Ok, ready. I am just going to gently peel off one layer. The opening of the seals is one of 3 parts of Judgment. (trumpets and bowls are the other 2).
This read opens up with the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse.
The first seal: The white horse, this is probably the antichrist initiating the Great Tribulation, Remember satan is a mimicker of everything Jesus does, so he will come as a portrait of peace and goodness. War will not open up until the second seal is opened.
The Second seal: The red horse represents warfare. Remember all this is told in the same exact order in Mathew 24. Wars will break out.
The third seal: The black horse and its rider represents famine. The scales in his hands are used to measure scarce food.
The fourth seal: represents death, the natural result of war and famine.
The fifth seal: a vision of the martyrs for Christ, they long for the judgement of the earth for their death.
The sixth seal: is terrible trembling of the earth that affect the sun, moon, and stars.
Then there is this time period in between the 6th and 7th seal. The angels stand in the corner of the worlds and stop the winds. All is completely still. Then 144,000 are sealed. The number is 12 x 12 x 1000. 12 is a number of completeness. (keep tucked in your pocket that satan mimics everything Jesus does) By the way, if you look closely at the names of the tribes, Levi was in there. I am sure you were like “what in the world??” their tribe was not part of the 12 because they were separated as a priesthood in Leviticus. So if they are counted now as the 12…who is missing?? Ahhhh the tribe of Dan. Why? Well, I don’t know, but the Blessings in Genesis 49 said they would be a “serpent by the roadside” and all throughout the book of Judges, and other books the tribe of Dan was always committing idolatry and running from God. Anyway, they are omitted from the sealed.
I am not a Revelation expert so I really don’t know much about the 144,00 other than the comments from a few commentaries, but just to know a great multitude of people come to be saved after the Rapture is awesome. I beleive they are Jews saved to witness to the Chosen People.
The seventh seal is broken and time seems to stand still for 30 minutes, then suddenly judgment is cast down from the Lord (not satan) from the altar in Heaven and great natural disasters occur, terrible plagues and the seven trumpets. The trumpets are worse than the seals.
Somebody asked me last week about the incense in the Church and it goes all the way back to the Tabernacle, and the incense was burned representing prayers up to God. Well, it is the same here too. The incense represents the prayers of the saints (all believers) .
Then you have the Trumpets: So after the saved were sealed the “wrath of the Lamb” or the “four winds” are unleashed and 1/3 of the vegetation is burned, 1/3 the sea is ruined, 1/3 of the drinking water is poisoned, 1/3 of the day is gone. When we get to Chapter 8 verse 13 a huge warning was given with 3 Woe’s meaning the worst is yet to come. Uggg. Do you remember at the end of Daniel we spoke of the 70: 7′s. And 69 had occurred and there will be a 7 year split in half (3 1/2 years and 3 1/2 years) or in other words 42 months as it is in Revelation. The second 3 1/2 will be a lot worse than the first!
The fifth trumpet blows and plagues are unleashed from satan and the key is given to satan for the Abyss. See satan is the fallen star, he was once an angel sitting next to God himself, but his prideful heart ruined him (and his posse). DO YOU SEE THIS HUGE WAR GOING ON BETWEEN THE LORD AND SATAN). So after the Locusts eat everything (prophesied in the book of Joel) the second “Woe” will bring the killing of 1/3 of humans. 4 Fallen angels are unleashed at the Euphrates River. (DId anyone look on the map?? That is present-day Iraq! SO with the help of humans (not surprised) satan will have an Army of 200 million.
Chapter 10: the Little scroll. This is not the Sealed Scroll. So just like in Ezekiel 3 (my favorite chapter!). ANyway, John is instructed to eat the little scroll, (the book of Judgements maybe). It will be both sweet and bitter. Think about that, the entire Bible has been both sweet and bitter if you are a Christian you think of the judgement that will be bitter for those who are not saved. SO just like Ezekiel John has the Word IN him and he is to go and tell people to repent for FINAL judgement is at hand!
Again we have this pause between the 6 and 7, this time trumpet. We have 2 witnesses chosen to come and testify with supernatural power of the days of the antichrist. Who are these 2 witnesses? Well, I don’t know. SOme have said Enoch and Elijah, the 2 men that never died in the Bible and were taken to Heaven without death but I think it might be Elijah and Moses because Elijah created a drought and Moses for the plagues. But truly I don’t know (no one does).
After the first 3 1/2 years “the beast” from the Abyss (satan) will attack them and kill them in the same city Christ was crucified. All the bodies will remain in the streets for 3 1/2 days (same time a Resurrection occurs). They too will be resurrected and the whole world will freak out, and then they will be raptured and an earthquake will occur and 7000 more will die.
Finally! The Seventh Trumpet is sounded!