The Seven Seals
we begin our study on Revelation 4. Chapters 4-6
tell an incredible story and grasping the
significance of this story will take some time
and effort. You already know that Bible study
takes effort and you should know that every
effort you put forth to know and understand God
will be rewarded because Hebrews 11:6 says:
without faith it is impossible to please God,
because anyone who comes to him must believe that
he exists and that he rewards those who
earnestly seek him.
And Revelation 1; 3 says,
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this
prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take
to heart what is written in it, because the time
Revelation 4-6 has puzzled
Christians ever since the book of Revelation was
written. Many Christians overlook the timing
and purpose of chapters 4 and 5 because it is
easy to do so, but they get all excited about
interpreting Chapter 6 (which includes six of the
seven seals). The problem with this approach is
that the intended meaning of the seven seals
cannot be reached because we cannot properly
understand the seven seals without first understanding
the role and importance of the book that
was sealed with seven seals! The story of the
seven seals centers around the book that was
written by the Father and sealed up with seven
seals so that no one could see what he had
What would you think of a
person who gets excited about the wrapping on a
gift and ignores the gift that was wrapped up? In
simple terms, the book sealed with seven seals
is Gods way of resolving His biggest
problem. The seventh seal will be broken at
the end of the 1,000 years and the book will be
opened. At that point in time, God will show
everyone three things:
1. That He has
2. That he can
be trusted to limit the use of His perfect
foreknowledge. He will not influence or
manipulate His subjects to suit His plans.
3. That even
though He foreknew the rise, the agony and the
price of sin, He did nothing to prevent it
because as a God of love, He freely grants His
children the power of choice.
In other words, when the
book is opened, God will prove to the universe
that (a) Yes, He foreknew the rise of sin in
Heaven and on Earth, (b) He foreknew the price of
sin, the death of Jesus, and (c) He did not
predestine anyone to be saved or destroyed.
Each person chooses their eternal destiny. We can
choose to be rebellious against God or we can
choose to be submissive to His will. ITS A
MATTER OF CHOICE! Because human beings have the
power of choice, we are responsible for our
Revelation 4:1 After
this [that is, receiving the seven messages for
the seven churches] I looked, and there before me
was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice
I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet [the
voice of Jesus 1:10] said, Come up here,
and I will show you what must first take place after
this or hereafter KJV].
Revelation 4:2 At
once I was in the Spirit, and there before
me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on
Remember, the book of
Revelation begins with John in the Spirit.
Revelation 1:10 On the Lords Day I was in
the Spirit, And I heard behind me a loud
voice like a trumpet,
Revelation 1:11 which
said, Write on a scroll what you see and
send it to the seven churches:
The Apostle Paul also had an
out of body in the Spirit
2 Corinthians 12:1
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing
to be gained, I will go on to visions and
revelations from the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:2
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was
caught up to the third heaven [birds, stars,
God]. Whether it was in the body or out of the
body I do not know, but God knows - -
2 Corinthians 12:3
And I know this man whether in the body or
apart from the body I do not know, but God knows
2 Corinthians 12:4
was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible
things; things that man is not permitted to tell.
2 Corinthians 12:5
I will boast about a man like that, but I will
not boast about myself, except about my
2 Corinthians 12:6
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be
a fool, because I would be speaking the truth.
But I refrain, so no one will think more of me
than is warranted by what I do or say.
2 Corinthians 12:7
To keep me from becoming conceited because of
these surpassingly great revelations, there was
given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of
Satan, to torment me.
Paul and John were given
visions and while in vision, they could not tell
if they were in the body or not, hence the
expression, in the Spirit. However,
they were fully cognizant of the experience after
it was over - - - the reality of it, the
conversations, the revelation of information
otherwise unknown and the surrounding were as
real as yesterdays memory.
John saw the throne of God
Revelation 4:3 And
the one who sat there had the appearance of
jasper and carnelian.
Jasper is an opaque gem that
is usually red, but it can be pink, yellow,
green, brown, and grayish blue. When other
minerals are embedded in jasper, jasper shows
bands and patterns that are very pretty.
