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2. Seals and Angels
2. Seals and Angels
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2. Seals and Angels
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2. Seals and Angels
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2. Seals and Angels
2. Seals and Angels
2. Seals and Angels
2. Seals and Angels
2. Seals and Angels
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2. Seals and Angels
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2. Seals and Angels

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Looks at how the Seals and Angels link with the Trumpets and Bowls to give a 14-phase chronology of the time of the end in the Book of Revelation.

Looks at how the Seals and Angels link with the Trumpets and Bowls to give a 14-phase chronology of the time of the end in the Book of Revelation.

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  • 1. Decoding Revelation: 2. The Seals and the Angels by Dr. Dieter Thom
  • 2. The Two Pairs of Seven Cycles The First Cycle The Second Cycle 7 Seals 7 Angels (Rev 6: 1-17) (Rev 14:6-20) 7 Trumpets 7 Bowls (Rev 8:1-11:19) (Rev 16:2-21) We have seen that there are distinct patterns between the last 6 trumpets and bowls suggesting a chronological order of events at the end of time. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 3. Trumpets (Rev 8:1-11:19) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Hail and fire from sky. Sea turns to blood and kills a third of sea creatures. The rivers and springs of water poison people. Sun, moon & stars are darkened. Unbelievers tortured by demons. Kings of East cross Euphrates to a fierce battle. Lightning, roaring, crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. Bowls (Rev 16:2-21) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Ugly and painful sores Sea turns to blood and kills all sea creatures. The rivers and springs of water turn to blood. Sun scorches with terrible heat. Unbelievers suffer in darkness. Kings of East cross Euphrates to battle of Armageddon. Lightning, roaring, crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 4. Guiding Principles of Interpretation  Clearly these two passages are describing the same events of the time of the end.  This must become our framework of chronology of events.  Going back from these events, the 7 trumpets are preceded by 7 seals and the 7 bowls are preceded by 7 angels.  Although there is no clear, direct correlation of events, we must logically assume that by the pattern that follows these are also in relative chronological order. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 5. 1st Seal (Rev 6) 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.” 2 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. 1st Angel (Rev 14) 6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people — 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 6. Interpretation  Some people see the rider on the white horse in the first seal to be Jesus. They link this with the victorious spreading of the gospel to the ends of the earth by the first angel. I do not think that this is the right interpretation.  Others see the rider as the Antichrist who will come to power in the time that the gospel reaches the ends of the earth. This is the view that I will argue for later.  Missionary organizations are confident that all the unreached people groups of the world will be reached in the next few years. The internet and satellite TV can reach almost everyone now already. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 7. 2nd Seal (Rev 6) 2nd Angel (Rev 14) 3 When He opened the second 8 And another angel seal, I heard the second living followed, saying, creature saying, “Come and “Babylon is fallen, is see.” fallen, that great 4 Another horse, fiery red, went city, because she has out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take made all nations peace from the earth, and that drink of the wine of people should kill one another; the wrath of her and there was given to him a fornication.” great sword. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 8. Interpretation  After the gospel has been preached to the ends of the earth, war will come upon the world, as described by the second seal.  Obviously the Antichrist has by now risen to power and is seeking to take over the world.  The initial conflict, however, seems to be limited to the Middle East. This spreads to the rest of the world.  It results in the Antichrist conquering ‘Babylon’, whose identity we will see later (Rev. 17 & 18). NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 9. 3rd Seal (Rev 6) 5 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. 6 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.” 3rd Angel (Rev 14) 9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 10. Interpretation  The third seal seems to imply that the Antichrist will take control of the food supply (wheat & barley) & economic activity.  The third angel describes how unbelievers will take the mark of the beast to be able to participate in this.  Wine is mentioned in both passages. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 11. 4th Seal (Rev 6) 7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” 8 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. 4th Angel (Rev 14) 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 12. Interpretation  The fourth seal describes how war, famine and the beasts of the earth (probably mostly through disease) will cause a massive amount of death.  The fourth angel describes this as a ‘reaping’ of the harvest of the earth. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 13. 5th Seal (Rev 6) 5th Angel 9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar (Rev 14) 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. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. 11/30/2013
  • 14. Interpretation Christians will be persecuted and martyred. Sorry. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 15. 6th Seal (Rev 6) 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?” NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 6th Angel (Rev 14) Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 11/30/2013
  • 16. Interpretation  A great earthquake.  The sun is darkened.  There is a blood moon.  The stars fall from heaven.  Mountains and islands are moved.  People hide in caves in the mountains.  More people die on the earth. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 17. 7th Seal (Rev 8) 1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. 7th Angel (Rev 14) 18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 18. Interpretation  Noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.  Death and destruction.  The seventh seal leads to the seven trumpets.  The seven angels lead to the seven last bowls of plagues.  The sickle reaps the vine and the winepress produces blood. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 19. Review: The Seals and Angels 7 Seals (Rev 6: 1-17) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Rider on white horse. Red war horse. Black horse of economic and nutritional control. Pale green death horse. Martyrs Natural disasters. Natural disasters. 7 Angels (Rev 14:6-20) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Global gospel angel. Fall of Babylon. The mark of the beast enforced on the world. Angel of death. Angel of death. Angel of death. Angel of death. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 20. Review: The Trumpets and Bowls Trumpets (Rev 8:1-11:19) Bowls (Rev 16:2-21) 1. Hail and fire from sky. 1. 2. Sea turns to blood and kills a third of sea creatures. 2. 3. The rivers and springs of water poison people. 3. 4. Sun, moon & stars are darkened. 4. 5. Unbelievers tortured by demons. 6. Kings of East cross Euphrates to a fierce battle. 7. Lightning, roaring, crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 5. 6. 7. Ugly and painful sores Sea turns to blood and kills all sea creatures. The rivers and springs of water turn to blood. Sun scorches with terrible heat. Unbelievers suffer in darkness. Kings of East cross Euphrates to battle of Armageddon. Lightning, roaring, crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 21. Conclusion In the next presentations we will examine in more detail each of these end time events according to the outlines that we have seen in these two pairs of cycles. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013

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