THE  SEVEN  SEALS
       
       THE SEVEN SEALS FROM THE THRONE OF GOD


Over the past 70 years, through the influence of prominent writers, the study and
interpretation of Revelation has drawn much attention.  This is as it should be for we
seem to be living in the end times.   Much of the interpretation from this era is built
around the 20th-century current events.   The establishment of the nation of Israel in
1948, the atheistic Soviet Union being seen as the armies of the north coming against
Israel, the 200 million Chinese army crossing the Euphrates River for the battle of
Armageddon, the Middle East oil crisis, plus the 10 nation European Common Market,
plus the 4 blood moons of 2016 have enhanced interest in the interpretation of
Revelation.  These 20th-century circumstances seem to fit well into the accepted
interpretation of the seven seals.  Usually the seals have been interpreted somewhat as
follows:
The conqueror embarks on a conquest, (seal #1), with a great sword, (seal # 2), which
brings famine, (seal # 3), which results in death, (seal #4).   But can there be another
interpretation of the     seals?
The “seals” ----
“And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on
the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud
voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals”? Revelation 5:1-2.
The seven seals, seal the scroll message in the hand of God.   The scroll and the seals
are very prominent in the vision of Chapter 5.   The seven seals, must be opened for the
message from God to be read.   The message is for all mankind.   The seals can only be
opened by the resurrected Jesus Christ as explained in verses 5-14.

The fact that the seals can be opened only by Jesus Christ makes the seals messages
different as compared to Old Testament prophesies.  Only Jesus Christ, the Lamb that
was slain, “was able to open”, or “to look upon” or “read” the seven sealed scroll
message from the hand of God, which is extremely important as the seven sealed scroll
contains the complete message (or completed message) of Revelation from God to
mankind.  
Please note:  The above paragraph is important because often times teachers begin
with the Old Testament prophesies and then attempt to fit or mold the Revelation
prophesies into the predetermined OT interpretation.  BUT --- the Revelation prophecy
is written by God (written on a scroll in God’s hand) sealed with 7 seals (#7 = complete)
and only Jesus Christ ‘the Lamb that was slain’ can ‘open’ and ‘look upon’ it.  These
facts do not take away from the truth of OT prophesies, but they demand that Revelation
is preeminent.  When a person correctly understands Revelation, then the OT
prophesies fit as a hand in a glove and the whole of prophetic visions become visible.  
Please consider the following:
In the Book of Revelation there are five sets of “sevens”.   Three of the “sevens”,
(seals, trumpets, bowls), are interpreted to be tribulation.  All writers, as far as I have
read, interpret the seals to be tribulation.
Everyone agrees that tribulation is seven years divided into two parts of three and a
half years each.   Most everyone tries to interpret these three sets of “sevens” into two
time periods.   But, three does not divide into two.

Soo --- is there another way to interpret this??? Yes!!!
The trumpets are tribulation, because, the result destroyers one-third of nature and one-
third of mankind. Revelations 8-14.  The 2 witnesses witness for 1260 days, then are
killed (Rev. 11: 7) and immediately the 7th trumpet is sounded in Rev. 11: 14 – 15.  Thus 3
½ years is marked at the end of the trumpets.
The bowls are tribulation, because, as result, all is destroyed.  In Revelation 16 the
battle of Armageddon is set / ready, but not carried out until Rev. 19 – concluding in
verse 21, as ‘all the rest are killed’.  Certainly – ‘trumpets’ and ‘bowels’ are tribulation.   
But the “seals” are different.   The fourth seal with the pale horse and rider named
death is the easiest to understand.   Death was part of the judgment declared by God to
Adam and Eve upon ALL mankind.   All mankind is physical and have died, or will die, or
will be translated in the twinkling of an eye at the rapture.   The Bible states that flesh
and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.   Therefore, death is not unique to the
great tribulation era, but is common to all physical mankind.
With this easy to understand explanation we believe and interpret that the seals are not
tribulation, but prophecy.  Prophecy which God our Creator gives to His creation as
guidelines for mankind.   Seals 1-5, are guidelines, or parameters, under which we live
and by which mankind will be judged.   
The messages of the sixth and seventh seals are different.  They were from the
beginning of creation, in the foreknowledge of God, God's conclusion to His creation.   
Thus, the 7 seals are that which was God's plan for His creation.  
The message of seals 1 - 5 was experienced in the life and family of Adam and Eve and
they are also the judgments prophesied against the woman on the Scarlet beast in
Revelations 17 and 18.   Thus the seven sealed messages opened in Revelation are
God's universal and eternal message to His creation.  