Carnelian is an opaque gem that comes in coral,
orange and red colors.
A rainbow, resembling
an emerald, encircled the throne. Emeralds are
generally translucent and greenish to
bluish-green in color. When added together, the
jasper, carnelian and emeralds produce the three
primary colors (RGB) from which all colors are
Revelation 4:4 Surrounding
the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and
seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were
dressed in white and had crowns [stephanos] of
gold on their heads.
The 24 elders were people
who lived on Earth at one time. God took two
different witnesses from each of the twelve
tribes to Heaven when Jesus ascended.
(Ephesians 4:8) These people were resurrected
when Jesus died (Matthew 27:53) and elevated to
the position of priests. They have been given a
front row seats around Gods throne because
they will serve as a jury of human witnesses
from Earth at this extremely important
Revelation 4:5 From
the throne came flashes of lightening, rumblings
and peals of thunder. [These phenomena will be
studied later on.]
Before the throne, seven
lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits [that
is, the seven angels that stand before] God.
The brilliance of these seven angels looked like
seven lamps to John.
Remember Revelation 1:47
John, To the seven churches in the province of
Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and
who was, and who is to come, and from the seven
[ministering] spirits before his throne,
Revelation 4:6 Also
before the throne there was what looked like a
sea of glass, clear as crystal.
This sea of glass is
awesome, a great transparent platform of shiny
sparkling glass that supports Gods throne.
I think the beauty of this platform is magnified
by the fact that Gods government is totally
transparent. Ezekiel also saw this platform:
Ezekiel 1:22 Spread
out above the heads of the living creatures was
what looked like an expanse, sparkling like ice,
Ezekiel 1:26 Above
the expanse over their heads was what looked like
a throne of sapphire [translucent bluish color],
and high above on the throne was a figure like
that of a man.
center, around the throne, were four living
creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in
front and in back.
The covering of eyes
indicate the four creatures are omniscient that
is, all seeing. The four living
creatures see everything taking place in
Revelation 4:7 The
[face of the] first living creature was like a lion,
the second was like an ox, the third had a face
like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.
Revelation 4:8 Each
of the four living creatures had six wings and
was covered with eyes all around, even under his
Day and night they never
stop saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord
God Almighty, who was [present through ages
past], and is [present], and is to come [throughout
Ezekiel also saw the four
Ezekiel 1:4 I
looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the
northan immense cloud with flashing
lightening and surrounded by brilliant light. The
center of the fire looked like glowing metal,
Ezekiel 1:5 and
in the fire was what looked like four living
creatures. In appearance their form was that of a
Ezekiel 1:6 but
each of them had four faces and four wings.
Ezekiel 1:10 Their
faces looked like this: Each of the four had the
face of a man, and on the right side each had the
face of a lion, and on the left the face of an
ox; each also had the face of an eagle.
Ezekiel 1:12 Each
one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit
would go, they would go, without turning as they
Ezekiel 10:12 Their
entire bodies, including their backs, their hands
and their wings, were completely full of eyes, as
were their four wheels.
Ezekiel and John saw the
same four creatures that stand before Gods
throne. Ezekiel tells us that the four creatures
are identical, that is, each creature has the
same four faces as the other four creatures. In
other words the four living creatures are four
clones, they are identical.
It is interesting that
Ezekiel counted four wings and John counted six
wings. The number of wings indicates swift
flight. Also, John does not mention the four
wheels that Ezekiel saw. The obvious question is:
What does these four all seeing
Answer: The Holy Spirit.
This may sound strange at
first, but consider this: The four living
creatures represent the work and the ministry of
the Holy Spirit who is omniscient. This means He
can be at four different points of the compass at
the same time and in the same form.
