Opening the Seals on the Scroll

You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and
power; for You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were
created.”
(Revelation 4:11-NKJV).
And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the
throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals
(Revelation 5:1-NKJV).
In yesterday’s blog, I
begin talking about the sequence of events in the return of Christ. If you
haven’t read yesterday’s blog, please do so, for I will continue today with
that theme. Over the last year 18 months or so, the Lord has given me a new
understanding of the sequence of events regarding the rapture of the church and
the time period immediately following. I submit what the Lord has given me to
you to consider and pray over, and for you to search the scriptures yourself to
gain understanding of Jesus’ soon return.
In Revelation 4, God is
shown as the Creator, owner and sustainer of all things. In Revelation 5, God
is holding a scroll in His right hand as He is seated on His throne. The scroll
is God’s title deed to planet earth. The scroll is sealed with seven seals, and
can only be opened by a person with the authority and credentials to oversee
the events that transpire when it is opened. Jesus Christ, depicted as the
risen Lamb, is the only person in the universe found worthy to break the seals
and open the scroll. He stands and takes the scroll out of God’s right hand.
In Revelation 6, Jesus
begins the process of breaking the seven seals that keep the contents of the
scroll from being known and coming to pass. As the title deed to planet earth,
this scroll contains the sequence of events that will occur to purge the earth
of rebellion, sin, and the contamination of the darkness brought on it by the
Lucifer during his reign of stealing, killing, and destroying. It contains the
plans God has to renovate this planet made for human life, so that it will once
again be a place of purity, and a place where God and man can fellowship
together eternally.
As I watched, the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals on the scroll. Then I heard one of the
four living beings say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” (2) I
looked up and saw a white horse standing there. Its rider carried a bow, and a
crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the
victory
(Revelation 6:1-2 –NLT).
The breaking of this first
seal on the scroll brings forth a rider on a white horse. The rider represents false
Christ’s. This rider depicts a warrior as he is carrying a bow and wearing a
crown. This is none other than the anti-Christ, who is everything opposite of
our Lord Jesus! He will come as a man of peace, but later his heart will be
revealed and he will take peace away from the earth.
The breaking of this first
seal sets in motion Daniel’s 70th
week.
We read in Daniel 9:27 – The
ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but
after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And
as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object
that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally
poured out on him.”
Daniel 9 reveals 490 years
of Israel’s history from the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem after the
Jews’ captivity to Babylon until the second coming of Christ. 483 of those
years have already come to pass, and 7 years of those 490 years remain to be
fulfilled. We call this Daniel’s 70th
week because each week is actually a week of years, or 7 years. There are 7
years of Jewish history yet in our future.
According to Daniel 9:27,
this last 7 year period will begin with the signing of a peace treaty between
Israel and their surrounding enemies. That’s the next current event we should
look for. Once that treaty is signed, there will be 7 years before Jesus
returns in His second coming!
I have believed for all of
my Christian life that we believers would be raptured to heaven when this treaty is signed and the 7 years of
Daniel 9:27 begin. But I have seen new light from the scriptures, as I will
explain in detail as we move through this teaching. I hope we are raptured at
that time, but if this treaty is signed and we are still here, I want to show you
what the Bible clearly reveals that will transpire.
This first seal being opened begins the reign of the
anti-Christ
, who will be a political
leaders hailed as finally bringing peace to the Middle East by bringing Israel into
a peace agreement with its hostile Arab neighbors. This may or may not revolve
around the creation of a Palestinian State. Time will tell. This peace
agreement could be reached in the next few months or it may be a few years in
the making.
When the Lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second living being say, “Come!”
(4) Then another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider
was given a mighty sword and the authority to take peace from the earth. And
there was war and slaughter everywhere

(Revelation 6:3-4).
The breaking of the second seal on the scroll reveals
a rider on a red horse, which depicts war coming to the earth
. Under the rule of this peace treaty creating leader
we call anti-Christ, war will break out on earth. It may be contained to the
Middle East, or it may spread to other continents. Keep in mind that the Bible
is an Eastern book, and these events are dealing with Israel and the
surrounding nations. It remains to be seen whether or not or how much these events
affect the USA.
With the interconnectedness
of the world in the 21st century, we in America could certainly be
affected financially, politically, and militarily by the war that occurs.
When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come!” I
looked up and saw a black horse, and its rider was holding a pair of scales in
his hand.
(6) And I heard a voice from among the four living
beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a
day’s pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine.”
(Revelation 6:5-6).
When Jesus breaks the 3rd seal, a rider on
a black horse appears. This depicts famine and inflation due to scarcity of
food.
Olives and Grapes (olive oil
and wine) are staple goods in the Middle East, so verse 6 reveals that staple
goods will be available.
This famine and subsequent
price inflation are a result of war breaking out under the rule of this leader
called anti-Christ. This may be more prominent in the Middle East or it may spread
to affect other areas of the world. Again, we may watch this play out in real
time.
When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, “Come!”
(8) I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale
green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two
were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and
famine and disease and wild animals
(Revelation
6:7-8-NLT).
The breaking of the 4th seal reveals a
rider on a pale green horse, which depicts disease and death spread due to war
and the sepsis coming from dead bodies. Notice that
this scripture says that these riders are given authority over ¼ of the earth.
It doesn’t say that ¼ of the people
on earth died. This ¼ of the earth could be the Middle East and surround area only.
Again, we may see this play out in our lifetime.
When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been
martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony. (10)
They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how
long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood
for what they have done to us?” (11) Then a white robe was given to each
of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of
their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be
martyred—had joined them
(Revelation
6:9-11-NLT).
The breaking of the fifth seal is actually 3½ years
into this 7 year period.  This is when
the anti-Christ shows his true motives,

turns against Israel, desecrates their rebuilt temple (Jesus calls this the
Abomination of Desolation in Matthew 24), and begins to martyr Christians and
Jews.
This could easily be
linked to radical Islam and its Jihad – holy war against the infidel(unbeliever)
. Radical elements of Islam are gaining power in many Middle East and European nations
today. Their Koran inspired mandate to kill those who refuse their religion and
its Sharia law could easily be the fulfillment of this widespread martyrdom that
occurs with the breaking of the fifth seal.
Don’t miss my blog
tomorrow. There I will discuss the major sign of the impending rapture of the
church! These events should inspire us to pray and prepare for a drastically
different world prior to Jesus’ return. He’s coming for a prepared people! 

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