When you look at a Russian doll, you look at it and you think, “There’s a doll.” Then you twist it open and you discover a second doll. There is more than you first observed. But, then you twist it again and there is another doll. There is even more going on than it seems.
When you read through Revelation you come across seven seals. Then you turn another page and you discover seven trumpets. And then you see seven bowls. The seals, trumpets, and bowls are layers of the same events, the same realities.
Today, we open the Book of Revelation and we see a dark layer we would rather avoid.