The Holy Spirit is a
co-eternal, distinct and separate member of the
Godhead. The Holy Spirit is a God just like the
Father and the Son are Gods. The Holy Spirit has omniscience
( represented by the covering eyes) and He has
omnipresence (represented by the four clones). This
incredible being was represented to
Ezekiel and John as four living creatures that
The Holy Spirit sees
everything taking place at all times, He can read
our hearts and minds, and the Holy Spirit can be
billions of places at the same time. As we will
see shortly, the four faces of each creature
represent four capabilities of the Holy Spirit:
Strength (Numbers 23:24)
Endurance (numbers 23:22)
3. The face of a
man intelligence (Ecclesiastes 8:1)
4. An eagle
Deadly foe (Deuteronomy 28:49)
The Holy Spirit unites all
creation with the heart and mind of the Father
and He brings glory to God constantly
(John 16:14, Matthew 12:31)
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor
and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who
lives for ever and ever,
Revelation 4:10 the
twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits
on the throne, and worship him who lives forever
They lay their crowns before
the throne and say:
Revelation 4:11 You
are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory
and honor and power, for you created all things,
and by your will they were created and have their
Revelation 5:1 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.
Revelation 5:2 And
I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice,
Who is worthy to break the seals and
open the scroll?
(The question of worthiness
indicates some serious qualifications are
required to break open the seals so that the
contents of the book can be read
I wept and wept because no one was found who was
worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
(John is upset
we dont know why this is so upsetting at
Revelation 5:5 Then
one of the (24) 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.
Revelation 5:6 Then
I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain,
standing in the center of the throne, encircled
by the four living creatures and the elders. He
had seven horns [all power] and seven eyes [omniscience],
which are the seven spirits [angels] of God sent
out into all the earth.
Revelation 5:7 He
came and took the scroll from the right hand of
him who sat on the throne. [Because He alone
in the entire universe is worthy to
undertake the fulfilling the demand under each
seal and exposing the contents of the book.]
Revelation 5:8 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 given
golden bowls full of incense, which are the
prayers of the saints [that is, the 24 elders are
[Prayers of the saints
This language is taken from the sanctuary
services in the Old Testament. Morning and
Evening, special incense was put on the glowing
coals of the Altar of Incense by priests. As the
sweet fragrance drifted in and around the temple,
people would come to the courtyard and while
standing there they would present their petitions
and praises to God because of the sweet aroma of
the incense was designed to teach Israel that Gods
love for sinners overpowers the stench of sinners
thus, it was understood among the Jews that God
would be favorable to their requests and praise
if they offered evening and morning when incense
was offered by the priests.
In ancient times it was a
fatal mistake to presume to enter into the
presence of any king without bathing or in common
clothes and God did not allow Israel to treat His
temple with contempt. When the four living
creatures and the 24 elders [who are priests] fell
down and worshiped the Lamb, as priests they
presented their praise and their
prayers with the incense to insure that
nothing would dim their praise of the Lamb.]
Revelation 5:9 And
they sang a new song: You are worthy to
take the scroll and to open its seals, because
you were slain, and with your blood you purchased
men for God from every tribe and language and
people and nation.
Revelation 5:10 You
have made them to be a kingdom and priests to
serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.
Revelation 5:11 Then
I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering
thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times
ten thousand. They encircled the throne and
the living creatures and the elders.
[This is no ordinary worship
service. Billions of angels have been assembled
around the Father. The Holy Spirit is present.
The Lamb is present. And, a book with seven seals
is at the center of attention.]
Revelation 5:12 In
a loud voice they sung: Worthy is the Lamb,
who was slain,
1. to receive
power [that he didnt previously have]
2. and wealth
[that he previously didnt have]
3. and wisdom
he previously didnt have]
4. and strength
he previously didnt have]
5. and honor
[that he previously didnt have]
6. and glory
[that he previously didnt have]
7. and praise!
he previously didnt have]
Revelation 5:13 Then
I heard every creature in heaven and on the earth
and under the earth and on the sea, and all that
is in them, singing: To him who sits on the
throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and
glory and power, for ever and ever!
[John describes great
rejoicing!!! However, no one on Earth knew about
this event at the time it took place, so how
could John say, every creature in Heaven
and on Earth and under the Earth and the Sea was
singing! Ill respond to this question in a
John 5:14 The
four living creatures said, Amen, and
the elders fell down and worshiped.
1. What is this
qualifications are necessary to receive the book?
