The First Seal – Part 1

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Revelation 6:1-2

The elderly Apostle John was given this revelation of Jesus Christ and the end times in 96 A.D. while a political prisoner of Rome exiled on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. Revelation 1:19 is the outline of the book. Revelation 1:19 (ESV) 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. The things you have seen was the vision of Jesus John saw and recorded in Revelation 1:9-20.

Those (things) that are refers to the letters written to the seven churches (1:11). Chapters 2 and 3 contain these letters. Those (things) that are pertains to the Church Age which began Pentecost 33 A.D. and will end with the Rapture of the Church (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Those (things) that are to take place after this refers to the events that will take place following the Rapture of the Church. These future events are revealed in chapters 4-22.

The vision of chapters 4-5 reveals that following the Rapture of the Church, somewhere in the heavens, thrones will be set up (Dan. 7:9-10). Jesus our kinsman-redeemer will take the seven-sealed scroll and break the seals. With the breaking of the seals the judgments of the Tribulation begin.

Paul confronts two problems. First, the union of believers one with another was being violated.

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