7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel.
After the unsealing of the base centre there is an important interval before the opening of the seventh seal.
The unsealing of the gonads centre releases enormous energies. It unties the chains and links that bound us to the past. Before we can enter into the new consciousness, the consciousness of Christ, we need to be sealed again with a new seal. This is the seal of Christ.
The sealing occurs in two stages. First the four angels, the rulers of the four elements hold back the energies of the elements. For a space we are freed from the control of these forces. We reach a space in life where we don’t have to promote ourselves and achieve goals. Our mind and our emotions are at peace. In this environment a new spiritual energy arises with the rising sun, the ascending Christ consciousness. We are free to make a decision: are we going unite with the consciousness of Christ, or are we going to refuse this connection? Christ leaves us free to choose, even free not to choose him.
If we choose to join with Christ then we become part of the twelve-fold stream of evolution which Revelation calls, the tribes of the sons of Israel. We incarnate through each of these streams each time we return to a physical body. When we are sealed to Christ, we experience the energy of the streams multiplied many times over. Revelation calls this 144 thousand. This means that our progress in evolution is much faster. The transformation of the bodies, the astral, etheric and physical comes much sooner. If we embark on this journey then we shall be “clad in white robes”. This is the culmination of the Earth evolution. It means that no longer will karma force us to incarnate, but we will enter incarnation willingly in order to sustain, renew and transform the world.
We return to the world of the illuminated manuscript. In this gorgeous example from the Ottheinrich Bible, the earliest richly illustrated manuscript in the German language, the angels bind the four winds, the elemental energies, so that the 144,000 may be sealed.
Every person who comes into incarnation comes to a decision point in life. Will we “become sealed” to Christ? This doesn’t mean that we enter a convent or retire to a cave and pray and meditate, it means that we have experienced something within our life that opened the heart. The purpose of incarnation is to experience and create love. When we commit to this purpose, then we are “sealed”. We have become part of the Christ power, and we will change and be changed.
On this day, let us contemplate, even briefly, the expression of love. Where are we expressing love in our life? Where does love lift us up beyond our own wants, needs and desires? Let us be sealed to Christ.
The fifth period, the fifth seal is the present culture. That’s why this, the purpose of this Earth incarnation is to learn love. We have yet to graduate from that learning. Love is now a spiritual influx that has come to us. It will not bloom and become full until the next incarnation of this earth. Under no circumstance can we ever say that we completely love as Christ loved. That is given to the very few, in fact to the 144,000. So love as we know it at present is but a seed of what it will be in millions of years to come.
Rev Mario Schoenmaker, The Book of Revelation, 1983 Lecture Series