"Lyle, you said,
So if we
understand the context of the first seal, it was
broken about 33 AD. In fact, all the first
5 seals were broken one after another in 33 AD. There
is NO HINT of a delay between seals, UNTIL we get to
seal number 5: the martyrs of the church age. Stephen
was one of the first martyrs there.
No wonder that the angel told
John the Revelator,
"Do not seal up the prophetic words you
have written, for the time is near." Revelation 22:10
If the seals were contemporaneously being
opened, then the Church is not only an hiccup in the book of
the Church is also an hiccup with respect to
the seven Moeds.
Sorry, Mike, but I guess I am slow.
Contemporary with what or when?
If the truth be known, much of Revelation is for the 70th
week, and the church will not be there. So chapters 7-16,
the 70th week, and 17 - 18, about the final destruction,
are not about the church, but about the Jews. Certainly it
is also about those turning to Christ after the rapture,
also. The church will be in heaven while these events take
place on earth.
Are you saying you are in agreement, or not? Have you
studied the context of the first seal?
It seems that "near" to God is at least 2000 years!
Cothran (11 Nov 2010)"