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Signed and Sealed
by Wayne Blank
Seals have been used for thousands of years throughout the ancient world. They were made of metal or stone, including various precious gems. There are many fine examples to be found in private collections and museums all around the world.
Seals were originally in the form of a cylinder that was rolled upon the surface (example in photo), but they later took the form of a ring worn on a finger, or a stamp that was carried in a necklace or cord around the waist.
In a royal or official command:
To ratify or authenticate an agreement:
The use of seals is found in the New Testament in connection with the burial of Jesus Christ (Matthew 27:66). The Tomb was sealed by the Pharisees and chief priests to prevent anyone from stealing the body (Matthew 27:63-64). This was most likely done by extending a rope across the stone and attaching it at both ends with sealing-clay.
Sealing was also used in a figurative sense:
Fact Finder: Was the understanding of the prophecy in the Book of Daniel sealed until the time of the end?