Exploring Prophetic Mysteries

 With Daniel Speck  2.20.14

 

The Seven Seals Scroll of Revelation

 

 

The meaning of the Seven Seals Scroll is one of the most debated questions about the book of Revelation. Many interpret the Scroll as a title deed, while others believe that it is a will or secret prophecies, or a book of judgments or something else.  

 

The Scroll has seven seals which Jesus Christ opens one by one and each seal in turn unleashes some terrible event on the world: conquest, war, famine, death, persecution and cosmic disasters. A subset of seven trumpet plagues then occurs when the Seventh Seal is broken. The opening of the Seven Seals parallels the events that Jesus described as, “the tribulation of those days” in Matthew 24. It is also commonly associated with Daniel’s seventieth “week.”

 

The Revelation of Jesus Christ...” Revelation 1:1

 

This first phrase of the Apocalypse of John is the theme and narrative of the book of Revelation. The unveiling of Jesus Christ to the world and all the events that lead up to this unveiling and all the events that result from this unveiling is what the last book of the Bible is all about. This apocalypse (to unveil) is also what the Scroll with Seven Seals is about.

 

None but the Lamb is found worthy to break the Seals

 

In Revelation 5 the Great Commission is completed as the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25). Christ has accomplished His goal of creating a kingdom of believers from all nations: “Worthy are you to take the Book and to break its seals; for you were slain and purchased for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10.

 

The key which unlocks the meaning of the Scroll

 

The breaking of the Scroll’s Seven Seals is completed with the Seventh Trumpet of the Seventh Seal. It’s contents are then revealed, and it is this moment which can tell us the meaning of the Scroll with Seven Seals.  Just before the Seventh Trumpet is sounded, another mighty angel declares: There will be delay no longer, but in the days of  the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached (gave, announced, declared) to His servants the prophets.Revelation 10:7.

 

The breaking of all the seals and the opening of the Scroll finishes the mystery of God which He declared to the prophets. The Mystery of God as given to the prophets is the meaning of the Scroll with Seven Seals.

 

The Seven Seal Scroll is the Mystery of God hidden in the writings of the prophets

 

We solved one mystery with another mystery. Now we have to solve that one. The Mystery of God is another of those Revelation enigmas that there a lot of debate on and little broad agreement about among Evangelicals. Despite such disagreement, the Mystery of God should not be a mystery to believers.

 

The Apostle Paul explains the Mystery of God very clearly in his letters:

When you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men. ...the mystery which has for ages been hidden in God.Ephesians 3:4,5,9.

 

This mystery is great, but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the Church.” Ephesians 5:32.

 

The mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations ...which is Christ in you the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:26,27.

 

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but is manifested. and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all nations...” Romans 16:25-26.

 

In summary, the Mystery of God is:

1. Jesus Christ

2. The Church (Christ in us)  

3. Hidden in ages past

4. Written of in the Scriptures of the Prophets

5. Unveiled to those who turn to Christ and are born-again

 

The Mighty Angel says the Mystery of God was declared by the prophets. Paul says the  mystery of Jesus Christ was made known by the Scriptures of the prophets.  

 

The Mystery of God is Christ and the Church

 

With this we can solve the meaning of the Scroll. In short, the Scroll with Seven Seals is the writings of the prophets which declare the Mystery of God, which is Christ and the Church. At the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet Jesus Christ and the Church will be revealed to every eye and so the Mystery of God which was hidden for ages will be finished, no longer a mystery: “Behold, He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him,,,” Revelation 1:7.

 

The Mystery of God is veiled to the World but revealed to believers

 

But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery,,, the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood... For to us God revealed them through the Spirit...I Corinthians 2:7,10.

 

But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is taken away.” II Corinthians 4:15.

 

For judgment I have come into the world so that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” John 9:39.

 

There are three phases of the Mystery of God:

1. The Mystery hidden from ages past, written in the Prophets which no one in Old Testament times really understood

2. The Mystery preached by Christ and the Apostles which only born-again believers can understand by the Spirit

3. The Mystery written in the Seven Seal Scroll which at the Seventh Trumpet will be unveiled to all the world at Christ’s appearance, but the vast majority of mankind will have the mark of the beast and so cannot repent

 

 

Written on the Seven Seal Scroll are the prophetic Scriptures about Christ and the Church, the Mystery of God

 

Daniel was told,But as for you Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time (or time of the end).” Daniel 12:4.  Daniel’s prophesies about Jesus Christ are part of that Scroll with Seven Seals which has been sealed until the time of the end when the Lord breaks the seals and then unveils the Mystery for all the world to see. All the other writing of the Hebrew prophets from Moses to Malachi which spoke of Christ and the Church in parables, symbols and prophecies are represented in the Seven Seal Scroll as well.

 

The battle of Jericho is a prophetic picture of the Seven Seals

Israel marched around Jericho with the ark of the covenant for seven days blowing their trumpets each time. On the seventh day they marched around the city seven times and when they blew the seventh trumpet they gave a shout and the walls fell down. We see a perfect picture here of the Seven Seals and the Seven Trumpets of Revelation. Rahab the harlot, a type of the Church was taken safely out after the Seventh Trumpet on the Seventh Day just as the Church will be raptured at the Seventh Trumpet of the Seventh Seal when the Lord returns. This story from the book of Joshua may be one of those prophecies written in the Scroll with Seven Seals.

