The Book of Revelation

Chapter 6

First Seal - White Horse - Conquest

Second Seal - Red Horse - War - No Peace

Third Seal - Black Horse - Famine

Fourth Seal - Pale Green Horse - Death

Fifth Seal - Slain Martyrs

Sixth Seal - Terror, Earthquakes, Meteorites


Keep in mind that it was the translators who divided John's account of the opening of the Seals into three different Chapters.  John wrote one continuous, unbroken description of the Seals being opened. His account should have been kept together! John's written account of the Seals being opened include Chapter 6, Chapter 7, and Chapter 8:1-5.



First Seal - White Horse - Conquest
1 And I [John] saw when the Lamb [Jesus] opened One of the Seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts [Seraphims] saying, Come and see.


2 And I saw, and behold a White Horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto Him: and He went forth conquering, and to conquer.

There are differing schools of thought regarding the identity of the rider of the white horse. Since white has always been a symbol of purity and righteousness throughout the Bible there is strong evidence that the rider represents Christ. Remember that Jesus has just taken the Seven Sealed Book, the Title Deed to the Earth, out of the hand of God. In opening it, He is preparing to dispossess the powers of evil that have taken control of the Earth. So the first horseman would appear to point toward Christ in His Kingly role going forth in judgment upon the world to restore the Earth to its rightful heirs.

Christ receives His Crown as “King Of kings, And Lord Of lords”. The twenty-Four Elders have also received their Crowns. When Christ reaps the Earth, in  Revelation 14:14  we see “on His head a Golden Crown”.

When Christ Returns to Earth in  Revelation 19:12  He has “many Crowns” on His head indicative of His Universal Reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

In the parallel visions of Zechariah, the riders of the four horses are Heavenly messengers carrying out Divine authority in the world.  Zechariah 6:5  “These are the four Spirits of the Heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the Earth.”

Even though this is the time that the Antichrist comes on the scene, he receives ten crowns, but actually his reign is brief, a simple tick of the clock in God’s plan of the ages. The Antichrist has power for a very comparatively short time.

The rider of the white horse “went forth conquering, and to conquer”. This implies the ultimate triumph of Christ as He rides the white horse in Revelation 19:11, when, “in righteousness He does judge and make war”.  Christ is clearly the conqueror. Christ appears many times in the drama of the book of Revelation as it unfolds.

Psalm 7:11-12 “God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not … He hath bent His  bow,  and made it ready.”

Isaiah 41:2 “Who raised up the righteous man … gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? He gave them … as driven stubble to His  bow.

Lamentations 2:4 “[The Lord] He hath bent his  bow  like an enemy … “

Habakkuk 3:9 “Thy  bow  was made quite naked.” ("Thy  bow  was removed from its sheath.”)


The other horsemen who follow, will remove the hindrances that hold in check the forces of evil. The wicked will be allowed to punish themselves, and with the restraints removed, the Tribulation will begin.

(Since this is not a salvation issue, here is the other school of thought regarding the identity of the rider of the white horse. The other view is that the rider, on the first of the four horses of the Apocalypse, is the Antichrist. The rider has a bow but no arrows, indicating that although he is militarily strong, in the beginning he does his conquering by diplomacy. Since he wears a Crown, he is successful in his efforts and through deceit and clever maneuvering he will bring a false peace to the world. But that peace will not last.)


Second Seal - Red Horse - War - No Peace
3 And when He had opened the Second Seal, I heard the second beast [Seraphim] say, Come and see.


4 And there went out another Horse that was Red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

The rider of the red horse indicates a global war of great magnitude. We even now have war on every side. There is a constant attack of the devil and his demons on Christians. Believers in many parts of the world are martyrs, dying for holding up the name of Jesus.


Chaos will reign on the Earth. In the midst of it, the Antichrist rises to power. When the "three kings" mentioned in the book of Daniel oppose the Antichrist, he will respond in deadly fashion, swiftly crushing his enemies and bringing death to earth on a massive scale never before known.


Daniel 7:11 "The ten horns ... are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings."

 Third Seal - Black Horse - Famine 
5 And when He had opened the Third Seal, I heard the third beast [Seraphim] say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a Black Horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.


6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts [Seraphims] say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

A denarius was a common wage for a day's work, this indicates that a man will have to work all day just to get enough food to eat. Famine and disease often follow war. On the other hand, the call to not "harm the oil and the wine," are symbols of wealth that may indicate the rich will do fine, or it could mean something referring to Spirit-filled Christians.  Oil and wine are symbolic of the Holy Spirit of God. Which shows His Hand will be on the Tribulation Saints during the tribulation.

