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Wednesday, November 9 2016
Revelation 6: Who Is Worthy To Have The Scroll?
"Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy Blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation"
When the Messiah returned to heaven (see The Messiah's Returns - To Heaven And Earth) and appeared before The Throne of God (see The Messiah's Atonement Of Passover At God's Throne), He saw the Father holding a scroll ("book"). A mighty angel then declared a question: Who is worthy to receive the scroll from the Father's Hand?
"5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
The Messiah was then declared to be the only worthy recipient of the scroll, "For thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation."
"5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:9-10 KJV)
The "book" was a rolled scroll, with seven successive sections, each of which needed to be unsealed as the scroll was opened. Although the opening of each seal in turn describes a spectacular prophecy, the seventh seal (as we will read in the next studies) is far greater because it is divided into seven trumpets, and then the seventh trumpet is further divided into seven "bowls" (or "vials"). The return of Jesus Christ will happen during the seventh trumpet (see the Fact Finder question to understand the connection between the return of Jesus Christ and a "Trumpet").
The first four seals are commonly known as the "four horsemen of the apocalypse." The four horsemen are self-explanatory - religious deception ("a white horse" - not to be confused with the white horse that will be ridden by Jesus Christ at His return; see Revelation 19:11-21 and Two White Horses) and military aggression ("another horse that was red"), followed by the inevitable result of the devastation of aggression - famine ("a black horse") and pestilence ("a pale horse").
"6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
The religious, political and military rampage of the antichrist "beast" (see The Signature Of The Antichrist) as depicted by the "four horsemen" of the first four seals, will result in a great persecution of true Christians (see Why Are True Prophets Hated? Why Are False Prophets Loved?).
"6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." (Revelation 6:9-11 KJV)
The sixth seal will begin the Messiah's wrath upon those of humanity who regard themselves above God's Law (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and What Happens To A Nation When God's Law Is Forsaken?). Humans are going to learn what "superpower" really means: "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; And 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: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
"6:12 And 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; 6:13 And 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. 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Fact Finder: What "trumpet" will sound when the Messiah returns?
This Day In History, November 9
694: At the Seventeenth Council of Toledo, Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accused Jews of aiding Muslims in his kingdom; he sentenced all Jews to slavery.
1282: Pope Martin IV excommunicated King Peter III of Aragon.
1526: Jews were expelled from Pressburg, Hungary by Maria of Hapsburg.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte led the coup d'etat of 18 Brumaire. It ended the "Directory" government.
1862: General Ulysses Grant (who became U.S. President in 1869) issued an order prohibiting Jews from serving under his command in the U.S. Army.
1883: The Royal Winnipeg Rifles of the Canadian Armed Forces (known then as the "90th Winnipeg Battalion of Rifles") was founded.
1906: Although the U.S. was then 130 years old, Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to make an official trip outside of the country. He visited the U.S. occupied Panama Canal zone.
1913: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 destroyed 19 ships and killed over 250 people.
1918: At the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The European World Wars; also The Balfour Declaration), Germany's Prince Max von Baden announced the abdication of Kaiser (the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II (who had fled to the Netherlands and was granted asylum there) and handed his office over to Ebert who thereby became Chancellor. Germany was to be demilitarized and made a republic. Many war veterans were deeply embittered by the defeat and the terms imposed on Germany by The Treaty of Versailles - among them a young gefreiter (lance corporal) by the name of Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1935: Japanese troops invaded Shanghai, China.
1938: Kristallnacht (in German, "Crystal Night") in which Nazi storm troopers attacked Jews and their property throughout Germany. Over 260 synagogues were vandalized, 7,500 Jewish shops were destroyed. Thousands of Jews were seriously injured, 91 were murdered, and another 20,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps. On the same day, a Swiss theology student, Maurice Bevaud, attempted to assassinate Hitler at a Munich rally. He was caught, and executed by guillotine on May 14 1941.
1952: Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, died at age 57 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1953: King Ibn Saud, a Muslim religious leader who created the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, died (see The Prophecy Of Mount Sinai In Arabia).
1965: A large area of the eastern United States and Canada was blacked out in one of the worst power failures in history; it was caused when a switch at a station near Niagara Falls malfunctioned.
1970: Charles DeGaulle, former French General and President, died at age 80.
1972: Anik-1, Canada's first domestic communications satellite, was launched into orbit.
1989: East Germany opened the Berlin Wall.
1990: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany, winning praise from German leaders for his role in the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall.
1998: Capital punishment was abolished in the United Kingdom.
2005: The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.