The seven seals in the book of Revelation relay the the horrific judgements unleashed onto the earth. These are described in the Revelation after Jesus gives his letters to the 7 churches. Before the seals are opened, John sees into the throne of heaven. This is significant because this establishes where these judgements originate. In addition, the Revelation provides the Bible’s third and final depiction of the throne of God. Moreover the most detailed.
The Living Creatures
Equally important it provides the second place inScripture which describes the living creatures before the throne. EzekielChapter One provides the first. Finally the living creatures play a major rolein the unleashing of the seven seals. A significant parallel to the book ofEzekiel is thus established.
Ezekiel, one of theBible’s major prophets lived during the Babylonian captivity. His father was apriest. When Nebudchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem in 434 BC, he exiledJehoiachin King of Judah along with his family, the nobility and 10,000captives. The prophet Ezekiel was one of the captives. Exhiled around 593 BC,in part he predicted the destruction of the first temple. This occurred in 587BC by Nebudchadnezzar II.
Revelation Chapter 4records
4 After this I looked, and, behold, a door wasopened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpettalking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things whichmust be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and,behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasperand a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sightlike unto an emerald.
4 And round about the throne were four and twentyseats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed inwhite raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings andthunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before thethrone, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glasslike unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne,were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and thesecond beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and thefourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wingsabout him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night,saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord GodAlmighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9 And when those beasts give glory and honour andthanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before himthat sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and casttheir crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory andhonour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure theyare and were created.
The Scroll which is sealedis presented in Chapter 5:1. It describes:
And I sawin the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and onthe backside sealed with seven seals.
It is similar to the scrollin Ezekiel 2:9-10 reads:
9 Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me;and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 ThenHe spread it before me; and there was writing on the inside and onthe outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning andwoe.
Both scrolls are delivered from the hand of God. In addition, both have writing on the insideand on the back. Ezekiel’s elaborates that written are “lamentations, mourningand woe.”
Scrolls contain curses and God’s judgments
This is most evident in Zechariah’s vision of the flyingscroll (Zechariah 5:1-4). This scroll measured 30 feet by 15 feet. This was an actual scroll that flew throughthe earth and brought a curse. Zechariah’s flying scroll confirms that Biblicalscrolls send judgment.
Vision of the Flying Scroll
5 Then I turned and raised my eyes, and saw therea flying scroll.
2 And he said to me, “What do you see?”
So I answered, “I see aflying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.”
3 Then he said to me,“This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole earth:‘Every thief shall be expelled,’ according to this side of thescroll; and, ‘Every perjurer shall be expelled,’according to that side of it.”
4 “I will send out the curse,” says the Lord of hosts;
“It shall enter the house of the thief
And the house of the one who swears falsely by My name.
It shall remain in the midst of his house
And consume it, with its timber and stones.”
Books in the Bible
Books Mentioned in Bible
The Books mentioned in the Bible not only include theBiblical books, but the Word references other works that you will see in thelist below When you examine the NewTestament, many of the Old Testament books are referenced. While the list belowprovides references, for some of the books there are so many references thatonly a few are mentioned. Such as books of the Chronicles.
Book of the generations of Adam Genesis 5:1
Memorial in a book Defeat of Amalek Exodus 17:14
The book of the covenant Exo 24:7
Thy Book Exodus 32:32
Book of the Wars of the Lord Numbers 21:14
The Law of Moses or the Book of The Law Deu 28:58, Deu 30:10, Deu 31:24, Deu 31:26, Jos 1:8, Jos 8:31,34, Jos 23:6
Book of Jasher-references sun and moon darkening andteaches use of the bow Jos 10:13, 2 Sam 1:18
Samuel’s book of the ordinances of the Kingdom 1 Sa10:25
Acts of Solomon or called Book of the acts of Solomon 1 Ki 11:41
Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel 1 Ki14:19, 1 Ki 15:31, 1 Ki 16:5,14,20.27
Also the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah 1 Ki 14:29, 1 Ki 15:23
Nathan the Prophet’s book called Book of Nathan the Prophet reference acts of Solomon 2 Ch 9:29
Book of the Prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite referenceacts of solomon2 Ch 9:29
Iddo’s Book called Book of the Visions of Iddo the Seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat, reference the acts of Solomon and geologies 2 Ch 9:29
Shemaiah’s book called Book of Shemaiah the Prophet -Acts of Rehoboam, first and last, genealogies 2 Ch 12:15
Jehu’s book called Book of Jehu 2 Chronicles 20:34
Book of the records Ezra 4:15
This might also be the book of Life-Book of the Living Psa 69:28
Nahum’s vision in Book of the Vision of Nahum the Elkoshite Nah1:1
Book of Remembrance Mal 3:16
Book of Life Phl 4:3, Revelation 3:5, Revelation 13:8Rev 20:12,, 15, Rev 21;27, Rev 22:19
The Books Revelation 20:12 “their works”, Daniel 7:10
Prophecy of this book Revelation 22:7,9-10,18-19
John and Jeremiah
It shouldbe noted that both John (Revelation 1:11)and the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah36:2, Jeremiah 30:2are instructed to write their visions in a book. One bookinstructed so by God the father, and the Revelation by God the Son.
Books Vs. Scrolls
The scroll is significant in that it differs from other booksmentioned in the Bible. When examining the various books in the Bible, itbecomes evident that the God of the Bible is about books. It is no wonder thatwe have a Bible that He wrote and is His Word.
Scrolls differ from books because they deliverjudgement. In addition scrolls aredelivered from the hand of God, from his throne, Moreover they have asupernatural element meaning they exist in the spiritual realm. In conclusion, thisis in line with the the God of the Bible about books, and his spoken andwritten word. John 1:1 states, in thebeginning was the Word and the Word was with God.
The 7 Sealed Scroll
Unlike the flying scroll of Zechariah, or the scrollpresented to Ezekiel, the Revelation Scroll is sealed with seven seal. No onein God’s creation of angels, cheraphim or of men and women are worthy to openit. This isn’t just any scroll, this is a plan ofGod. Revelation 5: 1-6
Only Jesus is Worthy to open the seals
Jesus takes the scroll from the right hand of God. The living creatures and 24 elders sing thathe is worthy because he has redeemed us to God by his blood. “And have made us prieststo our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5: 7-10
Jesus’s redeeming man to God and by His shed blood makes Himthe only one worthy to open the seals and release the plan of God.
Daniel 12:4 confirms that God’s future plan is sealed andIsaiah 29:11 also makes reference to sealed books they read:
Isaiah29: 11 states, “And the vision of all is become to you as the words of abook that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Readthis, I pray thee and he said, I cannot, for it is sealed.
But thou,O Daniel shut up the words and seal the book even to the time of the end: manyshall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Jesus Opens the Seals
When Jesus opens theseals something extradionary happens. As he opens the first four seals each ofthe four horsemen of the apocalypse are released. But, as Jesus opens the First Seal it is thefirst living creature that says come and see.
1st SealJesus opens-1st living creature——–white horse with rider withbow and crown
2ndSeal 2ndLiving Creature——fiery red horse with rider with sword
3rdSeal 3rdLiving Creature black horse withscales
4thSeal 4th livingcreature pale horse-ridden byDeath and Hades
The 4 horseman ofZechariah 6, compare to the four of the apocalypse in their colors except forthe dappled horse. These are sent to judge Babylon and the other nations thatcame against the land. These are sent by “the four spirits of heaven who go outfrom their station before the Lord of all the earth.” Zechariah 6:5.
The four spirits ofheaven can very well be referring to the living creatures. Thus again another reference of judgmentcoming from the throne of God.
