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The Seven Seals

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This lesson deals with the seven seals mentioned in the book of Revelation. The seven seals, as many Bible commentators agree, depicts seven periods in the Christian church from the first century tell the end of time.


1. What color was the first horse John saw? See Revelation 6:1-2.

"And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as ti were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a ________ horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer." (Rev. 6:1,2).

NOTE: This pure white horse is a fitting symbol of the first century church that went forth with power to preach the gospel! These men "turned the world upside down" for Jesus! See Acts 17:6. The early church shot the arrows of gospel truth far and wide! A return to this type of witnessing is what the church and the world needs today!

2. What did Jesus have against the Ephesus church color was the second horse John saw? See verses 3 & 4.

"And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was _______: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword." (Rev. 6:3, 4)

3. What did this horse have "power" to do, and also, what was given unto him?

"He had power to take ________ from the _______, that they should _________ one another, and there was given unto him a ______   __________." (Rev. 2:5)

NOTE: The red horse depicts the church in the second and third centuries. It suffered violent persecutions under the Roman Caesars and countless number of Christians felt the edge of the Roman "sword"! Peace was taken from the earth for the Christians in the sense that they were driven underground and hunted. The color red is indicative of the blood of the martyrs shed for the name of Jesus! May we be as faithful as these heroes of faith were during this time! They were ready and able to die rather than deny or disobey Jesus!

4. What doctrine did the Church at Ephesus hate?

But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the _______________, which I also hate." (Rev. 2:6)

NOTE: The Nicolaitians taught that what you did in the flesh did not affect your salvation; just as long as your intentions were good. Jesus said He "hates" this false doctrine. Sadly, most modern churches teach a similar doctrine. They tell their members that God's law has been done away with or nailed to the cross.

5. Who did Jesus say would eat of the tree of life?

"To him that ____________ will I give to eat of the tree of life" (Rev. 2:7).

NOTE: It isn't sufficient to just hear what the Spirit says, you must overcome by doing. James said, "being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed" (James 1:25).

6. How did Jesus describe Himself to the church at Smyrna?

"And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the _____ and the ______, which ____ dead, and is ________" (Rev. 2:8).

NOTE: Jesus declared His Deity by taking upon Himself the characteristics that belong only to God: first and last and unable to die (victorious over death).

7. What characteristic were mentioned about Smyrna?

"I know thy works, and ___________, and ________, (but thou art _______) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan." (Rev. 2:9).

NOTE: The church was divided to two classes, believers and false believers. While some were persecuted, he others were not. In fact, many of the persecutions of Christians were instigated by the Jews who had not accepted Jesus. They were those that Jesus said belonged to the "Synagogue of Satan."

8. How long would the Christians in Smyrna suffer persecution?

"...and ye shall have tribulation ____ days" (Rev. 2:10).

NOTE: In prophecy, a day equals a year. See Ezekiel 4:6. The church in Smyrna, which was from 100 to 323, represents the second period of God's church. From 303 to 313, ten years, under the Emperor Diocletian, God's church experienced the most bloodies of persecutions.

9. Where did the church of Pergamos dwell?

"And to the angel of the church in Pergamos. . .I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where ________ seat is." (Rev. 2:12, 13).

NOTE: This church period would be from 323 to the establishment of "Babylon the Great" in 538. This period represents the starting point of the false church system which gradually came into being and was firmly established in 538 with the defeat of the Ostrogoth, the last nation that opposed its false doctrine. (See Justinian Code and Siege of Rome. Historically, Protestants churches recognized this false system as Satan's Seat because it mixed paganism and heretical doctrine with the teaching of Christ. We will discover more about this false system of worship as we study upcoming chapters in Revelation. "Antipas" is best understood as The Teamy that were killed for their faith during this era.

10. What doctrine was introduced into the church during this church age?

"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of __________, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel" (Rev. 1:14).

NOTE: Balaam was a false prophet hire by King Balak to curse the children of Israel, but God prevented it. However, Balaam counseled with the Balak and seduced the children of Israel "to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab and they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods" (Numbers 25:1-3). It was the joining of Church and State that caused the children of Israel to sin. (Number 31:16, Micah 6:5). The Pergamos era represents the connection between church, the world and the state.

11. What was promised to those who overcome?

"To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a ________ stone, and in the stone a new name written" (Rev. 2:17).

NOTE: In the legal system of those days, a white stone declared that you were innocent and a black stone that your were guilty. By the shedding of His blood, Jesus has the authority to declare overcomers innocent. This gives them the right to "hidden manna" and a "new name." Purpose, in your heart, to get to find out what it is.

12. What was the church of Thyatira commended for?

"I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy _________ " (Rev. 2:19).

NOTE: This church era was from 538 to 1798. It represents the 1260 year period, which God allowed the  "Synagogue of Satan" to rule. Historical, this period was called the "Dark Ages." Strangely, it was during this period that most monasteries were established, acts of kindness common, and vows of poverty were seen.

13. What condemnation did Jesus levy against the church of Thyatira?

"Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman __________, which calleth herself a prophetess, to _______ and to __________ my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols." (Rev. 2:20)

NOTE: Jezebel was a wicked queen whose husband was King Ahab. She led Israel to combine sun worship with true worship to God. Revelation uses the name Jezebel to figuratively represent apostate religion or the mixing of pagan customs with Christianity. The fallen church, “Babylon the Great” had this type of worship. Jesus "gave her space to repent of her fornication." Sadly, "she repented not" (Rev. 2:21). The identity of this fallen church will become clear as we study further.

14. What did Jesus say He would do to those who followed the doctrine of taught by Jezebel?

"And I will ____ her __________ with ________ and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts" (Rev. 2:23).

Spiritual fornication with Jezebel is a serious thing and it has deadly consequences. Error and deception are tools of the devil and will cause all to be lost. Yet, many had long lasting relationship with Jezebel, because children were produced. But there is good news, none need to perish. We have the assurance that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8). Why not assure your place in heaven today. Confess your sins and Jesus will forgive and cleanse you.

15. What promise does Jesus give to overcomers?

"And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give _______ over the nations: and he shall rule them ... I will give him the ________ star" (Rev. 2:26-29).

NOTE: When Jesus walked the earth, He sent His disciples out with power over the enemy. They returned excited exclaiming that "the devils are subject unto us" (Luke 10:17). Yet there is a greater gift; Christ Himself, the bright and Morning star. "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star," (Rev. 22:16).

16. Are you excited to know that Jesus cared so much that He had a personal message for each church?



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