Chapters 4, 5 & 6 Star Chart: This chart portrays "in the right hand of him that sat on the throne (Cepheus) a book written (Milky Way) within (inside the ecliptic) and on the backside (outside the ecliptic), sealed with seven seals" (Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn) (5:1). Also we see "a lamb (Aries) as though it had been slain" (5:6) -- stabbed by a (red radius line) Roman spear. Aries has "seven horns (two from Aries, two from Taurus, one from Cetus and two from the crescent) and seven eyes (two from Aries, two from Taurus, two from Cetus, and one solar). From their lunar graves, under the altar (Ara), the martyred constellations ask "How long" till you "avenge our (red radius line) blood?" (6:9-10)
The answer is to wait for "their fellowservants" and "their brethren, that should be killed as they were." "And white robes (Milky Way) were given unto every one of them" (6:11). There are two lunar graves -- one from pagan Rome and one from Papal Rome. Sagittarius is a white horse with bow and crown (6:2), a red horse with a "great (red radius line) sword" (6:4), a black horse with "a pair of (moon and sun) scales in his hand" (6:5) and pale (green) horse with the lunar grave pit following (6:8). "And the kings of the earth (Cepheus, etc.), and the great men (Perseus), and the rich men (Orion), and the chief captains (Perseus), and the mighty men (Hercules, Orion), and every bondman (Ophiuchus), and every freeman (Gemini), hid themselves in the dens (crescent moon cave entrances) and in the (sun, moon and star) rocks of the (Milky Way) mountains; and said to the (Milky Way) mountains and star (rocks), Fall on us and hide us" (6:15-16).
On 28 October 312 AD, at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, Constantine was victorious. According to Lactantius, Constantine was visited by a dream the night before the battle, wherein he was advised "to mark the heavenly sign of God on the shields of his soldiers ... by means of a slanted letter X with the top of its head bent round, he marked Christ on their shields."[De Mortibus Persecutorum 44.4–6] Eusebius describes another version, where, while marching at midday, "he saw with his own eyes in the heavens a trophy of the cross arising from the light of the sun, carrying the message, In Hoc Signo Vinces or "with this sign, you will conquer" [Vita Constantini 1.28]; in Eusebius's account, Constantine had a dream the following night, in which Christ appeared with the same heavenly sign, and told him to make a standard, the LABARUM, for his army in that form [Vita Constantini 1.27–29]. Eusebius is vague about when and where these events took place, but it enters his narrative before the war against Maxentius begins. Eusebius describes the sign as Chi (Χ) traversed by Rho (Ρ): a symbol representing the first two letters of the Greek spelling of the word Christos or Christ. In 315 AD a medallion was issued at Ticinum showing Constantine wearing a helmet emblazoned with the Chi Rho. Notice this symbol in the star chart above. The cross is generated from the four living creatures saying "Come" (6:1; 6:3; 6:5; 6:7). The red radius lines cut through the center of the lunar spheres to create the two "P"s. Why two? Because John saw it on Patmos, and Constantine saw it in Italy. Notice that Cetus is speared by the first; and Drago, Serpens and the three-headed hydra are speared by the second, just as on Constantine's coin below.