Seal #1 ----:

**The rider ‘had a bow’ – this demonstrates that mankind is given the ability to make
tools to enhance his life.
Example – God created corn – we can choose to make from corn – post toasties or
whiskey.  We will be held accountable for the choices we make.   
**The rider was ‘given a crown’ --- Mankind was created with freedom of choice, as a
king.  Mankind’s ‘crown’ gives freedom both spiritually and physically.  
Spiritual freedom is of great importance.  We as human beings have the right –
guaranteed by God – to believe that God who created us does not exist.  That fact
demands that we must choose and the choice we make determines our obedience or
disobedience to our Creator.  Through belief and obedience, we become born again and
part of the family of God with a prepared eternal home in heaven.  No human,
government, army or ideology can prevent any person from believing and calling upon
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – and thus be saved.  
In Genesis 3: 6 - Eve exercising her freedom chose to eat of the forbidden tree ---
resulting in judgment.  As God planted a forbidden tree in the ‘midst of the garden’, He
demanded of mankind – responsibility of choice – to obey or to disobey.  The result of
disobedience is judgement.  
In Revelation 17-1, and 18-7, -- The woman (a visionary picture) represents those of
mankind who through their freedom -- chose to reject their Creator, as God --- Resulting
in judgment.  
**The rider ‘went out conquering and to conquer’ --- to mankind is given a spirit of
conquest.  
Conquest is a good gift from our Creator.  A baby’s first conquest is its mother – from
there we move on to the school yard, games & sports, the job, the highest mountain, the
moon and beyond.  With a spirit of conquest mankind has developed and destroyed
throughout history.  Mankind will be judged by what – who and how they conquer.  

Seal # 2 ---

**The rider was granted to ‘take peace from the earth, ‘kill’ each other and ‘given a great
sword’.  
The root cause that takes ‘peace’ from an individual /and or the earth is the result of –
SIN.
‘For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God’.  
Mankind was created with the possibility to sin and the reality of being a sinner.   The
ultimate sin is to kill -- and ‘to kill’ is used to illustrate the reality of sin – and seal #2 is
given to tell mankind –there will be judgment for sin.
In Genesis 4 --- Cain slew Abel --- resulting in judgment for sin.
Revelations 17:6 & 18:24-- The woman killed the Saints and all who were slain on the
earth -- resulting in judgment.

Seal # 3 ---

The rider had a ‘pair of scales’ with the price of grain/ food.
God created a system through which mankind does business / work to provide daily
food.   A person must work for a living.  Jesus gave us parables explaining – rewards for
the faithful servant and punishment for the unfaithful servant.  
In Genesis 3: 17 - 18 -- Adam's sin of disobedience --- resulted in judgment from God
that, “by the sweat of your brow you shall eat your bread.”
The woman's corrupt business --- resulted in judgment.  “God has remembered her
iniquities” --- In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously ----- give her
torment and sorrows’.  Rev. 18: 5 - 7.

Seal # 4 ---

The rider was “named Death” – with hades following -- and power to kill ¼ of the earth.
Mankind was created physical and will die.  ‘It was appointed unto man, once to die and
then the judgment’.
Genesis 3: 17 – 19 -- Adam's disobedience resulted in judgment--” to the dust you will
return”.
Revelations 18: 7 - 8, --- The woman's disobedience results in judgment --- death “---
utterly burned with fire”.  
When the final tally of mankind is complete ¼ of mankind will have died a premature /
early death as the result – ‘sword’ (war -murder), hunger (famine) death (all diseases),
beasts (animals).

            “Seal # 5 ---  

The message says they were “slain for the Word of God’.
Mankind was created within a spiritual conflict, --- the ‘serpent’ engaged Adam & Eve in
a spiritual battle that they were ill prepared to fight – but they were confronted with the
necessary decision of obedience or disobedience to their Creator.  
God has created all mankind (those of a sound mind) within the circumstances that each
person must choose to obey or to disobey their Creator.  
In Gen. 4: 8 - 13 --- Cain slew Abel, because Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God ---
resulted in judgment of the murderer.
Revelations 18: 24 --- “In her was the blood of the prophets and Saints“--- resulted in
judgment of the murderers.

Seal # 6 ---

Is -- a visionary picture of the division between the family of God and mankind who
rejected God, -- at the time of the end.  
The vision of seal #6 is prophecy of the conclusion of coming events that are described
in the explanations of the trumpets and bowels.  A vision of the last day of physical
mankind.
Revelations 6: 12 - 17, -- is a vision of the last generation of rebellious mankind at the
end of time that is described in Revelation 16 & 19: 11 – 21.  
Revelation 7:1-10 --- The complete Family of God at the time of the end.  
At the same time that the rebellious against their Creator are being physically destroyed
on earth --- those who are sealed (7: 3), born again, whose names are written in the
Book of Life are ‘standing before the throne and before the Lamb’.  (Rev. 7: 9 – 10).  
Mankind – from the first to the last in the end are divided into only two groups.  All the
nations listed in the OT are gathered either in the family of God or outside the family of
God.  There is a God drawn division between the two groups.
Genesis 3:15 - “Enmity between the rebellious – like satan and the spiritual seed of Eve“.
Revelation 18:4, --- “Come out of her my people”.

