When The First Seal Was Opened

As the future grows dark, it is natural to ask:

When will the First Seal of Revelation 6 be opened?

How would we know when that happens?

Has it already happened?

I’ve already discussed some of this here:

The Seven Seals of Revelation

That chapter will need to change a bit because I’ve been pondering that First Seal. And, I think that we need to discuss when that Seal was opened, and why.


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When The First Seal Was Opened

NOTE: No post last week. I was so worn out by the time Saturday arrived, that I just could not write. Today is a better day. – JL

More than one reader mentioned a discussion about the opening of the First Seal of Revelation 6. The thought was that it had already been opened and that the China virus was all about this Seal. I had deep criticism about some of the reasoning, but not the underlying question:

Has the First Seal been opened?

If so, when did that happen?

What proof do we have that this first Horseman of the Apocalypse is traversing the Earth?

Now, commenting on the Book of Revelation is dangerous business. Those who wish to speculate on such things had better keep these two verses in mind:

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

 – Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV)

So, please be careful kids. Do not add or subtract ANYTHING to what Revelation says. Leave the words as they are. And, make sure that people know that what you say is your interpretation and is subject to error.

So, what I say here is my personal understanding, and I invite anyone to disagree.

I am as prone to error as any one of you. And, the list of mistaken interpretations by yours truly is long. So, I don’t mind if you disagree. Just don’t expect me to be persuaded by your arguments if you don’t offer proof.

So, what proof do I have about the timing of the opening of the First Seal?

Here are two things to consider:

Historical evidence that The Book of Revelation was written after AD 70.

The words of Jesus in Luke 21.

Preterists love to claim that John wrote Revelation before the fall of Jerusalem. But, our best evidence indicates otherwise. Now, historical evidence is not Biblical truth, but it might point us to where that truth is. And, I think that we need the words of Jesus for that:

24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

 – Luke 21:24 (NKJV)

Jesus said that the Jews would go into exile and that Jerusalem would be trampled (abusively controlled) by the Gentiles until their time is over. And, we know the beginning point of these words:

AD 70

That is the beginning of this time period that Jesus was talking about. The Jews were scattered. Jerusalem was destroyed and trampled by the non-Jews for almost two thousand years.

What is the key to understanding this period of time?


On June 7th, 1967, the IDF’s 55th Paratroop Brigade captured the Old City, and Motta Gur gave a shout that was heard around the world:

הר הבית בידינו

(Har ha-bayeet be-ya-deynu)

The Temple Mount is in our hands!

From that moment in time, Jewish Israeli law reigned over all Jerusalem. No matter where you are in the Old City, if you break Israeli law, you go before an Israeli judge and – if convicted of a serious crime – you go to an Israeli prison. There are no exceptions to this. None.

So, one thing should be absolutely clear:

The Gentiles no longer trample Jerusalem.

Yes, I know that the nations of the world keep trying to get Jerusalem back, and I know that the UN keeps passing one stupid resolution after another, claiming this or that about Jerusalem. But, that doesn’t change the single most basic fact:

Who rules over the Temple Mount of Jerusalem?

Israeli police officers walk in front of the Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount.
March 17, 2010. (photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Those are Israeli policemen.

If you break Israeli law, they will arrest you. You just cannot get more clear than that.

So, what does that have to do with the First Seal?

Well, let’s go back to the words of Jesus. This time, we’ll look at words that came AFTER Luke 21:24.

25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

 – Luke 21:25-28 (NKJV)

That sounds a lot like the Book of Revelation. And, when I see these phrases:

  • signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars
  • distress of nations
  • the sea and the waves roaring
  • the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,

That sounds exactly like Revelation 6. And, Revelation 6 is about the first six seals. So, we have a match. And, if this match is a good one, it means that Seal One was opened in 1967.

Now, ‘sounds exactly like’ is not the same as ‘thus saith the Lord’.

I’m not the angel Gabriel, and I’m not a prophet like Daniel. I’m just doing my best to connect dots. Feel free to disagree and throw a stone or two. I don’t mind.

But, is there some evidence that I can point to, that shows a rider of a white horse, conquering the world?

The answer is:


Take a look at all that I’ve written over the past ten years. Of the secular topics that I’ve discussed…

What is one of the biggest themes that runs through most of it?

The expansion of power by the American Deep State.

