The Lamb Open’s the Seals – 12-8-22

“Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” Revelation 6:1 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:                                                                   

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of The Revelation of Christ, chapter 6 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV).

First Seal: The Conqueror

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the [a]seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

Second Seal: Conflict on Earth

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come [b]and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales[c] in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A [d]quart of wheat for a [e]denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And [f]power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been 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, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances

12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and [g]behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the [h]moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky [i]receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, [j]the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves 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 who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

Yesterday we mediated on and thought about the rich worthiness of Christ. And it was so good! He alone has conquered sin and death. No other god man proclaims has such a claim or did such a thing. Only Christ and Christ alone! So He can break the seals.

Seals on scrolls and old books are a melted wax. The outer seal keeps it closed and this is where we get the term: sealed up. This outer seal also held the symbol of the writer or the one sending it (since many people could hire a writer). But since this seal could fall off in harsh travel written next to the seal was who it was to, what it was, and who it was from. Then you can only unroll so far and the parchment would be stuck to the parchment below it and as you gently pulled you’d see more wax. That would be the second seal. There is no emblem in the second one as it was pressed between the paper rolls – but in front of it so you could read it was who it was to and what it was.
Although Paul wrote two distinctly different letters – he could have used the double seal letter to the church at Colossae. The first section would be for the entire church and then an inner seal which would say to Philemon. Philemon could read the first part and the second part – but the second part was just for Philemon. Does that help you understand the series of seals? In the case of revelations there is seven seals and the seventh – breaks open the seven trumpets and so on and so forth.

I have heard so much contradiction about the seals, trumpets and vials/bowls that I do not dare speculate to a timeline. Some say the seals have been, the trumpets are and the vials will be – which is absurd. Some say we have already experienced a few seals and trumpets so all the seals do not need to be open before the trumpets? – people in this school of thought think the seals, trumpets and vials are all symbol of the same thing. While others think there is an order and sequence and that it breaks forth in that sequence. With all the chaos that surrounds this precious imagery I worry that I will fail you all – but I also cannot add to it. Because I know that we know in part – and wha I think it means is only in part knowledge – and anyone who says they know for certain is a liar. A well-studied liar.  

Let us approach the seals with what we do know about prophecy, visions and dreams, and the spirit world =
   Things are outside of time. So we cannot trust a timeline.
   Things can mean something different in our world – or it could be very literal.
   Every prophecy is for the time it is written and for times throughout time and for the end of times.

So let’s approach these as having been opened outside of time and manifested in part for the first generation of reader. Manifested again in more revelation for another generation. And manifest still more for us – and fully reveal at the end of time or when we leave earth to join in and play the part we were created to play. The reason I suggest taking this approach is that because outside of time – these seals have been broken – John saw it, recorded it and sent it to us. And so we have no need to fear when they will be open because they already have been opened. Just not manifested in the flesh. Now that you know this – it is all so much less frightening. And we made it through Daniel and Ezekiel with less fear – and they are much scarier books!

One more thing – why am I taking on fear so pointedly this time. Well, I hear the modern “prophets” and preachers too. The internet is all buzzing with proclamations of doom and gloom. And they pull out verses from the Revelation and seem to play off people’s fears as well as using that spirit of fear that fell over this planet in March of 2020 and is still here – we are just getting used to it. I can only combat fear by keeping you calm and shining the light – the bright truth into the darkness and the unknown. The enemy truly fears this book and these seals, trumpets and vials – they are not for humans to fear!

I am saved – saved from what? I am saved from God’s wrath. I will live as He shakes this planet and pours out judgment. I will be found faithful (at least for today and with the Lord’s help every day hereafter). I will live through trials, struggles, and suffering – He said they would come. He said He would make a way. He said He overcame – because ‘It is finished’. All of this has happened outside of time and the battle is already won! Are you saved from the wrath of God as well? (That doesn’t mean we are safe from discipline or justice – just wrath. He corrects us because He loves us.)

So let us fearlessly look at the seals today:

First Seal: The Conqueror

1 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.”

White Horse and man with a crown – sounds like Jesus. Isn’t he supposed to return on a white horse?? Well the wrong Greek word for crown is used here – this one means military crown while Jesus wears a royal crown. – This first seal is the great deception or the anti-christ.

Now as we know this has already happened and we have not yet seen it fully manifest – like we have not seen the man The Antichrist come in the flesh yet (and if he is here he is not revealed to the world). But we can see how deception has gotten worse along with fighting, in-fighting, confusion, and destruction. AND we can see how it will continue to get worse. The anti-christ system is getting ready and prepared and we can see how bad it will be. But as it progresses we continue to have God’s hand and protection. God has been here for us and will continue – he will also continue to shine light so we can see through the lies.

Second Seal: Conflict on Earth

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.”

