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Opening the Seals
THE TERRIFYING VISION
We see in the 12th chapter of Daniel that this man of God has a disturbing vision. He is quite perplexed and is seeking God to understand. Instead of explaining the end time vision to Daniel, the angel tells him to seal up the words to the vision, for they are to be kept secret until the end of the time of this present kingdom (of darkness) just before God re-establishes His Throne on a restored planet Earth.
He answered, “Go on your way, Daniel. The scroll is rolled up. It is sealed until the time of the end. Daniel 12:9
The terrifying events that Daniel witnessed in his vision must occur first in order for God to finish performing and establishing His good plans and purposes for man and the earth. Only after all these events occur can God restore all creation and fully redeem, justify and glorify man back to his (or her) originally blessed existence in the Utopia of God or Garden of Eden.
Some might ask “Why must these horrible things that have been prophesied happen”? It is because Adam and Eve chose to obey the fallen angel, Lucifer instead of God thereby making Lucifer their master and in so doing forfeiting (as spoils) the dominion they once had over the earth as rulers. The earth now belongs to the Prince of darkness and he has set up his fallen angels as rulers and principalities in high places of authority over all the regions of the earth. The inhabitants of earth are relentlessly subjected to the exploiting of “satan’s trade” as he lures by intrigue, deception, usury, sexuality, idolatry, self-aggrandizement and witchcraft.
THE SECOND ADAM
It is only through the Messiah (the second Adam) that man can live in a “higher self”, navigated by the Holy Spirit that now dwells in him to live in this world but not participate in the realms of extortion and intrigue.
The rulers of this present kingdom of darkness will be dethroned and eliminated but God desires first that those who are in covenant with the deceiver wake up to their condition of subjection. He has been long suffering for the children of Adam to realize who their God truly is. It is not money, material possessions, power, prestige and plenty that comes by one’s own hand through the mechanisms of this fallen world systems but rather it is complete dedication toward our Creator and Messiah. It is the revelation that is He the one true God that gives us His Wisdom to live and thrive. God yearns that mans opens his ears to hear His Voice in order to teach us His great mysteries. He desires that man leave the trappings and intrigue of satan’s domain and implores that we enter into a covenant with Him -a covenant that is bountiful and eternal. Not only does He promise us sustenance, long life, wealth, peace and joy in this life, but also in the coming New Eden. A paradise that is free from war, disease, poverty and death. He will merge the restored Earth with the Kingdom of Heaven wherein lies no deception, hate or death. A perfect Holy Nation where everyone of every race, ethnicity, gender and culture will learn of His ways and walk equally in His righteousness.
Unfortunately, when everything is going well in the world, mankind feels they have no need for God. They pursue their own passions and self-elevation. They are unknowingly controlled by spirits of greed and selfishness of this kingdom
But the hard truth is this; It is more likely when one has to deal with sickness, fear and loss that one tends to fall to their knees to seek healing, peace and help in those times of need. The horrifying events that Daniel witnessed will come upon the earth and will cause great distress. But, in distress many will realize what truly is important and return to the Lord. These events, called tribulations will cause many to repent and cry out to God, trusting Him as their Savior. These new and renewed believers will leave their “first Adam fallen state” and trust in Yeshua or “the second Adam”. When one trusts in Yeshua he is reborn into a new creation, not subject to the exploitation of the prince of the earth. He is now able to navigate the temptations of this fallen world and even endure the difficult things that yet must to happen before the restoration of all things.
TIMES OF TRIBULATION
Now, the only way to manifest and perform these sealed up, distressing prophecies is for the Messiah to open the scrolls.
There were 483 years from Daniel until Yeshua. So it was that the seals remained secure until the Lamb was slain.