 

This great mystery of the ages as written in the Prophets and sealed up in the Seven Seal Scroll will be unveiled for every eye to see at the appearance of Jesus Christ on the clouds and the rapture of the Church at the Seventh Trumpet.

 

The Seals of the Scroll

 

The Seals are not the opening of the Scroll, the seals are the prerequisite which must be met before the contents of the Scroll can be unveiled. The Seven Seals are a test: “...to test those who dwell on the earth.” Revelation 3:10. They are not wrath or judgment or the Day of the Lord. The catastrophes of the Seals come from Satan and the Beast, not from God. They are a test of the realities of the beliefs of everyone in the world, but especially of the Church.

 

The Lord appeared after Daniel’s friends were tested

Hananiah, Michael and Azariah were put to the test when the king of Babylon commanded all the world to bow down and worship the golden image. They refused and so were thrown into the fiery furnace. As the king looked into the flames, he saw a fourth man and said “...the appearance of the fourth is like the son of the gods!” Daniel 3:25. Nebuchadnezzer saw the Lord in the flames and realized that the God of Daniel’s friends was the true God. The three walked out of the fiery furnace but those who threw them in were killed. The furnace was heated seven times hotter, marking it as a type of the Seven Seal Tribulation.

 

The Lord appeared after Job was tested

The story of Job is a prophetic picture of the Tribulation period as well. Job is tested by various catastrophic plagues of Satan while his friends challenge the genuineness of his faith. In the end God appears and reveals Himself as El Shaddai, God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Job is restored with greater riches than He had before while his friends come under judgment. Just as God gave Satan permission to test Job, the Lamb in opening the seals, will give Satan permission to test the whole world by the events of the Tribulation.

 

The Lord will appear after the Church is tested

The Seven Seals of the Tribulation is a test to show who is the true Lord of the Universe and who are God’s true people. The whole world will be put to the test to prove that Jesus is Lord and the Church are the true people of God, not the followers of the Beast or any other faith.

 

The Test on Mt Carmel

The test on Mt Carmel is also a prophetic picture of the test of the Seven Seals of the Tribulation. During the reign of the wicked king Ahab and his Baal worshipping wife Jezebel, Israel was devastated by drought, famine, persecutions, apostasy, murder, tyranny and idolatry. The prophet Elijah proposed a test of two sacrificial alters to see who’s god would show up to light the sacrifice: Baal or Jehovah. The 450 prophets of Baal pleaded all day, even cutting themselves with no results. Elijah then repaired the broken alter of Israel, put the sacrifice on it, and even poured water over it three times. He then called on the Lord and fire fell from heaven and burned up the sacrifice and the entire alter as well. In the test on Mount Carmel, the prophets of Baal were defeated and the Lord revealed Himself to Israel as the One True God.

 

When the people saw it they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord He is God; the Lord, He is God.” I Kings 18:39.

 

During the test of the Tribulation, the Kingdom of the World under the Antichrist will be defeated and Jesus Christ will reveal Himself as the One True Lord.

 

“…at the name of Jesus every knee will bow…and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” Philippians 2:10-11.

 

The Lord will bring the Church safely through the Tribulation while those who worship the statue of the Beast and wear his mark will be destroyed. Then will Jesus Christ appear on the clouds at the Seventh Trumpet to rapture the Church. Everyone, even the followers of the Beast, will see with their own eyes that Jesus Christ is the Creator of the universe and born-again Christians are His people; realizing in the process that they about to be judged: “And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘fall on us and hide us from the One who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of Their wrath has come and who is able to stand?”” Revelation 6:16-17.

 

The beast and his followers will fail the test

Daniel passed the test of the lion’s den and was promoted. His three friends passed the test of the fiery furnace and were promoted. The king of Babylon was weighed in the scales and found wanting in the famous writing on the wall: “‘MENE – God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. ‘TEKEL’ – you have been weighed in the scales and found deficient. ‘PERES’ – your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.Daniel 5: 26-27. The beast and his followers will fail the test of the Seven Seals, lose the kingdom of the world and come under the judgment of the Seven Golden Bowls of Wrath.

 

Christ will make His Church victorious in the Tribulation

 

The Church that the Lord Jesus bought with His own blood out of every nation will emerge victorious from the Tribulation:And they overcame him (the dragon) because of the blood of the Lamb ad because of the world of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even when faced with death. ...those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name...Revelation 12:11, 15:2.

 

 

Summary

 

The Seven Seal Scroll is the Mystery of God hidden in the writings of the prophets. The Seals are the prerequisite test before the Mystery of the Scroll can be unveiled. The Mystery of God is Christ and the Church who will be revealed at the Seventh Trumpet after the test of the Tribulation is completed. Every eye will then see the Lord Jesus coming on the clouds and see the Rapture of the Church, finishing the Mystery of God as it is written of in the Scroll with Seven Seals. The Church will emerge victorious from the Seven Seal Tribulation just as Daniel’s three friends emerged victorious from the fiery furnace and proved that their God was the true God who alone is sovereign over the affairs of men and has the exclusive right to set up a kingdom over all the earth.

 

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