Summary: The Great Tribulation is about to break upon the earth with the opening of the seventh seal, but the fifth angel, ascending from the east in verse 2 restrains the other four angels from proceeding, and judgment is suspended, but only until the 144000 r
Rev.#23~7:1-8 THE 144000 JEWISH MISSIONARIES 9-26-09
Last time we talked and read about seal # 5, verses 12-17 in chapter 6:, and in these verses we have an over view of the “great tribulation”, the last 3 ½ years of the 7 are called “the great tribulation”. –Listen as I read verses 12-17 again to get out thought line back on the right track.
12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
The True Church was raptured back in chapter 4:
The 7 year tribulation begins in chapter 6 with the rider on the white horse in verse 2 bringing a false peace, this is the antichrist, he signs an agreement with Israel that he will guarantee peace for 7 years, but then at the mid point of the 7 years, Russia and her coalition is brought into the mountains of Israel, as God puts hooks into their jaws and pulls them into the mountains of Israel for their destruction, EZK.38-39 we can read about the massacre, 5/6th will be slaughtered and its all Gods doing, no human army is involved.
Ø The Jew haters of the day will finally meet their waterloo.
With Russia and her coalition coming to Israel to attack Israel, or so they think, this brings war, famine and then death and hell on the “red, black and pale horses” that are revealed as seals 2-3-4 are opened.
And then the 5th seal here chapter 6: is talking about the Tribulation Martyrs that are crying out from under the Altar for vengeance.
Let me say once again that verses 12-17 is a Minnie picture of the “great tribulation” in a nutshell we could say.
Ø Let me say in case some might be listening that might not understand, that there are, 7 seal judgments, 7 trumpet judgments and 7 vial judgments and they increase in their destructiveness as each new one is being opened.
REV. 6 : closes with the sixth seal, the seventh is not opened until CHAPTER 8:1
Let us think on chapters 6-19 as arranged much like a phone conversation that we might have with some one, and in the conversation we’re telling the person on the other end about a particular incident, and then suddenly we stop telling about the actual happening and began explaining in detail all the other little things that is involved for a better understanding, of what our subject might be.
This is the way chapter 7 is; chapter 7 is as though it’s in parentheses, to fill in some information.---and let me say that chapters 10-15 are also.
Chapter seven is in a parentheses, it does not carry the chronological sequence forward, but adds some important details regarding the saved of the Tribulation, many of whom are martyred.
The seventh seal introduces the trumpet judgments (8:1).
Listen; in chapter 6, John starts telling an orderly story. But in chapter 7, his chronological order is interrupted, as other important matters are revealed, primarily, the 144000 Jewish Missionary’s and the great multitude from all over the world that are saved because of their preaching.
Ø If chapter 7 had been left out and the story continued on in Chapter 8: we would have a complete narrative in order up to now, it would go from the 6th seal directly to the 7th seal in chapter 8:, but God has His reasons for His book to be in the fashion that it is.
In chapter 8:1-6 we’ll read about the opening of the 7th seal, and the 7th seal contains the rest of the judgments, that is, the 7 trumpet judgments and the 7 vial judgments, all under the 7th seal.
In chapters 8-9, the order of events is resumed. Then John provides some more fill-in information in chapters 10-15.
In chapter 16, there is a return to the progressive order of events and finally, in chapters 17-19, there are more details.