Seal

The Seven Seals is a phrase in the Book of Revelation that refers to seven symbolic seals that secure the book or scroll, that John of Patmos saw in his Revelation of Jesus Christ. The opening of the seals of the Apocalyptic document occurs in Revelation Chapters 5-8 and marks the Second Coming.



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The scroll of Rev 5 is a deed of redemption, and as such becomes effectively a will of inheritance. It is the legal document proving that a qualified Kinsman has paid the price to redeem the land once forfeited by His family. As each seal is broken, the deed of redemption reveals what must occur for the Kinsman-Redeemer to physically repossess the land, wresting it from enemy squatters, and returning it to those who were originally given dominion over it.
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Blessed be he that is enthroned with the seven sealed document in hand. Blessed is he that can take it from his hand and open it. Such is practical fellowship in the revelation of the Presence of Jesus Christ.

indeed the scroll is a title deed on the LAND which God has promised to His People
once the seal is broken the title deed is open and claim back

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to His servant John, who testify to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. -REVELATION 1:1-2

WHO IS JOHN OF THE REVELATION?

  • John was the beloved of Jesus. He and James were the sons of Zebedee, the sons of thunder. John was one of the younger of the disciples. He loved Jesus so much that John was known as the disciple of love. He would lay his head on Jesus’ chest. He adored Jesus. It seems that Jesus felt the very same way about John.  It was John that Jesus entrusted his mother to.  Whenever three disciples went aside with Jesus, as they did at the transfiguration, John was one of them.
  • John was there at the Garden of Gethsemane, waiting while Jesus prayed.  John loved Jesus so much, that he was never very far from Jesus. It seemed that this great love that John had for Jesus helped him to understand the person of Jesus more than any other disciple.
  • John was the one who called Jesus the Lamb of God.
  • John was the only disciple present at Jesus’ crucifixion (that the Bible
    mentions).
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1. The First Seal – Religious Deception and Persecution

I watched as The Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. -Revelation 6:1-2

2. The Second Seal – War

When The Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword. –Revelation 6:3-4

3. The Third Seal – Famine

When The Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine! –Revelation 6:5-6

4. The Fourth Seal – Pestilence

When The Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. –Revelation 6:7-8

5. The Fifth Seal – Tribulation and Martyrdom

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of The Word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until You judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow      servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed. –Revelation 6:9-11

  • The Signs in Heaven

6. The Sixth Seal – Signs In The Heavens

I watched as He opened the sixth seal. There was a great Earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.      The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from The Face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of The Lamb! For the great day of Their wrath has come, and who can stand? –Revelation 6:12-17

  • And then the Seventh Seal, with its seven trumpets, and seven bowls. The last three trumpets are known as the “three woes.”

7. The Seventh Seal

When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. –Revelation 8:1-2


1. The First Bowl

The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. –Revelation 16:2

2. The Second Bowl

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died. –Revelation 16:3

3. The Third Bowl

The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: “You are just in these judgments, You who are and Who were, The Holy One, because You have so judged; for they have shed the blood of Your saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are Your judgments.” –Revelation 16:4-7

4. The Fourth Bowl

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed The Name of God, Who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him. –Revelation 16:8-9

5. The Fifth Bowl

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. –Revelation 16:10-11

6. The Sixth Bowl

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. –Revelation 16:12-16

7. The Seventh Bowl

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of The Temple came a loud voice from The Throne, saying, “It is done!” Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of His wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. –Revelation 16:17-21

1. The First Trumpet

The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. –Revelation 8:6-7

2. The Second Trumpet

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. –Revelation 8:8-9

3. The Third Trumpet

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water – the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. –Revelation 8:10-11

4. The Fourth Trumpet

The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night. –Revelation 8:12

5. The Fifth Trumpet (First Woe)

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the  sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and Chariots rushing into battle. They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. –Revelation 9:1-11

6. The Sixth Trumpet (Second Woe)

The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number. The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breast plates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury. The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood -idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. –Revelation 9:13-21

7. The Seventh Trumpet (Third Woe)

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and He will reign for ever and ever. —Revelation 11:15










Prepared for the Seal
    Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon--none know how soon--it will pass to the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Saviour's admonition: "Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." Mark 13:33. "If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." Revelation 3:3.  {GC 490.1}  
 
