4 And [kai] when [hote] the seven [hepta] thunders [bronte] had uttered [laleo] their [heautou] voices, [phone] I was about [mello] to write: [grapho] and [kai] I heard [akouo] a voice [phone] from [ek] heaven [ouranos] saying [lego] unto me, [moi] Seal up [sphragizo] those things which [hos] the seven [hepta] thunders [bronte] uttered, [laleo] and [kai] write [grapho] them [tauta] not. [me]KJV-Interlinear
when the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a
voice from heaven saying, "Seal up the things which the seven peals of
thunder have spoken, and do not write them." NASB
The seven peals of
thunder were not simply thundering sounds in the distance, but actual words or
events or something that John was able to comprehend and then write about.The seven peals of thunder were seven
distinct communications, just as all of the other series of sevens were
communications of one sort or another.
However, another unusual
command is given to John – ‘Do not write what the seven thunders said.’
John was told to write the
things he saw in his vision, Rev. 1:11, 19, 2:1, 8, 12, 18, 3:1, 7, 14, 14:13,
But here and only here,
he is told not to write what he saw and heard.That leaves this series of events, whatever they may be, only for those
who will live in those future days, to know and experience.And, they will not know anything until they
forewarning, no warning whatsoever, other than this passage which we are
currently reading.Of course the Bible
is available to them, just as it is to us now.
Jesus Christ controls
history.Jesus Christ was the one who
instructed John to write.Therefore, the
single voice commanding John to not write, is that of
Christ.Otherwise it would have been
identified if it were from another source.
All that we have here is
the knowledge that there is going to be something terrible occurring in those
already dark days of the Tribulation.We
just do not know what it is.And since
the atrocities and judgments, that have already been identified are extreme in
themselves, then not revealing these coming events strongly implies that they
are far, far worse than anything that has or will be revealed within this book
Now, the whole intent of
this message (as is with the whole Bible) is to get people to believe in Christ,
so that they will not be lost to eternity.
Likewise, the whole
intent of the Bible is to get people who believe in Christ, to advance in their
spiritual life, so they will not lose out on phenomenal blessings for all of
And unfortunately, there
are far too many folks that just do not see or recognize (or refuse to see) the
seriousness of life, and the consequences of their own decisions.
Everyone has a responsibility
to someone in life.Everyone has a
responsibility to God without question.What is it that you disagree with and/or refuse to comply with, and
why?And why are you wrong?