Revelation 6:1–8:5 (The Seven Seals) with David deSilva

Dr. David deSilva (Ashland Theological Seminary) guides us through Revelation 6:1–8:5 (The Seven Seals). We discuss:

  • The four bizarre creatures of Revelation 4–5 that appear again in chapter 6.
  • The significance of the four horses and riders (6:1–8).
  • The lament of the martyrs in the heavenly temple, their cry for justice, and the rationale for God’s delayed vengeance (6:9­–11).
  • The 144,000 from the tribes of Israel (7:4–8) and how they relate to the innumerable number from every tribe and nation (7:9).
  • The protective significance of the marks on the forehead of the 144,000 (7:3).
  • The “great ordeal/tribulation” (7:14).

Works by David deSilva

  • Discovering Revelation: Content, Interpretation, Reception, Eerdmans: 2021.
  • A Week in the Life of Ephesus, IVP Academic, 2020.
  • Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation’s Warning, Hendrickson, 2013.
  • Seeing John’s Way: The Rhetoric of Revelation, WJK, 2009. 

David deSilva Recommends

  • Craig R. Koester, Revelation, Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries. Yale University Press, 2015

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This episode is co-sponsored by Samford University and the Alabama Humanities Alliance, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Alabama Humanities Alliance, the National Endowment for the Humanities or Samford University.