The seal Judgements – Revelation Chapter 6
Introduction to the Seal Judgments
In Revelation 5, we saw that the sealed scroll the Lamb takes from the right hand of God is the “purchase deed” to the Earth. Jesus is the Kinsman Redeemer, being the only one worthy to open the sealed scroll and reclaim the Earth. Subsequent chapters in Revelation show that the contents within the “purchase deed” are judgments which must come to pass on Earth before the Lord returns. These judgments are to prepare for the Lord’s earthly reign in two ways: To evict the rebellious inhabitants from the earth, and turn the Jewish people back to God.
God has determined that twenty-one judgments will occur after Jesus takes the sealed scroll. The sealed “purchase deed” to the earth includes all twenty-one judgments, divided into three groups: Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls. The last Seal judgment includes the seven Trumpet judgments. The last Trumpet judgment includes the seven Bowl Judgments.
Jesus breaks the Seal judgments at the beginning of the Tribulation, followed by a “half hour of silence” (Revelation 8:1) of the “hour of trial” (Revelation 3:10 ). Silence from God shows His refrain from judgment (Psalms 50, 83, 109). Therefore, a “half hour of silence” in Heaven shows there are no judgments from God for about half the Tribulation period. (Click here for more on the “half hour of silence”). After this “half hour of silence,” the rest of the judgments from Heaven occur over the second half of the Tribulation, in what Jesus calls “great tribulation” (Matthew 24:21):
There are seven Seal judgments. “Seven” is the number of perfection or fullness:
“In the Hebrew, 7 is shevah. It is from the root savah, to be full or satisfied, have enough of. Hence the meaning of the word “seven” is dominated by this root, for on the seventh day God rested from the work of Creation. It was full and complete, and good and perfect. Nothing could be added to it or taken from it without marring it. Hence the word Shavath, to cease, desist, rest, and Shabbath, Sabbath, or day of rest….”
“Another meaning of the root Shavagh is to swear, or make an oath. It is clear from its first occurrence in Genesis 21:31, “They sware both of them,” that this oath was based upon the “seven ewe lambs” (verses 28-30), which point to the idea of satisfaction or fullness in an oath. It was the security, satisfaction, and fullness of the obligation, or completeness of the bond, which caused the same word to be used for both the number seven and an oath; and hence it is written, “an oath for confirmation is an end of all strife.” Beer-sheba, the well of the oath, is the standing witness of the spiritual perfection of the number 7.”
The number “seven” is found in the Lord’s Feasts, Sabbaths, and Jubilees:
The number “seven” is also tied to punishment against Israel:
Leviticus 26:18, 21, 23-24, 27-28 – And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins…. Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins…. And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins…. And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.
The Tribulation, or “Daniel’s 70th Week,” begins when Israel and the antichrist confirm a covenant (Daniel 9:27). God gave Israel 70 “weeks” in which He would punish their transgressing of the Law before the Messiah would come to rule:
Daniel 9:24 – “Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.”
History has shown us that the 70 weeks are 70 “weeks” of years, or 490 years. There were 483 years from the command to Nehemiah to restore and build Jerusalem after Israel’s exile until Jesus died, being “cut off” (Daniel 9:26). During those 483 years, God punished Israel under the yoke of Gentile rule. After the cross, God turned away from Israel because they rejected His Son (Romans 11).
Seven more years are left of the 70 “weeks” of punishment. Today we live in the gap between the 483 years and the last seven years. During these last seven years, God will turn back to Israel. However, God will punish Israel along with His enemies through the judgments recorded in the “purchase deed” of the earth.
In the last seven years, three groups of seven judgments will complete or fulfill the 70 weeks of Gentile rule and punishment determined by God in Daniel 9. “Three” is the number of completion:
“Two straight lines cannot possibly enclose any space, or form a plane figure; neither can two plan surfaces form a solid. Three lines are necessary to form a plane figure; and 3 dimensions of length, breadth, and height, are necessary to form a solid. Hence the number is the symbol of the cube — the simplest form of solid figure. As two is the symbol of the square, or plane contents (x*x), so three is the symbol of the cube, or solid contents (x*x*x).”
