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:
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:
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…
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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