|A367 : by Tony Garland |
Are your books translated into French? I find it so unfortunate that many very good teachings are never translated into this language.
To the best of my knowledge, the Revelation Commentary has not been translated into French (or any other language). The copyright of the commentarya is intended to encourage such translation, and states in part: Anyone may reproduce and distribute unmodified or translated copies of this commentary in any media provided that this copyright notice is retained in full. Although I don't have the resources to make this happen, it is my hope that this would occur where God provides the necessary resources to bring it about.
Regarding Revelation 6:1, the Greek phrase is
μίαν ἐκ τῶν ἑπτὰ σφαγίδων [mian ek tōn hepta sphagidōn]
and describes the seal as one [μίαν [mian]] from [among] the seven seals (NKJV, ESV, NASB95, HCSB, NET).
The term mia can also be translated first (NIV84) since the one is selected from the group of seven in order to be opened. Thus, the one selected is also the first opened in the sequence. The other seals then follow in relative order: τὴν δευτέραν [tēn deuteran] (the second, Rev. 6:3), τὴν τρίτην [tēn tritēn] (the third, Rev. 6:5), τὴν τετάρτην [tēn tetartēn] (the fourth, Rev. 6:7), etc.
The majority of translations give μίαν [mian] its primary meaning in the English text: one.
It would seem as if the phrase one from among the seven is intended to highlight the sovereignty (volitional control) of the Lamb over the order in which the seals are opened. Since the Lamb initially selects one from among the seals to be opened, the reader may infer the order in which the remaining seals (second, third, fourth, etc.) are opened is no less in accord with His sovereign selection. Thus, the selection of one from among the set of seven—which is emphasized when selecting the first seal to be opened—establishes the pattern for the entire selection process.
The order in which the seals are opened is not in any way arbitrary, but completely in accord with the will of the Lamb.