The Scroll With Seven Seals.

Revelation 5:1-4 1 “And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll.”

Revelation 5 has to be the greatest GRACE chapter in the entire Bible because it’s the story of the greatest rescue of all time:  OURS!  Even the chapter’s number, 5, is the number of Grace!

Seven Sealed Scroll.

This chapter begins with both John and the angels weeping because no one was found worthy to open the seven-sealed scroll.

What’s puzzling is why were they so upset? I mean, every time a seal was opened in heaven, according to the following chapter, something really bad happens on the earth?  I’m thinkin’, “Keep it sealed!”  Seriously! 😮

Chapter 6 records what happens when the first seal is broken. It ain’t pretty:

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.”

(Rider on the white horse.)

Conquering and to conquer?  Well, that sounds awful!  Hey, if really bad things happen when each seal is opened, why all crying?  There must be something we don’t understand. 🤔  What is this scroll?

Now, you could read one of the many commentaries available today.  There are certainly no lack of them.  Seems like everybody has an opinion.

I much prefer, however, to let scripture interpret itself. It is, after all, its own best commentary.  The only downside in only using a commentary is that you may end up rehashing old, familiar theologies and not allowing the Holy Spirit to teach you.

So, let’s find out what the Bible has to say about what a sealed scroll is and what it represents.

Is there anywhere else in scripture that mentions such a thing?  As a matter of fact there is!

The Sealed Scroll Of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah records, in chapter 32 of the book that bears his name, that king Zedekiah had thrown him in prison, which was basically located in the king’s basement. Old Zed happened to be the last king of Judah. His reign ended with the Jewish people being conquered taken captive to Babylon.
Zedekiah wasn’t a very nice guy which is kinda strange since his name in Hebrew means “God is righteous.”  Not much like his namesake.  Not too bright either.  He literally locked up the only man who spoke for God at that time.  🤦‍♀️ If there were ever a time when he needed to hear from God, it was then.
God had sent Jeremiah to the king to warn him that, if he wanted to live through the coming siege, he needed to heed the word of the LORD. He was less than thrilled, shall we say, with the prophet’s message, and asked him the question below:
Jeremiah 32:3-5.

“Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him (Jeremiah) up, saying, “Why do you prophesy and say, “Thus says the Lord:

“Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it; and Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape from the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face, and see him eye to eye; then he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall be until I visit him,” says the Lord; “though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed.?”

What follows below is Jeremiah’s answer, which is more than a little strange…..
(Jeremiah in prison.)

Jeremiah’s Answer.

6 “And Jeremiah said, ‘The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the RIGHT OF REDEMPTION IS YOURS to buy it.”’
8 Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the RIGHT OF INHERITANCE IS YOURS, and the REDEMPTION YOURS; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
9 So I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth, and weighed out to him the money—seventeen shekels of silver. 10 And I SIGNED THE DEED AND SEALED IT, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales. 11 So I took the purchase deed, both that which was SEALED according to the law and custom, and that which was OPEN; 12 and I gave the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses who signed the purchase deed, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the prison.”

What kind of an answer is that?  Why did Jeremiah start telling Zedekiah about buying his cousin’s field?  Seems kinda crazy!

But, as usual, our Master StoryTeller, the Holy Spirit, is up to something!  He always has great purpose in everything He does, and we’re about to find out what it is!

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Secrets In The Hebrew Language.

First of all, why did the Holy Spirit have Jeremiah phrase his remarks like this:  “Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle?”  Tell me:  Who is the son of your uncle?  Your cousin, of course.  So why doesn’t He just say so? Because He wanted their names mentioned!  

You see, God loves to hide truths in his word for us to find. The names documented in this passage have some very interesting meanings.  

Hanamel means “The grace (hana) of God (El). 

Shallum comes from the Hebrew word, “Shelem,” which means “Paid.”  Who is it that paid for the grace of God?  Jesus!

The name, “Anathoth,” means, “Answers to prayers!”

Looks to me like the meanings of names and places in this passage are telling us a completely different story than the we’re reading one on the surface.  If you’re seeing it too, you’re not wrong.

This is a great example of the 4th and deepest level of Bible study identified by the Jewish Rabbis.  It is known as the “Sod.” In this layer are found the the mystical and prophetic meanings in the text.  Yes, these are actual events that happened to real people. But the Holy Spirit is using them to tell us more about Jesus and, in this case, the end times as well!

If you’d like to know more about the four levels of Bible study, you may follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.international/2016/06/26/eutychus-the-story-behind-the-words/)

Kinsman Redeemer.

In this passage, Jeremiah is acting as “Goel,” or “Kinsman Redeemer,” for his cousin. Boaz performed this duty for Ruth and Jesus did it for all of us.

In order to qualify to be a goel for someone, a man had to meet the following conditions:

#1:  He must be a close relative:
#2:  He must be wealthy enough to redeem the lost or forfeited property; and
#3:  He must be willing to purchase what was lost and restore it to the relative freely, no strings attached.

