The seals on the scroll, represent
the security of the details of future events. On the scroll is recorded the details of those
events. The scroll was written in
eternity past and was not to be revealed to anyone until the end times.
Our Church Age is the period of the end times (a
lengthy period of time – 1987 years thus far, and counting), while the
Tribulation is the period of the last days (a shorter time frame – seven years).
The mention of the four living beasts and what they
represent in contrast with human effort, is the point
in this chapter.
Recall that the faces on the four beasts were the
lion, ox, man, and eagle. Each representing several things, but primarily strength or majesty
for the lion, and then service and endurance for the ox, and then vision or far
sightedness for the eagle, and finally reason for the man.
And though each of these beasts are
not identified, the broken seal of which they speak serve to contrast the
contents of the seal, with each of the beasts.
The beasts, or more correctly named, the essence of
life, are from God. The contents
revealed from behind the seals, are from humanity. While man tries to imitate or surpass God (Satan
wanted to be ‘like the most high’), the revelation of the final days of history
will demonstrate that mans efforts will only lead to massive suffering and
The first of the seals is removed, and the first
living beast speaks and sounds like thunder.
Thunder is representative of several things. First it represents Gods presence. Second it
represents overwhelming power. Third it
is an indicator of a storm coming or already here. And fourth, it represents a force that is beyond
The first living beast speaks, and says, ‘Come.’ And this simply means, the
end has begun. Come and see it.
When you go to a play, and are standing out in the
lobby, you will usually hear a sound, perhaps music, or perhaps an announcement
that the play is about to begin or resume.
We have already seen the preparation in heaven in
chapters 4-5. Now, planet earth is
ready, and now, with the first broken seal, the final act of human rule begins.
End of study