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Seven seal Judgments
Who is worthy
The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants, things which must shortly come to pass. Because there are no records stating that Jesus appeared to anyone other than John and showed them the revelation, does not prove that he did not do so. The purpose of God giving this revelation to Jesus was for Jesus to shew it to his servants (plural). At least some of the events that are described in the book of Revelation are of things that must shortly come to pass that pertained to those servants that Jesus appeared to (v.2) ... for the time is at hand
I do not understand why anyone can interpret these verses to be talking about events that are to begin almost two thousand years after they were delivered. If the message was not pertinant for the people that it was given to; I do not believe that it would have been delivered at that time.
Rev. 4:1 After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven; and the voice which I heard was as it were a trumpet talking with me; which said "come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter". John wrote about this revelation while on the Isle of Patmos around 94 AD. The message said hereafter. What does this word mean, hereafter? In this instance I believe the meaning is obvious. It means beginning here and now and to continue until its completion. .
( Rev.1:19} The son of man is telling John, " write the things which thou hast seen; and the things which are; and the things which shall be hereafter. Things which John "has seen, does see, and will see. These words are written this way for a reason. They are important. The Revelation of Jesus that was portrayed to John in visions, was of things past, present, and future. Some of these visions were about events that was still acting out in John's lifetime. and some of these visions were concerning the FUTURE, for the things are to SHORTLY COME TO PASS; and FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND !
(V 4:2-4) And immediately I was in the spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And round and about the thrown were four and twenty seats, and I saw four and twenty elders sitting. John then describes seeing, Him that sat on the throne, and twenty four seats, and those that sat in them. John describes seeing before the throne a sea of glass, and round about the throne are four beast ...... John does not describe seeing his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? I wonder why this is? Where is he?
John then describes " I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the back side, sealed with seven seals
John describes a strong angel proclaiming, "Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof.
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof. This last verse is saying that no one, in heaven or on the earth was found worthy to take the book or loose the seals thereof. Where is Jesus? If Jesus was not in heaven nor on the earth, he must have been someplace else. I believe that this verse was written in this manner in order to show that Jesus was in transit between the earth coming to heaven.
John began weeping, for he must have understood the implications of this. Where is his savior? Jesus is not in heaven,nor in the earth or under the earth, and John began weeping........... V.5 And one of the elders saith unto me, "Weep not, behold the lion of the tribe of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and loose the seals thereof". Then John sees In the midst of the throne and in the midst of the elders and the four beasts, stood a Lamb. as it had been slain . The Lamb looked as if it had just then been slain (recently). Why do we suppose that John sees this image the way that he did? Still bloodied from the beating and dieing upon the cross.
As soon as he arrives in heaven, he takes the book and immediately opens the first five seals. C.6:2 We should notice here that the emphasis is on the horse and not the rider. This indicates to me that the identification of the riders of these four horses in unimportant. The four riders of the four horses of the apocalypse are sent out. These horses represented War, Hunger, Pestilence and Death. These plagues were sent down to the earth around upon the arival of Jesus in heaven (30 AD).
Flavius Josephus, a first century historian, records that not too many years after Jesus died, the different religious sects in Jerusalem, were at war with each other. There was also drought in Jerusalem and surrounding areas., This caused crop failures, which brought starvation. Dead bodies lay in the streets. According to Josephus, The civil wars that were going on in Jerusalem had lead to total anarchy. The Zealots were also battling the local garrisons of Roman soldiers. Due to this situation in Jerusalem, Titus leads his army to Jerusalem and encamped around the entire city. The soldiers were sent to Jerusalem to stop the civil wars and to re-establish Roman Law. The city and temple was burned and torn down. As Jesus had foretold, (Matt.. 24:2) "There shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down). This was also fulfillment of Daniel 9:26 .." the people of the prince that shall some shall destroy the city and the sanctuary....)
Do these conditions sound a little bit like a TRIBULATION? After the destruction of Jerusalem, Titus continued to searched the deserts looking for rebels, anyone found to be carrying a weapon was immediately executed. Could you call this a Great Tribulation? We must also remember that a decade earlier; Nehru was burning Christians on sticks, for yard lights at his parties, . And then it got worse, they started going hungry, fighting among themselves, and dieing in the streets. And then the temple and city was burned down. How much worse does it have to get before we call it a great tribulation. OH! yea! The sun is supposed to not shine for a fourth part of it. And you won't be able to see the moon or a quarter of the stars. Well that happened too. In seventy nine AD Titus became the tenth Emperor ( horn ) of the Roman Empire, and three weeks later Mt. Vesuvius erupted, burying three cities including Pompeii. According to another 1st century historian, Pliny the younger, during the days of the eruption, you could not see your hands right in front of your face, for the ash and sulfur was so thick. He also records that there was a strong south easterly breeze.That ash and sulphur had to have crossed the sea partially blocking out the sun in the Holy land.
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Rev 6:12 And I beheaded when he opened he sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earth quake and the sun became black as sack cloth. Did I mention that in 62 AD there was a massive earth quake in the Mediterranean sea, that destroyed Pompeii, The damage was severe enough that seventeen years later the re-construction of Pompeii wasn't completed before it was buried by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. After the big earthquake in 62 AD, smaller earthquakes became as common as they are today in California. No one paid any attention to them any more, They had no idea that the top was about to blow off.
This was the tribulation that Jesus was talking about, in Matt. 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places.
Lets get back to the subject of Jesus arriving in heaven and immediately taking the book and opening the seals. We talked about the first four seals and the four horses, and the sixth seal. Lets discuss when Jesus opens the fifth seal.
And when he had opened the fifth seal, "I saw under the alter the souls of them that had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held" They were asking, when was God going to punish those on the earth that was responsible for their blood. They were told to wait yet for a little season, and then.... A season is 13 weeks. Thriteen prophetic weeks which is 119 years on earth. A little season is a little less than 119 years. If we added a little less than 119 years beginning from 30 AD , we would arive before 149 AD. Some time before 149 AD, their wait would be over. These saints that are seen under the alter(6:9) are among those that came out of the tribulation mentioned in Rev. (7:9 & 14). After this I beheld, and, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. The angel asks John, Who are these? John says, "You know?" The angel then says, "these are they that came out of the GREAT tribulation..."
I do not believe this to be describing the same event as is described in Rev 20:4, speaking of the first rescurrection. This is a diffrent event as is fortold in Daniel 12:1& 2. I believe this because Daniels report is that At that time that the Little Horn of the fourth kingdom upon the earth comes to his end , shall Michael stand up for the children of Daniels people. This would have been when the fourteenth Emperor of the Roman Empire dies. This happened in 138 AD.
One thing that I must point out , is that all of these things ocure before the seventh seal is opened, and when it is opened.... nothing happens, except there is silence in heaven for a half of an hour. This silence for half of an hour may not mean anything; however it does depict a passing of time before the seven trumpets are handed out to the seven angels. This indicates that the seven seal judgments are completely finished before the next judgments are handed out? And then some time passes before the seven trumpets begin to sound? I can see no other reason for this to be written this way. What else could this statement mean? This verse has to be important or God would not have inspired John to include it in scripture. There is a separation of some length of time after the seals are all opened and before the seven angels are given the seven trumpets. Chronologically speaking the seals, trumpets and bowl judgments are somewhat divided. They can not all happen within a (earthly) three and a half year period of time, as many preachers teach. All of the seals were opened and those judgments were inflicted upon that Hebrew Nation beginning in 26 28 or 30 AD and was finished by the time that that Hebrew Nation ceased to exist. And at that time the Old Testament covenant was finished. Daniel 12:1 "At that time shall Michael stand up for the children of thy people, and there shall be tribulation such as never was since there was a nation and at that time thy people shall be delivered.
As a last note I feel that I must add; As mentioned in Daniel 12:4 Daniel is instructed to seal this prophesy and the book. This prophesy as described in that verse seems to have been fulfilled with the opening of the sixth seal being opened. This makes me wonder if these other seal judgments might have been given to other prophets, and they were told to seal them until they were fulfilled. Were these prophesies not included in the selection of books that now make up our bible?
The great multitude were seen in heaven, having come out of the great tribulation. And then the seventh seal is opened, and then there is silence in heaven for half an hour, and then the trumpets are handed out. How do we explain all of this? All of these things happened before John describes the six trumpets being sounded and those judgments that accompany the sounding of those trumpets.
And then he describes The angel with the little book ,(C.10)John is told to eat the little book. and that he must prophesy again before many peoples, tongs and kings. It is odd that they do not teach in sunday school that all of the prisoners on the Isle of Patmos were released in the year 96 AD. And John did in fact prophesy before many people, tngues and kings.
The point is that the great tribulation occurred, and the 144,000 were redeemed from among man before the seven trumpets begin to sound. The seven seal judgments were inflicted upon the first century Hebrew Nation.