3. When did this
Long ago, before any
angels or human beings existed, there were three
They had the same powers,
abilities and prerogatives. Today, we call them
by many names and various titles, but I would
like for you to think of them as one family
having the last name God.
Holy Spirit God.
Three equal Gods, separate
Gods, co-eternal beings. They are sometimes
called: The Trinity or the Godhead.
Because of their great love
for each other, these three Gods relinquished
certain powers and prerogatives to each other so
that they could have a very large family. Their
perfect union is called one God
because they are one in purpose, plan and action.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear,
O Israel, The Lord our God (elohiym =
Gods). The Lord is one.
(Hebrew: a compound one
one union involving others)
Genesis 3:32 And
the Lord (elohiym) said, The man has
now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.
He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and
also take from the tree of life and eat, and live
Out of love for one each
other, three Gods voluntarily surrendered their
lives to each other in a manner that is similar
to human marriage.
Genesis 1:27 So
God created man in His own image, in the image of
God he created him; male and female he created
man will leave his father and mother and be
united to his wife, and they will become one
Two people = one flesh? How
is this possible? Hebrew: They are a compound one
as in one group.
After some discussion among
themselves, it was agreed that one God would take
the highly exalted but lonely job of sitting on
the throne and serving the universe as Ruler over
It was also agreed that one
God would serve as the Creator of life and that
He had to live among His creation as one of them.
In other words, the Creator had to see and
experience life from the perspective of His
It was also agreed that one
God would become invisible and live within the
hearts and minds of everyone the Creator created.
The end result of their marriage and submission
to each other is that throughout the universe:
1. God rules
2. God walks
3. God lives
Because these three Gods are
infinite, and their creatures is finite and
mortal, their union is a wonderful but painful
Consider for a moment what
they had to give up to start a family!
We have a lonely Commander
in Chief that sits on a brilliant and glorious
. His majesty, brilliance,
glory and power is so great, that no one can see
John 6:46 No
one has seen the Father except the one who is
from God; only he has seen the Father.
1 Timothy 6:15:
the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and
Lord of lords,
1 Timothy 6:16 who
alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable
light, whom no has seen or can see. To him be
honor and might forever. Amen.
Because the Father is so
majestic and glorious, the family needs a God
living among them so that we can understand the
character and love of God from our limited
Hebrews 4:15 Fore
we do not have a high priest who is unable to
sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one
who has been tempted in every way, just as we
are---yet was without sin.
Hebrews 4:16 Let
us then approach the throne of grace with
confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find
grace to help us in our time of need.
And, every being in the
universe is permitted to have immediate and continual
communication with God through the Holy Spirit.
Gods universe is huge, and he doesnt
want to be far away from His children. So, we
have instant and continual communication with the
Father through the work of the Holy Spirit!
Romans 8:26 In
the same way, the Spirit helps us in our
weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray
for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
with groans that words cannot express.
Romans 8:27 And
he searches our hearts knows the mind of the
Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the
saints in accordance with Gods will.
Heres the point: In
order for these three loving Gods to have a
family, they first had to relinquish their great
and equal powers to each other and the
good news is that they joyfully did this!
For example, the Gods we
call the Father and the Son relinquished their
right to be omnipresent to the God we call the
Holy Spirit. Of course, giving up this
prerogative came with a price. The Father and the
Son would not be able to be every place at the
same time and the Holy Spirit would not be able
to be visible.
All three members gave up
very important prerogatives for the purpose of
creating a family, but they joyfully yielded to
each other because of their love for each other
and for the family they could create.
Heres another example
of giving up their rights:
The Holy Spirit and the
Father gave up the prerogative of creating. This
right was given to the God that we call Jesus
today. Jesus is the Creator of the universe, but
the downside for Jesus is that He does not own
anything that He creates! It all belongs to the
Hebrews 1:1 In
the past God spoke to our forefathers through the
prophets at many times and in various ways.
Hebrews 1:2 but
in these last days he has spoken to us by his
Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through
whom he made the universe.
John 17:4 I have
brought you glory on earth by completing the work
you gave me to do.
