Christian Beliefs 101

Has The 2nd Seal of Revelation Been Opened?

I think so! I have believed in and followed Bible prophecy for over 45 years. I have never seen any event or set of circumstances that would point to the world actually being in any place in the book of Revelation. But I think it is possible that where we are today can be found in the 2nd seal of Revelation 6:3. And if that is the case, what is going to happen next starts getting progressively worse.

3 And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come and see.” 4 And another horse that was fiery red went out; and power was given to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher one another. To him was given a large sword.” —Revelation 6:3-4 (GFS)

There is of course no way to positively know the answer to the question posed in the title to this article. We can guess but we can’t be sure. The first black letter event that we can identify as actually happening in the book of Revelation is found in Revelation 6:12.

12 And I looked when the Lamb opened the 6th seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the moon became blood red. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, even as a fig tree drops its unripe figs when shake by a great wind. 14 And the sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and every island was moved from its place. —Revelation 6:12-14 (GFS)

A black letter event in this regard is one that doesn’t require any subjective interpretation. It either is something that can plainly be seen by all or it isn’t. Most of the events of Revelation 6, the first 5 seals in particular, are subjective, or open to interpretation. But in Revelation 6:12-14 there is no room for subjective interpretation. If there is an earthquake of such a magnitude that it moves every island and every mountain, you will know it —if you were alive at the time, and you won’t be. The first 5 seals of Revelation 6 are subjective. The 4th seal, death and hades, is subjective in its interpretation in a different way. You won’t know that the event is happening when it starts, you might have an inclination as it progresses, but you won’t know at its onset. That’s how end-time prophecy works. You won’t always see it begin until it is actually happening or in some cases until it is finished.

If what is going on in the world today is the result of peace being taken from the earth, the 2nd seal, then it is only going to get worse. The next seal, the 3rd, involves what can only be described as a worldwide famine. The 4th seal is where death and hades come riding a pale green horse and 1/4 of the earth’s population is killed by the sword, famine, disease, and by wild animals.

If this is the case then what is in store for all Christians alive today is almost certain death. And that death will be through some of the worst circumstances that we have ever experienced or could possibly imagine. If you survive the famine of the 3rd and 4th seals, the earthquake of the 6th seal will kill a substantially larger number of people. I lived in Alaska in 1964 for the earthquake knows as the Great Alaskan Earthquake. It happened on March 27 (Good Friday). Depending on the source you use, the earthquake was between 8.9 and 9.2 in magnitude. The USGS says the magnitude was 9.2. This was a devastating earthquake for the area. It was also the second largest earthquake in recorded history and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. If we experience an earthquake that moves every island and every mountain as stated in the 6th seal we will experience devastation that could result in the death of hundreds of millions of people. The aftermath of such an event will lead to even greater devastation.

After the earthquake and the devastation following as a result (very limited food or fresh water), you have the events involving the Trumpets of Revelation 8. These events seem to imply asteroids or meteors hitting the earth burning up 1/3 of the trees and all the grass and killing 1/3 of all sea creatures. Again complete devastation.

7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and they were thrown down to the earth and one third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. 8 And the second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. —Revelation 8:7-9 GFS)

Then in Revelation 8:10-11, the 3rd Trumpet, it appears that this might be the beginning of a nuclear exchange among those nations possessing such weaponry.

10 And the third angel sounded his trumpet, and a huge star in the sky, burning like a torch fell on a third of the rivers and springs of water. 11 And the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the waters because they were made bitter. —Revelation 8:10-11 

Do you really want to be alive then? You won’t be raptured. That doesn’t occur until Revelation 11:14 thru chapter 14. For more information on the rapture and its timing read our articles in The Rapture section of this website.

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Gregg F. Swift, J.D.