John was exiled by Domitian to Patmos in 86 A.D. This is indicated by a CLOSED-door CRESCENT in Aries. (Aries -- "Lamb ... having seven HORNS and seven EYES " -- Rev. 5:6). But the "Lamb OPENED one of the SEALS" (Rev. 6:1) for preaching Christ is Lord and God. In other words, John was RELEASED from Patmos 10° years later by Nerva in 96 A.D. when Aries kicked the SUN-seal off the lunar CRESCENT "UNDERNEATH" with his hoof. If we add 240° years clockwise to 86 A.D., we get 326 A.D. when Constantine executed his eldest son Crispus and then his second wife Fausta (CRESCENT in Sagittarius). Crispus was tried by a local court at Pola, Istria, condemned to death and executed (black Centaurus). Soon afterwards, Constantine had his own wife, Fausta, killed; she was suffocated in an over-heated bath (burned black Virgo in burned black zodiac). Notice the Milky Way steam coming from the bath water. Zosimus in the 5th century and Joannes Zonaras in the 12th century both reported that Fausta, stepmother of Crispus, was extremely jealous of him. She was reportedly afraid that Constantine would put aside the sons she bore him. So, in order to get rid of Crispus, Fausta set him up. She reportedly told the young Caesar that she was in love with him and suggested an illegitimate love affair. Crispus denied the immoral wishes of Fausta and left the palace in a state of a shock. Then Fausta said to Constantine that Crispus had tried to rape her and that she had dismissed him. Constantine believed her and, true to his strong personality and short temper, executed his beloved son. A few months later, Constantine reportedly found out the whole truth and then killed Fausta. Adding 10° years, we arrive at the SUN in Sagittarius. Constantine's death in 337 A.D. (Sagittarius -- "a pale horse: and his name ... was DEATH" -- Rev. 6:7) was 241° years after John's revelation on Patmos in 96 A.D.(see Irenaeus Heresies & Eusebius Eccl. Hist.). Constantine's reign of 24 years (313-337) was a microcosm of the 240 or 241 year pagan Roman Empire. From 96 to 337 A.D., when Constantine died, is 241 years. He was "taken out of the way" (2 Th. 2:7) allowing the wicked one (the Pope) to be revealed. From 1776 till 2017 A.D. is 241 years also. Then the office of U.S. president may be taken out of the way allowing the wicked one to be revealed. Constantine was a type of Christ. The Roman Empire was a type of the United States. Therefore, since Roman Christians were persecuted for TEN YEARS prior to Constantine's return, we believe American Christians may be persecuted for TEN YEARS prior to Christ's return in an end time PARALLEL.
Chapter 4 -- John Saw Constellations in Heaven
"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven (Full moon open in Gemini; Jesus said, "I am the door" -- John 10:9; also "opportunity" -- Acts 14:27; 1 Cor. 16:9; 2 Cor. 2:12; Col. 4:3): and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a (red radius tube with moon-bell end) trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter (after 96 A.D.; John became Castor with "a reed"-- 11:1) (4:1) And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne (Cepheus) (4:2). And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper (amber fire orange cp. Rev. 4:3 & Ez. 1:27) and a sardine stone (fiery red): and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald (green Milky Way; An emerald rainbow is God's promise to Judah -- a perpetual throne culminating in "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" -- Gen. 49:10; 2 Sam. 7:12-16; Ps. 89:1-4; Jer. 33:17; Rev. 5:5) (4:3). And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold (24 stars in Ursa Minor or Lesser Sheepfold or "Little Flock") (4:4). And out of the throne proceeded (red radius line) lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire ("seven-branched Menorah ... is seven churches" -- Rev. 1:20) burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God (Seven "wandering stars" or planets -- Moon, Sun, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Mercury in that order from Ephesus to Laodicea -- Rev. 2-3 -- all visible to the naked eye)(4:5). ("And in the midst of the seven lamps one like the Son of Man (Sagittarius), clothed with a garment down to the foot (Milky Way), and girded about the breasts with a golden girdle (Milky Way). His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were like a flame of fire (solar disk); And his feet like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace (two red radius lines near Ara); and his voice like the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars (Moon, Sun, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Mercury -- see www.davidcolarusso.com/astro/ for the correct positioning of these seven in Sagittarius'"hand" or hemisphere); and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword (lunar crescent attached to arrow of Sagittarius); and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength (Sun in head of Sagittarius). And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead" (John is Pollux [4:1 & 11:1] who rotates down as Sagittarius rises)(1:13-17). And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal (which means the MILKY WAY or starry HEAVEN -- "And they saw the God of Israel, and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone [celestial blue] and as it were the body of HEAVEN in his clearness" -- Ex. 24:10): and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes (stars) before and behind (4:6). And the first beast was like a lion (Leo), and the second beast like a calf (Taurus), and the third beast had a face as a man (Aquarius), and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle (Aquila holding Scorpio the serpent -- Java & Brazil; or Scorpio itself anciently was an eagle; or Serpens) (4:7). And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him (Each cherub had six wings just as the four main constellations have subordinate constellations: two decans above, two decans below, one to the left and one to the right); and they were full of eyes (stars) within: and they rest not day and night (continually rotate), saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come (4:8). And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever (4:9), The four and twenty elders fall down before him (as they rotate around the Polar Star) that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying (4:10), Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created (4:11).
