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Opening the Little Book

At the appropriate time, God will call for the opening of the little book locked with the seven seals, as mentioned in Revelation 5:1–14.

The seals unlock a series of events designed to put God’s agenda for the end of the Latter Days into action.

In verse 2 of chapter 5, an angel cries out, seeking anyone worthy to open the seven seals and set into action the agenda for the beginning of the end. When the search begins, no one worthy can be found to open the book or initiate God’s program.

Chapter 5 outlined a sequence of events that supports split-versing and corroborates its use in the covenant of Jesus Christ as taken from Daniel 9:24–27.

To read about Split Versing: https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/he-shall-confirm-a-covenant-2/

By opening the seven seals, the final components necessary for completing all prophetic visions and prophecies are put into action. Each of the seals relates to the end of the Time of the Gentiles.

The first four seals launch the Beginning of Sorrows, which will begin before the Great Consummation.

By the end of the Great Consummation, the last two seals will be fulfilled, along with the last two edicts, bringing the Wrath of God to a close.[1]

The Seals

The opening of the seven seals releases a series of global measures intended to bring the Time of the Gentiles and the covenant of Jesus Christ to its consummation. The message and its purpose are fulfilled and completed during this last generation of the Body of Christ born during the Time of the Gentiles and the period known as the Latter Days.[2] The seven seals create an environment designed to challenge each Christian’s commitment to Christ during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation. Ultimately, this crucible will provide the Bride of Christ with the means to make herself ready for her Bridegroom in accordance with prophecy.[3]

  • One function of the process separates true Christians from pseudo-Christians, preparing the Body of Christ for the Rapture and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
  • For those left behind, the pseudo-Christians[4] and the secular world’s unsaved, the opening of each seal establishes the same environment but results in validating God’s righteous judgment over the lives of those who have rejected God’s[5] free gift of salvation as well as those who take pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:8–12).
  • Mistakenly, Satan believes the End Times is his agenda for the Latter Days. But in truth, it is God’s program, which allows for the unsaved to fully and freely embrace their individual styles of wickedness so they will be judged by their individual rebellious behavior.[6] In point of fact, God ordained this agenda as is confirmed in 2 Thessalonian 2:8–12 and Revelation 17:17.
  • When all seven seals have been opened, the blessings and curses requirements for completing the covenant of Jesus Christ will be utterly satisfied for both the saved and unsaved populations of the earth.[7]
  • By the end of the Great Consummation, every vision and prophecy related to the Seventy Weeks of Daniel and Latter Days will be accomplished (Daniel 9:24–27). Even as the Body of Christ has been saved, similarly the unsaved population of the world will have reached its full measure of wickedness and received objective judgment.
  • Each seal corresponds to a series of events as outlined in the following chapters: Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Revelation 6, and Revelation 8.

Parallels confirming the connections between each of these five chapters are illustrated in the seven seals Correlation table found in “This Side of the Whirlwind, the Coming Apocalypse” near the end of chapter 13.

In order to fully understand the implications in Revelation 5:1–14, it is important to first recognize John is seeing prophetic events both past, present and future.

  1. As evident to this assertion, the text, though written after Christ’s ascension, is referring to Jesus before and after His crucifixion. It is essential to distinguish the intended differences, which separate the two distinctions surrounding Jesus the Christ as portrayed within the first seven verses of Revelation 5.
  2. The first distinction is seen in verses 1 through 4. Though Jesus is not specifically mentioned by name, the passage is referring to Jesus before His crucifixion. When the text in verse 2 calls for (anyone) “… who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals,”
  3. The Angel is not simply calling for Jesus Christ. Remember, Jesus was alive and well and ministering in Israel when the angel cried out and ‘still’ no one was found worthy either in heaven or on earth or under the earth (Sheol, the grave) to come and take the little book.
  4. Because Jesus had not yet died for the sins of the world, He had not yet fulfilled several necessary edicts required to qualify Him as worthy to open the book or unlock its seals.
  5. Verses 5, 6, and 9 confirm these requirements, for only after Christ had been slain for humanity did He become worthy to open the little book.

In the first four verses, though Jesus was the Christ, “the Lamb of God,” He had not yet died for the sins of the world.

