-6.
This clearly refers to shortages of food and famine, which would be the natural result of war and the defeat of the JudeoAngloSaxon nations.
Ezek 4:9-13 describes this state of extreme famine, as taking place during a captivity of Israel, when many of them will be driven out among the Gentile nations once again. Ezek 5 then goes on to describe the war and famine, declaring that fully one third of the people of Israel shall die in the famine Ezek 5:12.
It should be noted here that the modern state of Israel is just a small part of the descendants of Israel (Jacob).
The modern state of Israel is largely made up of the descendants of the Tribes of Judah and Levi with a few from other tribes who joined with Judah, after fleeing from the Assyrian conquest of Israel in c718 BC.
The other Tribes of Israel were carried off by the Assyrians hundreds of years earlier and later migrated throughout Europe.
For example; the Tribe of Reuben migrated up through Northern Europe and came to be known with other peoples as North Men or Normans. These North Men (Normans) who settled in Northern France at Normandy, later immigrated to Canada, to become the Quebecois and Acadians with those who settled in America called Cajuns.
The British and Americans descended from the Tribe of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh), while the Dutch are descended from Zebulon. The destruction of Israel will involve many more countries than just the tiny modern State of Israel.
The third seal is mass famine throughout the Israelite nations. These include the Jewish state of Israel; and the nations made up of the other tribes of Israel. They would include: Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries.
This famine will be caused by four main things. 1 A breakdown of the economy; Because of the economic collapse of the dollar and the destruction of many major cities, these nations will be unable to pay for imported fuel, needed to cultivate and transport food. 2 A population greatly weakened by radiation, will be subject to disease and will be unable to produce. 3 A lack of rain and a withdrawal of God’s blessings. 4 The conquerors will remove most of what is produced for their own purposes.
THE FOURTH SEAL
Behold a pale horse: and his name which sat upon him was Death, and Hell (the grave) followed with him. And power was given unto 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 Rev 6:7-8.
Here we see massive death. The natural consequence of false religion, the sword (war), hunger (famine) and the overspreading of wild beasts, particularly uncontrolled vermin (rats, mice, locusts, mosquitoes, etc.).
Disease starting in our weakened population will spread. Perhaps diseases like the Avian Influenza, will plague the world and without the massive medical assistance previously available from North America.
Australia, Canada and America will no longer be providing the prodigious quantities of food that the world is used to. In short the whole world will be affected in a very big way. The statement here is that one fourth of the earth may die. What a Frightful, Terrible Calamity that is coming in addition to the death of over two thirds of the Israelite peoples Ezek 5:12. No wonder this is called; a time to try all those that dwell upon the earth Rev 3:10.
I must ask you, dear readers; Has that ultimate miracle working deceiver appeared to deceive the whole world yet? Has he gone to stand upon the mount of God? Has that bestial ruler been empowered over a newly revived church state system yet? Have the Israelite nations been brought down with war, famine and disease, killing two thirds of her peoples yet? Has one fourth of the population of the whole world, even begun to be killed yet?
These things will begin when a miracle working Pope is set up in the Vatican and calls for a New Order in Europe; followed by his going to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as peace and safety are declared, 1 Thess 5:3.
Anyone who says that he knows what the seven thunders have spoken; IS ADDING TO WHAT WAS WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK OF REVELATION, for those words were NOT RECORDED Rev 10:4.
IT IS WRITTEN: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: Rev 22:18.
Mankind shall know what these seven thunders have uttered when this event happens! NOT BEFORE. If any man, claiming to be a man of God, adds to the words of this book, HE IS NO MAN OF GOD and HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE WORD OF GOD! It is the Word of Almighty God that judges, JOHN 12:48. If you are adding to the word of God: Repent quickly, lest this curse come to pass.
THE FIFTH SEAL
Rev 6:9-11; 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, doest Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
This is clearly referring to a time of drastically increased persecution of the saints of God on the earth. The fifth seal is referring directly to an intense persecution of the saints of God.
This extreme persecution of the saints of God begins at almost the same time as the tribulation begins Rev 12:17. At the time that, the Angel of God, Michael; succeeds in casting satan down to the earth Dan 12:1-2, Rev 12:7-17; a period of great trouble and trial or tribulation will come, for satan will possess and empower his false prophet, as revealed by the first seal.
After the faithful saints flee into the wilderness to be nourished for a time, times and half a time (1,260 days or forty-two months), from the face of the serpent, he will turn back to PERSECUTE AND MAKE WAR AGAINST THE SAINTS who have not responded to the warnings given to them Rev 12:17.
This persecution is the fifth seal, for satan is in GREAT WRATH Rev 12:12. He will fail in fighting God and His angels, so he will take out his anger upon those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ Rev 12:17. He hates God and he hates all those who keep God’s commandments. This scripture proves once again, that God’s people KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS!