This famine may not be just physical but spiritual, as well. Many churches are teaching false doctrines. Even now there is a terrible famine of truth in the church.

Amos 8:11-12 “Behold, the days come, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord, and shall not find it.”


Fourth Seal - Pale Green Horse - Death
7 And when He had opened the Fourth Seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast [
Seraphim] say, Come and see.


8 And I looked, and behold a Pale Horse [Pale Green color]: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell (Satan’s demons) followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

The KJV translators called the fourth horse "pale", but The Greek word is literally "chloros," as in chlorophyll, the green color of plant leaves.


John says the rider who sat on this horse is named "Death", and floating along behind, was a figure that is identified as "Hades," or Hell, Satan’s demons, that followed with him. This rider Death takes the body and Hades takes the soul. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth."

 Fifth Seal - Slain Martyrs 
9 And when He [Jesus] had opened the Fifth Seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain [killed & beheaded] for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held:


10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?


11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

These same Martyrs are also seen in these chapters ...
Revelation 7:9 “After this I [John] beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred's [tribes], and people, and tongues, stood before the Throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with  white robes,  and palms in their hands.”


Revelation 20:4 “I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived, and [they] reigned [ruled] with Christ a thousand years.”

The souls of the slain Martyrs are not actually underneath an altar ...

A Gold Altar is set in front of the Throne of God. The Throne and the Altar are both high above the Sea of Glass that John said was like unto Crystal. The Martyrs are standing before God on the Sea of Glass which is at a  lower elevation than the Altar and the Throne. So it can be said that they are under the Altar since they are standing at a  lower level  than the Altar.


Revelation 4:6 “Before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.”


Revelation 15:2 “I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire.”


Revelation 8:3 “The golden Altar which was before the Throne.”


Isaiah 6:1-3 “I saw also the Lord sitting upon a Throne, high and lifted up.


Revelation 9:13 “The four horns of the Golden Altar which is before God.”

Sixth Seal
- Terror, Earthquakes, Meteorites

12 And I beheld when He had opened the Sixth Seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became (red) as blood;

Particle matter scattered in the atmosphere after an enormous earthquake or volcanic eruption can turn the sky black and made the moon appear to turn red.

 
Joel 2:31 “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.”


13And the stars [meteorites] of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.


14And the heaven [blue skies] departed as a scroll when it is rolled together (such as what happens when an atomic bomb explodes); and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.”


15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;


16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him [God] that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb [Jesus]: 


17For  the great day of His wrath is come;  and who shall be able to stand?


Isaiah 2:19 “And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly the earth.”



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In  Chapter 7  after the opening of the Sixth Seal John gives additional details about events that are happening during the Sixth Seal, and afterwards he continues with the  Seventh-Seal  being opened in  Chapter 8.


Remember, as mentioned previously, it was the translators who divided this account into three different Chapters. John wrote one continuous, unbroken description of the Seals being opened. So his account should have been kept together and would have included Chapter 6, Chapter 7, and Chapter 8:1-5. These chapters have also been included on this page.


The  Seventh Seal  is opened in ... 

Chapter 8:1-5 

1 And when he had opened the Seventh Seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

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Chapter 7


Prelude

 With the opening of the previous Six Seals, we have just read through the first outline explaining the Tribulation judgments.  Chapter 7  is an entire chapter with extra details telling about God Sealing the Israelites  to protect them from His wrath, and about the  Resurrection of the Tribulation Martyrs.


At this time, God also removes the remaining believers in Christ, who are still alive on earth,  before He pours out His Wrath,  but we are not given the details of this group until ...

Revelation 15:2-4  "I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses." 


Angels bring these living Tribulation Saints to the Throne Room in Heaven before  the  “Day of God’s Wrath”. Both these groups, the living people who are still in their human bodies, along with all the 144,000 Israelites, will inhabit the Earth in their human bodies during the Millennium.


God's Word assures us that His Children do not go through the “Day of God’s Wrath”

1 Thessalonians 1:10  “His Son from heaven, whom ... delivered us from the wrath to come.”

1 Thessalonians 5:9  “God has not appointed us to Wrath.”

Romans 5:9  “Being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from Wrath.”
 

The 144,000 Jews will remain on earth so they are sealed for their protection because God’s Wrath will come upon the inhabitants of the entire Earth.


