In the Book of Revelation, a mighty angel calls out with a loud voice like a roaring lion. At that time, there were seven thunders which seem similar to the seven seals and seven trumpets, all containing messages of judgment:

Revelation 10:4: "When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, 'Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.'"

This appears to be the only instance where some of the message is to remain concealed. Something analogous occurred in the Book of Daniel where the prophet was told to refrain from writing certain words because they could not be recorded at that time:

Daniel 12:4: “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”

Can we know why John was not allowed to reveal what he heard?


What Jesus said to His followers then is available to His followers now.

Jesus told the apostles in Acts 1:7

"It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority"

and through them to all Christians.

But I think this is not only for times and dates, but for all the details for the end times.

The Revelation was written by John for it to be read by the followers of Christ. The main idea on obfuscating prophecies about the future is that Christians should not focus on the end times, but on their lives and on taking the Good News to all the part of the world. They also should always be ready for meeting with Christ.

The prophecies are told to warn and give hope and not to reveal the future in detail. This is why I think that John was not allowed to reveal what He heard.

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    +1 Welcome! and please stick around :)
    – Tony Chan
    Aug 5 '21 at 14:14
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    @Leonard A few have told me: "We don't need to know that." I disagree. Colossians 3:2 reads: "Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth." Had I not searched for the meaning of many topics, I can honestly say I would have stagnated in Christ. Every word in the Bible has (often great) significance. When you diligently pull at those strands, God will help you find the answers (seek and you will find...). I find it very interesting that God has recorded silencing the meaning of the 7 peals of thunder; the reason why is certain to provide great scriptural insight.
    – Xeno
    Aug 7 '21 at 16:53
  • @Xeno I love that you set "your mind on the things above". This is what every Christian should do: study on the scriptures and ponder on them.
    – Leonard
    Aug 9 '21 at 9:13
  • @TonyChan Thanks! I'll try. :)
    – Leonard
    Aug 9 '21 at 9:14
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    @Leonard I understand what you meant and didn't take it the wrong way. I probably should have phrased those responses by a few, "we don't need to know that" a bit differently. That particular reaction (something that you did not say) often originates with those whose faith in, and knowledge of, the Bible leaves much to be desired. They seem terrified that something might "rock their boat." The rest of us are seeking more, unwilling to accept merely a superficial view of Scripture. Doing so allows us to discover great truths that had heretofore been completely obscured. Thanks!
    – Xeno
    Aug 9 '21 at 18:47

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