A central theme in the book of Revelation is the scroll with seven seals which only the Lamb is worthy to open.

Rev 5:1-10

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.  I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.  Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.  And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.  And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

The scroll is the Book of Life (or at least the part of the book of life that is for believers).  It has been sealed with seven seals.  It contains the names of every person that has been purchased with the Lamb’s blood.  It contains the names of people from every tribe and language and people and nation.

They will be a kingdom and priests to serve God and they will reign on the Earth (in Eternity).

Once the Scroll has been opened, the Children of God will be revealed.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. (Romans 8:19)

The next few chapters of Revelation describe what happens as the Lamb opens the seven seals culminating in the sealing of the 144000 from Israel and the appearance of a great multitude in heaven when the seventh seal is opened.

Seven angels with trumpets are mentioned following the seven seals but the seventh trumpet signals the end of the age and the rapture of the Church and thus coincides with the seventh seal.  If the seventh trumpet coincides with the seventh seal then maybe the other trumpets are coincident with the other seals being opened too.

In other words, when an Christ opens a seal, an angel sounds a trumpet.  For those who are watching, it is a warning that Christ’s return is imminent.

The first seal is broken when the Antichrist is revealed.   The first trumpet sounds and then a third of the Earths trees and grass is burnt up.  The second seal is broken, war is unleashed.  The second trumpet sounds and a third of the sea turns to blood and a third of the sea creatures die and a third of the ships are destroyed.  The third seal is opened and a famine is rampant.  The third trumpet sounds and a star falls from the sky turning a third of the fresh waters bitter.  The fourth seal is opened and death abounds.  The fourth trumpet sounds and a third of the sky is darkened blocking the light of the sun and moon.  A fifth seal is opened and the martyrs cry out.  The fifth trumpet sounds and locusts come out of the abyss to torment those with the mark of the beast for 5 months. The sixth seal is opened and signs appear in the sky and earthquakes shake the Earth.  Men try to hide from Gods impending wrath. The sixth trumpet sounds – 200 million mounted troops are released to kill one third of all mankind.  Still man does not repent.

Next, the 144000 Jews are sealed and a great multitude appear in heaven.  Then there is rest in heaven for half an hour as the seventh seal is opened.  The seventh trumpet sounds as the seventh seal is opened and the mystery of God is accomplished.  The little scroll is opened,  the two witnesses finish prophesying for 1260 days and then they are raptured.   Jerusalem has been trampled for 42 months.  The time for judging the dead in Christ has come. The church is raptured and the first resurrection takes place.  God pours out the seven bowls of his wrath as he leads an army of believers to strike down the nations.  The nations are separated into the Sheep and the Goats.  

Finally, the Kingdom of this world becomes the Kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah.




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