2 And I saw a powerful angel calling in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But there was no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth who could open the scroll or look inside it. 4 I cried bitterly because there was no one who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not cry! The Lion[a] from the tribe of Judah, David’s descendant, has won the victory so that he is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Rev. 5:2-5
Now the events of the seals have been manifesting since the Lamb was slain. As we analyze the events of the following “seals”, realize that the perspective of these prophecies was written from God’s people and the nation of Israel. Israel is the spiritual epicenter of the world where the Prophetic Word of God goes out from. The Word goes forth from Zion.
THE FIRST SEAL
Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. Rev. 6:1-2
It was only 40 years after Yeshua ascended (a time of judgment) that the conquering nation (Rome) totally destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple, killing millions within the city, exiling all those who survived, and further erasing this people by changing the name of Judea to Palestine. Jerusalem and Judea were conquered.
THE SECOND SEAL
3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 Then another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take away peace from the earth and to make people kill each other, and he was given a big sword. Rev. 6:3-4
Though murder has been prevalent since Cain killed Able, taking someone’s life was unlawful in most societies and is often punishable by incarceration or death. However, a people and religion came into existence during the 7th century whose leader and writer of their holy book encouraged and sanctioned “the killing of the infidel” which emphasizes the Jew first then the others in the world. It is estimated 290,000,000 people over time have been murdered by Islamic terrorism.
It is also important to note that upwards of 9 million were killed by Christian Crusader Campaigns which were commissioned and sanctioned by the Church to kill all the Jews and Muslims on their way to conquer and take Jerusalem.
THE THIRD SEAL
5 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, and its rider held a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard something that sounded like a voice coming from the middle of the four living creatures. The voice said, “A quart of wheat for a day’s pay, and three quarts of barley for a day’s pay, and do not damage the olive oil and wine!” Rev. 6:5-6
The following are some facts concerning famine from the first century to present time.
- Famines were rampant after the first century. The Famine in Judea records that 1 million people died.
- 90% of Rome perished from famine at the fall of the Roman empire.
- Up 60% of Europeans died in the 1300s from famine and plague.
- And it’s even estimated that 20 million people are starving today as scientists inform us that draughts and famines are increasing.
- The Bengal Famine of 1770, 10 million lives lost (1/3 of the population)
- The Great Famine of 1876-1878, 10 million people died.
- The Indian Famine, 10 million people died.
THE FOURTH SEAL
7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse. Its rider was named death, and Hades[a] was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill people by war, by starvation, by disease, and by the wild animals of the earth. Rev. 6:7-8
The world has seen great heartache since the 1st century. Here are some facts.
- As mentioned above over 7 million people died in Europe from famine, plague and infested animals. (60%)
- Over 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. (60% of the Jewish population at the time) as well at 5 million non-Jews.
- As many as 35 million non-Jews were killed by merely the course of World War II in Germany.
- It’s estimated 150,500,000 have died in wars since the time of Christ.
- The Spanish flu in the early 20th Century killed 50 million people in 2 years (1/3 of the world’s population was actually infected).
- Corona virus has claimed 1 million worldwide so far.
THE FIFTH SEAL
9 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. 10 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?” 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters,[e] were killed just as they had been.
Starting with approximately 100 martyrs in the 1st Century, global martyrdom for Christ is now equating to 100,000 per year, or one every six minutes. Over 900,000 Christians have been martyred in the past decade.
THE SIXTH SEAL
12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. Rev. 6:12-13
I believe the 6th seal is yet to happen and will probably happen near the same time as the unsealing of the 7th seal. Many scientists are convinced this major earthquake could happen anytime due to increased seismic activities within the earth. An earthquake at a great magnitude can cause volcanos to explode spewing ash into our atmosphere that could blot out the light of the sun.
TIME TO REPENT
The time to repent and wash our garments is more evident than ever. Next month I will discuss the significance of the 6th and 7th seal. There are many hidden mysteries that are being illuminated right now in our time. Don’t put it off – If you’re not right with God…you need to be!
When these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28
God bless you dear friends. May you know His Peace,