TO CHEW ON: "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!'" Revelation 6:1
If you get a letter in the mail, the untorn envelope and the stuck-tight flap tell you no one has opened the letter.
In Bible times, scroll letters were sealed with clay or wax. This clay or wax had the imprint of the sender’s seal - an impression of his ring or special stamp. This seal told the person who got the letter it was from the person who had stamped it, and it had not been opened. What was inside a letter stayed a mystery until the seal was broken and the letter was opened and read.
As John watched scenes of heaven, he saw the Lamb (Jesus) opening seven seals. Although these seals weren’t on actual letters, they were messages from God, telling John (and us) things that would happen in the future. Read about the first seals John saw. Then fill in the thing that each brought (pick the answer from the words below).
1. Seal 1 (Revelation 6:2)
A ____________ horse whose rider brings _________________.
2. Seal 2 (Revelation 6:3,4)
A ______________ horse whose rider brings ________________.
3. Seal 3 (Revelation 6:5,6)
A _____________ horse whose rider brings _________________.
4. Seal 4 (Revelation 6:7,8)
A ______________ horse whose rider brings _______________.
Death white pale scales = Famine Conquest black fiery red power to take away peace = War
War, sickness, not enough to eat (famine, pictured by the scales) and death have happened on earth for a long time. But as Jesus’ return gets closer, we will see more and more of them. We don’t need to be frightened by them. If we see these signs in our time, they tell us Jesus’ return is coming very close.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, help me not to be frightened by these scary things that will happen, but to see them as signs that Your return is getting closer. Amen.
MORE: Sealed Letter
Send a sealed letter of your own.
- Write a note to a friend.
- Put it in an envelope and lick the flap shut.
- Roll a piece of plasticine or re-usable wall adhesive into a ball
- Squish the ball onto the middle of the flap with your thumb to make a seal.
- Engrave your initials into the seal with the end of a pen.
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