Our model of the solar system and Milky Way galaxy portrays Mercury as grey-white, Venus as yellowish-white, Mars as red, Jupiter as orange , Saturn as pale yellow with a ring (looks like an eye), the Sun as orange and Moon as white. The other planets are not visible to the naked eye.The apparent diameter of the sun is the same as the moon. Both of these are portrayed larger than the other five planets. Mercury and Venus are the only two of these planets that can be seen at crescent phase. Mercury can be as much as 30 degrees from the Sun. Venus can be as much as 46 degrees from the Sun. The Sun, Moon and all the Planets move within a band that is 8 degrees above and 8 degrees below the ecliptic (16 degree band total) in a Sine-wave pattern (snake-like). The Moon only fluctuates 5 degrees above or below the ecliptic (10 degree band total) in a Sine-wave pattern. As seen from earth, each day the Sun, Moon and all the Planets and stars move clockwise (east to west) around us due to the rotation of the earth. Also, as seen from earth, each day the Sun, Moon and all the Planets move counter-clockwise (west to east) through the signs due to their actual motion. There are 36 equally-spaced marks around the perimeter of the drawing representing 10-degree increments around the Polar Star in Ursa Minor. We are told to "measure" this celestial "temple" (Rev. 11:1). Normal astronomy requires that one DEGREE equal one DAY in order to get a 360-day biblical pre-flood year. Therefore, if "each DAY (degree)" represents "a YEAR" (Nu. 14:34; Ez. 4:6), the total circumference is 360 years from whatever beginning date is used. The lunar crescent can rarely become visible when its angular distance from the sun is over 7 degrees and will certainly become visible by 12 degrees. When the Sun enters the Sign of Aries, it is March 21st, the Spring Equinox. The year progresses 30 days more and the Sun enters Taurus on April 20th. Etcetera. The Book of Revelation follows a LONG chronology of SUCCESSIVE historical events from chapter 1 to 3; 4 to 11 and 12 to 22 using the degree-for-a-year principle. The Apocalypse probably also follows a SHORT SUCCESSIVE degree-for-a-day principle where the last seven years prior to the second coming follow the same plan that the last 2000 years have followed. This is not a new concept. The Roman-Jewish War of 67-73 AD followed the SHORT SUCCESSIVE. "Futurists" believe it will happen again. The abomination that desolates for 1260 days (Daniel 9:27 & 12:7) has had both LONG and SHORT SUCCESSIVE fulfillments. In addition, many prophecies have both CONTEMPORANEOUS and SUCCESSIVE fulfillments. For instance, the three frogs of Rev. 16:13 are both CONTEMPORANEOUS and SUCCESSIVE, as are the four horns on the shaggy goat in Daniel 8.
"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a (red radius tube with moon-bell end) trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God" (Rev. 4:1-5).
Astronomically the Milky Way "rainbow" sits over Cepheus' throne. The seven lamps are the seven-branched Menorah which is "seven churches" (Rev. 1:20) burning before the throne. These are the seven "wandering stars" or planets -- Moon, Sun, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Mercury in that order from Ephesus to Laodicea (Rev. 2-3) -- all visible to the naked eye. Astronomically, there are 24 stars in Ursa Minor (the Little Flock or "three little maids" or Hesperides).
What does the DOOR mean? The MOON is like a door which first opens a crack (crescent) and then opens fully (full moon) and then shuts again every 30 days. In fact, the pearly gates of Revelation 21 are all moons in various phases. Jesus said, "I am the DOOR" (John 10:9). An "open DOOR" also means "OPPORTUNITY" (Acts 14:27; 1 Cor.16:9; 2 Cor.2:12; Col.4:3). The Father sits on the throne "whom no man hath seen, nor can see" (1 Tim. 6:16; Ex. 24:10-11; Isa. 6:1-5). He is hidden in a blaze of glory. "JASPER" is amber fire orange (-- cp. Rev. 4:3 & Ezek. 1:27) but "SARDINE" is fiery red for justice.
