17. The Revelation Of Jesus Christ Through John.
The Seven Seals.
Although I seek from God the Father a full understanding of Jesus Christ’s Revelation to us through John, believing that I shall receive that which I have requested in the name of Jesus Christ, as yet I have not yet received that full understanding. But I do understand that God’s Word will never disagree with God’s Word. What God has revealed to us through Daniel, and confirmed to us through both his Son Jesus Christ and his servant Paul, will not be changed.
Matthew 24:35 (Jesus said) Sky and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
However because Jesus Christ himself said (in Matthew 24:22), that the days of distress will be shortened for the sake of the elect; we do have a licence to alter the length of days, as given in Daniel, (except for the time of the seven-year covenant) in order to bring what has been revealed to us through Daniel, into agreement with what has been revealed to us through John. But we are not given any licence to alter the order of events as revealed through Daniel. So the order of events revealed in Jesus Christ’s revelation through John, must agree with God’s revelation through Daniel.
Through Jesus Christ, we learn that two reliable signs will precede his second coming; signs that will both only happen once, in the given order, and within the lifetime of the last generation before his coming. The first sign; being the sign of the abomination of desolation, followed by the great tribulation. Then after the great tribulation we will see the second sign, the darkening of the sun and the moon, and the stars falling from the sky.
So when John saw this second sign first during the time of the sixth seal, then during the time of the fifth trumpet, and again during the time of the fifth bowl of God’s wrath, we then know that the time of the seals, the trumpets, and the bowls of wrath, all overlap.
Through Paul we learn that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the saints will be at the sounding of the last trumpet. Therefore, everything that happens during the time of the trumpets, up till the sounding of the last trumpet, is before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the saints.
The seven seals.
Revelation 6:1 I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard, as it were the voice of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I looked, and saw a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
This rider is the anti-christ, crowned as ruler over The World Empire at the beginning of the seven-year covenant, spoken of by Daniel.
Revelation 6:3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come and see. 4 And there went another horse, a red horse, and it was given to him that he that sat upon it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.
After the anti-christ (the king of the north) has been on Satan’s seat for nearly three-and-a-half-years, there will be a fall out between him and Egypt (the king of the south). The anti-christ will invade Egypt, which upsets some of the western kings, who send a fleet of warships from Cyprus against the anti-christ. At that time, three-and-a-half-years into the seven-year covenant, the anti-christ will withdraw from Egypt and invade Judea and capture Jerusalem (Daniel 11:29 – 31).
Revelation 6:5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third beast saying, "Come and see." So I looked, and saw a black horse, and he who sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beast saying, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and do not hurt the oil and the wine."
After the seven-year covenant, the black horse brings famine to the land and there will be no rain for the next three-and-a-half-years. At first, because of their shallow root system, the famine will strike the wheat and the barley. While at first, because of their much deeper root system, the famine will not affect the grape vines and the olive trees. For this reason the price of the wheat and barley will rise, while the price of the oil and the wine remain comparatively low.
Revelation 6:7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast saying, "Come and see." 8 So I looked, and saw, a green horse. And he who sat on him was named Death, and Sheol followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, with famine, with death, and by the beasts of the earth
As the famine begins to bite even harder, The World Empire finds itself at war with enemies within and enemies without. A fourth of the world is plunged into war, plagues break out, and wild beasts driven by hunger attack mankind.
The horse is green or in Greek chloros in colour. According to Wikipedia.org
"Based on uses of the word in ancient Greek medical literature, several scholars suggest that the color reflects the sickly pallor of a corpse."
Revelation 6:9 When he opened the fifth seal; I saw under the altar the souls of them who had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. 10 They cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood upon them that dwell on the earth? 11 Then white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both their fellow servants and also their brethren, who should be killed as they, should be fulfilled. (Underlining added)
The saints of God are killed no-where else, other than on the earth. Therefore to be under the altar upon which they were slain, these souls of the saints had to be under the earth within the world of the dead. Therefore, we know what is happening here at the time of the fifth seal, is taking place before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Why?
1: The dead in Christ have not yet been raised from the dead.
2: There are still saints of God being killed for maintaining their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.
Revelation 6:12 I looked and saw when he opened the sixth seal, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. 13 And the stars of the sky fell to the earth, even as a fig tree cast her untimely figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
According to Jesus Christ’s discourse with his disciples, the darkening of the sun and the moon, and the falling of the stars, is the second of two signs by which we will know that he is returning shortly. This sign will be preceded by a great earthquake (Rev 6:12), an earthquake that will open the bottomless pit (Rev 9:2).
This sign of the sun and the moon darkening and the stars falling from the sky, will come:
• After the great tribulation. (Matthew 24:29)
• After the times of the Gentiles have been fulfilled. (Luke 21:24 – 25)
• After the saints of God have been sealed with the seal of God on their foreheads. (Rev 9:4)
This earthquake and the signs in the sky will come approximately 1,979 days after the setting up in the temple of the abomination that causes desolation, and 541 days before the end of days.
Then at the end of days there will be another great earthquake, an earthquake that will remove every mountain and island from its place and cause every major city worldwide to collapse. This is the same earthquake as the earthquake that comes with the sounding of the seventh trumpet (Rev 11:19) and with the outpouring of the seventh bowl of God’s wrath. (Rev 16:18 –20)
When we read about the sixth seal, we are looking at events that begin to happen soon after the great tribulation. Everything from the earthquake mentioned in verse 12, through to the sky receding like a scroll when it is rolled up in verse 14 will happen very quickly. This may all happen in one day, or a week at the most. But the earthquake mentioned at the end of verse 14 will not come until approximately 541 days after the great earthquake mention in verse 12. (John tells us what will happen during these 541 days, when he records what he saw during the sounding of the 5th and 6th trumpets.
With the coming of the end of days
Revelation 6:14b - - - - - every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 “For the great day of his wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
These last 541 days, coming between the day the sun and the moon are darkened, and the great day of God’s wrath, are days in which God’s wrath is poured out on the unrighteous. But because it is not appointed to the righteous to suffer wrath, “but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess 5:9), we know that God, in order to protect the righteous, must seal the righteous with his seal, before this time of wrath.
Jesus Christ having first revealed to John what will happen to the unrighteous during the time of the sixth seal, then reveals to John what will happen to the righteous during the time of the sixth seal. Starting in chapter 7 verses 1 – 8, by looking at the need to seal the righteous for their protection before the time of God’s wrath, then jumping ahead in time, to after the 541 days of wrath and after the resurrection of the saints. Finally, verses 9 to 17 look at the gathering together of the saints in the sky.
When John wrote down what the Lord had shown him, he never put in chapters. But if we are to have chapters, chapter 8:1 should really be chapter 7:18. For this verse speaks of the saints standing in silence in the sky before the throne, during the time of the seventh seal.
Revelation 7:1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 saying, Do not hurt the earth, the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the bond servants of our God on their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
What is the seal of God? It is written in Ephesians;
Ephesians 1:13 In (Jesus Christ) whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation: in whom also after you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. (Words in italics added)
When we first believe, repent and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we are marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.
The opening of the sixth seal comes after the ending of both the great tribulation and the times of the Gentiles. During the times of the Gentiles many Gentiles have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, the seal of God and therefore do not need to receive the seal of God at this time. However for the Israelites, who have just gone through 1,979 days of great tribulation, if God is now going spare even a remnant of them from the days of wrath, God will now have to move very quickly, so that his chosen remnant of Israelites will also be marked in Jesus Christ with the seal of God, before God’s wrath begins to fall upon who have received the mark of the beast and have bowed down and worshiped the beast.
Throughout Judea and Jerusalem, it will be like the day of Pentecost. 144,000 Israelites, all of a sudden having their spiritual eyes and ears opened to the truth, will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Repenting of their sins and being baptized into Christ for the remission of their sins, and receiving the promised Holy Spirit, which is promised to all who repent and are baptized (Acts 2:38). 541 plus days after the sealing of God’s servants, John is looking at a great multitude that no one could number.
Revelation 7:9 After this I looked and saw, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and tribes, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms branches in their hands;
In verses 10 to 17, John continues to look at this great multitude before the throne and in front of the Lamb, as they and the 24 elders worshiped God and the Lamb. This time of worship is climaxed by the opening of the seventh seal and silence for about half an hour.
Revelation 8:1 And when He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in the sky for about half an hour.
After seeing the things that happen during the opening of the seals, Jesus Christ then takes John back in time. Still before the throne of God, where (in verses 2 to 6) John is shown the angels in sky preparing to sound the seven trumpets.
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