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KnoWhy #541 - Why Was the Heavenly Book Sealed with Seven Seals? (Revelation 5:1)

TitleKnoWhy #541 - Why Was the Heavenly Book Sealed with Seven Seals? (Revelation 5:1)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2019
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsLaws; Legal; New Testament; Revelation (Book)

Just as seven official seals were required to make Roman diplomata valid, God’s covenant is authenticated and held inviolate by seven majestic seals. God’s eternal plan and determinate decree are herewith signed, sealed, and now delivered. Only an authorized judge or official could open any such doubled, sealed document. The book of Revelation emphasizes that Jesus Christ alone held the authority, not only on earth but also in heaven, to open the seals and to allow others to know its contents. By co-opting a Roman imperial prerogative to make such military awards and bequests, the Revelation of John, thereby—and this would not have been unintentional—testifies that Jesus and His Father are more powerful than any other gods or beings, including the deified Emperor himself.

Citation Key6358

Scripture Reference

Revelation 5:1