Zechariah 6 New King JamesVersion (NKJV) Reads:
6 Then I turned and raised my eyes andlooked, and behold, four chariots werecoming from between twomountains, and the mountains were mountains of bronze. 2 Withthe first chariot were red horses, with the secondchariot black horses, 3 with the third chariotwhite horses, and with the fourth chariot dappled horses—strong steeds. 4 ThenI answered and said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these,my lord?”
5 And the angel answered and said to me, “These are fourspirits of heaven, who go out from their station before theLord of all the earth. 6 [a]The one with the black horses is going to the north country, thewhite are going after them, and the dappled are going toward the southcountry.” 7 Then the strong steeds wentout, eager to go, that they might walk to and fro throughout the earth.And He said, “Go, walk to and fro throughout the earth.” So they walked to andfro throughout the earth. 8 And He called to me,and spoke to me, saying, “See, those who go toward the north country have givenrest to My Spirit in the north country.”
The Four Horsemen ofthe Apocalypse
There was a time I thought the four horsemenwere figurative. After much study and examination these are literalhorses. These horsemen exist in thespiritual realm. They are actually set forth onto the earth during theTribulation. There are many glimpses into the parallel realm in Scriputure andin them we see heavenly objects or animals. For example, the chariot of fireElijah went to heaven in, The heavenlyarmy that protected the prophet that was seen by an invading Assyrian king. Theheavenly fire around the throne. The lake of fire. In addition, the chain thatcovers the abyss and binds Satan for 1000 years. These are some of the manyexamples.
Thus begins the first ofthe four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Keep in mind this is relayed by the first living creature. Based onZechariah 5, the living creatures may very be the four spirits of God that sendthese horses out. These are actualhorses and according to the passage each have a rider that is a demonic entity.
Revelation Chapter Six
Revelation Chapter Six isthe chapter of the Seals of the Revelation. Six of them are launched in thispassage. The seventh is described in Revelation 8:1.
The Passage Reads:
Revelation 6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Now Isaw when the Lamb opened one of the [a]seals;and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice likethunder, “Come and see.” 2 And Ilooked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had abow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and toconquer.
3 When Heopened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying,“Come [b]andsee.” 4 Anotherhorse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on itto take peace from the earth, and that people should killone another; and there was given to him a great sword.
5 When Heopened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come andsee.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had apair of scales[c] inhis hand. 6 And Iheard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A [d]quart ofwheat for a [e]denarius,and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and thewine.”
7 When Heopened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creaturesaying, “Come and see.” 8 So Ilooked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death,and Hades followed with him. And [f]power wasgiven to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger,with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
9 When Heopened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those whohad been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which theyheld. 10 And theycried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy andtrue, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on theearth?” 11 Thena white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them thatthey should rest a little while longer, until both the number of theirfellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, wascompleted.
12 I lookedwhen He opened the sixth seal, and [g]behold,there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth ofhair, and the [h]moonbecame like blood. 13 And thestars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it isshaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then thesky [i]recededas a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was movedout of its place. 15 Andthe kings of the earth, the great men, [j]the richmen, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hidthemselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountainsand rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on thethrone and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For thegreat day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
Seal No. 1-The FirstHorse of the Apocalypse-The White Horse
The first horse is whiteand he who sits on it has a bow and a crown. This is thought to be the Antichrist. 1 John references the spirit of the Antichrist. It may very well be thespirit of Antichrist that rides the white horse.
The crown identifies himas a king, a leader, president. The bowin the Bible is a precision instrument of war. The bow aims for specifictargets and hits them. The bow inScripture is always first in the instruments of war. We are told the Antichristcomes to conquer and he conquers, This is represented by the bow. Consider thefollowing verses:
They shall lay hold onbow and spear, they are cruel, and have no mercy, their voice roareth like thesea and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, Odaughter of Zion.
Thus said the Lord ofhosts, Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.
