The visions of the seven seals given to John in Revelation, and the teachings of Christ concerning the signs of His second coming found in the gospels correspond perfectly with one another. In order to emphasize the meaning of the seven seals of Revelation, I would like us to come to an understanding of the perfect alignment that is found in these two Scripture texts.
Revelation 6:1-17, 8:1-9:21, 11:15-19, 16:1-21
First, the lesson taught by Christ concerning the signs of His coming can be found in three of the gospels. Each account is parallel in nature, the Bible is recording this one lesson from three different perspectives. Keep in mind, these three texts record a SINGULAR LESSON that is taught by Christ Himself…
From this table, it is very easy to see the parallel nature of the accounts of this event found in Matt, Mark and Luke. Matthew’s seems to be the most detailed. This makes sense because Matthew is the only author of the three that personally accompanied Christ during His earthly ministry. Both Mark and Luke wrote their accounts from second hand sources.
In the other portion of our lesson, I would like us to examine the seven seals presented by John in Revelation with the above accounts of Christ’s teaching on the same subject… the signs that will take place before His second coming to the earth.
Because the account of Christ’s teaching in Matthew is the most detailed, we will use the Matthew text in this comparison. However, it would be possible to use any (or all) of the three gospel accounts in comparison with the seven seals of Revelation…
|Seal #||Descript||Revelation TextRev 6:1-17||Affects WorldMatt 24:4-8Matt 24:29-31||Affects ChristiansMatt 24:9-14||Affects Jewish NationMatt 24:15-28|
|1||Anti-Christs& False Teachers||6:1-2||24:4-5||24:11-13||24:23-28|
|(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.(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.||(4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.(5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.||(11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.(12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.(13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.||(23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.(24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.(25) Behold, I have told you before.(26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.(27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.(28) For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.|
|2||Wars & Rumours Of Wars||6:3-4||24:6-7a||24:15-21|
|(3) And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.(4) And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.||(6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.(7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.||(15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)(16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:(17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:(18) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.(19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!(20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:(21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.|
|3||Famines & Shortage||6:5-6||24:7b|
|(5) And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.(6) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.||(7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.|
|(7) And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.(8) And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.||(7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.(8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.||(22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.|
|(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:(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?(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.||(9) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.(10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.||(22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.|
|Six||Darkness In Heavens||6:12-17||24:29|
|(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;(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.(14) And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.(15) And 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;(16) 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:(17) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?||29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:|
|InterLude||Protecting God’s People /Prelude To His Coming||Revelation 7:1-17||Matthew 24:30-31|
|Text Omitted Due To Length(Please refer to Bible for these passages)||(30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.(31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.|
|7||God’s Wrath At The 2nd Coming||8:1-13; 16:1-21; 19:11-21|
|Text Omitted Due To Length(Please refer to Bible for these passages)|
As you can see from the above, chart the very same events that are described in Christ’s teachings on the signs of His coming are identical to the seven seals of the scroll of Revelation.
This is important for us to understand, because it is another proof that the seven six represent the events that must take place before Christ’s 2nd coming. The seventh seal reveals the wrath of God that falls at His 2nd coming.
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