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Four Seals and Four Judgments (8 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
November 23, 2008
INTRODUCTION: In last week's lesson, we looked at the seven-sealed book containing the judgments of God. You will remember that John wept because no one was able to open the book. The reason is that this book contains God's plan to not only judge the world for wickedness, but to redeem the world back unto Himself. The world was lost through sin. When that happened, God not only cursed man, but He cursed the ground at as well. The Lord said to Adam in Genesis 3:17-18, "Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field."
So then, the earth is waiting for God's intervention. Salvation and redemption for man were accomplished on the cross. What remains is God's final act of judgment on the wicked, one last call for salvation, and the remaking of the earth. In Romans 8:22-23, we read, "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."
Well, thank God, there is hope. John had no reason to weep, for in Rev. 5:7, one of the elders declares: "The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to loose the seven seals." Jesus steps up and takes the book out of the right hand of God. He is worthy; He has the right; He has the power, and He will open the seals. The saints need not fear. Evil will be judged, the righteous will be vindicated before the sinners, and God, through His Son, w ...
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