Put yourselves in arrayagainst Babylon round about all ye that bend the blow, shoot at her, spare noarrows, for she hath sinned against the Lord.
Call together the archersagainst Babylon all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about, let nonethereof escape; recompense her according to her work, according to all that shehath done, do under her; for she hath been proud against the LORD, against theHoly One of Israel.
They shall hold the bowand the lance; they are cruel, and will not show mercy; their voice shall roarlike the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in array, like a manto battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.
He hath bent his bow likean enemy; he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that werepleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion he poured out hisfury like fire.
He hath bent his bow and setme as a mark for the arrow.
And it shall come to passin that day that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel
The Second Seal-The Secondhorseman of the Apocalypse-The Fiery Red Horse
The second horse announced by the secondliving creature is fiery red. His rider is another demonic entity. He bringswar and bloodshed. In addition menkilling one another. Finally mens deaths brought on as well by animals. It will be an unprecedented time in theworld’s history. Violence will come fromevery direction, war, man against man.
Animals will Turn on menand women
Another highlight of the passage are thedeath brought on by beasts or animals. This will include animals that normally do not turn on humans. Animals such as cats, bunny’s mice to name afew
Particular Plagues in response to particularsin
In Egypt the plagues God issued mirroredtheir gods. This was the area of their sin. In the bowl judgments the various waters turn to blood. Revelationstates this is in response to the nations delighting in the blood of themartyrs. Thus, the second horseman is God’s judgement forsociety’s lust for committing acts of violence. It is as if God is saying through the red horseman, you want violence, Iwill give you violence.
The Third Seal-TheThird Horseman of theApocalypse-The Black Horse
TheThird Seal has the third living creature announcing the third horseman, theblack horse. This horse also has a demonic entity that rides it. The blackhorseman carries a balance and states:
This horseman launches a great famine. A denarious was a day’s wages in ancientRome. In addition it should be noted that the quoting of the Roman coinage is areference to the Final Roman Empire.
The balances have always been interpretedas scales in measurement of food. But,upon examining the Scripture, scales and ephods signify judgment. The balances are a symbol of God’s measuringthe deeds and actions of those on the earth and finding the wanting.
God commands us to use just balances inour dealings with one another. See the following verses on balances.
Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.
He is a merchant the balances of deceit are in his hand: he lovethto oppress.
In the account from the book of Danielwhen Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar was using the utensils from the Temple fora party. A hand suddenly appeared and wrote on the wall. We see a hand as well,the right hand of God handing the seven sealed scroll to Jesus in theRevelation. The hand writes mysterious words. Daniel is called on by Belshazzarto provide the interprestion. Daniel Chapter 5 provides the account.
Daniel tells him the words “MENE, MENE,TEKEL, UPHARSIN” and interprets them for the king: “MENE, Godhas numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; TEKEL, you havebeen weighed … and found wanting;” and “PERES, your kingdom isdivided and given to the Medes and Persians.
Thus we see that Belshazzar was weighed and thebalances and judgement came for his kingdom.
Zechariah 5 TheWoman in the Basket
Similarly in Zechariah 5 we see the woman namedEvil thrust into a basket. The woman is Isis who the Israelites are recordedworshiping in Jeremiah 44. Isis was Ishtar of Babylon the Queen mother. The basket is an ephah a weight of measurement..In addition, ISIS in Egypt was depicted as sitting on a basket.
The Woman’sJudgement in Revelation 18
The woman in the basket was taken to a placethat would be her temple or home. This is the Vatican in Rome. Revelation 18 records the harlot’s judgement .Thus the depiction of her in an ephah means she is judged.
In conclusion the balances of the third horsemansignify’ s judgment coming in the way of famine.
The word for balances in the Greek also means a yoke. A yoke thatis put on cattle. It metaphorically means any burden or bondage, such as in slavery. No doubt the great famine will be a burdentoo hard for many to bare. It will lead to many deaths.
Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shallye have; I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.
The Fourth Seal-The FourthHorseman Death and Hades
The fourth living creaturesannounces the forth horseman. Revelation6:7-8 describes:
7 When Heopened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creaturesaying, “Come and see.” 8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of himwho sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And [f]power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, tokill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
While the first three horses bring the perils ofwar, violence and famine, the fourth horseman ensures that men and women arekilled by these plagues.
Death and Hades
Death and Hadesrides this horse. In the Bible death always follows Hades. Both are principalities,the ones referred to the apostle Paul. These are the chief principalitiesdirectly under Satan. They came in at the Garden when Eve at the apple. Theapple changed man’s DNA. It was a DNA changing fruit. God had intended fellowshipwith man.
The Mission of Deathand Hades
The sin at thegarden ushered in man’s physical and spiritual death. Without redemption the souls brought in byDeath would directly go to Hades. Death and Hades are judged and thrown intothe Lake of Fire at the judgment.
The FifthSeal-The Martyrs
At the launch of thefifth seal we see a turning point. During the launch of the first four seals alsocome the first six trumpet judgments. The fifth seals shows us a glimpse of theplight of the martyrs. It is not in linewith the other seals which are judgment onto the nations. Instead we see theplight of God’s people.
Thus the fifth Sealtakes us to the start of the Great Tribulation. This is when the abomination ofdesolation takes places and Antichrist’s siege to Israel. In addition, Antichristlaunches the mark of the beast. Those who do not take the mark are killed. Everyone take the mark except truebelievers.
When the final numberhas been reached
The martyrs ask how longuntil their blood is avenged. God tells the until the number of their brethren havebeen killed as they were. The reason this number is so important to God goesback to God’s conversation with Abraham. If there were 10 righteous people inthe city of Sodom and Gomorrah God would not have destroyed it. There will not be one righteous man or womanleft, all will be murdered. Thus the final number will be complete and thoseleft will be zero.
The seven bowl judgments
When the final number lefton the earth is zero, the seventh trumpet sounds and releases the seven bowljudgements onto the earth. The go out bowl by bowl. The final bowls are accompaniedby the three woes, which lead the world to the battle of Armageddon.
The Sixth Seal
At the release of the sixthseal usher in the destruction of the earth. The sun darkens, the moon turns toblood. In addition stars drop from the sky pounding the earth. A giantearthquake levels the mountains and island by causing catastrophic landslidesand worldwise tsunamis. In addition the earth experiences 100 pound hailstones. The sun darkening causes the earth to go off its axis, the pummeling bythe stars obliterates the earth’s surface to its core. The appearance is of ascroll that is rolled up. A beautifuldepiction of the physical scroll nearing ushering its completed judgements andable to be rolled back up.
The Old Testamentprophets predicted this day as the Day of the Lord. At this moment the angel proclaimsit is done, similar in statement to Christ’s on the Cross, it is finished. Markingthe second biggest event since Christ’s death on the cross.
The Seventh Seal-Silencein Heaven
Revelation 8: 1 reads, “When He opened the seventh seal, therewas silence in heaven for about half an hour.
The mysterious silence inheaven is not a mystery at all.
The final two seals pairwith the days of creation.
God completed the earthon the sixth day and on the sixth it is destroyed.On the seventh day ofcreation God rested and at the seventh seal is silence in heaven. This last fora half an hour which equates to 7 days. God rested on the seventh day after creatingthe earth and in its destruction is seven days of silence.
Hab 2:20 reads:
But the Lord is in his holytemple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
The word used in theGreek means to hush, to command silence. God has just complete a major work.The destruction of the earth ends sin and Satan
‘s reign on earth. Moreover,man is reconciled to God through Jesus Christ’s redemptive work.That is those whoaccepted Jesus as their savior and his shed blood as the payment for their sinand believed on Him as the Son of God.
Thus completes the seven seals of the Revelation judgments and the profound silence at the work of the Almighty.
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