THE OPENING OF THE SEALS

Scripture Reading: Revelation 6:1-17

“Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, ‘Come.'” (Revelation 6:1)

We must remember that the scroll in this vision represents the eternal plan of God, which includes the redemption of His people and His sovereign purpose for all. The only one who is worthy to open the seals on the scroll is the Lion from the tribe of Judah, who is also the Lamb of God who laid down His life for His people.

The breaking of the seals gives us a panoramic view of history, from the first coming of Christ until His second coming. It is an age which included the Roman Empire of John’s day, but also includes our own generation. The opening of the seals is not a pretty picture. We must remember that we live in a fallen world. Jesus prepared us for this when He said — “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

The Bible speaks of “the last days” in many passages. This phrase refers to a long period of history from Christ’s first coming until His second coming. The opening of the seven seals unfolds the conditions permeating the world during “the last days.” Jesus spoke of these events that take place during the last days in Matthew 24 and 25. All of history is moving toward the climax when Jesus returns and restores all things.

As you read through the opening of the seals, you will discover how evil this world can be. Yet remember that Jesus is King. He is opening the seals and even though we will face times of tribulation, we can have peace. In the end, Jesus conquers evil and establishes new heavens and a new earth in which only righteousness dwells.

We should be prepared for times of trouble, but we must not be overwhelmed when they come. Jesus will give us the strength to endure and we will be more than conquerors through Him who loves us.

Lord Jesus, I rest in the fact that You are the sovereign King of this entire universe. You are in control of human history. How comforting it is for me to know that You have a great plan and that You will see it to completion. Prepare me for the difficult times that may come while living on this earth. Let me keep my focus on You and on the glorious future that You have in mind for me.

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