do we know that the first three seals of Revelation 6 are within
the 70th Week of Daniel?
Rev. Bill Lee-Warner
behind the above question is this: if it's possible that the events
reflected in the first three seals are presently happening and will
continue to happen in history future, the timing of the beginning
of the 70th Week of Daniel becomes indefinable. The result is that
the information in the book of Revelation becomes murky with regard
to our understanding of the structure and timing of end-time events.
If it can
be shown that the first three seals of Revelation six are indeed
within the 70th Week of Daniel, then it can be established that
there will be a sequence of definite events leading up to the opening
of the scroll (Rev. 5), the Day of the Lord, or His wrath against
following reasons, the 70th Week of Daniel includes the opening
of the first three seals as mentioned in Revelation six:
If anyone would have understood the structure of the end times,
Jesus would. He clearly knew that 69 of the 70 weeks will have been
finished when He was to be "cut off and have nothing" (Dan. 9:26).
When He responded to the disciples' questions about the sign of
the end of the age and His return, it seems logical that He naturally
would have begun with those events that would begin the 70th week.
In the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24) Jesus is answering the disciples'
question as to what the sign of His return and the end of the age
would be. In giving His response, He begins with a warning and then
this statement: "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the
Christ,' and will mislead many." (24:5) Using the time-honored hermeneutic
(Bible Study method) of comparing Scripture with Scripture, we discover
from Revelation 6:2, a rider on a white horse will "go forth conquering
and to conquer." The only way we know who this rider is, is by comparing
Revelation 6:2 with Matthew 24:5, and the answer is, he is "the"
false christ. With his coming, there will also be a proliferation
of false christs loosed into the world. At present, we see many
false christs in the world. We undoubtedly will continue to see
other false christs appear. The indication with the opening of the
first seal is that a line has been crossed, a countdown has started
and a new phase in God's plan has begun. The observant, discerning,
and spiritually alert person will know that. How? Israel was told
both in Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 28:15, 18 that she would enter into
a covenant (peace accord) with a strong leader to her far north
(Ez. 38:15). This leader will have the resources and clout to make
the peace accord stick. That peace accord will begin the 70th Week
of Daniel. To identify the first three seals as merely historical
events that have no reference to a beginning point provides no help
in understanding the sequence of end-time events as recorded in
Revelation. It would provide no help in enabling God's bond-servants
(Rev. 1:1) at the time of the 70th Week to be able to prepare for
the events revealed in the book of Revelation.
From Daniel 9:24, we learn that "70 weeks" was given to Israel to
"finish [their] transgression, to make an end of [their] sin, to
make atonement for [their] iniquity..." In Dan. 9:27, we learn that
the one remaining week (7-year period) to be fulfilled has at its
midpoint, the setting up of the abomination of desolation (ca. Daniel
11:31, 12:11). Jesus makes reference to that particular event in
Matthew 24:15 (the Olivet Discourse). This is given in His response
to the disciples' questions about His ultimate return. Also, in
the Olivet Discourse, He identifies certain events (paralleled in
Revelation 6:1-6) that will precede the abomination of desolation.
Since the conclusion of that final week will bring in "everlasting
righteousness," it will, without question, be a critical time period
in history and the conclusion of history as we now know it. The
events included in that week would clearly have been within the
scope of Jesus' response to the disciples' question about His coming
and the end of the age.
In Matthew 24:34 Jesus says that "the generation that sees all these
things" will be the generation that will see the gathering "together
[of] His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the
other." What are "these things" Jesus is referring to? In
context, it is clear that He is making reference to the events He
has just described in verses 3-31. Therefore, the coming of Christ
will be within the lifetime of that generation which will see the
events described. The generation that does see "these things"
is a time frame note. This note eliminates the possibility that
those events are just general and indefinable events that have been
going on in history.
our world is presently witnessing events that are reflected in the
first three seals, it seems apparent that when the covenant is signed,
initiating the 70th Week of Daniel, those same events will in some
way intensify. In the final analysis, the true bond-servant will
know when the world has entered the 70th Week. How? When the covenant
is signed between Israel and some political leader to her north
(Ez. 38:15; cf. Is. 28:15,18). Then the world will witness the events
clearly described by Jesus in both the Olivet Discourse and Revelation