  • Jesus had not yet fulfilled the required edicts listed in the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy.[8] Fulfillment of the first four edicts was a requirement for completing the first half of the covenant, a part of the Christ’s ministry and the covenant of Jesus Christ.
  • Because Jesus was not yet the Lamb slain, He was not yet found worthy to open the book or release its seven seals.
  • For this reason, the first embodiment of Christ in chapter 5 relates to Jesus the Christ, the Lamb of God, who WAS NOT yet slain for the sins of the world.
  • The distinction benchmarks the time frame to a period before Christ’s crucifixion. The angelic beckoning was given during the first half of the seventieth week, sometime before Jesus died for the sin of the world.
  • The event established a time stamp for the prophecy’s fulfillment.

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. (Revelation 5:1–4 NKJV)

Verses 5 and 6 reveal the second embodiment of Christ. In these verses, Jesus is perceived as “…

  • The Lion of the tribe of Judah,
  • Of the Root of David.”

The phrase, “The Lion of the tribe of Judah” alludes to the Christian priesthood where Jesus is seen as a priest after a new order, the order of Melchisedec.[9]

  1. Jesus is the chief priest, forming a new and better covenant based in faith rather than works.
  2. In His role as chief priest, Jesus is perceived as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Maker of a new and better covenant.
  3. The phrase, the Root of David relates to Jesus as both the root and the branch of David. As David’s Creator,[10] Jesus is the root of David. As David’s descendant, who will sit on the throne of David in accordance with the Davidic covenant,[11] Jesus is the branch.[12]

The manifestation of Christ presented in verses 5 and 6 is an embodiment of the new covenant.

  • In these verses, Jesus is the Lamb of God slain for humanity.
  • The imagery in verses 5 and 6 relates to the prophetic fulfillment of the first four edicts taken from Daniel 9:24, which placate the laws of Moses, abolishing or washing away all impartation of sin through His shed blood.
  • In verse 6, Jesus is seen as, “… A Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Holy Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.”
  • This is Christ’s evangelical mission statement for the Church Age.
  • The symbolism taken from verses 5, 6, and 9 further presents Jesus as the Messiah and the only one who is now worthy to receive and open the seven seals. Jesus has become the Savior, Christ, and Messiah.

But one of the elders said to me, “Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. (Revelation 5:5–7 NKJV)

It is important to recognize the two distinct embodiments of Christ as they are differentiated within Revelation 5.

  • The first four verses are taking place during the end of Christ’s ministry when Jesus is not yet considered worthy to take the book or open its seals. This is the initial period of the angel’s petition from the heavenly realm.
  • At that time, Jesus is not found worthy to open the book or seals.
  • Once crucified and resurrected, Jesus brings the first half of Daniel’s seventieth week and prophecy to a close.
  • Forty days later, shortly before the day of Pentecost, Jesus ascends into the heavenly realm, ending the first three and a half years of Daniel’s prophecy.[13]

The second incarnation of Christ can be found in verses 5 and 6, taking place just before the Great Consummation begins but after Christ’s crucifixion.

According to the vision, Jesus steps from the heavenly realm into a time just before the beginning of the Great Consummation. Bear in mind, John is seeing these events through a divine vision, which allows him to perceive events through time relative to both halves of the seventieth week.

Through John’s vision, he is able to perceive and witness the split-versing phenomenon, experiencing both periods of three and a half years as if they were connected by mere moments. In truth, the two events are separated by more than two thousand years even as the seven weeks, sixty-two weeks, and one week segments of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy are prophetically fulfilled over two millennia.

Through his divine vision, John is able to see both halves of the seventieth week as if they were simply connected by mere moments. John’s vision displays Christ as unworthy one moment in verses 1 through 4 and then worthy only moments later in verses 5 and 6.

Split-versing explains the disassociation that takes place between these two sections of scripture and prophecy. Through His ministry and crucifixion, Jesus completes the first four edicts found in Daniel 9:24, providing the mechanisms necessary for salvation potentially to the entire world.

Following Jesus’s resurrection, He then ascends to be with His Father. Though two thousand years has elapsed here on earth.

in John’s heavenly vision, he perceives Jesus stepping from the first half of the seventieth week into a time just before the second half of the seventieth week.

Only after completing the first four edicts and the first three and a half years of the seventieth week can Jesus then become the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah.”

Jesus had to fulfill the first four edicts in order to become our Savior and He who is able to open the seven seals.

Verse 9 of Revelation 5 confirms Jesus only became authorized to open the book after He was crucified and was resurrected. The verse states, “… You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (NKJV).

