The seven seals are one of a series of time ending judgments from God. The seals are described in Revelation 6:1–17 and 8:1–5. There is a closed scroll in heaven, and as each seal is broken, a new judgment is unleashed on the earth. Following the end of the seal judgments are the trumpet judgments and the bowl or vial judgments.

When the seven seals are opened, they address the following. The first seal introduces the Antichrist (Revelation 6:1–2). Second, when the Lamb opens the second seal, great warfare breaks out on the earth (Revelation 6:3–4). The breaking of the third of the seven seals causes famine (Revelation 6:5–6). When the fourth seal is opened, 'Death' appears (Revelation 6:7–8). The result of the fourth seal is that one fourth of the earth’s population are killed “by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth”. The fifth seal reveals those who will be martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ during the tribulation (Revelation 6:9–11). When the Lamb of God opens the sixth seal, a devastating earthquake occurs, causing massive upheaval and terrible devastation—along with unusual astronomical phenomena: the sun turns black, and the moon turns blood-red, and “the heavens receded" (Revelation 6:12–14). The seventh seal will introduce the next series of judgments (the seven trumpets, 8:1–5).

Once the seven seal judgments are finished, the next part of the tribulation, featuring the seven trumpet judgments, is ready to begin.

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