What does "a RAINBOW ... like ... an EMERALD" mean? Birth order is "Reuben ... Simeon ... Levi ... Judah ... Dan ... Naphtali ... Gad ... Asher ... Issachar ... Zebulun ... Joseph ... Benjamin" (Gen. 29:31; 30:6-24; 35:16-18). Stone order "according to their birth" (Ex. 28:9-10) on the breastplate is "sardius (flesh color) ... topaz (yellow) ... carbuncle (green) ... emerald (green) ... sapphire (celestial blue) ... diamond (clear) ...jacinth (blue) ... agate (any color) ... amethyst (violet) ... beryl (sea green) ... onyx (variegated red/white) ... jasper (amber fire orange)" (Ex. 28:17-20) "every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes" (Ex. 28:21). Therefore, combining both lists we get: Sardius -- Reuben, Topaz -- Simeon, Carbuncle -- Levi, Emerald -- Judah, Sapphire -- Dan, Diamond -- Naphtali, Ligure -- Gad, Agate -- Asher, Amethyst -- Issachar, Beryl -- Zebulun, Onyx -- Joseph (The High Priest's Ephod contained two onyx stones, one on each shoulder -- for Ephraim and Manasseh [Gen.49:24]), and Jasper -- Benjamin. A multicolored RAINBOW is God's promise to not destroy every living creature with a flood (Gen. 9:8-17). An EMERALD RAINBOW is just that part of the spectrum that deals with God's promise to JUDAH -- a perpetual throne culminating in the "Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Gen. 49:10; 2 Sam. 7:12-16; Ps. 89:1-4; Jer. 33:17; Rev. 5:5).
Who are the "24 ELDERS"? The 24 priestly shifts from Aaron's descendants (Eleazar 16 & Ithamar 8) who served in the Temple (1 Chr. 24:1-19). Also 24 Levitical shifts who "should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals" and "with song" (25:1-31). These were "the example and shadow of heavenly things" (Heb. 8:5; 1 Chr. 28:12-19) since "the flesh profits nothing" (John 6:63). The twelve PATRIARCHS of Israel in the Old Testament and the twelve APOSTLES of our Lord in the New Testament "shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matt. 19:27-28). They are a fitting parallel for the spiritual temple of the church. Our 24-hour day may be based on this.
"And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come" (Rev. 4:6-8).
What is the "SEA of GLASS"? Astronomically it is the Milky Way or the starry heaven. "And they saw the God of Israel, and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone (celestial blue); and as it were the body of HEAVEN in His clearness" (Ex. 24:10). Historically in Revelation 17:15 "many waters" are interpreted as "peoples, and multitudes and nations and tongues." In Luke 21:25 the "SEA and the waves ROARING" is a figure for "distress of nations with perplexity" and "the wicked are like a TROUBLED SEA when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. No peace have the wicked saith the Eternal" (Isa. 57:20). The converse of these metaphors, a sea so calm that it looks like a sheet of glass, and so still that all sediment has settled to the bottom making it clear as crystal, would be people at peace, united and harmonious.
The "CROWNS" are astronomically the 24 stars making up Ursa Minor or the "little flock." Historically floral wreathes were awarded to the victors at Greek games after a successful struggle. They were not the crowns we normally think of today as gold metal.
Lightning, thunder and voices recall God's presence on Mount Sinai (Ex. 19:16). "Seven LAMPS" are the MENORAH -- seven-branched candlestick -- representing the seven CHURCHES.
