The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation Part 2)
The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation)
Part 2 - Opening of the Seven Seals
John, who was a disciple of Jesus, wrote "The Revelation," which is the last book of the Bible. Most of "The Revelation" is prophetic and written in symbolic language. However, with prayer and diligent study, you should be able to understand its meaning.
In this article, actual Bible verses are written in modern-day English. Then a possible interpretation of the symbolic language is given. In this way, you may better understand what will happen as the world we know comes to an end.
In the fourth chapter of Revelation, John describes God, and His throne in Heaven, and those who surround it. In the fifth chapter, John wrote about a scroll that God held; the scroll was sealed with seven seals. John saw an angel who asked, "Who is worthy to loosen the seals and open the scroll?" No one except Jesus, who had overcome, was found worthy to open the scroll.
The following is from the Bible and written in modern-day English:
Revelation, Chapter 4:
After that I looked and watched as a door opened in Heaven; and the first voice I heard was like a trumpet speaking to me that said, "Come up here, and I will show you things that must happen in the future."
I was immediately in the spirit, and saw a throne set in Heaven, and One who sat on the throne. Looking at Him was like looking at the radiance of jasper and sardonyx stones. A rainbow, with the radiance of an emerald, encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four seats, and I saw twenty-four elders sitting on the seats. They were dressed in white clothing, and had gold crowns on their heads.
From the throne came thunder, lightning, and a rumbling sound; and in front of the throne were seven lamps, blazing with fire; these are the seven Spirits of God. Also, in front of the throne, there was a sea of glass that looked like crystal. Around the throne were four creatures covered with eyes in front and back. The first creature was like a lion, the second was like a calf, the third had a face like a man, and the fourth was like a flying eagle.
Each of the four creatures was covered with eyes and had six wings; and they do not rest day or night, saying, "Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." When the creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to Him who sat on the throne, who lives forever, the twenty-four elders kneel down in front of Him and worship Him, who lives forever.
They place their crowns in front of the throne and say, "You are worthy, Lord, to receive glory, honor, and power, because you created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created."
Revelation, Chapter 5:
I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides, and sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a mighty angel, asking with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to loosen the seals and open the scroll?" And no one in heaven, or on earth, or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
Then I wept profusely because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. One of the elders said to me, "Do not weep; look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed and is worthy to loosen the seven seals, and open the scroll."
And I watched and saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the middle of the throne, and surrounded by the four creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth to all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the scroll, the four creatures and the twenty-four elders knelt down in front of the Lamb.
Each one had a harp, and a golden cup full of incense, which are the prayers of saints. And they sang a new song with these words: "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals because you were slain, and with your blood you have redeemed men to God from every tribe, every language, all people and every nation. You have made them kings and priests in the sight of God, and they will rule on the earth."
I watched, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne, the creatures, and the elders; and the angels numbered in thousands, ten thousand times ten thousand. They were saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory, and blessing."
And I heard every creature in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and in the sea; they were saying, "Blessing and honor, glory and power, to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb forever." And the four creatures said, "Amen." And the twenty-four elders knelt down and worshipped Him who lives forever.
In the sixth chapter of Revelation, John describes his prophetic vision of Jesus opening the seals, and the symbolic events that relate to the world's future. His vision begins with the four horses of the apocalypse:
Revelation, Chapter 6:
I watched as the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard one of the four creatures say, with a voice like thunder, "Come and see." And I looked and saw a white horse, and its rider held a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he went forth to conquer.
The rider of the white horse represents the Antichrist, who will soon begin his rise to power as a man of peace. He will be able to negotiate peace among the world governments, and he will eventually be given a position of authority. But the real mission of the Antichrist will be to conquer Israel and its allies, and then be in control of the final world government.
When He had opened the second seal, I heard the second creature say, "Come and see." And another horse came out that was red. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth, and to cause people to kill each other. A large sword was given to him.
The rider of the red horse represents a powerful nation that has great influence in the world. This nation will instigate a major war, causing many people to die in battle; and it will most likely have a huge arsenal of nuclear weapons.
When He had opened the third seal, I heard the third creature say, "Come and see." And I watched, and saw a black horse. Its rider held a pair of scales in his hand. Then, among the four creatures, I heard a voice say, "A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny, but do not damage the oil and the wine."
The rider of the black horse represents the grief and suffering caused by a major war. The pair of scales represents the economic failure and famine that will occur because of the war. Food prices will continue to rise, and only rich people will be able to afford luxury items.
