The seven seals of God are prophetic mysteries ordinary mind will not comprehend, but their effects are being felt till present. The sixth seal is about to be opened, powerful angels of God has been stationed with readied trumpets, plagues and bowls of wrath of God Almighty. Earth itself is a witness to the signs of end-time our century happens to fall into. Christ Himself has been giving signs and warnings to the world that He is on His way; testimonies of these signs and warnings abounds aplenty across the world. The day will come sudden, like horrifying nightmare to the world and throw human beings into era of absolute satanic dominion.
The book of Revelation reveals the seven seals of God, which I will take my time to explain in this article. "Now I saw the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say, as with a voice of thunder, "Come!" And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and its rider had a bow; and a crown was given him, and he went out conquering and to conquer," (Rev. 6: 1-2 RSV). This first seal reveals the kingdom of Christ Jesus. He is the King of kings who sat on white horse with power and authority that will never end, His kingdom shall know no end; and in love, righteousness and purity He shall rule forever as the King of kings and Lord of lords with all His saints and redeemed ones.
"When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword." (v3-4). Alas, this is an angel of calamities that has been set loose on the world; the results are endless wars, hostilities, insecurity, horrors, carnage, and increase in wickedness e cetera the world is riddled with no lasting peace on earth!
"When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and its rider had a balance in his hand; and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm oil and wine!" (v. 5-6). The rider on this black horse had a balance in his hand, (balance is an instrument for weighing things), this is a terrible angle of judgement, lose on the world to execute judgement fairly. Every human being is liable to reap whatever he or she sows, the wickedness of the wicked shall be on the wicked,; and likewise the righteousness of the righteous shall be on the righteous. No one can escape judgement, even though he or she narrowly escape it; but then Divine Judgement of God still awaits, judgement Himself will mete out (not an angle of judgement lose on the world).
This angel above was given explicit instruction, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm oil and wine!" This is symbolism, it refers to the sinners or the unrighteous; and likewise to God's faithful children. For better understanding we can render it as: one measurement of wheat for one dollar, three measurements of barley for the same one dollar. Wheat and barley symbolised two categories of sinful people. The first (wheat) are people who sinned or fell into sin against their will, by heart they want to be better persons, to be righteous in their ways and serve God or do His will faithfully; however forces beyond their control is not letting them (either through coercion, violent persuasion, or have become slaves to masters in sin and evil practises that they must keep obeying against their will). The second (barley) refers to people who are into sins because they chose to even though they knew God hates sin and will judge them; practice all manner of wickedness and evil without fear of God and regard to Him (they chose their lifestyle of sin, idolatry, evil practises, wickedness, corrupt practises e cetera because it is what they want and love above God). So the judgement of God on this kind of people will be extreme and totally severe, with no possible chance of eternal pardon except if they confess and divulge their sins and evil practises and embrace the salvation of Jesus Christ and His righteousness before it become too late for them.
The oil and wine are the righteous ones of God in Christ Jesus, holy, pure and faithful to God in all their ways without participating in sins or indulging themselves in what God hates. They cannot be harmed, God know how to protect and defend those who are His no matter the extreme situation or challenging storm. It is written, "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fears him, and delivers them." (Psalm 34:7 RSV). To God be honour, praise and glory forever!
"When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by wild beasts of the earth" (v. 7-8 NIV).
A pale horse, its rider named Death, with Hades following closely; they had the power over fourth part of the earth to kill with: sword, famine, plague and by wild beasts. Alas, brethren, this symbolised the power of Kingdom of Hell to destroy lives of humans through wars and bloodsheds, by drought and starvation, by sicknesses and diseases, by natural/man-made disasters and by wild beasts on land and in the sea. Hades is like a brother to Death (they moved together), death is caused by arc-angels of death in the occult Kingdom of Hell; they are immensely huge and terribly dark there are millions of them here! Hades itself is a realm commonly called Underworld, abodes of demons and the physically dead. This kingdom is of two planes, the first is called Anda under guard of Gnomes (Subterranean spirits that dwells deep the earth; courts for judgement filled this plane. The last plane is terrible plane of fire and lakes of eternal fire! A demon of fire called Archangel Chita is in charge of this occult plane. The chief-lord of the whole kingdom is known in the occult realm as Lord Naga, (Lord of punishment and death) an archangel of high order.
Hades following Death is the activity of Kingdom of Hell claiming hundreds, thousands and millions of (wicked, sinful, ungodly) lives being lost through wars and bloodsheds, drought and starvation, sicknesses and diseases, natural/man-made disasters and through wild beasts roaming in the wild, and lurking beneath ocean and seas. Sadly, almost (or even more than) seventy percent of lives being lost through these four channels finds themselves in Hades, because of their sins, wickedness, evil practises, unrighteousness, corrupt practises e cetera, before their death! This is so sad; soldiers of Christ's cross most intensify their labours to save more souls from powers of Hell.