Who are these "FOUR BEASTS"? The original Greek here translated "beasts" should be translated "living creatures." Two gold cherubim formed part of the mercy seat on top of the Ark of the Covenant over which their wings were stretched. God dwelt between the cherubim (Ex.25:17-22; Isa. 37:16). Each cherub had four faces -- an ox, man, lion, and eagle (Ez.10:14,21). The curtains and veils of the Tabernacle were woven with figures of cherubim. In Solomon's Temple the walls and doors were carved with cherubim (Ex. 26:1,31; 1 Ki. 6:23,29,31). What do these CHERUBIM symbolize? The twelve tribes of ISRAEL encamped in four groups under the four leading tribe's standards -- Judah (lion), Ephraim (ox), Reuben (man) and Dan (eagle) -- east, west, south and north of the Tabernacle (Num. 2:3-31). Also the four main CONSTELLATIONS are Leo (a lion), Taurus (a bull), Aquarius (a man pouring water) and Scorpio (Anciently known as the flying eagle. Also Aquila [the eagle] is nearby. In Java and Brazil Scorpio is a serpent.) all rotating around God who dwells "in the sides of the north" (Isa. 14:13). "For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south" (Ps. 75:6; Isa. 40:22). The CHERUBIM symbolize the ISRAELITE encampment and the ISRAELITE encampment symbolizes these CHERUBIM. Both are SERVANTS of God. The glass-like crystal SEA corresponds to the vast expanse of SPACE. The many EYES anciently symbolized the many STARS. Each cherub had SIX WINGS just as the four main constellations have subordinate CONSTELLATIONS: TWO decans above and TWO decans below and ONE to the left and ONE to the right.
"And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" (Rev. 4:9-11).
Just as Moses was learned in the wisdom of the Egyptians and wrote about how God defeated Egypt, so also John is learned in the wisdom of the Chaldean astrologers and wrote about how God defeats Babylon.
Chapter 5 -- The Sealed Scroll is Title Deed to Earth
"And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne (Cepheus) a book written within (inside the ecliptic) and on the backside (outside the ecliptic) (Milky Way scroll whose end is the spinning rolled-up universe of constellations), sealed with seven seals (Moon, Sun, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Mercury) (5:1). And I saw a strong angel (Hercules) proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? (5:2) And no man in heaven (inside the celestial equator), nor in earth (on the celestial equator), neither under the earth (outside the celestial equator) was able to open the book, neither to look thereon (5:3). And I wept much (glistening star teardrops rotate down constellation's eyes), because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon ("No man can come to me, except the Father, who hath sent me, draw him" -- John 6:44) (5:4). And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Leo -- Gen. 49:9-10), the Root of David (Hydra -- Nu. 21:8), hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof (The Kinsman-Redeemer is worthy to buy this title deed scroll to legal possession of earth and its inhabitants back from Satan -- Lev. 25:23-28; Ruth 4:1-12; Jer. 32:6-12) (5:5). And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts (Leo, Taurus, Aquarius & Scorpio), and in the midst of the (24) elders (24 stars in Ursa Minor or Lesser Sheepfold or "little flock"), stood a Lamb (Aries or Jesus -- John 1:29) as it had been slain (Aries' chief star in its forehead is named El Nath or El Natik which means "wounded" "slain." The next in the left horn is called Al Sheratan "the bruised" "the wounded." The reddish Sun represents a Roman spear wound in his side -- John 19:34 and the Roman spear is the horn of Cetus under Aries), having seven horns (Two lamb's horns, two bull horns, one Cetus horn and two horns of the lunar crescent) and seven eyes (two lamb's eyes, two bull eyes, two eyes of Cetus and one Sun), which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth (2/3 good angels & 1/3 bad demons -- Rev. 12:4 -- and one Messiah) (5:6). And he (Aries) came (rotated around) and took the book (Milky Way scroll) out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne (Cepheus) (5:7). And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb (rotated down to the horizon), having every one of them harps (Gemini & Lyra), and golden vials (Crater & the bucket of Aquarius) full of odours which are the prayers of saints (incense must be "beaten small," or specific, not generalities in prayer -- Nu. 30:36) (5:8). And they sang a new song (because of God's latest deliverance -- Ps. 40:3; 98:1), saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof (under each seal are successive historical events that recover the purchased possession of earth and its inhabitants): for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us ("them" in original Greek -- the four beasts are speaking) to God by thy blood (Aries at sunset; Jesus at Golgotha bought back the earth and its inhabitants from slavery to Satan -- Eph. 1:13-14) out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation (5:9); And hast made us (Greek "them") unto our God kings and priests: and we (Greek "they" -- the redeemed) shall reign on the earth (5:10). And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the (four) beasts and the (24) elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand (100,000,000 stars), and thousands of thousands (2,000,000 stars minimum) (5:11); Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory, and blessing (5:12). And every creature which is in heaven, on the earth, under the earth, and in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, honour, glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever (5:13). And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down (rotated down to horizon) and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever (5:14).
