Where are we on the time table of the seals?

Hello H,

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The seals are mentioned in Revelation chapter 6. The sixth seal, which introduces a period of signs, leads us right up to our own day in world history. Let’s read verses 12 through 17:

“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?”

According to the prophecy, the first sign was to be a tremendous earthquake. This sign took place in November 1, 1755, when the historic Lisbon earthquake happened. It affected four million square miles of territory, and 60,000 people died in just six minutes’ time. And 25 years after that, the next sign described here also took place. And that was the sun becoming “black as sackcloth of hair,” and the moon becoming “as blood.” In May 19, 1780, this great phenomenon took place. There was no eclipse due.

When the moon did appear on that night of the Great Darkness, it did not shine but actually did have the appearance of blood. Joel predicted this,  “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come” (Joel 2:30, 31). And Isaiah, also spoke about it “For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine” (Isaiah 13:10).

The next sign was the falling of stars as though fig trees were being “shaken of a mighty wind.” This took place on November 13, 1833. It was one of the most shocking demonstrations in the heavens ever beheld by the eyes of man which caused terror and fear of impending judgment.

Immediately after verse 13, which describes the falling of the stars, we read: “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.”

Therefore, according to the great time table of heaven, the next event is the coming of Jesus in the clouds of heaven. So, to answer your question, we are actually living between verses 13 and 14 of Revelation 6. Very little remains to be fulfilled- the mark of the beast, close of probation, the seven last plagues, and then verse 14 will take place which is the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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