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Notes on the Book of Revelation: Chapter 8, Part 3

144,000 Sealed and Trumpets Schnorr von Carolsfeld Bibel in Bildern 1860 // Larry Hunt Bible Commentary

144,000 Sealed and Trumpets 

Schnorr von Carolsfeld Bibel in Bildern 1860

 

v. 6: While some of the events symbolized by the visions of the seven seals may be arranged chronologically in the order that the seals are opened, I do not believe that all of the events symbolized by the seals can be thus arranged.  In other words, I do not believe that the events symbolized by the visions of one seal necessarily precede those symbolized by the visions of the next.[6] My reasons for this are in chapter seven.  For example, 7:3 describes the visions of the 6th seal.  In that verse, an angel tells four other angels that they are not to damage the earth until the 144,000 have been marked with the seal of God on their foreheads.  However, since these four angels are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (whose damaging effects are described in the first four seals) then this event (the marking of the 144,000) in the sixth seal must have happened before the events of the first four seals.  See also notes on 7:9-17, which describe how another vision in the sixth seal seems to symbolize events after those symbolized in the seventh seal.   Thus, although the seven trumpets (and seven bowls) appear with the opening of the seventh seal, I believe that the events of these trumpets and bowls are described in earlier seals.

[6] As it turns out, I do actually believe that the events of the first four seals are a unit and  follow one another, but those of the last three do not.

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