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4.5 Opening the seventh seal: Prelude to the Trumpets.

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Red - The Lamb of God opening the seals in the book.
Grey - Silence in Heaven
Gold - Timed Periods: 1260 days, 3 Times and a half, 42 Months, and 2300 days.
Darker Purple - Describing the activities of another angel with a golden censer.
Green - The righteous cry out.
Brown - The violent actions that occur when a seal is opened.

The following are used on the 1st through the 6th Seal, at the bottom of this commentary page.

Pink - The Lamb of God opening the seals in the book.
Orange - The four beasts around the Throne of God speak out.
Dark Blue - Announcing the four horses: White, Red, Black, and Pale.
Blue - Describes what the rider on the horse has in his hand or what his is and what follows him.
Light Blue - Describes what the rider on the horse does.
Grey/Blue - What is under the altar.
Blue/Green - Describes what God says to the righteous.
Purple - The Wicked panic when they see Jesus and God the Father coming down to them.

Since the seventh seal starts the process of the seven Trumpets, then the Trumpets and the Seals and the Trumpets are of the same character.

Some think that the Seven Seals and the Seven Trumpets are like the Seven Plaques, and some have made parallel texts that compared these different sets. It is true that there are some similarities.

However, it seems that there is a difference. The plaques are the wrath of God on the wicked. The Trumpets, while some are suffered only by the wicked, it seems that the Trumpets are like the Seals in that God is taking away His protection of our world.

Presently, our world is kept in relatively safety, it is preserved. However, in the time of the end, God will start allowing Satan to do some of the things that he has always wanted to do. Presently, God has been holding back the satanic attack that would have destroyed us long ago. But God has protected us, even the wicked along with the righteous. But at the end, while the righteous will be protected, the wicked will experience an accelerated series of disasters that will seem to be so severe that the wicked may start to realize that their time has come for their destruction.

Opening of the Seventh Seal: Revelation 8:1-5

Point 1

If the first six seals goes from the time that the 144,000 are sealed to the time of the second coming of Jesus Christ, when does this seventh seal get opened?

If everything is discussed according to a sequence of events, then we would expect the seventh seal to be opened at or after the second coming of Christ. But it is clear from the text describing the seven trumpets that are sounded once the seventh seals is opened.

The time of the different trumpets is marked as being given at a time when the people on earth will not want to follow God. It must be during the time of trouble that the seventh seal is opened.

So the trumpets are discussed out of sequence. This scenario fits in with the rest of Revelation that has been discussed so far. John discusses the different aspects of prophecy in a way that will add to the meaning of the prophetic events, not to the order of the events.

Why would John separate the first six seals from the last seal? They must be different in character. One possible difference is that the first six seals result directly in trouble on earth. The seventh seal seems to result in some action in heaven, a golden censer with fire in it is cast to the earth.

However the distinction between the two groups of seals lessens when the trumpets are blown. The trumpets seem to result in much trouble on the earth.

It must be realized that all actions in heaven are felt on the earth. The throwing of the censer with fire somehow enables the seven angels to blow their trumpets that cause misery on the earth.

Point 2

Some wonder if the throwing down of the censer is not the close of probation. Others believe that the close of probation is between the fourth and fifth trumpets. Still others believe that the close of probation is after the seventh trumpet.

One of two things is happening in Revelation 8:5. Either the angel throws down both the censer and the fire or he throws down only the fire. The Greek is not fully clear on this distinction either. The only way to determine which is correct is to determine the logic of the text and to determine what makes the best sense taking in to account what was before and after that event.

If only the fire is thrown down then the event is only seen as a special time when the prayer of the saints are answered. Sins are dealt with.

On the other hand, if both the fire and the censer is thrown down it then represents a time when the sanctuary process is stopped in heaven. This action would mean the close of probation. A time when the sins are no longer dealt with.

You will see evidence that a change has occurred when the later trumpets are sounded. The people no longer come back to God when trouble occurs. Also we see the people of the Earth (except those who are sealed, the Righteous) only curse God for their problems.

In the description of these trumpets there is no evidence that the wicked have any conscience any more. They no longer hear that inner voice so they do not ask help from God.

Because the people act this way, the author of this harmony believes that the censor along with the fire was thrown down, indicating that God is no longer forgiving sins as He previously did.

These people, the wicked, are fully decided against God and as a result, God no longer strives with them. Their case is decided because the people themselves have fully decided against God to the point where they will not change their mind.

In this way the wicked people of the world become life their leader, Satan. Satan, long ago has become a decided enemy of God and Jesus. So it is with the wicked of the Earth. They will not change and so they cannot change. God responds by letting the people reap their own reward which is the natural outcome of their decision. Probation is closed for them!

4.5 Opening the seventh seal: Prelude to the Trumpets.

Revelation 6

Revelation 8


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.


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.


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 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.


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.

6th Seal

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?

7th Seal

1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

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