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Revelation's Scroll (The Apocalypse)

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And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. (Revelation 5:1 KJV).

This article discusses the scroll with seven seals, from the book of Revelation. This topic explains how the number seven represents completion of earth's time line. This study emphasizes the good message behind an apparently bleak story.

The Scroll

Revelation chapter 5 describes the scroll with seven seals. The book of Revelation was written approximately 94 AD. The Gutenberg printing press was invented about 1440 AD. Therefore the book referred to in Revelation was a scroll.

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals (Revelation 5:1 KJV).

Ancient scrolls were sealed on the inside. For each section the Rabbi opens to read, a seal is broken. To read the first section of the scroll, break open the first seal. The second seal would be broken, after the scroll has been unrolled beyond the first section. Therefore removing each seal of the scroll, represents reading the next section of the book describing end time events.

Only Jesus Christ is found worthy to open the scroll described in Revelation. He is the greatest Rabbi.

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof Revelation (5:2-5 KJV).

Number Seven Indicates Completion

The number seven is associated with completeness in the Bible. For example God created the heaven and the earth in six days and on the seventh day He rested.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV).

The number seven appears fifty five times in the book of Revelation (New American Standard Version).

As seals one through six open, John describes horrific events on earth. Yet the seventh seal introduces seven angels with seven trumpets. When the seventh trumpet sounds, '...The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ... (Revelation 11:15 KJV)'.

Nothing could be better. This earth suffers from the curse of mankind's fall into sin in the garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 3). Now we experience pain, sorrow, and death. When the Lord returns, the results of the curse will be removed. Earth's timeline will be complete when the seventh trumpet from the seventh seal, sounds.

Happy Ending

The book of Revelation and other end time prophecies often seem frightening. Yet a wonderful story, behind the obvious story, unfolds. The Apocalypse switches back and forth between two scenes, like a movie. We see disasters on earth, then glory and worship in heaven. When The Lord takes the scroll, John describes a scene of incredible imagery and beautiful music.

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;... And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands... And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever (Revelation 5:8-13 KJV)

It's helpful to read the book of Revelation looking for the joy expressed in heaven, as end time events take place on earth. With earthly minds, we often overlook the enthusiastic response in heaven. Those who live for Christ will experience similar joy when this physical life ends.

The story seems terribly bleak with destruction of heaven and earth. Yet in the end, the mystery of God will be complete. The Lord will reign forever. Revelation chapter 21 describes the new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem. All tears, sorrow, and pain are gone.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:4 KJV).


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This article discussed the scroll with seven seals, from the book of Revelation. This topic explains how the number seven represents completion of earth's time line. This study emphasizes the good message behind an apparently bleak story.

3D Animated Scroll

See the Revelation's Scroll Interactive version. See the Scroll 3D Animation. Photographs of scrolls from historical Jewish synagogues, were used to create a 3D model of a scroll, in 3DS Max. The goal was to render animation which looks similar to the type of scroll used during the time the Apocalypse was penned.

The interactive and animated scrolls should run in any HTML5 compatible browser, including many Androids, iPads, iPhones, Windows PCs, Tablets, and Macintosh computers. The animation was implemented with the HTML5 canvas element and JavaScript.

End Time Prophecy

End times signs include wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes in diverse places, the love of many growing cold (unkind people) and global government. focuses on Bible study, often through games, combining topics from throughout the Bible, usually with the Revelations of St. John, also known as the Apocalypse, or book of Revelation. Some topics discuss how current events might relate to prophecy. However we can speculate and study, but only God knows exactly how and when prophecy will unfold.

Some topics are very clear. For example, Jesus will return! Other topics require more research. Biblical prophecy makes more sense, the more you know Scripture. Yet no one, except God, understands everything regarding the end days.

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And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).
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