Please see the LAW AND GRACE and the MARK OF THE BEAST pages.
THE SIXTH SEAL
And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and, lo 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 unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Christ appeared in his glory and brightness and the heavens could no longer be seen for the brightness of Christ.
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, 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 sitteth 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? Rev 6:12-17
When one looks up into the sky at night, one sees the stars. When one looks during the day, he cannot see the stars for the brightness of the sun. Even so; When the Glory of the Lamb is shown to this world, nothing in the heavens may be seen, due to the Brightness of our Lord on His throne! When He appears, it will be as if the heavens have been rolled up and put away like a scroll, no longer to be seen, because of the BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY!
A Great and Massive Earthquake shall shake EVERY ISLAND and EVERY MOUNTAIN on the earth. This will produce huge dust clouds and very probably volcanic action, which will darken the sun and make the moon appear red as blood. The falling stars of heaven are very likely meteor showers. These events culminate in the revealing of the Lamb on His throne in heaven to the sight of men on the earth!
These signs are given to show men a final warning that; The day (time) of the wrath of the Lamb has come Rev 6:16-17. This awesome sight causes all men to seek to hide in absolute terror, from the face of the Lamb and the wrath of the Lord.
The sixth seal is a dramatic warning that the seventh seal is about to be opened revealing the seven Trumpets and their plagues. The first five seals are about the wrath of the devil against God and His creation Rev 12:12; and how he deceives mankind into an orgy of destruction.
The sixth seal is a demonstration of the GLORY and POWER of GOD and a warning that His judgment is about to fall upon a wicked and rebellious world.
This is NOT about some little shaker somewhere. This is going to grab the ATTENTION of every person.
That is it’s purpose; TO REVEAL THAT THE ETERNAL IS GOD INDEED, that He is the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, not some man in a white robe. It is the Eternal who will JUDGE this world, and when this seal is opened; Everyone will know it!
SPECIAL PREPARATION FOR THE SEVENTH SEAL
The seventh seal waits to be opened, but something else must be done first. God will seal His servants, before He begins to pour out His wrath on a wicked and rebellious world Rev 7:1-3. At this point twelve thousand of each of the tribes of Israel except Dan are sealed Rev 7:4-8, this then totaling 144,000 persons.
To understand this, we must ask; what is this seal? What is a seal? A seal is a means of identifying ownership.
If something has my seal, this indicates that it belongs to me. It also means to cover, to hide, to conceal, to preserve and to protect. In the context of Rev 7, it means to identify for the purpose of protecting from God’s wrath. God’s wrath will fall upon those who rebel against the keeping of God’s commandments and resist Him; not upon those who love and faithfully serve Him.
We are told that the seal of God is the Holy Spirit of promise Eph 1:13, Eph 4:30. This seal, identifies God’s people as His and He knows those that are His, by that seal 2 Tim 2:19.
When are these 144,000 sealed with the Holy Spirit of Almighty God?
They are sealed AFTER all the events spoken of through the first six seals of the book of Revelation.
Are they then sealed with God’s Spirit now? No!
These persons, are those who have been called and converted by God, through the example of God’s martyrs, the preaching of God’s prophets and the sign of Christ in the heavens; which was the sixth seal.
They are given God’s Spirit, just after the sign of the Lamb (sixth Seal) indicates that He is about to intervene and pour out His wrath on the wicked of this world.
The pouring out of His wrath is delayed until, these men are sealed with that Spirit of Promise Rev 7:2-3, so that they will be protected from the wrath of the Lamb; wherever they are. they may still be persecuted by the wicked, but they will not be subject to the wrath of their God.
Beginning in verse nine the scene jumps further into the future for a quick inset paragraph, when a great multitude shall stand before the throne of the Lamb Rev 7:9-17.
Who is this multitude? They are those who have turned to God and been justified by the washing away of sin by the blood (sacrifice) of the Lamb. They are those who have come through great tribulation (affliction and persecution) Rev 7:14, Acts 14:22; they are all of God’s people who have ever lived, from Able to the last person called, converted and chosen!
THE SEVENTH SEAL
When the seventh seal was opened, there was silence in heaven for about 1/2 an hour while seven trumpets were given to seven angels and another angel offered up incense with all the prayers of the saints of God Rev 8:1-4.
The word “saint” means consecrated, blameless or holy.
ALL God’s people are referred to as saints in the scripture. No man, or group of men can make anyone a “saint”. God calls and chooses His people and ALL His people are saints.
Their prayers are a sweet odour or savour to Him, which is why the odour of incense is likened to the prayers of God’s people Rev 5:8.
After the seven angels are given the seven trumpets the first angel begins to sound. Therefore the seventh seal is the revealing and souncing of the seven trumpets.