This entire perfect, earthly paradise was created for us by God.  But it was forfeited to satan by Adam who bowed his knee to that outlaw spirit instead of to the Holy Spirit in the garden.  In so doing, he committed high treason.

God had given man the “Keys,” so to speak, to man to rule over and subdue the earth. He said, “Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work.”  It was basically a six day lease.

Well, according to 2 Peter, a day to God is as a thousand years.  By that reckoning, it’s clear that our 6,000 year lease is going to be up very soon.  We are in the early dawn hours of the seventh day.  Aldo, by God’s reckoning, to Him Jesus died only 2 days ago.

Very soon, God will once again take back control of this earth.  HALLELUJAH!

Forfeited Inheritance.

Sadly, because Adam legally forfeited his inheritance, the earth became a fallen world.  If God were fully in charge, He would never allow wars, sickness, poverty, famine, lack and all manner of misery.  Certainly not!  After all, He gave up His beloved Son to save us!
But, because of the terms of our lease, He cannot legally intervene in any of our affairs unless we ask Him to.  God can only help those who have a covenant with him. That’s why we pray.  It activates our covenant.
For those who are outside of Christ, ALL BETS ARE OFF, since they have no covenant with God.  They are on their own with absolutely no defense against a very real devil who hates God and hates us who are made in His image. Since he cannot strike at God directly, he strikes at us instead.  Oh yeah; you definitely want to be under His protection!
(For more on that topic, you may follow the link below.:

Since it was a man that forfeited our inheritance, it legally had to be a Man to buy it back.  That’s why God had to send Jesus.  Only He could redeem for us our forfeited inheritance.  We are poor, blind and naked and not in a position to redeem anything. NOPE. We needed a strong Goel.

Signed And Sealed.

Take a good look at the sealed scroll in the picture below. You can you see that part of the scroll is open and part is sealed, and that there is writing both within and without. Then Jeremiah goes on to describe his land transaction.
Let’s continue…..

Jeremiah 32:10

“And I SIGNED THE DEED AND SEALED IT, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales. 11 So I took the purchase deed, both that which was SEALED according to the law and custom, and that which was OPEN;”

Further on in verse 14 we read, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:
“Take these deeds, both this purchase deed which is SEALED and this deed which is OPEN, and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many days.” 15 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.”’

Here is what it all means:

The scroll is sealed. Witnesses names are on the outside; the terms and conditions are on the inside. AS LONG AS THE SCROLL REMAINS SEALED, THE INHERITANCE REMAINS FORFEITED.

Until some rich relative could come to the aide of the one whose inheritance was lost, buy back his land, and unseal the scroll, the inheritance remained legally forfeited.  All of the terms and conditions written inside the scroll remained in effect until it could be legally redeemed by someone qualified to act as Goel.

Now do you understand why John and the angels were weeping? It was our inheritance, Church. Ours was lost! We were the ones who were poor, blind, and naked. We were the ones could not redeem it! As long as our scroll remained sealed, we were subject to the terms (blessings and curses…..mostly curses 😩) written inside the scroll. 😭😭😭
But our AWESOME Abba, in the fullness of time, sent His beloved son, Jesus.  HE WAS THE ONLY ONE FOUND WORTHY TO OPEN THE SEALS!!!  He is The Lion of the tribe of Judah! Jesus is His Name!!!
What Is A Seal?
What are these seals?
Ephesians 4:30 says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were SEALED for the day of redemption.”
If you can be SEALED by the Holy Spirit Who is good, you can be SEALED by evils spirits, and there are SEVEN on this scroll.  Seven is the number of perfection or completion. Our eternal fate was perfectly and completely sealed. We were headed for certain destruction except Jesus stepped in and bought us back!
For more on the subject of numbers in the Bible, you may follow the link below:

Jesus’ death was far and above an OVERPAYMENT of the debt levied against us!  He bought back that scroll from the devil’s hand, unsealed the seven seals from every born again person, and freed us from ALL those curses listed in graphic, terrifying detail in Deuteronomy 28.  They were our FORMER inheritance.

HALLELUJAH!!!  Thanks to Jesus, these seven seals have NO MORE CLAIM ON US; no more right to affect us and our earth.  Believers are standing on NO CURSE GROUND!

But, as I said of unbelievers before, the devil can pick on them any time he pleases.  I would say they are at his mercy, but he doesn’t have any.

Names Of The Seals.

Below are listed the names of all the evils that have been UNsealed off the life of every believer.  Understand, however, that seals and the four horsemen will not actually be unleashed until after Jesus calls His Church home.  But their influence in advance of the Great Tribulation are definitely affecting the world.  When we are gone, it will become exponentially worse!

Revelation 6:
The 1st seal—>the counterfeit rider on a white horse:  the spirit of anti-Christ.

Notice it isn’t the spirit of “Anti-God,” but “AntiChrist.”  The Bible also does not say that, “At the name of God every knee will bow; it says, “AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW!!!

Why do you think so many people are blind enough to choose leaders that are clearly evil?  Why is there so much anti-Semitism and anti Christian rhetoric running amock in the world today?  Persecution and murder of Jews and Christians?  Mindless violence in diverse places and global terrorism? The threat of nuclear war?

