The Seals are not part of the Book itself.
Too much tradition, and not enough leading of the Spirit, has caused us to miss this important fact.
The seals are the Locks of the mysteries of the Main body, the book. Just as John is invited into heaven, rapture, so is the church. There we will see the will of God in heaven that will take place on the earth for seven times or 6.9years. or seven full 360 day years. The seventy extra days of Daniel follow this event.
The seals are opened by Jesus Christ who is worthy to open the book. And to look thereon. The seals are written in a sense of Coming attractions, or six snapshots of the 2520 days.
John is invited to see the unveiling opening of the seals. As John is worth to look thereon so will the church be worthy.
Come and SEE, four times.
Again this is not the BOOK! These are the LOCKS
The LOCKS are previews of the whole Book to John but we will when the time rapture takes place, watch all events from heaven.
Man of Sin Beginning of tribulation White Horse
War Red Horse
Hunger Black Horse
Death and Hell Pale Horse
The altar of tribulation saints
Sun black and moon red. End of tribulation
Seal seven is not loosed till chapter eight. Until that time the book or the tribulation has not begun.
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
This question is answered by the following visions.
Before the last lock is opened and the actual book is revealed. The 144000 must be sealed so that they can stand during the first half of the wrath of the Lamb. Also the multitude in white is able to stand in the fulfillment of:
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
The words out of great tribulation, do not point to the tribulation saints as is commonly belived. But the words out of are from the Greek EK which mean away from. To interpret or understand this we will use another verse.
2 Ti 4:17-18
17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The mouth of the lion is the beginning of the lion he came EK away, he did not go into the lion or come out caesarian section in EN the lion, or come out through DIA the end of the lion digested. He came away from the MOUTH! From every evil work.
8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.
This is the Beginningof the Wrath of the Lamb and the opening of the Book itself.
Again this is another proof of a Pretrib Raptrue.
Daniel W. Lizarraga