Some of it was obvious, like two invasions of Iraq, an invasion of Afghanistan, the fall of the Soviet Union, the expansion of NATO, the Petrodollar, and the SWIFT financial transaction system. All of that was pretty obvious. But, there have been less obvious conquests:

The CIA drug trade worth more than a trillion dollars, every year – for decades.

The takeover of the mainstream media.

The NSA functions embedded in computers around the world.

Hollywood and the dominance of American English.

I’m sure that you could add your own items to that list, but the time frame seems to begin in the 1960s. I know that this seems like an exercise in coincidence theory, but…

…is it?

I believe that Jerusalem is the key, but I also know that you might be able to mention other moments in time when the First Seal could have been opened. The question is whether we can find Biblical principles that back up what we are trying to say.

Just remember that it is imperative that we stick to what the Bible actually says.


I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3


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32 thoughts on “When The First Seal Was Opened”

  1. Personal note for those of you who get this far.

    My White Blood Cell count went up by more than ten percent, since my last blood test two months ago. It was already about four times higher than normal, back in March. Now, it’s five times.

    My oncologist is concerned, and I am too. But, it has been clear from the beginning that this is God tapping me on the shoulder to make sure that I focus on what I need to do.

    I would appreciate your prayers.

    Yours in Christ,

    John Little

  2. Praying that God will recreate every cell of your body back to the perfection to which He created Adam and Eve before the fall. There was no disease or death then. Live and prosper my dear dear friend! We love you and need you. May our Lord also see it that way and have mercy on us all.


  3. Praying for God’s will to be completed in your life John. Truly appreciate your insights in prophetic scripture and your diligent research into what God, and Satan, are doing in the world. God is sovereign and His plans will be brought to fruition in His time and in His way.
    This I know, “we don’t know what we don’t know until we know it” and if that is true “never be dogmatic in your statements regarding prophetic scripture”. Remember the Pharisees, they “knew” scripture intimately but could not recognize the Messiah when he stood right in front of them. We should take note of that lesson and be humble in all our discussions regarding prophetic scripture.

  4. That is plausible, that the opening of the first seal would be the activities of the American Deep State. But I don’t really see a match between Luke 21:25-28 and the first seal, or any of the 4 horsemen. When it gets to the 6th seal and the worldwide earthquake, yes. It has always seemed to me that in those verses (Luke) Jesus was describing the conditions around when He comes again, the obvious-to-all warlike judgement return. And it makes sense to me that He would say lift up your heads, etc re: that time because this is when He comes to the rescue for real and the evildoers hide themselves in the rocks for terror. But, I don’t think we have any timeline for how long it is likely to take for all 6 seals to be opened? Or do we?

    • Hi DRG,

      This is an interesting question. You and the others who reached out to me, got me thinking on this more than I have in the past.

      Is the opening of the First Seal (and the other Seals) according to some event on earth, or in heaven?

      Is there a spiritual principle at work?

      Or, do they just happen when they happen?

      And while I personally believe Jerusalem is the key, I may be entirely incorrect, and I’m perfectly willing to accept that. I’ve been wrong in the past.

      One other thought, and it’s about that bow in the hands of the rider of the white horse.

      A bow is an interesting weapon, on the battlefield. Archers on foot always need to sit behind other soldiers for protection. They rarely can act on their own initiative.

      The exception to this is the horse archer of the Mongols (or Huns and Turks). They were able to use weaker bows for hit and run attacks, harassing foot soldiers to death. (But, were less effective against archers on foot) But, I don’t think that we’re dealing central Asian nomads.

      Or, are we?

      The point is that the bow is not the normal symbol of the conqueror.

      So, what point is being made here, with this symbol?

      I have more questions than answers.

      Thanks for your comments on this subject, DRG. They have been a good addition to the discussion.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • A few more thoughts. I looked up taxon from other sources, (might have said this already) and found several saying that early usage meant both bow and arrow, as either is useless without the other; like when we say a gun is used or someone was shot, we don’t say a gun and a bullet were used or that someone was shot with a gun using a bullet. Department of Redundancy Department. And that the use of poisoned arrows was the rule rather than the exception, such that as the word evolved it dropped the reference to both bow AND arrow and came to mean only the poison. Which, when you think about it, was the central concept all along – the object was to deliver the poison to the targeted person, carried by the arrow, shot from the bow. The entire purpose was the poison, which survives in the modern meaning of that word.