“Three, therefore, stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete, and entire. All things that are specially complete are stamped with this number….”
Clearly God’s number of spiritual perfection, or fullness, characterizes His complete and final punishment against Israel:
|The Number “7”||Scripture Reference|
|Lamb has 7 horns, 7 eyes, and 7 Spirits||Revelation 5:6|
|7 Years of Jacob’s trouble||Jeremiah 30:7, Daniel 9:24|
|Last “week” of 70 weeks||Daniel 9:24|
|7 Seals||Revelation 6 & 8|
|7 Trumpets||Revelation 8-9 & 11|
|7 Bowls||Revelation 15-16|
God has made seven covenants with man. Some believe God put a seal on the “purchase deed” to the earth for each covenant He made with man. God never breaks His covenants, but man does and is judged for it. It is interesting that when the Lord breaks each seal, the essence of each covenant manifests in a judgment related to that covenant:
|Covenant||Covenant Description||Seal Judgments||Seal Description|
|Dominion over creation||Seal 1
|Dominion by the lawless one begins.|
|The earth and flesh will never again be destroyed by water. Blood was not to be eaten.||Seal 2
Peace taken from Earth
|Destruction of the earth begins by removal of peace and bloodshed, not by water.|
|Inheritance of the land given to the chosen seed.||Seal 3
Global Famine & Inflation
|The land becomes cursed.|
|The Law was given to Israel. Obedience brought blessings and peace. Disobedience brought God’s four severe judgments of death.||Seal 4
|One of the purposes of “Daniel’s 70th Week” is to “finish the transgression,” which is judgment for breaking the Law (Daniel 9:24).|
(2 Samuel 7:8-16)
|Eternal seed through David. Enemies who oppress Israel will be cut off.||Seal 5
Vengeance on those who martyr the saints
|The Lord will destroy His enemies avenging the blood of His saints.|
|Israel will know God and the Law will be written on hearts and minds.||Seal 6
|The world will acknowledge God.|
|Covenant of Peace
|God will be at peace with Israel.||Seal 7
Silence in Heaven
|God will withhold His judgment for a “half hour.”|
In the “Olivet Discourse,” we saw the birth pangs that start in the last days will begin on a regional scale. These birth pangs will increase and culminate into specific judgments from God with global consequences during “Daniel’s 70th Week” in the Seal judgments:
|Regional Birth Pangs||Global Seal Judgments|
|Many false christs
Matthew 24:4-5,11, Mark 13:5-6, Luke 21:8
One ultimate false christ, the Antichrist
|Wars and rumors of wars
Matthew 24:6-7, Mark 13:7-8, Luke 21:9
|Famine, pestilence and troubles in various places
Matthew 24:7-8, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11
|3rd & 4th Seal
Global scarcity. 1/4th Earth subject to death
|Persecution and martyr of some saints
Matthew 24:9,13 & Mark 13:9-13
Martyr of saints unrestrained
|Earthquakes in various places
Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11
Wrath of the Lamb worldwide earthquake
Four horses ride throughout the earth in the first four Seal judgments. Recall from Zechariah 6:8, the spirit horses’ mission is to quiet the fury of the Spirit of the Lord. His “fury” is judgment unto wrath. In the Tribulation, the Lord’s fury will be against “all nations”:
Isaiah 34:2-4, 8 – For the indignation of the Lord is against all nations, and His fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter. Also their slain shall be thrown out; their stench shall rise from their corpses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; all their host shall fall down as the leaf falls from the vine, and as fruit falling from a fig tree…. For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, the year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
Just as these spiritual horses came with God’s judgment against the nations during the first 483 years of “Daniel’s 70 Weeks,” we will see in the next few sections, they will come again with God’s judgment against the nations during the final seven years.
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