Friday, October 23, 2009

Seven Seals

So last night I am watching the history channel and a show comes on called Nostradamus Effect. So I settle in to watch something about the seven seals of Revelations. See my grandmother has beat me over the head with this since I was little.
Ok, not beat me over the head lol. She has talked to me about the "End Times" repeatedly. To the point where somewhere in my psyci it has become reality. Something that is going to happen. Not just something that could happen. In my head I just never believed that it would happen during my time. Or hoped it wouldn't

As I watched this show I could feel little tingles of worry going through my body. They were describing the seals as if they are occurring now.

I am about to add a few pieces of information in with my insights. And no I am not losing it lol. And no I will not be turning into a religious talk show blog either. It is just this show I watch kinda freaked me out so blogging about it is my way of purging those feelings.

Seal #1 Brings a white horse denoting conquest.
I watched as the Lamb 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

To me and I guess a lot of people this means the Antichrist. Although in my head it is just an incredibly evil person. An evil person who can pretty much bring death on my head.

Anywhooo.... they described this as someone who is incredibly charismatic but ends up being evil.

Seal #2 Brings a red horse denoting war
When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a huge sword.
— Revelation 6:3-4 NIV

A lot of people take this to mean World War 3. Or pretty much mass war all over the world. This show talked about the seal being all ready broken. That the wars we see everywhere right now are the result of that. Personally I would hate for that to be true. Hell I would hate for World War 3 to happen for that matter. But then again we have some crazy people out there right now. Just look at the leader of North Korea. He is flat out insane. Many people think that he will start WW3 with his idiotic weapons tests. And frankly.... I wouldn't be surprised if he did. That guy scares the hell out of me.

Seal #3 Brings a black horse denoting famine.
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"
— Revelation 6:5-6 NIV

Up until this point in the show I had pretty much been just watching. Now I had actually began to worry a bit. They showed crop failures around the world. Famine and disease. Starvation. How many of us has seen images of this every day on our tv?
They talked about the price of food increasing dramatically. They talked about the recession and people losing their houses. And I have to admit I actually got nervous as they talked about this.
We are living in a point in time where livelihoods suck. Where people are starving. Crops are failing. Places that had water in supply are becoming dust bowls.

Seal #4 Brings a pale horse denoting death.
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 the wild beasts of the earth.
— Revelation 6:7-8 NIV

This "horse" brings the death of 1/4 of the worlds population. That is just staggering to me. We are talking 1.5 billion people dead. Mind blowing and totally frightening. But you know we aren't there yet. What kind of disease could cause this? What type of climate shift would cause this much destruction. UGH.

I turned the show off at this point lol. I figured I wouldn't be able to sleep. But I will give you the last seals for the heck of it.

Seal #5 Vision of the martyrs
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were 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, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (Revelation 6:9-11)

Seal #6 Earthquake and the marking of the 144,000
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:12-17)

Seal #7 Trumpets of Angels and the end of the world
“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” (Revelation 8:1)

Somewhere in here is the rapture. Although I actually called my grandmother and asked when. She said it would happen before all of this happened. For those of you who don't know what that means that means everyone who believe in God disappears up to heaven. That is a lot of people gone in an instant. I can't even imagine the panic that would cause. And the fear of the people who were on the fence that were left behind. UGH just knowing that your belief wasn't strong enough and now you have no choice but to believe. And knowing that you are about to become hunted. Knowing that if you get the mark (or in my head chip implanted that allows you to purchase stuff or drive or anything that requires identification)you are doomed for death.
Horrible. HORRIBLE.

OK that's it no more of that show for me!

Sorry about the whole tangent thing today but it actually bothered me.


  1. When I first began to read I thought you were talking about seals as in animals (yes, it's been a looooong week!) I couldn't figure out why seals were bringing horses and opening them up! LOL. Granted I don't know my bible well - and I remember learning about the end of the world and all - but I don't remember any of that! ::sigh:: so much for my Catholic education! Yes, that show would have bothered me as well.

  2. LOL!!! I don't consider myself a really religious type person. I have my beliefs but this show bothered me to the point of this post.
    I blame it all on Grandma LMAO!!

  3. John had taken some awfully serious asswhippings and was exiled on Patmos when he wrote that stuff. There is possibly a little (or a lot) of delirium involved. It is kinda wacked compared to his gospel. Doesn't seem to have been written by the same guy. I am told the Greek syntax contains a lot of errors that are uncharacteristic of John. Of course, I don't read Greek, so I kinda get left hangin' at this point.
    I will mention that even in English, It's not difficult, after reading your bible, to pick up on a few significant places where maintream religion seems to have mislead those who are willing to have their theology spoon fed to them. The sheer magnitude of reading the Bible and trying to grasp the big picture is really sorta hopeless to me. I just TRY to keep my selfishness in check,think of him often, and affirm that I am doing my best. After all, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James, 1:27 NIV

  4. I've read Revelations twice and I'm completely lost. It makes no sense and was impossible for me to interpret it.

    My understanding, like your Grandma's (darn you Grandma), was that all that stuff will happen after the rapture.

    My mother is like your Grandma in that she's always telling me that we're already in the "end times." She believes all this will happen in her lifetime (she just turned 65), but here's my thing. The Bible says, "No man shall know the hour of the second coming" (or something really similar to that), so I figure, every time someone tells me when the world will end (2012 anybody?) or that it will happen within a certain period, or whatever, it's just that much farther away from actually happening! And that works just fine by me. I believe I know where I'll be and I have no desire to witness any of the other stuff first hand.