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James Henthorn Todd(1846)
"The remaining three seals relate to the New Testament, as the first four related to the Old. Because the promises of the law were earthly and carnal, confined to the four elements, and, therefore, represented in four seals. But the New Testament revealing to us the doctrine of the Trinity, was aptly pourtrayed in three seals.
Our Lord opened the fifth, sixth, and seventh seals, when He spake to us in parables, and taught them to the doctors of the Church. The fifth seal relates to the martyrs, and was opened when Christ spake those parables and sayings, which forewarned His disciples of their martyrdom, and when He admitted them into heavenly glory.
The altar under which the souls of the martyrs were seen, is Christ. The white robes are the glory of the saints. The opening of the sixth seal is the rejection of the Jews, and the call of the Gentiles ; and took place when Christ spake His parables on that subject, and made known their meaning to the doctors of His Church.
The earthquake is the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. The sun is the Jewish nation ; and became black as sackcloth, the emblem of repentance, to show that the Jews were rejected for their sins. The moon is also the Jewish nation ; and became as blood, to show that the Jews were destroyed for having shed the blood of Christ. The stars are the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees.
Heaven is the Old Testament, which departed as a scroll, to show that the Old Testament, was rolled up, and, therefore, could no longer be read or understood by the Jews. The mountains and islands were moved, i. e., the Jews were taken from the cities and villages of Judaea, and scattered over the earth. The terror of the kings of the earth, &c., denoted the miseries attendant on the siege and destruction of Jerusalem. The four angels holding the winds, denote the Romans; in whom was centered the power of the four ancient empires of the Assyrians, Persians, Macedonians and Romans." (Six Discourses on the Prophesies Relating to Antichrist in the Apocalypse , p. 20)
Derk Visser (1996)
The Trinity Apocalypse England, c.1255-1260
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