Judgment

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In Revelation 6 it's the Lamb who opens the seals, are these antichrists wrath or the wrath of the Lamb via antichrist?

The scripture you are asking about is as follows:

Rev 5:1 (NIV) Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." 6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

What is described here is a scroll that is sealed with seven seals. This scroll cannot be opened until all seven seals are broken. This passage in Rev 6 points out that the scroll being opened signifies the Day of the Lord's wrath.

Rev 6:12 (NIV) 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, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"

The 6th seal is opened and it is declared that the Day of the Lord's wrath has come and then the 7th seal begins the trumpet judgments where God's wrath begins to be poured upon the earth. Therefore, the 1st through 6th seals are not God's wrath because that doesn't begin until the 7th seal is opened which opens the scroll. The scroll is the scroll of the Day of the Lord's wrath.

The lamb is the only one worthy to open the seals because the seals symbolize the coming judgment at the opening of the scroll. Seals 1 through 6 are depicting the events happening on earth that will lead to the Day of the Lord's wrath. They correspond to the events described in Matthew 24. According to Matthew 24 these events will include persecution by Antichrist. Picture it this way, the Antichrist comes on the scene and half-way through the 70th week demands that the world worship him. The Jews and Christians refuse and persecution begins. As these things are happening Jesus begins opening the seals on the scroll of the Day of the Lord's wrath until God finally says, "That's enough!" Then He rescues His people through the rapture and begins pouring out His wrath upon the world.

So, to answer your question, although the Lamb does open the seals He is not causing the events to happen on the earth. Nowhere does the Bible describe the events surrounding the 1st through 6th seals as being caused by God or as wrath of God. However, the trumpets and bowls are described continually as God's wrath.

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Last update: 2008-11-25 17:08
Author: Elbert Charpie
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