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Revelation's Seven Seals
(Revelation 5.1)
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"Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals." (Revelation 5.1)

Scroll of Wills

Seal for ScrollSeven seals joined up the parts of the Revelation scroll. In Daniel 12.4 the prophet was told to seal up the prophecy and seal the book, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." When the writing was finished, the scroll was tied with threads and these were sealed at the knots with wax, called in Greek, "sphragida." These each had different images pressed into the wax possibly indicating the identity of each of the witnesses. Like the Revelation's seven seals, ordinary documents such as wills were often similarly fastened with a number of seals. Important kings often had seven seals on their will like the revelation one. Revelation's seven seals contained secret information known only to God. The Lamb was found worthy to open the scroll and look at the contents. Under Roman law, the witnesses to a will sealed it with their own individual seals, and it could only be opened when all of them or their legal representatives were present.

God's Final Settlement

seal of CaliforniaThe scroll in Revelation was what we might describe as God's will, his final settlement of the affairs of the universe. The "seven seals" indicate the great secrecy, the completeness and importance of its contents and marked the conditions under which they may be opened. The seven seals were located throughout the scroll so that as each one was broken another phase of God's plan took place, then more of the scroll was read to reveal other steps towards the end of the age.

"Revelation's Seven Seals"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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