When He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth creature say,"Come and see." And I looked, and saw a pale horse; and the name of its rider was Death, and Hell followed him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth to kill with a sword, and with hunger, plague, and wild animals.
The rider of the pale horse represents the death of people who will die either by fatal injury in the war, starvation, disease, or the attack of wild animals. This will be a very tragic time because a fourth of the world's population will be killed. Hell represents the graves of those killed.
When He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been killed for the word of God, and for the testimony they held. They called out with a loud voice, asking, "How long, Lord, holy and true, do you not judge those who live on the earth, and avenge our blood?" A white robe was given to each of them, and it was said to them that they should rest for a while until their fellow servants and brethren were killed.
The souls under the altar represent Christians who will be killed because of their belief in the word of God, and for the testimony they held. These Christians will be resurrected someday, and they will be with the Lord. They will ask the Lord, "When will you judge the unsaved people and avenge us?" They will be given white robes that represent eternal life. They will be told to wait until other Christians are killed, and prophecy is fulfilled.
Someday all Christians will go with Jesus to Heaven. After that, the world will go through a terrible seven-year period, called the Tribulation Period. Some will turn to the Lord during this time and be killed because of their belief, and because they refuse to be loyal to the Antichrist.
At the end of the Tribulation Period, Jesus will return with His army of Christians, and destroy the Antichrist, and kill his followers. Those Christians who are killed during the Tribulation Period will then be resurrected to eternal life.
When He had opened the sixth seal, there was a great earthquake. The sun became black like sackcloth made of hair, and the moon became blood red. The stars in the sky fell to the earth, like figs falling from a fig tree when it is shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll rolling up, and all the mountains and islands were moved out of their places.
Then the kings of the earth, the great men, rich men, captains, and every slave, and every free man hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, saying, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who will be able to stand?"
Many terrible things will happen as this world comes to an end. A massive earthquake that will affect the entire earth. The sun turning black, causing almost total darkness, the moon turning red, and meteors falling to the earth. In addition, mountains and islands will be moved from their places.
Unsaved people will be trying to hide; many of them will then realize that God does exist. But instead of calling on Him for help, they will call on the mountains and rocks to hide them. They will ask, "Who can survive His wrath?"
In the seventh chapter of Revelation, we find that just before the final years of tribulation on the earth, a large number of Jewish people will receive the seal of God. They will be protected when the Antichrist comes into power. Additionally, we find that a countless number of people will have gone to Heaven soon after the Tribulation Period begins.
Revelation, Chapter 7:
Then I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth so that the wind would not blow on the earth, the sea, or any tree. I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the earth and the sea.
I heard him saying, "Do not harm the earth, or the sea, or the trees until we have placed a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." And I heard the number of those who were sealed; the number was 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
Then I looked and saw a countless number of people from all nations and languages, standing in front of the throne, and in the presence of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes, and holding palm leaves in their hands. And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb."
And all the angels stood around the throne, and around the elders and the four creatures. They knelt down with their faces on the ground and worshipped God. They were saying, "Amen, blessing and glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, and power be to our God forever, Amen."
Then one of the elders asked me, "Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?" And I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These people are those who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, they are at the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.
And He who sits on the throne will live among them. They will never be hungry or thirsty again. The sunlight will not beat down on them with intense heat. The Lamb, in the middle of the throne, will feed them; and lead them to living fountains of water. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes."
In the eighth chapter of Revelation, we find out what happens when the seventh seal is opened. First, the angels prepare to sound their trumpets:
Revelation, Chapter 8:
When he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stood in the presence of God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Another angel, who had a golden censor, came and stood at the altar. He was given a large amount of incense, so that he could offer it with the prayers of all saints on the golden altar in front of the throne.
The smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended to God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censor, filled it with fire, and threw it down to the earth. And there were voices, thunder and lightning, and an earthquake. Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.
The sounding of the seven trumpets is symbolic of the wrath of God's judgment that will fall upon the earth. This will be the beginning of the end for our world. The Antichrist will soon come into power and become a dictator in control of the final world government.
But the final world government will fail and the Antichrist will be destroyed. Christians will have gone to Heaven, protected from the disasters of the Tribulation Period. Now is the time to decide what your destiny will be.
From the Bible:
He who overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he will be my son.
(Revelation, Chapter 21, Verse 7)
Next in this series: The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation) Part 3 - Seven Angels with Seven Trumpets
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