“But you must understand the seven seals.”
“What, the seven–Is this is a circus? I’m with you. What? Seven seals. Right.”
“They hit the ball up their nose. Seven of them. I saw it when I was a kid. I don’t understand it.”
Jokes aside, there is a lot of confusion amongst fellow Christians regarding End Times prophecy. Much of this confusion is self-imposed, however, since folks have an unfortunate tendency to willingly take Scripture out of context, twist it, or outright ignore certain portions in order to make it fit their particular viewpoint.
One of the biggest areas of confusion I’ve seen is in regards to the seven seals of Revelation.
Before I delve into the what, when, and why of the seals, I first want to mention that the biggest issue most people have with them is failing to keep them in numerical order. Folks, God didn’t number these things for His own personal amusement. They’re numbered because there is a particular sequence of events that have unfolded, and will continue to unfold, in our immediate future. Our God is a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33), and if you willfully screw with His order, then you deserve to stumble around in confusion.
When the Tribulation occurs under the seventh seal, with the blowing of the first angelic trumpet, please don’t try to stick it under the sixth seal.
When an event occurs long after the Tribulation is over (I’m looking at you, Gog Magog), please don’t try to stick it under the second seal.
When the Antichrist only makes his appearance under the seventh seal, after the sixth angelic trumpet is blown, please don’t try to stick him under the first seal.
With that out of the way, let’s examine the seals themselves:
“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.”
“And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, 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, neither to look thereon.”
“And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”
“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”
OK, so here’s what we know so far–God is holding a book in His right hand, sealed with seven seals, and only the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Lord Jesus Christ Himself, is worthy to unseal it.
What is the book that’s being unsealed?
I’ve heard several half-baked theories bandied about, from a “deed of redemption” to the “title deed of planet earth”. These run-around explanations are good examples of the kind of malarkey you’ll get from teachers who, rather than have to guts to simply admit they don’t know, come up with a bunch of BS to dazzle their readers with.
Folks, what is the only book throughout the entire Bible that was ever sealed?
The Book of Daniel.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
“And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”
(Daniel 12:4, 9)
Incidentally, it was a pre-incarnate Jesus Christ (Daniel 10:5, 6) who sealed it the book the first place, of course, only He is worthy to unseal it.
Why Daniel? His book is the foundation of Biblical prophecy. To understand it, is to understand Revelation. Sadly, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about the Book of Daniel making the rounds as well, but that’s for another time…
So, Revelation is the unsealing of the Book of Daniel–a revealing of the prophecies contained therein, given to Daniel by Jesus Himself. The more seals that are unsealed, the more the previously sealed knowledge of these revelations will be unsealed and revealed to us, just as Lord Jesus commanded. This will continue up to the point where the final angel sounds his trumpet, signaling the end of the Tribulation. When that day comes, when the 70 Weeks, Rapture, Tribulation, etc. will have been fulfilled, the “Mystery of God” fully revealed (Revelation 10:7).