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Lesson 6

 

THESEVENSEALS

 

I. COMPLIMENTARY TEXTS

††††††† 1. Isaiah 53:7, 10 - The will of the Lord will prosper in the hand of the Lamb.

††††††† 2. Jeremiah 50:41-43 - Horses are a picture of judgment being brought.

††††††† 3. Luke 18:1-8 - God's people are supposed to plea for justice and protection.

††††††† 4. Hosea 10:8 - The wicked cry for protection from judgment, but seldom realize they need torepent.

††††††† 5. Isaiah 13:1, 9-11, 13 - Judgment upon the wicked is pictured with natural disasters.

 

II.MAIN THEME - Revelation 6 - The Lamb of God is in control, He opens the seals.He allows the 4 to call forth

††† judgment.His faithful wonder "how long?" and are told to wait and receive white robes.

††††††† 1.Textual Discussion of Revelation 6 and related passages from Revelation.

††††††††††††††† 1.) The Lamb is in control.He opened the seals - :1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12.

††††††††††††††††††††††† a. He is worthy to open the seals because he was slain - 5:9.

††††††††††††††††††††††† b. He's worthy because he purchased men and made them a kingdom - 5:4-10; 1:6.

††††††††††††††† 2.) As the Lamb opened the first 4 seals, the 4 living creatures of heaven call forth various kinds of limited

††††††††††††††††††† judgment - 1, 3, 5, 7.

††††††††††††††††††††††† a. The first seal, conquest from outside - :2.

††††††††††††††††††††††† b. The second seal, internal strife - :4.

††††††††††††††††††††††† c. The third seal, inflation and famine - :5-6.

††††††††††††††††††††††† d. The fourth seal, death in many forms - :8.

††††††††††††††† 3.) The fifth seal reveals the faithful martyrs looking for justice from the Lord - :9-10.

††††††††††††††† 4.) The heavenly response is both comforting and painful - :11.

††††††††††††††††††††††† a. They were given white robes - :12; 7:14; 19:7-8; 3:4-5.

††††††††††††††††††††††† b. More brethren were to be killed, as the martyrs had been - :11; 2:9-10.

††††††††††††††† 5.) When the Lamb broke the sixth seal, the judgment the martyrs wondered about began, announced as the wrath of the

††††††††††††††††††† Lamb - :12-16.

††††††††††††††††††††††† a. Judgment is pictured as natural disasters - :12-13;

††††††††††††††††††††††† b. It's so horrible the wicked ask to be destroyed or hidden by the Judges - :15-16.

††††††††††††††† 6.) The question which is answered in chapter 7 is asked, "Who is able to stand in the face of the wrath of Him who sits

††††††††††††††††††† on the throne and the Lamb?" - :16-17.

††††††† 2. Related topics and texts from other books of the Bible

††††††††††††††† 1.) The Lamb is totally committed to doing the Fatherís will - John 4:34; 15:10; Luke2:49

††††††††††††††††††††††† a. Even to the point of death - Isaiah 53:7, 10; Matt 26:39, 42; Phil 2:8; Rev 13:8

††††††††††††††††††††††† b. He is worthy to give justice to the wicked - 2 Thes 1:5-10; Rev 5:12; Heb 10:29-31

††††††††††††††† 2.) It is right for Godís people to pray for protection and judgment upon the wicked - Rev 6:9-10; 2 Thes 3:1-3;

††††††††††††††††††† 2 Peter 2:1-9; Luke 18:1-8

††††††††††††††† 3.) God uses pictures of natural disaster to show His judgment so that we can have a mental picture of what is

††††††††††††††††††† happening - Isaiah 13:1, 9-11, 13; Rev 6:12-17; Matt 24:27-30; Luke 21:25-28

††††††††††††††† 4.) Trying to hide from Godís wrath is useless, the wicked must repent while there is time-Hosea 10:8; Rev 2:16; 6:16;

††††††††††††††††††† Luke 13:3-5

 

III.PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

††††††† 1. Times will be hard, and sometimes it appears that the wicked are "winning".It's okay to cry "How long?Ē to

††††††††††† God - Rev 6:10; Mark 15:34; Luke 18:1-8.

††††††† 2. The Lamb is in control, despite the tragic situation; He will reward your faith - 6:11; 2:10.

††††††† 3. The unrighteous will be judged - Rev 6:12-16; 11:18; 19:1-2; 20:11-14; Jeremiah 50:41-46

††††††† 4. Remember, the events described here are presented in symbols, Rev 1:1, so the numbers and pictures are not to be seen

††††††††††† as literal, such as the white robes which are the righteous deeds of the saints.

††††††† 5. We "win" through faithful sacrifice - Rev 6:9-11; 5:4-9.

 

IV. MEMORY VERSE -Revelation 6:17

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