We read, "And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals" (Rev. 5:1).
The outside of a roll of parchment was written on when the inner side was full according to Lucian Vit. Auction. 9; Juvenal Satur. 1:6; Martial 8:22; and Pliny Ep. 3:5. Astronomically, Cepheus (enthroned king) takes the MILKY WAY scroll (Lyra is alternately the scroll sealed with seven star seals). Historically, this scroll has chapters 6 through 11 on one side giving progressive historic events to the end of this age, and 12 through 22 on the other giving additional details and taking us to the Millenium and beyond (cp.Ez. 2:9-10). This "Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him" (Rev. 1:1) is our Redeemer's title deed to legal possession of the earth and its inhabitants. In Daniel 12:9 we read, "Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." Here the seals are being opened for John.
If a poor man sold his estate, two documents were drawn up. One containing all the particulars of the mortgage, the other containing the names of the witnesses of the mortgage. The first was carefully sealed, the second was not sealed. So this roll is said to be written within (where it contained the details of the mortgage) and written without (where it contained the names of the witnesses). The next of kin to the poor man, if he wished, could redeem his land by buying it back. Thus he became the "redeemer" or "goel." John wept not only because he didn't understand, but also because nobody could give mankind back what mankind lost. Only the Lamb -- our Redeemer -- could buy the earth and its inhabitants back from Satan.
"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" (Rev. 5:2-7).
Astronomically, Hercules is the "strong angel" next to the book. Aries is wounded in the forehead by El Natik ("wounded") and takes the crescent-scroll out of Cepheus's hand and progressively rotates it half open (half moon) as Leo the lion -- Judah's constellation, and then he fully opens it (full moon) as the Root of David (Hydra). Historically who is the "LAMB"? John 1:29 says, "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the LAMB of God who taketh away the sin of the world." He buys back the earth and its inhabitants with his blood. What do the seven HORNS and seven EYES mean? Isaiah 11:2-3 names the seven attributes of the Holy Spirit: "wisdom ... understanding ... counsel ... might ... knowledge ... fear of the Eternal ... quick understanding." Luke 4:18-19 tells us five of the seven purposes of the Messiah's ministry: "to PREACH the GOSPEL to the poor ... to HEAL the brokenhearted, to PREACH DELIVERANCE to the captives (on the Jubilee year), and RECOVERING of SIGHT to the blind, to SET at LIBERTY them that are bruised (on the Jubilee year), To PREACH the acceptable YEAR of the Lord (the Jubilee year)." Isaiah 61:1-2 gives the other two: "To PROCLAIM ... the day of VENGEANCE of our God (the Day of Atonement of the Jubilee year); to COMFORT all who mourn." Since the Lamb is seated "at the right hand of God" (Heb. 12:2), he takes the scroll from the "right hand" of God as Aries rotates around.
"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 ("them" in orig. Greek. -- The four beasts are speaking) to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us (Greek "them") unto our God kings and priests: and we (Greek "they" -- the Redeemed) shall reign on the earth" (Rev. 5:8-10).