John 17:5 And
now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the
glory I had with you before the world begun.
John 17:6 I
have revealed you to those whom you gave me out
of the world. They were yours; you gave them to
me and they have obeyed your word.
John 17:7 Now they
know that everything you have given me comes from
Now that you have heard a
little about the surrender and marriage of three
Gods, and of their love for each other and their
willingness to give up certain prerogatives to
have a family, consider the following:
Revelation 4-6 contains a
story about a book that was written by the Father
before any life was created. This all-important-book
was sealed with seven seals so that no one could
discover what the Father foreknew. Jesus does not
know what is in the book. The Holy Spirit does
not what is in the book.
Their right to know
was relinquished to the Father. The secrecy
surrounding the contents of this book is affirmed
by Johns comment and of course, the
presence of seven seals! John wrote, But no
one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth
could open the scroll or even look inside it.
Yes, the Father, Son and
Holy Spirit foreknew that sin would occur before
life was created. But, the responsibility and
authority for resolving the sin problem was given
over to the Father by the other two Gods.
So, to resolve the sin
problems that sin would eventually create, the
Father wrote a complete history of the universe
before history began! This book is appropriately
called, The Book of Life.
At the end of sins
duration (at the end of the 1,000 years), the
seventh seal will be broken and this book will
then be opened and the contents presented to the
universe and numerous doubts and questions about
the character, integrity and the government of
God will be full answered and disclosed.
This book will eliminate
every doubt about the character of God and His
government when the proper time comes. Now you
can see why faith in God is so important
God asks us to hang on to our confidence in His
ability to resolve the sin problem and one day
you will see and understand why the Father has
done things the way that He has.
Remember this: Faith, when
seen in reverse, always makes sense.
When the Father wrote the
book, He sealed it and put it in Heavens
vault. Because he has perfect foreknowledge, He
ordained that when it came time to break open the
seven seals, they would be broken open in a way
that the whole universe would be educated about the
only being in the universe who was worthy to
exonerate the government of God of all false
claims and at the same time, redeem every
In other words, the breaking
open of each seal moves the universe toward a
revelation of the true identity of Jesus. Very
few people on Earth know at the present time that
Jesus has all the rights and prerogatives that
the Father has! Very few people understand that
Jesus is just as much God as is the Father! And,
the angles did not fully understand this truth
until Jesus was found worthy to receive this
(Remember, prior to His
birth on Earth, Jesus lived among the angels as
Michael, the archangel. He lived as one of them.)
See chapters 1 through 3 of Larry Wilsons
book, Jesus: The Alpha and The Omega.
When Jesus was found worthy
to receive the book sealed with seven seals, the
angels and 24 elders were stunned to see the
Father step aside from the management of the
universe and give Jesus complete authority and
the responsibility of resolving the sin problem.
This exaltation of Jesus
explains why the last book of the Bible is called
The revelation of Jesus Christ!
As each seal is broken on
the book, we move closer toward that day when the
contents of the book will be revealed and we move
closer to the grand and awesome event when a full
disclosure of Jesus occurs!
From the very beginning,
Jesus had every right, every power, every gift,
everything that God the Father has, but Jesus
relinquished these powers to the Father so that
the Father might be exalted!
The point here is that the
Father determined before sin that a day would
come when all that Jesus relinquished could be
returned to Him. The Father determined that if
Jesus was successful in executing the plan of
salvation, then Jesus should be fully disclosed
before the universe as Almighty God.
So, when Jesus was found
worthy to receive the book sealed with seven
seals, the Father restored to Jesus everything
that Jesus had previously given up.
At this present time, Jesus
rules from the throne of God as Sovereign God. At
each of the seven seals is broken, this
revelation of Jesus Christ on Earth becomes
greater and grander! Jumping ahead for a moment,
notice what Jesus does at the end of sins
1 Corinthians 15:24
Then the end will come, when he [Jesus] hands
over the kingdom to God the Father after he [Jesus]
has destroyed all [earthy] dominion, authority
1 Corinthians 15:25
For he must reign until he has put all his
enemies under his feet.
