Have the Seven Seals of the Book of Revelation Been Opened? by Michael L. Brown for Ask Dr Brown
GNN Note – I’m grateful to see someone discussing this topic as there people, almost daily, asking me about “end times” or revelation. No one knows the hour or the day except the Father.
Will there be clues we can see and hear? What clues were we given leading up to martial law, Wuhan bat-flu stew and the current situation happening? Very few and they were all covered up in the noise of the day.
The same, unusual subject came up three times on the same day, this past Monday, May 11. Was God sending a message to me about the end of the world, taken straight from the pages of the Book of Revelation?
First, a caller to my radio show asked if we might be in the first phase of the breaking of the seven seals in the Book of Revelation and therefore in the beginning of “the tribulation.”
Then, a friend left a message on my cell phone asking what he should make of a respected Christian leader in another country telling him that the first of the seven seals was being opened?
Then, I spotted this headline featured on Drudge Report: “‘Four Horsemen are ACTIVE’ Bible scholars claim Book of Revelation seals broken…” As the article explained, “Bible scholars have sensationally claimed the end of the world could be upon us as they believe the Four Horsemen, who bring about death, war, famine and disease before the return of Jesus Christ in the holy book, have all been released.”
What are we to make of these questions and claims? And what of the statements of these “Bible scholars”?
Not surprisingly, the article that claimed the support of biblical scholars was published in the UK’s Express, known for its sometimes sensationalistic reporting.
As for the scholars, the article quoted none. Instead, it referenced a 2005 article by a non-scholar and then – I kid you not – the article cited a twitter user. So much for the notion that “Bible scholars have sensationally claimed the end of the world could be upon us.”
The only thing sensational was the headline, followed by the article itself.
“But,” someone might say, “what about Revelation? What does it say?”
How about we take look?
For argument’s sake, we’ll agree that that these prophecies are still for the future (rather than being symbolic of past events). And we’ll agree that these prophecies refer to literal events that will unfold on the earth.
Let’s examine each of the four horsemen.
Revelation 6 begins with these words: “I watched as the Lamb meaning Jesus] opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’ I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest” (Revelation 6:1–2, NIV).
Where, pray tell, is this world-conquering figure? And how has he emerged since the pandemic began?