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The Seven Seals

Don't be lulled by "peace and safety" preachers!

Thu, 31 Jul 2008

For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. -- 1st Thessalonians 5:3

WARNING: Bible-believing residents of northern California should flee, until after the coming earthquake. The quakes near Los Angeles and Sacremento on Tuesday were only the foreshocks.

The famous Seven Seals described in the Bible in the Book of Revelation have already been opened! This column explains, verse by verse, with historical proofs, that The Tribulation is now beginning. Much more detail was available in this writer's unfinished book that was hacked from my computer.

This column is a summary of the information contained in my upcoming book, Tribulation: 2008. That book, which had been under construction for five months, was hacked from my computer in late June shortly after I wrote about the connection between the California lightning storm, the fire thrown from Heaven (Rev. 8:5), and the State of California allowing same-sex "marriages".

After this writer's columns about the California wildfires, with predictions of a serious earthquake, many scoffers wrote and chided this writer for claiming to know what no man can know. Their charge was incorrect. Jesus said that "no man knows the hour nor the day" when He will return. But, believers in Jesus will know the "signs and seasons" of the approach of His return.

This column has two main purposes: 1) to demonstrate that connecting June's lightning storm and wildfires to Revelation 8:5 is not "out of sequence" in the Biblical timeline; and, 2) to provide a warning to Bible-believing residents of the "earthquake crescent" area of northern California.

The book went into far more detail about the integration of Bible prophecy with scientific facts and current events. This column limits itself to only enough information to show the reader that the Seven Seals have already been opened. It is only when that concept is grasped that the reader can then examine other current events in light of Bible prophecy and in much greater detail. (NOTE: Unless specified otherwise, all references to dates in this column refer to the modern Gregorian Christian calendar.)

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see." And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. -- Revelation 6:1-2

The 1st seal was opened in 1898. In that year, two things happened. The first was that chemist Felix Hoffmann of the Bayer Pharmaceutical Company had (late the previous year, but in the same year on the Hebrew calendar) independently synthesized his own version of "acetylated morphine". (Although opium and morphine are organic substances, heroin is a synthetic compound. It did not exist before being created in a laboratory.) This formula was given the name "heroin", from the German word heroisch, because the new drug made its users feel "heroic". Most modern readers already know that pure heroin is white, and that "horse" is one of its nicknames. The addictiveness of heroin has conquered many lives. And, the power of the "drug economy" has conquered several nations. Heroin addicts often have a tattoo of "King Heroin" somewhere on their body. Although it is true that a British researcher had also created "acetylated morphine" in his laboratory, 23 years prior to Hoffmann, chemist C. R. Alder Wright did not develop his formula into a production. By contrast, Bayer marketed heroin as an over-the-counter, "non-addictive" substitute for cocaine or morphine.

The other event that happened in 1898 was that Hungarian-Jewish activist Theodor Herzl founded the modern Zionist movement. As the reader will see, the timing of the first seal and the seventh seal are linked to the fate of Israel. (And, for those that attempt to claim that the residents of the State of Israel are somehow not the "true Israel", how do they explain the coming 2014-2015 cluster of solar and lunar eclipses that are tied to the Hebrew feast days?) Although it is true that not everyone that calls himself an Israelite really is, it is even more true that the so-called Christian Identity movement has absolutely no logical (nor historic, nor linguistic) claim to the title of "the true Israel". My book went into detail to refute their specious claims.

When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature, saying, "Come and see." Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another, and there was given to him a great sword. -- Rev. 6:3-4

The 2nd seal was opened in 1917. Again, the color of the horse is significant. An ancient enemy of Israel was Edom, who refused the Israelites water in the wilderness. The name Edom means "red". Red is now the color of Communism. That philosophy is bent on global domination. And, the death toll from Communism surpassed that of ancient Rome decades ago.

It is significant to note that the rider on the red horse "was given" a great sword. The rider did not already "have" a sword; and, the sword was "great". The former Soviet Union did not develop its own atomic bomb. Rather, it "was given" to them by the treason of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Thus, the country that first implemented a Communist (Red) government also "was given" the greatest sword of history. Thus, the rider on the red horse is Communism, which took over the Russian Empire in 1917. (Russia was targeted by the Communists, because it was the last Christian empire on Earth. The Communists targeted Christianity, which is the way of peace. Thus, they had the power "to take peace from the earth".)

