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“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals”
REVELATION – CHAPTERS 6-7 INTRODUCTION Chapters 4 and 5 – building to THIS! The focus is on the SCROLL and the LAMB – the unfolding… “REVELATION 7’s” Each set of seven -“unfolds” into the other Not Chronological – 3 vignettes interspersed with other vignettes, signs and scenes. The 7 Seals – unfolding of general history The 7 Trumpets – unfolding of “last days” The 7 Bowls – The outpouring of God’s Wrath after the rapture.
REVELATION – CHAPTERS 6-7 Just as Jesus told his disciples while He was here on earth with them…the “general” unfolding of history right down to the last days…Again in Revelation, He tells John in more detailed imagery. MATTHEW 24 COMPARED WITH REVELATION 6 Seal One – Rider on the White Horse – “bent on conquest” – False Christs and religious systems. Seal Two –Rider on the Red Horse – wars and rumors of wars… Seal Three –Rider on the Black Horse – famine – poverty. Seal Four - Rider on the Pale Horse – disease, plagues, terrorism, dread. Seal Five - The martyrdom of the saints - increasing in the last days. Seal Six - The harvesting of the earth (rapture) and the beginning of the outpouring of God’s Wrath! FALSE CHRIST’S IN OUR DAY?
REVELATION – CHAPTERS 6-7 ANTI-CHRISTS in OUR TIME? THIS ARTICLE TAKEN FROM WORLDNETDAILY.COM on June 23, 2004 http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=17038 “Dressed in a floor-length cape, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was dubbed the KING OF PEACE at a coronation ceremony in the DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING attended by several members of Congress. According to columnist Bill Berkowitz, on March 23, 2004 Moon PRESIDED over the event during which he presented the “Crown of Peace” award to a number of honored guest. Berkowitz writes that several U.S. members of Congress received “Ambassadors for Peace” awards. There were reportedly 81 members of Congress at the event. Introduced by a shofar-blowing rabbi, the reverend told the star-studded audience…that a ‘new era’ had come: ‘Open your hearts and receive the SECRETS that HEAVEN is disclosing in this age through ME.’ The religious leader, sounding like a self-proclaimed messiah, is quoted as saying:’In the context of heaven’s providence, I am God’s ambassador, sent to earth with His full authority. I am sent to accomplish His command to save the world's 6 billion people, restoring them to heaven with the original goodness in which they were created.” A TAXPAYER SUPPORTED, GOVERNMENT FACILITY USED FOR A RELIGIOUS EVENT? READ REVELATION CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 7 144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel. (NOT Jehovah’s witnesses!) 12,000 (12 x 1000) x 12 = 144,000 Interp.= a relatively small amount from all of ISRAEL. The promised ‘remnant” of the “last days”. Jews who would turn to Jesus as Savior and serve Him! Acts 15:13-19, Rom 9:27-28, Rom 11:5-7, Micah 7:18, Micah 2:12-13, etc. The message of Salvation was FIRST TO THE JEWS!
Acts 15:13-18 15The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 16"'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, 17that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things' Rom 9:27-28 27Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. 28For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality." Rom 11:5-8 5So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 7What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened,
REVELATION – CHAPTERS 6-7 1. Holding back the “four winds” (Matthew. 24:31) 2. “Do not harm the land, sea, trees…”(the Wrath/Bowls of God) This “sealing” of the remnant of Israel will happen before the RAPTURE and God’s Wrath!
REVELATION – CHAPTERS 6-7 “ SEALED” Means “born again” by the “Holy Spirit”! (II Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30) Eph 1:13 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, (NIV)
REVELATION – CHAPTERS 6-7 So…Jews will be saved by believing the Gospel in the Last Days, just before the RAPTURE… Then, Revelation 7:9 ff – “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from EVERY nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne…” This is a picture of ALL the raptured saints in Heaven, Jews and Gentiles…worshipping the Lord Jesus. He has delivered them while they were IN the “the Great Tribulation” (Rev 7:14) which they endured only for a short time…because for awhile it still continues…and then comes the WRATH OF GOD on the unbelieving and remaining world.
REVELATION – CHAPTERS 6-7 REVELATION 7:17 Rev 7:17 17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (NIV) SOUND LIKE PSALM 23?
REVELATION – CHAPTERS 6-7 Ps 23:1-6 1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (KJV)
“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals”