Seven seals on documents 

Example (Type) 

6And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 7Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.

8So Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemptionis thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.

  • 9And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, 
  • and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver. 
  • 10And I subscribed the evidence, 
  • and sealed it
  • and took witnesses
  • and weighed him the money in the balances. 

So I took the evidence of the purchase, both 

  • that which was sealed according to the law and custom, 
  • and that which was open:

And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison. 

13And I charged Baruch before them, saying, 14Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days. 15For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.

​Under Roman law, scrolls were required to be sealed seven times, and it is known that the scrolls of Roman Emperors, such as Augustus and Vespasian, were sealed seven times. The point of similarity, here, is that the content would be a secret or a mystery until it was opened following the death of the Emperor.

 Some of this also seems to apply to Revelation five: Only the Lion-Lamb was qualified to open the seven-sealed scroll, as only God the Son had shed His blood and died; this seems to be emphasized in the statement describing the Lion-Lamb as “though He had been slain.” Though Roman practice may have been of some influence in John’s writing, I think the Jewish background fits it better. However, it is possible that John used both concepts here.

According to Roman law, each legal document was sealed by the owner himself, and six witnesses had to affix their personal seal also.In order to be a legitimate witness, a person had to have a close relationship with the testator, and have first hand knowledge of their will and purpose in the disposition of his estate.

Scroll represents a piece of papyrus or parchment that is usually bound or sewn together and rolled on a wood spindle. In order to read it, it was unrolled. (Codices in the second century—books—replaced this.) If it were an official legal document, as this was, it was tied and sealed with wax. This denotes the power and eminence of His Word. Here, it is depicted as a “Roman will” containing God’s covenant of the deed of creation and our redemption, and His promise and plan (Ex. 32:15; Psalm 2:8; Ezra 2:9-10. Dan. 12:4; Heb. 1:2; Rev. 10:2, 8-10). 

Writing on both sides. This is called “opisthography.” Normally, only one side of the papyrus was written on, the side where the fibers of the papyrus paper line up horizontally. The “recto,” as it was called, was the smooth side designed for writing. The outside, the rough side was used for the title information and address and was called the “verso.” Here, the fibers were vertical and rough and were where the ties and seal were placed. 

Seal 7

The Seventh Seal

1And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour

2And I saw 

  • the seven angels which 
  • stood before God
  • and to them were given seven trumpets.

Thesis: The 7 angels of the 7 churches (7 stars in the right hand, 1:1) are “the 7 angels” that sound the 7 trumpets (8:1)and “pour out” the 7 bowls of God’s wrath (16:1)

20The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks

  • The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and 
  • the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches

3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

5And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth

  • and there were voices
  • and thunderings
  • and lightnings
  • and an earthquake.

Exodus 19:16

On the morning of the third day there was 

  • thunder and 
  • lightning
  • with a thick cloud over the mountain, and 
  • a very loud trumpet blast. 

Everyone in the camp trembled.

17And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.

18And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

Joshua 6

3And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days

  • 4And seven priests
  • shall bear before the ark 
  • seven trumpets of rams’ horns: 

and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

5And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; 

Seal 6

The Sixth Seal: Terror

12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was 

  • a great earthquake
  • and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, 
  • and the moon became as blood; 
  • 13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 
  • 14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; 
  • and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

    And… 

    • the kings of the earth, and 
    • the great men, and 
    • the rich men, and 
    • the chief captains, and 
    • the mighty men, and 
    • every bondman, and 
    • every free man, 

    hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;16And said to the mountains and rocks, : “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

    But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained. .

    14The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the same man shall cry there bitterly.

    15That day is 

    • a day of wrath
    • a day of trouble and distress
    • a day of wasteness and desolation
    • a day of darkness and gloominess
    • a day of clouds and thick darkness,
    • A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

    17And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

    18Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land

     

    Seal 5

    The Fifth Seal: Martyrs

    9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

    11And white robes were given unto every one of them; 

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    and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

    From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era.

    Seals 4

    The Fourth Seal: Death

    7And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 

    8And I looked, and behold a pale horse

    5515. chlóros : pale green, pale

    Original Word: χλωρός, ά, όν
    Part of Speech: Adjective
    Transliteration: chlóros
    Phonetic Spelling: (khlo-ros’)
    Short Definition: green, pale

    Definition: green, pale green.

    and his name that sat on him was Death(Thanatos), and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth,

    • to kill with sword, 
    • and with hunger, 
    • and with death, 
    • and with the beasts of the earth.

        2288 thánatos (derived from 2348/thnḗskō, “to die”) 

        • – physical or spiritual death
        • (figuratively) separation from the life (salvation) of God forever by dying without first experiencing death to self to receive His gift of salvation.

        Revelation 6:8 N-NMS
        GRK: καὶ ὁ ᾅδης ἠκολούθει μετ’
        NAS: Death; and Hades was following
        KJV: was Death, and Hell followed with
        INT: and Hades follows with

        Revelation 20:13 N-NMS

        GRK: καὶ ὁ ᾅδης ἔδωκαν τοὺς

        NAS: which were in it, and death and Hades gave

        KJV: death and hell delivered up the dead

        INT: and Hades gave up the

        Revelation 20:14 N-NMS

        GRK: καὶ ὁ ᾅδης ἐβλήθησαν εἰς

        NAS: death and Hades were thrown

        KJV: death and hell were cast into

        INT: and Hades were cast into

        1. a proper name, Hades, Pluto, the god of the lower regions; 

        2. an appellative, Orcus, the nether world, the realm of the dead

        Hades was the ancient Greek god of the underworld, which eventually took his name.The Etruscan god Aita and Roman gods Dis Pater and Orcus were eventually taken as equivalent to the Greek Hades and merged as Pluto, a Latinization of his euphemistic Greek name Plouton. 

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        In GreekmythologyThanatos “Death“, was the personification of death. He was a minor figure in Greek mythology, often referred to but rarely appearing in person. His name is transliterated in Latin asThanatus, but his equivalent in Roman mythology is Mors or Letum. Mors is sometimes erroneously identified with Orcus, whose Greek equivalent was Horkos, God of the Oath.

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        Scroll

        Scroll represents a piece of papyrus or parchment that is usually bound or sewn together and rolled on a wood spindle. In order to read it, it was unrolled. (Codices in the second century—books—replaced this.) If it were an official legal document, as this was, it was tied and sealed with wax. This denotes the power and eminence of His Word. Here, it is depicted as a “Roman will” containing God’s covenant of the deed of creation and our redemption, and His promise and plan (Ex. 32:15; Psalm 2:8; Ezra 2:9-10. Dan. 12:4; Heb. 1:2; Rev. 10:2, 8-10). 

        Writing on both sides. This is called “opisthography.” Normally, only one side of the papyrus was written on, the side where the fibers of the papyrus paper line up horizontally. The “recto,” as it was called, was the smooth side designed for writing. The outside, the rough side was used for the title information and address and was called the “verso.” Here, the fibers were vertical and rough and were where the ties and seal were placed. 

        Seal 3

        The Third Seal: Famine

        5And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see.  And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 

        6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, 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.



        and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

        Under Roman law, scrolls were required to be sealed seven times,  the content would be a secret or a mystery until it was opened following the death of the Emperor. Only the Lion-Lamb was qualified to open the seven-sealed scroll, as only God the Son had shed His blood and died; this seems to be emphasized in the statement describing the Lion-Lamb as “though He had been slain.” 

        Seals 2

        According to Roman law, each legal document was sealed by the owner himself, and six witnesses had to affix their personal seal also.In order to be a legitimate witness, a person had to have a close relationship with the testator, and have first hand knowledge of their will and purpose in the disposition of his estate.

        Heb. 9:15,17: And for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament that by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance, A testament is in force after men are dead otherwise it hath no strength at all while the testator liveth, for where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator, for a testament is of no effect while the testator liveth.

        Who were the six witnesses that had placed their seals upon the book?

        Isa. 11:1,2: And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots; and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

        These are all spiritual attributes that describe the character and ability of Jesus Christ. Notice there are seven spirits referred to in this scripture:

        The Spirit of the Lord

        with six characteristic attributes:

        The spirit of Wisdom
        The spirit of Counsel
        The spirit of Understanding
        The spirit of Knowledge
        The spirit of Might and Power

        The spirit of the Fear of the Lord

        The Second Seal: War

        3And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

         4And there went out another horse that was red

        and power was given to him that sat thereon 

        • to take peace from the earth, 
        • and that they should kill one another: 
        • and there was given unto him a great sword.



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          Matthew 24:6-7

          The wording implies an expected increase in conflicts due to the stresses of the time leading up to the end. In other words, amplified contention is a precursor of the end time. His comments specify wars between nations and kingdoms, but John’s description in Revelation 6:3-4 expands this out to “people . . . kill[ing] one another.” This suggests that this horseman not only deals in mass destruction in civil, border, and world wars, but also in smaller conflicts down to individual murders. Thus, the second seal also covers rising violent crime, gang activity, mob hits, assassinations, family feuds and personal disputes that turn violent.


          World War I and World War II were those: ” War(s) “ – being mentioned by Yahshua… and they were followed by: The Cold War and The War On Terror; the two politically propagandized: ” Rumor(s) Of Wars “ – that He also spoke of.  Moreover, He plainly stated that: ” These Are The Beginning Of Sorrows. 

            Why would someone actually start a war, just to generate: Worldwide Political Mayhem and Massive Loss Of Human Life? What true purposes could that type of insanity servè? 

             Since World War II, our entire planet would rather suffer anything politically; rather than to fight another World War! People will surrender: Their Freedoms, Their Human Rights,Their Standards Of Living, The Sovereignty Of Their Nations, and anything else that is asked of them.