Revelation 6: The Seven Seals
1 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!"
2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.
3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!"
4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.
5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand.
6 And I heard what seemed to be 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 wine!"
7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!"
8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
9 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 witness they had borne.
10 They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,
13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.
14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains,
16 calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,
17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
Revelation 7: The 144,000 of Israel Sealed
1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.
2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea,
3 saying, "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads."
4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
A Great Multitude from Every Nation
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
10 and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
12 saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?"
14 I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 "Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Things to think about…
1.What a fearful sight begins in Rev 6 as the first scroll is opened and the seals are broken. The white and red war horses, the black horse of judgement and the pale horse of death are unleashed with their riders. These judgements have been happening right throughout history, but John sees this future from himself and already a lot of these things had taken place prior to John writing. So when is this specific period going to start…let's keep reading J.
2.Look at Rev 6:10. Those who have witnessed for Christ and died for their faith are crying out for justice. They say "how long before you judge and avenge". Doesn't sound very nice in our ears, but it is a righteous cry. They are told to rest a while until all their number is complete. This number is being added to everyday. Let's pray Christ's martyrs get justice. Are you praying for the persecuted church so these scriptures may be fulfilled?
3.Question for you. Do you think Rev 6:12 -17 has happened yet? Clearly not. These verses refer to the period of history that proceeds the second coming of Christ. Indeed we can say with John, "who can stand?", vs 17. No-one. Remember Paul's exhortation "to take heed how you stand (only in Christ) lest you fall" 1Cor 10:12.
4.I believe the seven seals on the scrolls in Rev 6 are also represented in the seven trumpets in Rev 8 as well as the seven angels with seven plagues in Rev 15 and the seven bowls in Rev 16. I believe these are like the four gospels that speak about the same events but are looking at them from different perspectives. This will become clearer as we go through the book.
5.Look at these angels, Rev 7:1-3. They can control the weather and judgement. Remember the angel of judgement that came not only over Egypt's firstborn, but also over Israel when he killed 70 000 men. The four angels that are appointed for judgement at this time in history are given authority over the wind and power to harm the earth and the sea. Just four angels!
6.Who are these 144,000, Rev 7:4-8. They are Israeli men, vs 4 and are the same ones that keep themselves as virgins who are also referred to in Rev 14:1-5. These will follow Christ and forsake earthly temptation. They are reserved as those who are especially called at this time by our Lord at the end. They will be Christ's witnesses especially to Israel but also to the whole world regarding the promises and calling of Israel's God and the promises that are yet to be fulfilled in His people.
7.Shall we go through the tribulation, or be raptured out? There are 3 general views for the rapture that Paul speaks about in 1Thess 4:17. John says here that "These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation, have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb", vs 14. These are Christians that have sacrificed themselves and given up all to follow Christ. Look at the promises that await them, Rev 7:16, 17. I believe we will go through the rapture as the verses in this chapter are speaking within a global context not just focusing on the Jews, Israel or Jerusalem.
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The reading was from Matt 7:15-23. The sermon was called "Am I really forgiven."
1.When you read these verses have you ever thought that they may refer to you? Discuss.
2.Discuss your understanding about works and grace in Christ.
3.What is the evidence of someone who is saved in Christ.
1.Family who lost their house to fire in Laidley yesterday. Pray for those dealing with loss of fire in SE Qld and NSW.
2.Ministries as they begin term 4 – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.
3.Pray for drought breaking rain.
4.Pastor Andrew Otte as he preaches this Sunday morning from Revelation 7.
5.More Sunday school teachers
6.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
7.Sunday's messages. "Teach us to number our days"– Psalm 90 - Axiom 6pm.
8.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
9.Church finances to meet our expenses.
10.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
11.Ray of Hope Trivia night and Members meeting 3rd Nov.
1.Quite a few new people on Sunday – Praise the Lord.
2.Those who serve on our worship teams and ministry teams.
3.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
4.A number considering baptism.
1.Hawkins group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Movie night for the ladies at the Beattys house this Saturday night.
3.Playpatch – Returns this Friday morning.
4.Recharge – on break over school holidays.
5.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children – on break for holidays.
6.Andrew Otte preaching 13th Oct AM and 20th Oct PM.
7.Ray of Hope orphanage trivia night dinner to raise money for the orphanage Saturday 19th Oct 6pm.
8.Members Meeting 3rd November after morning service.
This month's catechism question...
Q. 5. How many petitions are there in The Lord's Prayer?
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3