Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Revelation of Christ – Part 21: The Seventh Seal

The Revelation of Christ – Part 21:
The Seventh Seal
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

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The Book of Revelation, or the Revelation of Christ, is the most difficult book in the bible.

Because of this fact, many avoid it, or ignore it all together. Some fear lack of understanding, others afraid to misinterpret, which I guess it is better to avoid than dive in and get it completely wrong.

Many times, when a new believer comes to me for direction, they want to jump right into Revelation and find out what’s to come.

This is equivalent to deciding one day to learn Mandarin and sitting down to author a novel in Chinese that very same day.

Or, a kindergartener learning how to count, and then trying to calculate quantum mechanics calculations.

The words in Revelation have caused much debate on rapture, judgement, even some who claim John was writing about the events in his day in code rather than Jesus Christ revealing to him about the coming events and Judgment.

A special blessing is promised to those who read Revelation.

Although it may be a difficult book, we could all use a special blessing, reading this is good for us all, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will take the Revelation of Christ in small portions and gain understanding, little by little.


THE THINGS WHICH ARE – The Church Age (Age of Grace)
Part 3 – Ephesus The Backsliding Church

Part 4 – Smyrna The Steadfast Church
Part 5 – Pergamos The Immoral Church
Part 6 – Thyatira The Careless Pagan Church
Part 7 – Sardis The Spiritless Church
Part 8 – Philadelphia The Favored Church
Part 9 – Laodicea The Church God Hates

Part 10 – The Throne of God
Part 11 – The Scroll and Seven Seals
Part 12 – The Lamb is Worthy
Part 13 – The First Seal

Part 14 – The Second Seal
Part 15 – The Third Seal
Part 16 – The Fourth Seal
Part 17 – The Fifth Seal

Part 18 – The Sixth Seal
Part 19 – The 144,000 Sealed
Part 20 – The Great Multitude

Part 21 – The Seventh Seal

Revelation 8:1-5
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
a.   The seals on the scroll
                                     i.   1st – White horse had a bow, given a crown went out conquering
                                    ii.   2nd – Red horse peace removed, violence breaks out, given great sword
                                   iii.   3rd – Black horse balance and scales (judgment warning) oil (Holy Spirit and wine (Blood of Christ) not harmed…calling to Tribulation Saints
                                   iv.   4th – Pale horse death and hades, ¼ earth killed by sword, famine, death & beasts
                                    v.   5th – Martyrs cry out, How Long? Not until number of brethren to be killed is complete
                                   vi.   6th – Earth hit with first meteor, earth quakes, sun darkens, moon turns red, stars fall (meteor bits, shooting stars), sky rolls back like a scroll (from strike)
                                  vii.   This is all leading to the Second Coming of Christ!

b.   Now the Seventh seal is opened by Christ
                                     i.   This number has been called the symbol of perfection, and also the symbol of rest. "Jacob's seven years' service to Laban; Pharaoh's seven fat oxen and seven lean ones; the seven branches of the golden candlestick; the seven trumpets and the seven priests who sounded them; the seven days' siege of Jericho; the seven churches, seven spirits, seven stars, seven seals, seven vials, and many others

                                    ii.   Feast of the Passover (seven days)
                                   iii.   Feast of Weeks (seven weeks, on the 50th Day Pentecost)
                                   iv.   Year of Jubilee (seven Sabbaths of years “49 years”, the 50th year is year of jubilee)
                                    v.   Seven is the number of sacrifice (2 Chronicles 29:21; Job 42:8)
                                   vi.   Seven is the number of purification and consecration (Leviticus 42:6, 17; Leviticus 8:11, 33; Leviticus 14:9,51)
                                  vii.   Also, forgiveness, reward, punishment.
                                 viii.   Anything seven is attached to is “perfectly” that.

c.   Silence
                                     i.   When Christ breaks open the seventh and last seal of the scroll, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
                                    ii.   Like a court room awaiting the reading of the verdict, all are in awe and silence.
                                   iii.   Coming are the Seven Trumpets and the Seven Bowls of Wrath

a.   They stand before the throne of God
                                     i.   They are awaiting their orders

b.   Seven trumpets were given to them
                                     i.   They are equipped for service to God

c.   When we stand before God awaiting orders
                                     i.   He not only calls to us, commands us, but He also equips us
                                    ii.   We are able, capable, complete in Him

                                   iii.   Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

                                   iv.   How so we stand before the throne of God now?
1.   “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” Romans 10:13

2.   Once saved you have access to the Holy Spirit. “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26
3.   And God equips us, through the Holy Spirit with Spiritual Fruits, Spiritual Gifts, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Whole Armor of God!

4.   “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

a.   He came and stood at the altar
                                     i.   Awaiting his command, his mission

b.   He was given much incense to offer
                                     i.   WITH the prayers of God’s people on the golden altar in front of the throne
                                    ii.   He was GIVEN…much incense and the prayers of God’s people.
                                   iii.   Again, standing before the throne awaiting orders, God equips him and he is now ready to serve.

c.   The smoke of the incense together with the prayers of God’s people went up before God from the angel’s hand
                                     i.   Who’s prayers are these? More than likely, the prayers of the Tribulation Saints who, like the already martyred saints crying out in heaven, are praying to God for an outpouring of His wrath on the godless of the earth.

The angel then took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth.
The fact that the fire is cast to the earth from the same censer as was used in offering up the saints’ prayers implies that the judgments are in response to those prayers.
Here is the answer to the cry of His afflicted ones down in the scene of Tribulation. The prayers went up to the Father, and the judgment came down.
The brazen altar the angel took the fire from represents the death of Jesus. This along with all of the Temple design foretold the purpose, coming and death of Jesus.
With Salvation through Christ (represented by the brazen altar) being rejected by the world, we see the fire from that altar now raining down on it as judgment.
And there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning & an earth quake.

Next week we look at the First Trumpet

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