Revelation 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. 
  Those who have learned of Christ will "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness." Ephesians 5:11. In speech, as in life, they will be simple, straightforward, and true; for they are preparing for the fellowship of those holy ones in whose mouth "was found no guile." Revelation 14:5.  {MB 69.1} 
Name and Character.
What does it mean to pray in the name of Jesus and to have the Father’s name written in the forehead? John 14:13–15; 15:16;
 
But to pray in Christ's name means much. It means that we are to accept His character, manifest His spirit, and work His works. The Saviour's promise is given on condition. "If ye love Me," He says, "keep My commandments." He saves men, not in sin, but from sin; and those who love Him will show their love by obedience.  {DA 668.2} 
  The seal of the living God will be placed upon those only who bear a likeness to Christ in character.  {FLB 287.2} 
God sends you into the world as His representative. In every act of life you are to make manifest the name of God. This petition calls upon you to possess His character. You cannot hallow His name, you cannot represent Him to the world, unless in life and character you represent the very life and character of God. This you can do only through the acceptance of the grace and righteousness of Christ.  {MB 107.1} 
How important was a name in Old Testament times, and what did a name reveal? 1 Samuel 25:25; Genesis 27:36; 32:27, 28.
 
When a person’s character changed, what happened to his or her name? Genesis 17:5, 15, 16; 32:28.
 
 
FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS
What does “in their mouth was found no guile” mean? Revelation 14:5; James 3:2; Matthew 5:3712:36, 37.
 
 How does the Sabbath become a sign of sanctification? Exodus 31:13; Isaiah 58:13.
 
 
Have you learned so to control the tongue that it shall ever obey the dictates of an enlightened conscience and holy affections? Is your conversation free from levity, pride and malice, deceit and impurity? Are you without guile before God? Words exert a telling power. Satan will, if possible, keep the tongue active in his service. Of ourselves we cannot control the unruly member. Divine grace is our only hope.  {5T 175.1} 
 
Now is the time to prepare. The seal of God will never be placed upon the forehead of an impure man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of the ambitious, world-loving man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of men or women of false tongues or deceitful hearts. All who receive the seal must be without spot before God--candidates for heaven.  {5T 216.2} 
 
How do the sealed believers follow the Lamb here on earth?
Revelation 14:4; 1 Peter 2:21, 22; 1 John 2:6; 3:3–7.
 
By faith Enoch "was translated that he should not see death; . . . for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." Hebrews 11:5. In the midst of a world by its iniquity doomed to destruction, Enoch lived a life of such close communion with God that he was not permitted to fall under the power of death. The godly character of this prophet represents the state of holiness which must be attained by those who shall be "redeemed from the earth" (Revelation 14:3) at the time of Christ's second advent. … But like Enoch, God's people will seek for purity of heart and conformity to His will, until they shall reflect the likeness of Christ. Like Enoch, they will warn the world of the Lord's second coming and of the judgments to be visited upon transgression, and by their holy conversation and example they will condemn the sins of the ungodly.   {PP 88.3}
 
EXHORTING ONE ANOTHER
 
What is shown by the fact that the sealed believers sigh and cry
for all the abominations which are done both in the land and in
the church? Ezekiel 9:4; Hebrews 10:24–26.
 
“The day of God’s vengeance is just upon us. The seal of God will be placed upon the foreheads of those only who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land.  {5T 212.3} 
 
ABSOLUTE VICTORY
 
 In order to obtain perfect victory and be sealed, what are some
of the prerequisites? John 15:5; Revelation 14:12; 2 Peter 1:5–11.
 
“God demands that the appetites be cleansed, and that self-denial
be practiced in regard to those things which are not good. This is a
work that will have to be done before His people can stand before
Him a perfected people.”   {9T 153.4}
 
 
 
Will anyone be saved if one does not show concern for the souls of fellow believers as well as of those living around him or her?
 
Ezekiel 33:7–11.
 
The Lord seeks to save, not to destroy. He delights in the rescue of sinners… By warnings and entreaties He calls the wayward to cease from their evil-doing and to turn to Him and live. He gives His chosen messengers a holy boldness, that those who hear may fear and be brought to repentance. How firmly the man of God rebuked the king! And this firmness was essential; in no other way could the existing evils have been rebuked. The Lord gave His servant boldness, that an abiding impression might be made on those who heard. The messengers of the Lord are never to fear the face of man, but are to stand unflinchingly for the right. So long as they put their trust in God, they need not fear; for He who gives them their commission gives them also the assurance of His protecting care.  {PK 105.1} 
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