Seal # 7 ---

Is judgments and explanations / tribulation carried out in Revelation Chapters 8 - 22.  
Please note;  The message, of each of seals #s 1 – 6, is clearly defined as the message
begins and then closes with the opening of the next seal.  But seal # 7 opens with
‘silence in heaven for about half an hour’ --- then immediately John sees ‘seven angels’
and to ‘them were given seven trumpets’.  The message continues as the ‘prayers of all
the saints ascends before God’.  (The scripture says that the angels sing in heaven
when one sinner repents.  Silence in heaven means that no one has been saved for a
half hour – thus God acknowledges that all who are going to be saved have been
saved.)  Then the angels begin to blow the trumpets and tribulation has begun.  Thus –
the message of seal #7 is the explanation / description of the 7 year tribulation.  
Do not suppose that the 7th seal will not be opened until the time for tribulation to
begin.  
The 7th seal has been opened --- it says that tribulation will not begin until the family of
God is complete (all have been saved who are going to be saved.  This has already
been stated in Revelation 7: 1 – 3 -- 'Do not harm the earth, the sea, or any trees until we
have sealed the servants of our God ----.'  

Three statements in the 2 paragraphs above are very important to mankind;

           First -- No harm to earth,sea or trees until the servants of God are sealed.  
Second --  'silence in heaven for a half hour' = no one being saved.  
       Third -- 'Prayers of all the saints' have gone up before the throne of God.

This gives great confidence and assurance to mankind that the earth will continue as
long as there are people being saved / repenting of their sins and calling upon the
name of the Lord.  But when the time comes that for 1/2 hour no one has called upon the
Lord for salvation --- the doors of heaven will be closed as Jesus illustrated in the
parable of the 10 virgins.  Matt. 25: 1- 13.  

Please note ;  

At an unknown time (Known only to God as the prayers before the throne stop) to
mankind the doors of heaven will close.  Then at 1260 days the 2 witnesses will be killed
(Rev. 11: 7) -- then at 1263 & 1/2 days the 2 witesses will be resurrected leaving behind
the last generation of the sealed, who will be protected by God -- then at 1290 days the
image will be set up (Rev 13: 14 - 18) -- then the last generation must go into hiding until
the rapture at 1335 days.  ( Matthew 24: 15 - 21).
 
The explanations of seal # 7 also describes the final destruction of God's creation as
had been planned by God from the beginning.  In the beginning God knew there would
be an end.   Through the seventh seal He tells us of that final destruction.   
The seven sealed message is given from the hand of God to Jesus Christ, to the angel,
to John, to the seven churches, to all mankind.
With the above skeletal descriptive interpretation of the “seals” we see the final
message from God tying together the history of mankind from Genesis through
Revelations.   Adam and Eve were created under the guidelines set forth by the sealed
messages. They lived by those guidelines in either obedience or disobedience and
were judged accordingly.  God certainly knew the consequences of planting the 'tree of
the knowledge of good and evil' in the middle of the Garden of Eden.  In planting that
tree God demanded that mankind
chose to obey or disobey.  Thus -- by mankind's own
choice their eternal destiny is determined through repentance or refusal to repent.
Every human being since Adam and Eve have been born and lived under those same
guidelines.

The seals 1 - 5 address or speak to those things /guidelines / rules under which we are
born.   They are natural to us.   They are understood through the living of life.
For example:
Through the seals, mankind is given “freedom of choice“ – we may believe in God or not
-- (seal #1), with the ability to kill – to sin -- (seal #2).   Mankind knows from what is
created in us that it is wrong to kill.   Yet, throughout history mankind has killed each
other.  To kill == to sin – Mathew 5: 21 – 22.
God told mankind in his 10 Commandments, (Exodus 20:13), “you shall not murder. “
So --- God created into us certain guidelines through which we know right from wrong
and then reinforced them through the 10 Commandments and the prophesies of
Revelation and they will be the basis of judgement at ‘THE GREAT WHITE THRONE
JUDGEMENT’  
Those same “seal” judgments began in the lives of Adam and Eve and their sons and
will be the guidelines for judgments against all mankind who reject God's plan for
salvation through Jesus Christ as seen in Revelations chapters 17 and 18.  These two
chapters describe 5 judgments against the visionary woman that correspond with seals
1 – 5.  
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me
saying to me, come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many
waters.”  Revelations 17:1.  
The seven-sealed message from the right hand of God sets mankind's perimeters /
defines sin and will be the basis of God's final judgment – THE GREAT WHITE THRONE.
With Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, sins are forgiven.
Without Jesus Christ there will be judgment according to the guidelines set forth by the
seven seals.