There has been an intriguing discovery. Ancient codices inscribed on lead plates and bound together may describe events from the earliest point in Christianity. I’m skeptical. If these were discovered by archeologists, I’d be happier. Instead, there is a story of these being found by a Bedouin in Jordan who then passed it on across into Israel. Sounds suspicious, and there have been forgeries of religious artifacts in the past.
However, assuming this is the real thing, we can speculate that these small codices may be the books mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
“Adding to the intrigue, many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.”
Could this artifact actually be the book described in Revelation 5:1-4?
“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”
Since these are made of lead, I assume we’d have to break the seals to open and read them. We can’t use an X-ray. The problem is in Revelation, breaking the seven seals will lead to the apocalypse as expressed by the metaphor of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As described in Revelation 6, break the first seal and the White Horse appears, break the second seal, the Red Horse arrives, the third seal, the Black Horse, and so on.
Is this discovery a Christian Pandora’s Box? In Greek myth Pandora’s Box contained the world’s evils, all its devils, and when Pandora opened the box this evil was unleashed on the world. If one of these sealed codices is actually the book mentioned in Revelation, could breaking the seals usher in the end of the world?
One of the sealed books pictured has seven rings sealing it, along with rings acting as a hinge on one side. Let’s hope they are forgeries! If not, then the appearance of these codices may not be a literal Pandora’s Box, but instead may be a sign, a portent, and an omen of doom. To break the seals may be a fulfillment of prophecy! If so, I suggest we don’t break the seals, and let the books remain sealed, mysterious artifacts.