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.
We now begin a new section in this vision received by John. The seals are begun to be opened. The first six seals represent the events that must take place prior to the Lord’s second coming to the earth. Seal number seven will present the Lord’s second coming and the accompanying wrath that will fall against sinners who are living at the time of His coming.
(Please note that ALL of these events are taking place in the world around us even in today’s time. They have been in existence and will continue to be in existence from John’s Day until the Lord comes back.)
The six seals leading up to Christ’s second coming are as follows:
- Seal 1 – False teachers and Anti-christs appearing in the world
- Seal 2 – Wars and the threatening of wars
- Seal 3 – Famines and shortages of all kinds
- Seal 4 – Catastrophic physical death
- Seal 5 – Martyrdom and persecution of the saints
- Seal 6 – The taking of the Truths of God and other displays of God’s wrath against sinners
In the next few devotions we will be looking at each of these signs of Christ’s second coming.
But what can we learn from this brief listing of everyday events that lead to Christ’s coming? As we look about us and see these events taking place before our eyes, they are a reminder to us that God’s Word is true. The Lord has graciously foretold (through the visions of Revelation and other prophecies in the Bible) that these things would take place. When we see these things they are simply proofs that prophesies found in His Word are true.
If the prophecies about the signs of His coming are true, there is no reason to believe the prophecies concerning His second coming are not true as well. The existence of these signs proves that He is coming again.
Folks as we see these things take place around us, lift up your head… we can rest assured He is coming again and will take us home to be with Him!
Luk 21:28 KJV – “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:
Seals 1-4: http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ
Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6: http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc