Brit Hadashah Reflections 32
Hebraic understanding Hebrews and Revelation
Revelation seals and trumpet judgments (a review)
This is a part of Scripture which is avoided by many people because of its seeming complexity. It is the only book in our Bible attributed to Yeshua Ha’mashiach Himself. Written by the Apostle John late in his life during a visionary encounter with the Holy Spirit of God. At times John is prompted, even directed, by the Lord to write what he is witnessing. One can only guess at the amazing spectacle of being so directed. What he describes is sometimes very difficult to imagine. There are quite unusual events and situations, such as have never before been encountered by mankind, to be considered, evaluated, and reckoned with. But it all comes with a promise!
Over the last few weeks we have been alerted, in our ‘reflections’, to a series of major events which are destined to occur as this present age comes to a cataclysmic close. They are events which are almost unimaginable to our humanly ordered mind. This week I choose to ‘reflect’ on them again, in the order they are presented to us in this Spirit inspired vision given to the Apostle John. There was lament in heaven because no-one was found to break open the ‘seals’. No-one to utter the dire warnings of things to come so that people on this earth may be warned and prepare themselves. Then Yeshua, our Saviour, having conquered sin and death, who was dead and is alive, returned to take His place in the very throne room of God. He is the One who opened the seals.
(The timing of the “seals” and the “trumpets” covers the period of the last seven years for this age. It seems likely that the turning point, whilst in evidence from the second and third “seals”, comes with a vengeance at the sounding of the fourth seal. This would appear to be the commencement of the final 3 ½ years, which we identify as ‘the great tribulation’. Daniel’s seventieth week.)
The first seal. A man appears on a White Horse. Friendly, compassionate, a man of peace. The man who we can all later recognize as Anti-Christ is revealed. Most of the people will be deceived by him.
The second seal. The same man appears on a Red Horse. Symbolic of a man of war. Disruptive, divisive, pitting man against his neighbour. The ‘man of peace’ is peaceful no longer. Anti-Christ begins his destructive work.
The third seal. Now he rides a Black Horse. Famine and hardship. Those not bearing his mark on their bodies denied the right to buy food. The martyrs of the tribulation begin to mount up. They will reign with the risen Lord Yeshua in the millennial kingdom on earth.
The fourth seal. See Anti-Christ now on a Pale Horse. Death is visited upon one fourth of the earth’s population. Terror reigns. Fear is the weapon used to subdue people. No-one is safe from this ‘beast’ of death.
The fifth seal. The martyrs are identified, their souls resting under the shadow of the heavenly altar. “How much longer O Lord?” is their cry. But the end is not yet. They are given robes of white, identifying their status. The full number of these martyrs still to be brought.
The sixth seal. Natural disaster wreaks more havoc on earth as the full quota of death is visited upon a wicked world. Then another seal is produced in heaven. The seal of God as the one hundred and forty four thousand of the twelve tribes are sealed for God’s purpose. Heaven rejoices in worshipful glory, but on earth complete fear and trembling.
The seventh seal. Total silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then seven angels are handed a trumpet each. At his appointed hour the trumpets will be sounded, and that will herald a new round of disaster for those remaining alive on the earth.
The first trumpet. Hail, fire and blood descends. One third of the earth’s vegetation is destroyed.
The second trumpet. Something like a burning mountain falls into the sea. One third of all sea creatures die. One third of all ships are destroyed.
The third trumpet. A great fiery like star falls to the ground. One third of the rivers are contaminated and many die from drinking the water.
The fourth trumpet. The earth is darkened as one third of the sun, the moon, and the stars are dimmed.
The fifth trumpet. Also sometimes known as the first “woe” introduces the locust like creatures rising from the ‘bottomless pit” bringing great torment to those not protected by 'the seal of God'.
The sixth trumpet. The second “woe”. One third of all mankind will be put to death during this devastating plague of fire, smoke, and brimstone.
The seventh trumpet. A victory trumpet. The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord. However, there is still another “woe” to come. That is when the ‘bowls of the wrath of God’ are released. And there are seven of them before the end.
It is not comforting reading is it? But it is a solemn warning for any who know that what God says, God will do. Get yourself ready and prepared.