CHAPTER 5

1) And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

2) And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

3) And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

4) And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

5) And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

6) And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

7) And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

8) And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the lamb, having everyone of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.

9) And they sung a new song, saying, thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on earth.

11) And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.

13) And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the lamb for ever and ever.

14) And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshiped him that liveth for ever and ever.

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5:1 This is the deed and title to the earth.

5:6 Jesus is the perfect lamb of God who sacrificed himself for all mankind.

      7 eyes-All seeing  7 horns-All powerful  7=God's number of complete perfection.

5:8 Jesus has proven himself worthy of receiving the deed and title to the earth.      Prayers of the saints-All of the prayers of the redeemed that have ever been prayed  concerning the ultimate and final redemption of mankind.

5:11 10,000 x 10,000 and 1,000's of 1,000's-Expression meaning innumerable or beyond calculation.

5:12-14 The praise that all of his redeemed bestow upon him for his sacrifice on their behalf.

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  CHAPTER 6

1) And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, "Come and see"

2) And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer.

3) And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, "Come and see"

4) And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

5) And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, "Come and see". And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

6) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, "A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and wine"

7) And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, "Come and see.

8) And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

9) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were 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, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

11) And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

12) And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

13) And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

14) And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

15) And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens 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 that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

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6:1-16:21 This lengthy section, beginning with the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse, describes a series of judgments on the earth by a loving God whose patience with his creation has run out.  These judgments include 7 seals, 7 trumpets, and 7 vials.  7 being God's number of completion.

6:1-6:8 introduce the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse.  it is our belief that these horsemen have been "galloping" for centuries, providing the "Birth pains" described in Matthew 24:8 and reaching their climax in the last 7 years of the tribulation.

6:9-6:11 Represent the prayers of all those, throughout history, who have been martyred for their testimony of God.  Their prayers will result in a predetermined number of martyrs in our modern history (A.D.) that will culminate at the end of the tribulation.

6:12-6:14 A global earthquake combined with several cosmic disturbances will finally display, to the inhabitants of the earth, The wrath of God.

6:15-6:16 Realizing that these events are impossible from a geological and cosmic standpoint, people believe that this is an act of God, and it is too late for them

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CHAPTER 7

1) And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

2) And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

3) Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

4) And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

5) Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

6) Of the tribe of Asher were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Naphtali were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Manasseh were sealed twelve thousand,

7) Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

8) Of the tribe of Zebulun were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

9) After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10) And cried with a loud voice, saying, SALVATION TO OUR GOD WHICH SITTETH UPON THE THRONE, AND UNTO THE LAMB.

11) And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God.

12) Saying, Amen: Blessings, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

13) And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

14) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15) Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

16) They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

17) For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall whipe away all tears from their eyes.

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7:1-3 All war, judgments, and chaos will be withheld and restrained until the chosen number of the redeemed are sealed to evangelize to a fallen world.

7:4-8 the 12 tribes of Israel who, since the first century, have been scattered around the world, forming and joining several cultures and religions beyond their original Hebrew roots.  We are talking about more than simply what you know today as "Jews".  For example, some of Joseph's descendants spread north to form parts of what we know today as Europe.  Therefore, the sealed can, and will, come from many cultures, regions, and nations.  Their eyes will be opened to the truth, which includes their original divine message to preach to the world God's plan of salvation.

7:9-17 One of several places in Revelation that has been hinted as the point of the Rapture. It is the opinion of the administrator that this is the correct interpretation (post trib-pre wrath) 

7:9 A great multitude which no man can count.  If God says that no man can count this number of souls, that"s a pretty big number.  Imagine every soul that ever lived on earth who ever believed that Jesus was or is their savior.  (the dead in Christ shall rise first, and we who are still alive shall be caught up together with them)

7:14 Came out of tribulation because they will not be left behind to suffer the worst of God's wrath, for their faith has been placed in Christ.  (to meet the Lord in the air)

7:15-16 (and we shall forever be with the Lord)

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