When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come and see." So, I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And, I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius*, and three quarts of wheat for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and the wine. -- Rev. 6:5-6
*A denarius is a silver coin, about the size of the old American Liberty Dollar, that was worth one day's wages for a common worker in the ancient world. In the heyday of the American cowboy, one silver dollar was still worth one day's wage. "Inflation" is an evil manipulation of the real value of money.

The 3rd seal had been opened by 1933. Most people presume that the horse and rider symbolize famine; and, that is one possibility. But, the focus seems to be on the price of the grains, and not upon the scarcity of the grains. (Although, the price could be caused by scarcity. But, could there be another cause?)

The color black not only symbolizes famine and scarcity, it can also symbolize secrecy. In the 1920s and 1930s, there was a combination of famine and economic depression first in Germany, and then in the United States. Many financial scholars claim that the Great Depression was a manufactured event. Regardless of whether it was created by design, the fact remains that the Great Depression in the United States, and its counterpart in Germany, ushered in a time of far greater control by the central government. (It is noteworthy that President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chancellor Adolf Hitler came into power only ten days apart, in January of 1933, and both were touted as "saviors" of their respective countries. January is named after the ancient Roman idol of Janus, who was "two-faced".) Although the exact date of the opening of the third seal is unclear, it is clear that its effects were already in place in January of 1933.

While Hitler and Roosevelt were coming to power, Josef Stalin was solidifying his power in the Soviet Union by engineering the 1932-1933 Ukrainian potato famine.

When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with hunger, with death, and by the bests of the earth. -- Rev. 6:7-8

The 4th seal was opened in 1938. The rider is on a pale horse (some translations say "gray" or "ashen" *). An interesting point here is the idea that some people are killed "with death". The Greek word used here is Thanatos, which means the misery of separating soul from body. That normally happens in death. But, is there another time when soul can be separated from body? (The Greek word used for "kill" is the word apokteino, which refers mainly to physical death, while Thanatos refers to spiritual death.)

During the 1930s and 1940s, three major systems of captivity and deadly misery were created on large scales. The most famous was the concentration camp system of Nazi Germany. Their allies in the Japanese Empire did the same thing, but in a different way. Both used their captured enemies to do hard labor, which often benefited the war efforts; but, the Japanese tended to use many smaller camps, instead of a few large camps. Simultaneously, the Soviet Union instituted its systems of "strawberry fields" and gulags. (The Beatles sang a cryptic song that praised Communism by extolling "Strawberry Fields Forever".) Some of those captives were singled out for being Jewish, but others were taken captive for resisting tyranny. Thus, we see that, before and during World War Two, various totalitarian regimes took over approximately one-fourth of the Earth, and killed people "with death", as well as by the other means listed in the passage.

Those means included "the beasts of the earth". But, how can a government kill people by means of animals? My column, "The beasts of the earth", addresses this topic. The Greek word used, therion, can mean either a wild animal or "a brutish, bestial man". Genetic experiments upon humans under Hitler became well known shortly after the Allies liberated the Nazi death camps. But, only in recent years has it become known that Stalin, as early as 1925, was already trying to field genetically-engineered soldiers from "humanzee" stock. Those soldiers were meant to be impervious to pain, hunger, and moral thoughts. Trying to change the very design of humans is an escalation of the separation from God that characterizes the Latter Days.

Although various aspects of this system of world domination and human misery were already in the buildup, this writer has chosen a specific date to mark the opening of the fourth seal. As with the third seal, perhaps the precise opening point is not known, but its effects were made clear on a specific date. That date Wed, 09 November 1938 is known as Kristallnacht ("the night of broken glass" **). Prior to that date, Hitler's government had engaged in propaganda against the Jews. On that night, the actual hunting and incarceration of Jews officially began. It was a milestone of mankind's journey toward inhumanity.

* It is an interesting parallel to the "ashen" horse that the ashes from the furnaces of the Nazi death camps fell upon the surrounding villages, but residents claimed that they had no idea what was going on inside the camps. The smell of death is unmistakable. (see 2nd Thessalonians 2:11)

** Kristallnacht is also sometimes called "the night of the long knives", because of the bayonets used by the Nazi SS soldiers. But, "the night of broken glass" is the literal translation.

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Then a white robe was given to each of them, and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. -- Rev. 6:9-11

The 5th seal was opened in 1948. The event that takes time for completion is the killing of a specific number of Christian believers, who are killed "... because of the word of God and because of the testimony which they had maintained." The number required is not revealed. That number is apparently known only to God. But, at the time that the fifth seal is opened, it will only take "a little while" for that number to be completed.

