The Biblical number 7
7 SEALS ARE OPENED !
A white horse appears, whose crowned rider has a bow with which to conquer. (6:1–2)
A red horse appears, whose rider is granted a “great sword” to take peace from the earth. (6:3–4)
A black horse appears, whose rider has “a pair of balances in his hand,” where a voice then says, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” (6:5–6)
“Under the altar,” appeared the souls of martyrs for the “word of God,” who cry out for vengeance. They are given white robes and told to rest until the martyrdom of their brothers is completed. (6:9-11)
Sixth Seal: (6:12–17)
There occurs a great earthquake where “the sun becomes black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon like blood” (6:12).
- The stars of heaven fall to the earth and the sky recedes like a scroll being rolled up (6:13–14).
- Every mountain and island is moved out of place (6:14).
- The people of earth retreat to caves in the mountains (6:15).
- The survivors call upon the mountains and the rocks to fall on them, so as to hide them from the “wrath of the Lamb” (6:16).
Interlude: The 144,000 Hebrews are sealed.
- 144,000 from the Twelve Tribes of Israel are sealed as servants of God on their foreheads (7:1–8)
- A great multitude stand before the Throne of God, who come out of the Great Tribulation, clothed with robes made “white in the blood of the Lamb” and having palm branches in their hands. (7:9–17)
Introduces the seven trumpets (8:1–5)
- “Silence in heaven for about half an hour” (8:1).
- Seven angels are each given trumpets (8:2).
- An eighth angel takes a “golden censer,” filled with fire from the heavenly altar, and throws it to the earth (8:3–5). What follows are “peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake” (8:5).
- After the eighth angel has devastated the earth, the seven angels introduced in verse 2 prepare to sound their trumpets (8:6).
THE SEVEN TRUMPETS
Seven trumpets are sounded (Seen in Chapters 8, 9, and 12)
Hail and fire, mingled with blood, are thrown to the earth burning up a third of the trees and green grass. (8:6–7)
Something that resembles a great mountain, burning with fire, falls from the sky and lands in the ocean. It kills a third of the sea creatures and destroys a third of the ships at sea. (8:8–9)
A great star, named Wormwood, falls from heaven and poisons a third of the rivers and springs of water. (8:10–11)
*** Did you know that WormWood in Russian is Tjernobyl ? So “WormWood” is “radioactive”… Read all about it in REVELATION 8 !!!
A third of the sun, the moon, and the stars are darkened creating complete darkness for a third of the day and the night. (8:12–13)
Fifth Trumpet: The First Woe (9:1–12)
- A “star” falls from the sky (9:1).
- This “star” is given “the key to the bottomless pit” (9:1).
- The “star” then opens the bottomless pit. When this happens, “smoke [rises] from [the Abyss] like smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky [are] darkened by the smoke from the Abyss” (9:2).
- From out of the smoke, locusts who are “given power like that of scorpions of the earth” (9:3), who are commanded not to harm anyone or anything except for people who were not given the “seal of God” on their foreheads (from chapter 7) (9:4).
- The “locusts” are described as having a human appearance (faces and hair) but with lion’s teeth, and wearing “breastplates of iron”; the sound of their wings resembles “the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle” (9:7–9).
Sixth Trumpet: The Second Woe (9:13–21)
- The four angels bound to the great river Euphrates are released to prepare two hundred million horsemen.
- These armies kill a third of mankind by plagues of fire, smoke, and brimstone.
Interlude: The little scroll. (10:1–11)
- An angel appears, with one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, having an opened little book in his hand.
- Upon the cry of the angel, seven thunders utter mysteries and secrets that are not to be written down by John.
- John is instructed to eat the little scroll that happens to be sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his stomach, and to prophesy.
- John is given a measuring rod to measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.
- Outside the temple, at the court of the holy city, it is trod by the nations for forty-two months (3 1/2 years).
- Two witnesses prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. (11:1–14)
Seventh Trumpet: The Third Woe that leads into the seven bowls (11:15–19)
- The temple of God opens in heaven, where the ark of His covenant can be seen. There are lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
- The Seven Spiritual Figures. (Events leading into the Third Woe)
- A Woman “clothed with a white robe, with the sun at her back, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” is in pregnancy with a male child. (12:1–2)
- A great Dragon (with seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads) drags a third of the stars of Heaven with his tail, and throws them to the Earth. (12:3–4). The Dragon waits for the birth of the child so he can devour it. However, sometime after the child is born, he is caught up to God’s throne while the Woman flees into the wilderness into her place prepared of God that they should feed her there for 1,260 days (3½ years). (12:5–6). War breaks out in heaven between Michael and the Dragon, identified as that old Serpent, the Devil, or Satan (12:9). After a great fight, the Dragon and his angels are cast out of Heaven for good, followed by praises of victory for God’s kingdom. (12:7–12). The Dragon engages to persecute the Woman, but she is given aid to evade him. Her evasiveness enrages the Dragon, prompting him to wage war against the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (12:13–17)
- A Beast (with seven heads, ten horns, and ten crowns on his horns and on his heads names of blasphemy) emerges from the Sea, having one mortally wounded head that is then healed. The people of the world wonder and follow the Beast. The Dragon grants him power and authority for forty-two months. (13:1–5)
- The Beast of the Sea blasphemes God’s name (along with God’s tabernacle and His kingdom and all who dwell in Heaven), wages war against the Saints, and overcomes them. (13:6–10)
- Then, a Beast emerges from the Earth having two horns, head like a lamb, body as a sheep, tail like a wolf, feet like a goat, and speaking voice like a dragon. He directs people to make an image of the Beast of the Sea who was wounded yet lives, breathing life into it, and forcing all people to bear “the mark of the Beast,” “666“. Events leading into the Third Woe:
- The Lamb stands on Mount Zion with the 144,000 “first fruits” who are redeemed from Earth and victorious over the Beast and his mark and image. (14:1–5)
- The proclamations of three angels. (14:6–13)
- One like the Son of Man reaps the earth. (14:14–16)
- A second angel reaps “the vine of the Earth” and throws it into “the great winepress of the wrath of God… and blood came out of the winepress… up to one thousand six hundred furlongs.” (14:17–20)
- The temple of the tabernacle, in Heaven, is opened(15:1–5), beginning the “Seven Bowls” revelation.
- Seven angels are given a golden bowl, from the Four Living Creatures, that contains the seven last plagues bearing the wrath of God. (15:6–8)
SEVEN BOWLS FROM SEVEN ANGELS
A “foul and malignant sore” afflicts the followers of the Beast. (16:1–2)
The Sea turns to blood and everything within it dies. (16:3)
All fresh water turns to blood. (16:4–7)
The Sun scorches the Earth with intense heat and even burns some people with fire. (16:8–9)
There is total darkness and great pain in the Beast’s kingdom. (16:10–11)
The Great River Euphrates is dried up and preparations are made for the kings of the East and the final battle at Armageddon between the forces of good and evil. (16:12–16)
A great earthquake and heavy hailstorm: “every island fled away and the mountains were not found.” (16:17–21)