That is why I took such vigorous issue with Sigve when he said, “John’s tears are not tears wept for himself — or about the future, or about assurance of salvation. They are tears of grief over God’s predicament,” as if John’s grief was not immediately assuaged by the words of the Elder about the Lamb being worthy.
The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world.
There was no “predicament.”
I hoped, after the David Koresh disaster, that Adventists would be extremely careful about how they handled the Seven Seals.
While we’re reading all those books about the book of Revelation let’s remember to look at what the text actually says.
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 I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read 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.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
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 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;
I have my reasons to be hypervigilant about the Seven Seals.
The Gospel can disappear down a black hole precisely there.
We need to watch and pray that we don’t go wrong about the Seven Seals…AGAIN!
THE DAVID KORESH MANUSCRIPT:
EXPOSITION OF THE SEVEN SEALS
Copyright 1994 by Phillip Arnold and James Tabor
(Reunion Institute, PO Box 981111, Houston TX 77098).
I don’t believe we know the meaning of the Seven Seals, but we know Who prevailed to open them, and it wasn’t my friend David Koresh. (Though he did, in my opinion, possess spiritual insight, he took a terrible turn with it.)
Confusion can be a fruitful state.