After the end of World War Two, a revolution put the Communists in charge of the government of China. Shortly after that, the Chinese Communists began a series of purges that ushered in the largest number of Christians killed by a single regime in the history of mankind. Various advocacy groups have estimated that more Christians were killed in the 20th Century than in all the preceding centuries of the Christian era combined. Add to this the number of unborn babies who have not yet committed any act of sin killed by abortion, and the reader can see how a righteous God could be angered to the point of wrathful destruction of Earth and all of its inhabitants!

Christians have been mocked, rejected, persecuted, held captive, tortured, and killed from the beginning. But, there has not been anything on as grand a scale as that of Communist China since the end of the Roman Empire. And, because of the influence of Red China, other countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, have also engaged in the systematic torture and murder of Christians. The triggering event of this sudden increase in anti-Christian violence seems to be the Communist Revolution in China. Thus, the fifth seal was opened in 1948.

I looked when he opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb." -- Rev. 6:12-16

This is a very detailed description. Like all of these interpretations, it must meet every element of the Scripture passage in order to be valid. Keep in mind that John was given a vision of events almost two thousand years in his future. There were not necessarily existing words available to describe everything that he saw. This is especially true for the description of modern weapons and warfare.

The 6th seal was opened in 1952. Specifically, it was opened on the 1st of November, 1952. (Notably, the 1st of November is known in many cultures as "the day of the dead".) On that date, the United States government detonated the world's first hydrogen bomb. It was code-named Ivy Mike. The destructive power of a hydrogen bomb is hundreds of times that of an atomic bomb. The explosion of Ivy Mike destroyed the entire island on which the bomb had been placed.

Much space is taken in Tribulation: 2008 to prove that this event does, indeed, match every detail of the Bible prophecy. Space limitations force only a cursory examination here. Verse 12 goes into specific detail by saying that "the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood." Certain things happen in rapid succession in such an explosion. One is an intense ball of light and fire. As the blast and heat energies ventilate upward, the shock wave produces a vacuum behind itself. That vacuum literally sucks the dirt from the ground. Dust is thrown 15 to 20 miles into the sky in a matter of a few seconds! Among other things, that cloud of dust momentarily blocks the sun.

Dust from nuclear blast blocks the sun.
Light below cloud is from fireball, not sun.
(US Government photo: "Harry 1" blast at the Nevada Test Range, 19 May 1953)

Regardless of whether the blast is in day or night, the high-altitude dust cloud will linger in the upper atmosphere for days. During that time, moonlight is filtered through the dust just as it is after a volcanic eruption. In both cases, the moon takes on a reddish color. Thus, just as with a solar or lunar eclipse, the sun was darkened and the moon "became as blood".

Balls of fire spew from bottom of nuclear blast cloud as it rises.
To the Apostle John, it would look like stars shaken from the sky.
Note the clouds in the sky "rolled back like a scroll", also.
(US Government photo: "Ivy King" blast, 16 Nov 1952)

As the above photo shows, balls of fire spew in all directions from the bottom of the nuclear blast cloud as it rises toward the edge of outer space. John's analogy of figs and a great wind is also fitting. The balls of fire spewing from the bottom of the rising mushroom cloud, in addition to glowing like stars, are also shaped like figs. As the photo also shows, consistent with the continuing description in Verse 14, the sky was "split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up". That is a precise depiction of the "condensation cloud" that is produced inside the "rarefaction zone" behind the "shock front" of the blast effect. But, wait, there's more.

Verse 14 continues by saying that "every mountain and island were moved out of their places". Three days after the Ivy Mike blast, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded by a seismograph occurred on the Kamchatka Peninsula of the eastern coast of Siberia. (The blast site was near the center of the Pacific tectonic plate. The earthquake site was along the edge of that same plate. My book had a map that shows these locations.) The quake measured 9.0 on the Richter scale. Based on comparisons with seismic data from other bombs, Ivy Mike had the power to send a seismic wave literally around the world. Thus, "every mountain and island" was moved from its place, even if that movement was only a millimeter or two.

Again, the book Tribulation: 2008 goes into much greater detail. But, enough detail is given here that the reader should be able to infer that this world-changing event did, indeed, match every detail of the Biblical description of the opening of the sixth seal. After the power of the hydrogen bomb was shown to the world, building bomb shelters became an important activity around the world (thus, hiding in "caves"), and society became familiar with the "doomsday clock" concept. Thus, the sixth seal was opened in 1952.