        I continue to be completely amazed at this entire covid thing – Armstrong keeps saying never in his wildest dreams would he have expected what we have seen playing out over the past couple years. And, I think that control is the objective of conquest; and if it can be obtained without a battle, like using an EMP, why that’s the smart way to go. Somewhere – either on Armstrong or Barnhardt’s blog – I saw an article showing a document where the Chinese military was discussing the weaponization of coronavirus in 2015, and that WW3 would be fought with biological weapons. I think this actually could be considered an act of (modern) war, with the objective of conquest via control. They certainly have seized unprecedented powers with this. Reading now about Canadian pastors being arrested for having more than 10 people in their service, even if the church could hold a thousand or more and even though there are apparently no limits on how many can be in stores, etc. It’s not hard to see where this is going. It’s a bloodless coup, as Armstrong has said. A communist takeover, by the left, and the communist left is obsessive about controlling every single thing. I saw a documentary about the extent of this in China, and they have facial recognition in public restrooms and there is a dispenser of toilet paper at the front. You stand in front of it and it gives you your allotment – about a foot and a half – and that’s all you get. It will refuse if you go back for more within 9 minutes. This sounds too crazy to be true but it is. Let us hope this is doomed to failure. The communist takeovers elsewhere failed, but only after inflicting decades of misery and killing millions of their own people. So who knows how much worse it will get or what we will have to put up with before it fails?

        The white horse thing is just speculation; not trying to add to or subtract from Revelation, just speculating on what the imagery might mean. This covid thing is the strangest thing I ever heard of, historically speaking. I am dumbfounded at how easy it was to brainwash so many people so quickly, and to buy off people in key positions to make it work. I would never have thought a plan could work so well. And God knows the end from the beginning – surely He’s known this would happen all along, and who knows if somehow, somewhere it was alluded to in prophecy? It certainly has worldwide impact.

        And, as always, still praying for you.

        • The irony is that it was a backlash against socialism that brought Hitler to power. Because people don’t read history, they have no idea about what was happening in 1930s Germany. And, we’re repeating that. I’m now starting to wonder if the Red Horse of the Apocalypse is riding. We’ll see. By the time we get to the Black Horse, things should be pretty clear. Thanks, DRG – especially for your prayers. – JL

      • thank you Brother John for your faithfull service better to do what the Lord want and end the race receiving the medaillion from the Lord than to be healty and rich and full of selfinterest and counted foolish by the Lord to loose whatever you have
        i hope you will recover and be provided financially and that you will not suffer to much ! but the world to come will be very hard for the living i cannot imagine it


        you can use google translate
        explained in a simpel way

        the author has a Phd in virology ( not immunology every doctor can clam to be immunologist but not virologist) explaining the adenovirus (from a humanlike monkey )will enter our chromosomes in our body proving this can happen with the vaccine that we receive animal dna in our body temple of God !!
        there was reason why i was fretting over this

        could not find my explanation but found your update on your health just now

        love from nadine my prayers are with you !

  5. We are with you. You have taught me much. Death and Famine has been marching for sometime.

  6. Hi John, may the Lord keep you in good health brother.

    I do miss your thoughts when I don’t see anything from you, but remember your writing at the behest of our God and King, not for fame or reputation. He clearly has it in mind to keep you focused and well rested, glory be to our Lord.

    One question I would ask of you. You consider that because Jerusalem returned to Jewish control in 1967 that the time of the gentiles crushing it is over…. However you have previously postulated that Gog is going to invade Israel. Given your well thought out biblical research, do you believe Gog will take Jerusalem or not? If so then your 1967 argument falls to the wayside somewhat because if Gog is going to take Jerusalem… albeit temporarily, then that would suggest the times of the Gentiles is complete only after that fact?

    I can’t shake the idea that Gogs invasion will settle the Palestinian problem once and for all, resulting in his destruction and Israel gaining uncontested (and internationally recognised) control over Jerusalem and thus becoming the dominant power in the Middle East. While I agree that Israel has tacit control of Jerusalem, I would argue that as long as the rest of the world argues for a divided Jerusalem as solution to the Palestinian problem the city remains trampled by the Gentiles. Interestingly in April 2017 Russia issued a statement that while it recognises East Jerusalem as the future Palestinian capital it recognised West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was only in December 2017 did the US recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital. Australia followed Russia’s line in 2018. The majority of nations around the world do not recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital.

    The issue over when the seals began to be opened is so open to interpretation and speculation I don’t think it worthy of debate. We can only say for sure the 6th seal has yet to be opened.