Between the two embodiments of Christ, there exists a major fulfillment, which permitted Jesus to fulfill the first half of the covenant of Jesus Christ.

Take a moment to examine the differences and distinctions between “Jesus the Christ,” who had not yet given His life for the sins of the world, and “Jesus the Savior,” who did give His life for humanity and to fulfill the prophecy. As with many of the deeper issues within the Word, it often requires effort to determine God’s intended message.[14]

 

As Jesus opens the little book and releases one seal after another, the visions and prophecies prepared for the Latter Days begin to unfold and be fulfilled.

The first four seals release the Beginning of Sorrows.

The fifth seal takes place during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation when the Beast shatters the power of God’s holy people and thus separates the sheep from the goats.[15]

This is the process by which the hand of God identifies the committed believer or true Christian and the pseudo-Christian, thus the great and fiery crucible, which will allow the Bride of Christ to make herself ready for her Husband before the Rapture and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.[16]

The sixth seal begins with the Rapture as all the earth sees the coming of Christ, the gathering of His saints, and the trembling of the secular world in great fear.

At that time, according to Revelation 6:15–17, every individual remaining on earth will attempt to go into hiding for fear of God and His wrath to come. God willed the world to know He is God and He has fulfilled His Word and purpose:

“Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD!” (Ezekiel 38:23 NKJV).

The seventh and last seal will not be released until the 144,000 Elect have received the seal of God written in their foreheads. The seal of God is not one of the seven seals; rather, it is a title of ownership given to protect the Elect of God from God’s Wrath to come (Ezekiel chapters 8 & 9).

The seal for the 144,000 Elect is the name of God.[17]

The opening of the seventh seal releases the seven angelic trumpets of judgment, triggering a deluge of God’s Wrath.[18]

Ultimately, the seven bowls of wrath will be poured out over the false religions, their organizations, and every religious person the world over.

The remaining text from Revelation 5:8–14 speaks to the chorus of heavenly worshipers giving glory to God and especially His Son, “who is now worthy to open the book and its seals”.

By the end of the seventieth week, Jesus will bring the Time of the Gentiles to a close.

The Great Consummation is the second half of the Covenant of Jesus Christ and begins the second half of the seventieth week.

Though much of the text will result in otherworldly or supernatural events taking place in our natural world, John experiences these events during his visions, many of which took place in the heavenly realm. Let us now see what scripture has to say regarding the seven seals.

Popular End Times teachings present a scenario where the world as a whole suffers an apocalypse; however, biblically the apocalypse first applies to the Body of Christ as the Beast shatters the powers of God’s holy people, scattering the saints of God throughout the world’s wildernesses and primitive areas. It is the saints of God who will suffer the first apocalypse, which will take place during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation.

The Crucible

This is the crucible that God uses to prepare the Bride of Christ for the coming of His Son. It is not until the advent of God’s Wrath that the world will suffer its apocalypse for approximately one year.

[1] Matthew 24:4–10—After the beginning of sorrows, “then” they will deliver you up to tribulation, kill and hate you.

[2] Daniel 11:32–35 and Matthew 24:34, the Latter Days began when Israel reemerged as a nation in 1948.

[3] Revelation 19:7 NKJV, “… for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife [Bride] has made herself ready.”

[4] Salvation lost for receiving the Mark of the Beast or worshipping the Beast or his image.

[5] 2 Thessalonians 2:8–12. When Jesus is taken out of the way, Satan is free to deceive his children as he sees fit.

[6] Genesis 15:16, God did not bring judgment on the Amorites until they had reached their full measure of iniquity.

[7] Revelation 10:7, “…the mystery of God should be finished.”

[8] Daniel 9:24–27, “To finish the transgression; to make an end of sins; to make reconciliation for iniquity; to bring in everlasting righteousness.”

[9] Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 5:5–10.

[10] Colossians 1:13–17, “… By Him were all things created …

[11] 2 Samuel 7:12-16, the Davidic covenant.

[12] Isaiah 11:1, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.”

[13] Acts 1:9–11, “… He [Jesus] was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”

[14] Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.”

[15] Matthew 25:32–33, separating the sheep from the goats.

[16] Daniel 11:32–35, “Some … shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end.”

[17] Revelation 14:1.

[18] Revelation 8:1–13, Revelation 9:1–21, and Revelation 16:1–21, the Wrath of God.