1 Corinthians 15:26
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:27
For he [the Father] has put everything
under his [Jesus] feet. Now when it says
that everything has been put under
him, it is clear that this does not include God
[the Father] himself, who put everything under
1 Corinthians 15:28
When he has done this, then the Son Himself will
be made subject to him who put everything under
him, so that God may be all in all.
At the end of sins
drama, Jesus once again relinquishes His divine
powers to the Father so that Jesus might live
among His creation. What humble Gods. Is there
any other God like Jesus? Is there a more
generous God than the Father? Jesus said, John
Anyone who has
seen me has seen the Father
. [For I am just
Philippians 2:6 [Jesus]
Who, being in the very nature of God, did not
consider equality with God something to be
Philippians 2:7 but
made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a
servant, being made in human likeness.
Back to the book sealed with
seven seals: The breaking of each seal marks the
beginning of a campaign to reveal more about the
Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ. The next seal to
open [the fourth seal] will contain an awesome
display of authority and power.
At the present time most of
the world either rejects, hates or of ignorant of
the divinity of Jesus Christ, but this will
Daniel saw the same scene
described by John in Revelation 5, but he saw it
from a little different angle.
Daniel 7:9 As
I looked, thrones [actually 25] were set in
place, and the Ancient of Days [the Father] took
his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the
hair of his head was white like wool. His throne
was flaming with fire, and its wheels [circles of
angels around Him] were also ablaze.
Daniel 7:10 A
river of fire flowing [a procession of angels], coming
out before him. Thousands upon thousands attended
him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before
him. The court was seated, and the books were
Daniel 7:13 in
my vision at night I looked, and there before me
was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds
of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and
was led into his presence.
Daniel 7:14 He was
given authority, glory and sovereign power; all
peoples, nations and men of every language
His dominion is an
everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and
his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
We can easily date the scene
in Daniel 7 as 1798. I covered this topic at
length in my presentations on Daniel 7. In a
nutshell, the Father called a great convention in
Heaven in 1798 and all the angels are in
This convention begins with
the Father taking His seat and after the court is
seated, Jesus is found worthy to receive Earth as
His personal kingdom. The Father has promised to
give Earth to Jesus if He was found successful in
Psalms 2:7 I
will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said
unto me, You are my Son: today I have
become your Father.
Psalms 2:8 Ask
of me, and I will make the nations your
inheritance, the ends of the earth your
(Dont forget John 17
We know the year this
convention began in Heaven is 1798 because the
little horn power of Daniel 7 is wounded that
year. In other words, God linked an event on
Earth with an event in Heaven that we cant
see so that we could determine a date for the
event in Heaven.
John and Daniel saw Jesus
found worthy to receive (a) a kingdom and (b) the
throne of God and the book sealed with seven
seals. This convention is the same event,
so the timing of Daniel 7 and Revelation 4 &
5 is 1798.
I would like to present
three reasons why John and Daniel saw the same
event and the date is 1798:
1. In Old
Testament times, the High Priest was found worthy
to cleanse the temple only on the Day of
Atonement. (Leviticus 16; Hebrews 9:24-26)
2. The four
rules of interpretation that I use produce a
chronological matrix. This prophetic matrix
aligns Revelation 4 & 5 with Daniel 7, this
matrix aligns the opening of the third seal with
1844, and the prophetic matrix aligns the opening
of the fourth seal with the casting down of the
censer in Revelation 8:5. The point here is
perfect harmony from the sum of all the parts.
The first four seals properly align with a 1798
important, the exaltation of Jesus in Daniel 7
(given sovereign power) and the exaltation of
Jesus in Revelation 5 (given sovereign power) are
necessary and essential for the final work that
Jesus, our High Priest, began in 1798. In other
words, Jesus was found worthy to take over the
assets of the Father for the purpose of
concluding the sin problem. No one else in the
whole universe is worthy to do this.
This explains a mystery.
John wept and wept. Heres why: If no one
was worthy to open the book with seven seals,
then the sin problem could not be resolved. If
the sin problem could not be resolved, Gods
kingdom would eventually fall into the hands of
sinners. Think about this: Gods ability
to resolve the problem of sin determines how
eternity will play out.