Astronomically, Leo and Aquarius have the two golden vials -- Crater and the Bucket -- while Taurus and Scorpio have Gemini's Harp and Lyra. Historically, what is the KINGDOM of GOD? This kingdom has not yet been established with our Lord ruling the earth from Jerusalem and the saints ruling under him as immortal kings and priests and the twelve disciples sitting on thrones "judging the twelve tribes of ISRAEL" (Matt. 19:28; Luke 12:32; 22:30). But it has nonetheless been established since the day Moses organized ISRAEL into a human kingdom (Ps. 114:1-2; Ex. 19:6). The Kingdom of God is the Kingdom of ISRAEL (Acts 1:5; 2 Chr. 13:8; 9:8). The positions of human king and priest were given to ISRAELITES (Ex. 19:5-6; 1 Pet. 2:9-10). The kingdom of God is the kingdom of Christ (Eph. 5:5) and the Kingdom of Christ is the Kingdom of DAVID (Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6; Jer. 23:5). When Jesus said, "The kingdom of God shall be taken from you (Edomite, Shammaite Jews), and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof" (Matt. 21:43), he was still speaking about a nation composed of ISRAELITES. Many ISRAELITES had migrated to the British Isles where Protestant Christianity took root. This British Empire is the human Kingdom of God today. Queen Elizabeth sits on the throne of David today.
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever" (Rev. 5:11-14).
God gave Adam dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:26). But Adam obeyed Satan (Gen. 3:6) thereby making Satan the "god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4). Jesus our Messiah is our Kinsman-Redeemer -- a close relative (Lev. 25:23-28; Ruth 4:1-12; Jer. 32:6-12). "The right of redemption is thine to buy it" (Jer. 32:7). Christ "hast redeemed us to God by thy blood" (Rev. 5:9). The near kinsman redeemed (bought back) persons and lands (Lev. 25:25,48; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:7-14) by saying, "I will do the part of a kinsman to thee" (Ruth 3:13). He bought the land and slaves back from their captors (Jer. 50:33-34). He bought it "before the elders of my people" (Ruth 4:4) who are witnesses. Our Lord was crucified before the elders. "Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your vain conversation (conduct) ... But with the precious blood of Christ" (1 Pet. 1:18-19). Christ is here seen in the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement accepting the title deed. Satan just rented the land and people. Yeshua bought back the earth and its inhabitants with his own blood just as Joshua's conquest bought the land of Canaan and its inhabitants for a possession with Israelite blood. Just as the title deed was put in a clay jar and buried, so our Lord's human body was put in a sepulcre (Jer. 32:15). Just as the title deed was sealed with seven seals of seven families of Israel as proof of the transaction, so also the body of Christ (the true Church of seven eras) was given the Holy Spirit verifying Christ's death and resurrection. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22) which is the "earnest (downpayment) of our inheritance until the redemption (buy back) of the purchased possession" (Eph. 1:13-14). We are "sealed unto the day of redemption" (Eph. 4:30) or Day of Atonement on the Jubilee year when land reverts back and debt slaves are freed. Christ quoted from the first part of Isaiah 61:2 in Luke 4:17-19 when he came the first time on a Jubilee to call it the "acceptable year of the Lord." He may quote from the second part when he comes again on the Day of Atonement of a Jubilee to call it the "day of vengeance" (Tribulation period) and "time of restitution of all things." Our "Redeemer ... shall ... plead their cause" (Jer. 50:34). How? He pleaded Israel out of Egyptian bondage with 10 plagues of the Exodus, and he pleads Israelites out of "Babylon" with 7 trumpet plagues of Revelation (Rev. 12:1-9). At the end of the plagues,"the kingdoms of this world (both land and people) are become the kingdoms of our Lord and Savior" (Rev. 11:15). He opens the seals under which are found successive historical steps that recover the purchased possession of earth and its inhabitants. Seven seals are broken from the title deed on the Day of Atonement during the Jubilee year, the seventh containing seven Trumpets. Seven Trumpets are blown around "Jericho" during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (by the army of Yeshua just as the army of Joshua did in type), the seventh containing seven Cups. Seven drops from the Passover "Cup of Freedom" (a.k.a. "cup of wrath" -- Rev. 14:10; 16:19; 17:4; 18:6; Ps. 75:8) are poured out, the seventh ushering in the Messiah's return. From Seals to Trumpets is Pagan emperors to "Christian" emperors. From Trumpets to Cups is "Christian" emperors to Roman Popes. Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a secular record that unintentionally confirms the accuracy of the Apocalypse since Gibbon was an unbeliever who sneered at John's Revelation, yet his work confirms this inspired history of Europe.