Because those who are not UNsealed are being affected by THE INFLUENCE RIDER ON THE WHITE HORSE in advance of his coming:  It is the spirit of anti-Christ for which they have no defense.

We are not affected by his wiles, Church. We have eyes to see, ears to hear, and supernatural discernment because the Holy Spirit live in us.

Sadly, you cannot reason with these people. Their foolish hearts and minds are darkened. It is a seal on their lives. The only hope for them is One Who can break the seal and open their eyes.

Who is this One?  The Lion of the tribe of Judah: Jesus is His Name!

The 2nd seal—>The rider on the red horse.  He takes peace from the earth “so that PEOPLE SHOULD KILL ONE ANOTHER.”

Sound familiar?  It should with all the violence around the world these days.  We are living in the most dangerous time in all history.  It almost seems like the world has gone crazy!  The people perpetrating all the evil today are being affected by the RIDE ON THE RED HORSE in advance of his actual arrival.  You cannot reason with them.  It is a seal on their lives.

The only hope for them is the One Who can open the seals and open their eyes.  Who is this One?  The Lion of the tribe of Judah:  Jesus is the His Name!

3rd seal—>The rider on the black horse.  He who sat on it had a “pair of scales in his hand,” signifying lack: “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

This rider signifies want and lack.  There is a coming financial famine that they cannot escape.  It is a seal and cannot be overcome by human effort.  The only sure source of supply must be our Lord Jesus.  Your security cannot be in your job, your efforts, or the stock market. It must be in Him

His children will not go begging bread. The Lord Jesus Himself is our Shepherd. Psalm 23 says, “WE SHALL NOT LACK.”

There will be many in the last days who will suffer lack.  You cannot help them except to tell them about Jesus. Their only hope is The One Who can open the seal. Who is He?

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah:  Jesus is His Name!

4th seal—>The Rider on the pale horse.

7″ 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.”

 

The word in Greek for “beasts of the earth,” is not like a lion or tiger; it’s a diminutive term referring to something very tiny, invisible to the naked eye, microorganisms that cause all manner of diseases.  Ebola; SARS; Bird Flu; Legionnaires disease, and so on.

(For more on this topic, follow this link:
Church, we have Psalm 91 and others in which to find refuge. We have a strong tower and solid rock, Jesus, to defend us!
Those who remain sealed are fair game.  The devil can pick their number any time he pleases.  They cannot stop it.  It is a seal.

The only hope for them is The One Who can open the seal.  Who is He?
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah:  Jesus is His Name!
5th seal:  Martyrdom, This seal is self-explanatory.  We have nothing to fear from this seal.  That is not our heritage.  We are the Lord’s beloved, protected by 12 legions of angels.
(For more on that topic, you may refer to the link above on Psalm 91)
The 6th seal:  Cosmic disturbances.  As Jesus stilled the storm with one word, “Shalom,” so we, too, can still the storm, only we have to say four words:  Shalom in Jesus’ Name.
When hurricanes, tornadoes, or destructive weather threatens your earth, curse it in Jesus’ Name.  It is not your heritage.  Rain and breezes we don’t mind, but not destruction.  Command it to veer off.
The 7th seal:  Silence. God is not silent in our lives!  We have full, open, blessed and continuous fellowship with Him.  This silence is simply the calm before THE GREATEST STORM OF ALL TIME that ushers in the seven Angels with the seven trumpets.  The worst calamities ever to hit planet earth with be unleashed.
But we won’t be here, Church.  WE’LL BE SITTING DOWN AT THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB!
Sete free
UNSEALED!

Because of Jesus, EVERY SEAL IS BROKEN, UNsealed off the life of every believer!  All those bowls of judgment, which should be poured over us, were poured out on Jesus; one after another after another after another until all God’s holy wrath and judgment was spent and it was FINISHED!!!   As He took our place, we now take His place!

These horsemen and all those bowls of wrath will not, CANNOT, harm the sheep of His flock!  They have been UNsealed off your life!  So Church, don’t be afraid to read this wonderful book.  Read it with the understanding that JESUS FINISHED THE WORK.

Jesus sat down at the right hand of The Father, not because He is God, although He is….Or the Son of a God…..although He is.  NO!  Having purged all our sins,” He had a righteous foundation.  He sat down” because HE FINISHED THE WORK!

Revelation now becomes a book of hope, of promise because we have been redeemed from EVERY CURSE and EVERY JUDGMENT!!!

Come under the shelter of His wings if you haven’t yet.  Come!  Let Jesus unseal your life from the destruction that is even now beginning to take place in these last days.  You don’t need to let all those seals affect you life; your earth, or your family.  No!

Stand on the safe, solid, rainbow-encircled, NO JUDGMENT GROUND of the redeemed of The Lord!  Say “Yes!” to THE ONE WHO PAID FOR IT ALL and holds in His nail-pierced hand your paid-in-full receipt…..IF you’ll accept it.

Then, when you do, neither you nor any of your loved ones will ever have anything to fear from the SCROLL WITH SEVEN SEALS.

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