Thoughts on the origin of
Sin started when Lucifer,
the brightest and highest of Gods created
beings, exercised his God given right to
rebel against his Maker. Lucifer and the angels
(like Adam and Eve) were created with a pure
heart, having a propensity for righteousness.
There was no taint of
selfishness or rebellion in them. At some point
in time, Lucifer chose, of his own free will, to
rebel against Michaels authority because
Lucifer thought Michael was much like himself.
This is how Lucifer became anti-Christ. Lucifers
actions created a chain of problems, which
ultimately introduced rebellion to the universe.
During a lengthy period of
grace, God tried to get Lucifer to repent, but he
refused. When Lucifer and his followers became
hopelessly defiant, God cast them out of His
God did not destroy them
because He knew His largest problem was not the
presence of sin in His universe. From the
beginning, Gods greatest problem is
preventing sin and rebellion from rising a second
Think about this. If you
were God, how would you prevent sin from
occurring again among children that you gave the
right to rebel? Because our heavenly Father
knows best, He allowed Lucifer and his
followers to live for a while so that angels and
humans alike could understand the nature and
properties of sin as it matured.
Because is omniscient and
omnipotent and His character is love, He has
devised an elegant process that, in the end, will
constantly thwart the rise of sin throughout the
endless ages of eternity.
In simple terms, the process
works like this: At the end of sins drama,
God will repopulate Heaven with redeemed people
who once had sinful natures, but chose to submit
to His authority. The angels who chose to rebel
against God with Lucifer will be replaced by
ex-sinners who overcame their rebellion and sin.
By doing this, God will have
a host of seasoned witnesses elevated to the
stature of kings and priests who will
be able to resolve any issues that might lead to
rebellion in the future! (Revelation 1:6) How
ingenious! The victories of ex-sinners will
forever keep the universe free of sin!
God knows that the price for
sin has been too great to ever have it rise
again. The Bible says that God is love. (1 John
4:8) Because He is a loving God, He gave each of
His children the most precious gift that a
Creator could offer a created being the power of
If we so chose, we can rebel
against our Creator. Of course, all choices have
consequences, and rebellion against Gods
laws and authority are not exempt; thy too have
serious consequences. In the beginning, only God
and the knowledge of good and evil. This means
the angels did not understand the consequences
the harvest of sin.
However, when the drama with
sin is completed, the knowledge of good and evil
will exist as an eternal verity (a highly exalted
truth that will never fade) because everyone in
Gods universe will clearly understand four
Gods laws are designed for the benefit of
His children. Because God knows the end from the
beginning and He knows what laws are essential
for eternal happiness, His laws are unchanging
and non-negotiable. God Himself is subject
to His own changeless laws, even to the point of
2. There is no
selfishness or self-seeking in Gods heart.
The Father was willing to annihilate Jesus for
our sins and Jesus was willing to cease to exist,
if necessary, so that we could have eternal life.
self-centered behavior of the sinful nature is
not only self-destructive it is corporately
destructive. Rebellion exposes every innocent
child of God to injury and loss.
4. Because God
will not impose His will on His children, the
only way there can be happy and harmonious
universe after rebellion occurs is through a
justifiable annihilation of those that insist on
Because these four matters
will be widely understood and highly exalted at
the end of sins drama, God will not be able
to spare future rebels from immediate execution
if sin rises again.
Keep in mind that God did
not destroy Lucifer and his followers, or Adam
and Eve, at the time of their rebellion, because
the knowledge of good and evil had not yet
unfolded in the universe.
However, after the four
points listed above are widely known and proven
to be true 9at the end of sins drama), God
will not tolerate rebellion against the
righteous order necessary for the happiness
and benefit of His children.
(Have you noticed in Genesis
2:17, that Adam and Eve were to be destroyed the
very same day they sinned? God granted a stay of
execution because Jesus offered to die in their
place. Jesus was willing to die for Adam and Even
because the guilty pair did not sin defiantly.)
This is a key point: God
does not destroy sinners because he is offended.
Rather, God destroys those who insist on
rebellion because rebellion hurts everyone.
Annihilation is the only way to terminate sinners
and the horrible consequences of sin.
When the universe clearly
understands the consequences of good and evil
choices, sins victims will prevent a second
rise of sin forever. (Nahum 1:9; Matthew
So, at the current time, God
is resolving two problems. He is resolving the
existing problem with sin, and He is resolving
the problem of sin in such a way that all His
children will refuse to participate in sin again!
How wonderful! When the
current drama with sin ends, it will become
obvious that only an omniscient God of love and
wisdom could so masterfully resolve both
Foreknowledge at Work
The subject of Gods
foreknowledge can be hard to understand because
Gods behavior is not like our behavior.
(Isaiah 55:8,9) Gods love is pure. This
means that He has no selfishness in Him.
God does not manipulate His
creatures on the basis of His foreknowledge.
He has given us the power of
choice and He always treats us on the basis of
love even though we do not make choices that are
contrary to His will. Fallen human beings have
selfish hearts. If we had the gift of
foreknowledge, we would use this incredible power
for selfish purposes.
We would manipulate
circumstances and people to our satisfaction and
we would manipulate the outcome of life itself to
protect ourselves and enhance our assets. In
other words, if the gift of foreknowledge were
mixed with human selfishness, the result would be
extraordinary manipulation of those around us.
Consider the following illustration:
Let us assume that a
recently married husband and wife have
foreknowledge. Let us assume they intend to have
a family of nine children. Since they have
foreknowledge, they foreknew that their firstborn
child will be a son that they will call Louis,
and they know he will be born on August 10, 2004.
Fifty years later, on Louiss
birthday, August 10, 2054, they know that Louis
will start a heated argument and he will attempt
to kill both parents that evening.
Prior to his fiftieth
birthday, this husband and wife know that Louis
will attempt to steal their assets to support his
reckless and indulgent lifestyle and his
addiction to drugs. Because they have
foreknowledge, the parents know that Louis will
use lies to alienate the other siblings from
To keep his true motives
from being detected, Louis will try to convince
his brothers and sisters that his parents are
Furthermore, he will claim
they owe him money and are unwilling to meet
The parents foreknew that
two of their children will sympathize with Louis
and take sides with him. Even though they know
these terrible events will unfold, they also know
that during his first forty years of life, Louis
will be a wonderful, lovable son.
In fact, of all the nine
children, Louis will be their favorite. Since
these parents know the situation will be on Louiss
birthday in 2054, what should they do right now
to protect themselves and their other offspring
A. Have no
Have eight children, do not give birth to Louis
C. Abandon Louis
immediately after he is born.
D. Kill Louis
before he turns forty.
E. Kill Louis
when he starts taking drugs.
F. Kill Louis
when he begins to tell lies to limit his
influence on the other children.
G. Write out the
contents of what you know is going to happen
(foreknowledge) and seal it up before any child
is born so that at the right time, your children
and grandchildren can examine the whole story and
determine the truth about Louis as well as his
These seven options may
sound ridiculous, but they have a serious
God is all knowing and He
foreknows everything in the past, present and
future. Of course, some of these options were not
viable options for a loving God, but they
illustrate a range of considerations that God
faced before creating life.
God foreknew about Lucifer,
the first and highest of his created beings,
would eventually choose to become His enemy. God
foreknew the damage that Lucifer and his
followers would create in His house. God also
foreknew that Adam and Even would sin and that
Earth would be filled with billions or rebellious
people. (Isaiah 44:8; 46:10,11; Jeremiah 17:10;)
Given His heart of perfect
love and foreknowledge, God looked at all the
options and He chose the equivalent of option
G. He wrote down a complete history
of life before life began so that He could prove
1. God will not
use His foreknowledge to manipulate His children.
2. God allows
His children to exercise their power of choice.
3. God loves His
children so much that He is will to cease to
exist so that they might have His eternal life.
4. God uses His
omnipotence and omniscience for the sole purpose
of sustaining the rule of love throughout
eternity. God does not use His awesome powers to
maintain His position on the throne.