    • Hi Peter Makin,

      You raise good points.

      First. My understanding is that Gog does not conquer Jerusalem. Zechariah 12 indicates that there is fighting in and around Jerusalem, but that Israel is successful in fighting off the invaders. And yes, I agree that the ‘Palestinian Question’ would be permanently resolved.

      (I would prefer the Palestinians to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and stop this nonsense. I have Palestinian friends who agree.)

      Second. The question of Jerusalem. Zechariah 12 also indicates that the world will wrestle with the ownership of Jerusalem, and cut and poison themselves badly. Furthermore, the contest over Jerusalem has been ongoing for thousands of years.


      We are coming up on 54 years of Israeli control of Jerusalem, and the lack of anything special seeming to happen… seems to weaken my argument. Thirty years ago, I was more confident in my convictions.

      Bottom Line: Our problem is that the prophets are clear about the devastation that happens during Gog and Magog. Globally. This event will crush our civilization and leave a billion dead. In fact, a billion is a conservative number. Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah and Micah all agree on this, and it’s horrifying to think about.

      However, as you indicate, it might be hard to see exactly when these Seals are opened.

      My ultimate position for the past 20+ years is that I am happy to discuss the finer points of interpretation, as long as we survive to do so. Eschatology is not of much use, when we’re dead.

      Thanks, Peter. Great points. And, thank you for your prayers.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  7. And we know that in all things God works for the good(A) of those who love him, who[a] have been called(B) according to his purpose.(C)For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

  8. We rebuke the cancer in Jesus’ Name! 🙏🙌

    “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”
    ~Jeremiah 17:14

  9. Thank you, DarL, DRG, John, Bondo, Dotty, Barbara, Ken, Bob, Mangledman, Peter, Jim, Chris and Jennifer.

    From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful to all of you for your prayers. I know that God hears them, and He will not ignore you. All of you are precious in the sight of the LORD, and it is His desire to give you the Kingdom.

    This has been one of the biggest shocks of my life. In my 50-something years, I’ve had my fair share of bad moments. But, this has been about as bad as it gets.

    The irony is that physically, I don’t really feel all that different. I have symptoms, but they lie within the range of my normal experience. (More aches. Extra bumps.)

    But, the psychological impact has been breathtaking. World upside down.

    Yet, in all of this, God is good. There is a good reason for this. And, I know from past experience that God has had to use ‘bad moments’ to get my attention.

    Again, I am grateful for all of your prayers. May God bless all of you.

    Yours in Christ,

    John Little

    • Actually, just a tree. The morons up on the ‘mount shot off a firework and hit a pine tree – which burst into flames. The Palestinians were shooting at the Jewish celebrations for Jerusalem Day happening below, at the Western Wall. But, yes. It would not surprise me that Armstrong was right, again. Thank you for that update, DRG. And, thank you again for your prayers. – JL

  10. I have thought on the 7 seals, and I believe the first few represent ages on the Earth. The first seal represents the age of conquest, and conquest was standard operating procedure in all parts of the globe for thousands of years. I believe that age ended during WWII, and the 2nd seal ran it’s course. In WWII men killed one another WHOLESALE and peace was taken from all of the Earth, but when it ended ultimately no conquest happened. 3rd seal, the scales represent trade, and economics currently rule the day currently. Hopefully, you understand what I’m trying to say.
    As for all of the current unpleasantness, I think the whore Babylon is getting ready to burn. We can hope.

    • I would agree with you more, except that after Seal Six, there is a call for ‘extra time’ to seal the 144,000. That doesn’t seem to fit this theory. Nor do any of the prophets indicate this. Having said that, it’s true that these seals will have at least years of time to unfold. An interesting comment, Steel. – JL

  11. “And Jerusalem will be trampled until the time of the gentiles is fulfilled.” You make a good case that the “time of the gentiles was fulfilled” in 1967.

    Is there a connection between the time of the gentiles being fulfilled and the opening of the scrolls of Revelation 6?

    The Apostle John’s revelation starts,

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must [a]shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

    I don’t see a connection of that timing implied. Do you?

    • I don’t see any direct connection, either. So, I cannot say that there is one. Furthermore, you could make a case for the first seal opening at almost any point during the past two thousand years. However, that third seal… the black horse …I can see how that is happening now – for reasons that have never existed before. Great point, Jeff. – JL

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