In the Book of Revelation, there is a big pause in events after the opening of the sixth seal. All of Chapter 7 of Revelation concerns itself with the things that John saw after the sixth seal had been opened, but before the seventh seal is opened. Several pages of Tribulation: 2008 are devoted to describing the "winds of change" that blow for Israel during the period of this "big pause". And, several other significant events occur during this time. Key among them is the founding of the group Jews for Jesus, whose membership is now approaching 144,000 worldwide.

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 another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. -- Rev. 8:1-6

The 7th seal was opened in 1993. It ushers in a period of "silence in Heaven". That silence lasts for "about half an hour". Silence seems to be an unusual event in Heaven (where saints and angels continually praise God). So, we must define the duration of "half an hour" in Heaven. Our clue comes from 2nd Peter 3:8, "But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." If we take 1,000, and divide it by 48 (the number of half-hours in one day), we get 20.83 years. This number does not change between the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars, because the unit of measure is years, and not months. However, it is important to note that the text says "about" half an hour. (It is also important to realize why Saint John warned believers not to change even one word when transcribing the scroll of his Revelation.)

Without the details of Tribulation: 2008 for support, the reader is asked to make a leap of faith at this point. During the "big pause" described above, Israel experiences blessings, but denies the power of God. This is especially evident when Israel liberates Jerusalem from Muslim control, but then promptly gives control of the Temple Mount to the "Palestinians". (That word is a linguistic smokescreen. It is actually transliterated from the Arabic as Filistin, and they are the same people as the Philistines the ancient enemies of Israel.) God punishes Israel by giving them a "peace" accord that enables the "Palestinian uprisings" to take away even more land from Israel.

It is the signing of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords that marks the opening of the seventh seal. From the signing of that document until now has been almost 15 years or "about half an hour" in Heaven's time zone! Then, an angel throws fire from the altar of God down to the Earth. That event, as this writer has described in several recent columns, caused the lightning storm that triggered the California wildfires. And, those wildfires preceded the recent California earthquakes. (This writer maintains that Tuesday's earthquake in Sacramento the state capital, exactly seven weeks after the state approved same-sex "marriage" was just a foreshock of a coming quake that will topple the 40-foot idol at the infamous Bohemian Grove (located west of Sacramento and north of San Francisco). Thus, the seventh seal was opened in 1993.

As the reader can see, every one of the seven seals triggered a unique, world-changing event. The first seal was opened in the year that the modern Zionist movement was founded, and the seventh seal was opened in the year when that movement culminated in a "peace and safety" agreement with Israel's ancient enemy. (Just as peace was not achieved until after God toppled the Philistines' idol of Dagon in the Old Testament, peace will not be achieved until after God topples the idol of Lillith in the New Testament. That idol is at the Bohemian Grove.)

There is a Messianic Jewish pastor, Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, that has been studying astronomy from a Christian perspective for many years. In a phone conversation after the publication of "California's 'Quake Crescent'", Pastor Biltz explained to me that tomorrow, Friday, 01 August 2008, contains a planetary alignment that could exert enough gravitational pull upon the Earth to trigger an earthquake. Given that conditions for a severe earthquake have been brewing for exactly seven weeks before that date -- ever since the lightning-induced wildfires began heating up the rock formations -- the prediction of an earthquake should not come as a surprise to anyone. Yet, because this writer is using the Bible as the primary support, there are scoffers. (Hint: all scoffers should be willing to temporarily move into the earthquake crescent, starting today.) Pastor Biltz also explained to me that we are in the midst of the period on the Hebrew calendar known as the Dire Straits. That period begins with the anniversary of Aaron's building of the golden calf, and ends with the anniversary (the 9th of Av) when both of the Hebrew Temples were destroyed. The 9th of Av is also the anniversary of several other negative events in Israel's history.

In short, the signs are so plain that even non-believers should "get it".

In our modern time, there are many pampered preachers that proclaim "peace and safety" as these disasters loom ever closer. If you have friends or relatives in the "earthquake crescent" area, you should warn them that the signs are in place for a severe earthquake. Those signs and seasons are clearly listed for those that will study and rightly divide the Word of Truth (see 2nd Timothy 2:15).

Tom Kovach (rhymes with "watch") lives near Nashville, is a former USAF Blue Beret, and has written for several online publications. In 2006, he published his first book. Tom is an inventor, a horse wrangler, a certified paralegal, and former network talk-show host. He has also run for Congress. To learn more, click: www.TomKovach.US.

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