The fifth seal revealed the souls of the saints that were martyred (v. 9-11), but the sixth seal; "I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig-tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, and the rich, the mighty and every slave and free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?" (v. 12-17 NIV). These will precede the coming of Christ Jesus; at the sound of Rapture Trumpet powers of heaven will display wonders. Jesus said in the Gospel of Luke, "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On earth nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (ch. 21 v. 25-28 NIV) The faithful and just, the repented and forgiven sinners, and the redeemed ones of God through Christ Jesus will partake in the rapture, to be will the King of kings and Lord of lords- though this will not be the end of it all.
"When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets ... Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them." (ch. 8 v 1, 6, NIV)
According to the Revelation, there will be silence in heaven after the effects of the opened sixth seal. This is no human timing but heavenly, so within this period of silence in heaven the beast of perdition will come into absolute power and gathered every kingdom of the world into one great satanic empire; operating with cosmic mark 666.
BEAST OF PERDITION
"And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority... Men worshipped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?"...He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling-place and those who live in heaven. He was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worshipped the beast all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. Then I saw another beast, coming from the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast...And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth...He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also force everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast, or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666." (Rev. 13-1-18, NIV)
About this great beast from the sea, an angle of God explained, "The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not and will come up out of the abyss and go to his destruction...This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads...They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction (destruction here other translation had 'Perdition'). The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast." (ch. 17 v 8-12, NIV)
The words, horns, beasts and heads are all symbolism. The term beast refers to son of Satan the devil that will come to power in form of a man. He has been in existence since time immemorial (That is the demon that will come in form of the man have been existing, he will come up from the bottomless pit at the right time). Though yet to be revealed publicly by coming to absolute power, and bringing all the kingdoms of the world together into one great satanic empire (through bloodshed and conquest, demonic manoeuvrings and willingness of many governments in power to relinquish their powers over to the beast). Evil will completely domain the world in those days, untold sins and horrors will flourish freely.
The mark of the beast called 666, is Cosmic Seal of Kal (mark of occult initiation and powers), one who has it can control more than one hundred thousand demons and spirits, through Order of Astral and Terrestrial occult operations. In fact, millions of people living presently are already operating with this seal of occult initiation, ranging from governments, public officials, religion leaders, military forces and personnel, performing artists, academicians, initiated individuals, scientists, philosophers, theologians, astrologers, e cetera. However, in those days the mark will be general identity of every human beings on earth, except few resistant (mostly Christians left behind after the rapture). This mark stands for absolute initiation into occult kingdom of darkness, and in those days, one who has it cannot turn back or repent (even though he or she wants to) it is eternal seal of initiation with no chance for leaving.
God ultimate wrath will unleash on earth in those days, beginning after half an hour silence in heaven; through the sounding of seven trumpets and pouring of seven bowls of wrath of God. Christ will come again to destroy the satanic empire, redeem those who resisted the mark and refused to worship the beast. It is written, "I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white hose, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war...He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean" (ch. 19 v 11-14, NIV). About the beast, "Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshipped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh." (v. 19-21)
Satan the devil too, the ancient serpent, prince of demons, chief-lord of all occult kingdoms, Lord Chitanam of the highest occult kingdom, deceiver of the whole world, will also find himself bound to the bottomless pit for a thousand years. While Jesus Christ will repair the earth, wipe away death, sicknesses, diseases, plagues, tears from every eyes and every pain, trouble and struggle for that thousand of years of Satan imprisonment. At the end of the thousand years, Satan will get another chance to cause humans to fall into sin as before, but he would not get far. "And devil, who deceived them, was thrown into lake of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (ch. 20 v 10). This is the end of Satan the devil, the fallen star, Lucifer Son of Glory, deceiver of the world, enemy of all righteousness and grand-enemy of Christ.
About the sinners, the unredeemed, the wicked, the evil and all children of unrighteousness, "Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they are done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire" (v. 11-15) this is no fantasy or fairy tale, every life that has been lost from the beginning of the world will resurrect either into life with Christ Jesus, or to face God's judgement. Demons and evil spirits too will take their place in this lake of fire burning with sulphur.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away...I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with man, and he will live with them... they will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new! ... For these words are trustworthy and true." (ch. 21 v 1-5)
The days draw nigh when all these will begin to unfold, lay these to heart brethren. The door of salvation is still wide open, Christ is the True way, life and the Saviour (if there are others then they are false no matter what you believed or thought you knew). If the righteous are scarcely save then what will happen to the sinners, the ungodly, the corrupt, and the wicked and evil doers? Faith in Christ Jesus (if you have this) should produce in you: love, purity, righteousness, patient, endurance, truthfulness, honesty, obedience to God, love for the things of God and of Christ more than anything else, caring for your fellow human being, a forgiving heart, humbleness, labouring for salvation of others, a gentle heart, hating iniquities (evil practise, corruption, quarrelling, swoing discord, fighting, slandering others, keeping grudges and malice, lying and cheating), and steadfastness in Christ. All these with the help and power of the Holy Spirit will take you straight to God's eternal kingdom!
Truly no one is born righteous, confessing sins to God and repenting from them in sincerity of heart will draw you close to Him. God bless you brethren.
Samuel Akinola is a gifted writer, novelist/poet, graphic artist and called into an office of Prophet. He has written many articles, books, and novels. He lives in Nigeria, working passionately for Christ