Well, around the time John wrote this Rome escalated it’s already bloody persecution of the Christians. And from this time forward there has never been a period of complete peace on earth. God’s children were scattered and did not return until 1948. My generation had the 80’s with a perceived time of prosperity and peace – but it was a lie. My son’s generation has never known a world where violence and war were not regularly on the nightly news. I regret staying informed by having the news on while he was present. And people wonder why depression, anxiety and fear are on the rise. Jesus said it will get as bad as the days of Noah. We are lying to ourselves if we keep our heads buried in the sand and say it is not that bad. How much worse can it really get before God needs to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah?

Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

Back in John’s day they had to deal with a famine. In our day our governments are planning scarcity in order to control the population. Do you remember the ships abandoned out at sea? And the halt to the supply chain before last Christmas. This year in America we have had new regulations threaten the supply chain in trains and trucking – while diesel gas prices soar to cripple the industry. In Canada they are forcing farmers to produce less – intentionally and trying to force the eating of bugs! Those people need heavy meats in that cold climate.
Not to mention China has spent the last 10 years buying up the world. They came through my town and bought up a bunch of property and a bunch of Christian churches. At a flip of a switch they can literally put a siege on the whole planet and create the biggest scarcity ever. Many are preaching to prepare. I am unable to provide my daily bread without Him – so I cannot prepare. Talk to God about where He wants you and how He wants to care for you. He is already providing – so keep your peace and talk to Him. If you can prepare – that is great, do not forget water machines. But if you cannot, like me – don’t worry. He has a plan for us. He has not set us up for failure – His reputation is on the line!

Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.”

Again, we have seen this throughout history. The pale horse marched well with Hitler. It pranced with covid. And I try to stay away from conspiracy – there is usually enough in reality that I do not need to. But there have been more unexplained deaths and a new diagnoses of unexplained sudden adult death syndrome and a major increase in heart disease. It is increasing at an alarming rate and the news is no speaking of it or reporting all the deaths.
I am not discussing this to scare you – we must shine the light – speak truth. The truth will set us free.  We must remember we are not of this world and to live is Christ and to die is gain. Once we rob the fear of death from our enemy we are invincible and fearless. We shall live and not die! The Lord is with us. So let’s stop looking at ourselves and start focusing on saving souls! Because death may not be a very real thing for you and I – but it is for those who do not yet know Him and who have rejected Him.

Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been 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, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

It is uncommon in North America and most European nations to publicly kill someone for their religious belief. It is extremely ignorant to think the whole world is that way. With the protests and push back from the church in south America it is becoming increasingly common for public persecution and more martyrs – albeit they are very careful, because one well publicized martyr will cause a spiritual awakening and revival down there like the world has never seen! Same with northern & central Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Yes the seals have been broken and yes – these things are progressing in waves – but honey, the end is not yet! We have souls to save! The end is not yet – all the Martyrs have not yet been slain! The end is not yet!!! Stop eating popcorn and watching American news like it runs the world. This is not the end – we are only on chapter 6! America may miss out on the fun if they don’t stop looking at politics and start looking at Jesus!

Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances

12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves 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 who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

What event from the late first century sounds like this? Pompeii!
I tell you, when John saw these seals open – they were opened! Boom! And we just have not seen the full manifestation of them. Although, earthquakes have increased – signs in the sky have increased – we’ve had more blood moons than ever before – more space debris and meteorites – more falling stars during our two annual star shows each year – soon the earth will rise up and cry out for Christ to come.

Note that is clear that the fulfillment will be the great day of His wrath. That is well after the tribulation, Armageddon, the thousand year reign and then finally The Day of God’s wrath. Remember the river of fire from Daniel’s vision? Yeah that pours out. Now, I don’t know about you – but I do not plan on being alive on earth on that day. I’ll be lucky to live to 100 with modern health care – but I will live and not die until God takes me home, none the less – and it won’t be over a thousand years from now.
In my life time – I will see a continued rise in these things. The seal is opened… these things are in motion.

Now – our God is a good God and He has told us these things for a reason. He wants us to have peace and understanding. He wants us to know when it gets bad that He was already there and He has made a way. He lets us struggle with need and want a little now – so when it gets really hard we can say – He has ALWAYS provided. He will continue to provide.  

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I also wanted to remind and inform all of you, that instead of writing a book on fasting (since it is the topic I get asked the most about) I have created a Facebook group that is designed to be interactive and give you all the Bible verses on fasting, all the types of fast, and how to fast. In the group are specialist to help us along the way, like the creator of The Fasting Protocol (fasting for health and weight loss; which is part of fasting and important to know about – He can also speak to fasting in a healthy manner). The group is new and other experts are invited, I am hopeful they will join. So let’s join the group and see what we will learn about prayer and fasting. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/509149707741862

Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace. Walk in wisdom.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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