First and foremost, remember
that we are still within the sixth seal.
The seventh seal has not yet been removed from the scroll.
The first six seals, when
removed, reveal the highlights of what has been written in eternity past in the
Divine Decrees, and sealed up until revealed to John.
In eternity past, God
looked down through time and considered all possible scenarios for
history. Without interfering with the
free will volition of any creature, God chose the best possible historical
stream which will produce the best possible outcome for everyone. God wrote this historical record down in what
theology calls the Divine Decrees.
Within the decrees, God
decided when you would be born into history, along with everyone else. God knew what you would think and do, along
with everyone else. God knew what technology would exist and when, what storm
would occur and when, along with every other aspect, event, occurrence, and so
forth, in history.
God placed you into
history right now, because this is the most perfect time in history for your
life. What you do with it of course is
up to you, but if God had placed you into history at some other time, then your
life would most probably have turned out much, much worse.
‘But,’ you say, ‘How can
my life get any worse?’
Well, consider the Tribulation,
which we just happen to be studying now.
That will be the absolute worst time in all of human history. Be grateful that you will not live during
People in the Tribulation
will be among the most stubborn in spiritual terms, in all of history. That should be obvious, because most folks
would change their minds about God much earlier when disaster strikes, than those
But in those days, people
will need a bit more nudging to help them change their minds about God, Christ
and doctrine. Quite a bit actually, as
we have already seen, and we have seen only the highlights thus far.
Jesus Christ controls history. And when there is even the slightest evidence
of positive volition toward faith and eternal life, then Christ will hold off the
worst, so that those who will believe, will actually have
the opportunity and will do so.
The winds in scripture
are typically used to designate judgment, Jer 49:36;
Dan 7:2; Hos 13:15.
These winds are being
held back by those under the command of God (Jesus Christ).
They are being held back,
‘krateo,’ which means to hold with great
restraint. The winds are eager to go,
and like a wild horses on a rope, are bucking and snorting against the restraint,
fighting it to the maximum. But held, they are.
They are not to go out on
the earth, the sea or any tree. From the
largest of continents, and oceans, to the smallest of living things, the tree,
the winds of Gods judgment, even of the worlds
great instability, are being restrained, for a time.
So, backtracking a little
bit within our highlights in the first six seals, judgment will be postponed
for a little while.
Once the Rapture occurs,
there is no earthly restraint against evil.
In principle, judgment should occur instantly after all believers leave
But, what do we
know? In the fifth seal there will be
many martyred believers. And before they
can be martyred believers, they must be living believers. And before they can be believers, they must
believe in Christ. And before they
believe in Christ, they have to come to some awareness of the gospel.
there will be the gospel in their memory, from prior hearing, someplace, at
But remember that, prior
to the Rapture, there will be a great apostasy, which
means not very much gospel teaching.
That means that studies like this one, and certainly many others, most
likely will fade from life as we near the end of our dispensation. They will fade because people will not
support them and because people will grow less and less interested in doctrine.
And with little
evangelism, then knowledge of the gospel will be slim to none. That means evangelists have to be raised up
so that those who will believe in Christ, will have the opportunity to hear the
Therefore, God will hold
back judgment (following the Rapture), for a time, while those who will become
the seed evangelists for the Tribulation, will themselves realize the truth,
will believe in Christ and will come to the realization of their role, for
which God has brought them into history at this future point in time.
These folks will not be
born and grow up during the Tribulation, for the Tribulation has only seven
years total, so they will already be adults, probably of varying ages. They missed the Rapture, but realize its
significance, and believe in Christ rather quickly.
But we are getting ahead
of ourselves a bit.
End of study