Revelation 11:3 "And I [Jesus] will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [3½ years], clothed in sackcloth."


The two witnesses have prophesied for 3½ years.
1260 Days = 42 months or 3½ years.

A Biblical year has 360 days, having 12 months of 30 days each.


Brief Outline of Some of the things that will happen During the 6th Seal and the 6th Trumpet 
Revelation 7:1-8:
The Israelites are Sealed for their protection during God's Day of Wrath.
Revelation 7:9-17:
The Resurrection of the Martyrs who came out of great Tribulation.
Revelation 11:11-12:
The Two Witnesses are Killed and Resurrected and Ascend Up To Heaven.

Revelation 15:2-4: Angels carry the still living Tribulation Saints to the Throne Room in Heaven.


144,000 Israelites Sealed

1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.


2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the Seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,


3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.


The 144,000 Israelites are Sealed immediately before God’s Wrath is Poured Out. Tthe Seal of God is a Spiritual Marking applied to the believer with the presence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.


Jeremiah 30:7 "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it."

4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.


5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.


6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.


7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.


8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

The tribe of Dan went off into idolatry so this might be why they are omitted from this list. The tribe of Joseph appears twice, once under his own name and once under the name of his son Manasseh. Joseph’s other son, Ephraim, is not mentioned.


These 144,000 Israelites who are alive on earth, need supernatural protection by sealing, just before the beginning of the Great and Notable Day of the Lord’s Wrath. The 144,000 Israelites are on earth, protected from the terrible judgments, and are waiting for their Messiah to come back to earth and set up His kingdom. (With the ministry of the two witnesses, they will realize that Jesus is their Messiah.)

Revelation 9:2-4  “And he [an angel] opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace… And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have  not the seal  of God in their foreheads."


These verses show that the 144,000 Israelites who have the Seal of God in their foreheads stay on earth throughout the Tribulation period and they remain on the earth during the "Day of Wrath".


 The Jews represent only two tribes of Israel. The ten tribes never returned to Palestine from their captivity in Assyria. While the Jews are Israelites, they are not the ten tribes who went into captivity into Assyria and which have never returned.  Reunion is shown to take place at the end of the age, when the national resurrection of Israel takes place. (Read Ezekiel 37:15-28) The full understanding of Israel's place in the Divine plan will only be fully understood when the destiny of the Ten Lost Tribes is made manifest, at the end of the age when Israel's national restoration takes place, and the people accept Him whom they have pierced.

Resurrected Tribulation Martyrs In White Robes with Palms

Saints who were killed or died during the Tribulation are Resurrected and Stand before the Throne.

9 After this I [John] beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred's [tribes], and people, and tongues, stood before the Throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;


Revelation 6:9,11 "When He [Jesus] had opened the Fifth Seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain [killed & beheaded] for the Word of God ... And white robes were given unto every one of them."


10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sits upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb.


11 And all the Angels stood round about the Throne, and about the Elders 
and the four beasts [Seraphims], and fell before the Throne on their faces, and worshipped God,


12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.


13 And one of the Elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence  [from where]  came they?


14 And I [John] said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.


15 Therefore are they before the Throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His Temple: and He [God] that sits on the Throne shall dwell among them.


16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.


17 For the Lamb [Jesus] which is in the midst of the Throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.


These same Martyrs are also seen in
...
Revelation 20:4 “I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived, and [they] reigned [ruled] with Christ a thousand years.”

 

Chapter 8


Seventh Seal - The Great Day of God’s Wrath Is Come

1 And when He had opened the Seventh Seal, there was silence in Heaven about the space of half an hour.


When the seventh seal is opened revealing the contents of the scroll, there is an ominous, awesome half an hour of calm in Heaven (the only such silence mentioned in Scripture) before the greatest, most destructive “storm” in history - the plagues of the judgments and the Wrath of God. After the 144,000 Israelites are sealed and the remaining believers in Christ, who are still alive on earth, are safe in Heaven, the four angels will now release the winds of destruction on the Earth.


2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.


3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a Golden Censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the Golden Altar which was before the Throne.


4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.


5 And the angel took the Censer, and filled it with fire of the Altar, and cast it into the earth: and there werevoices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.


7th Trumpet- Revelation 11:19: "And the temple of God was opened in Heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament [covenant]: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thundering's, and an earthquake, and great hail."


7th Vial- Revelation 16:18: "And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great."


We see from comparing these Verses, that the 7th Seal, 7th Trumpet, and 7th Vial all end at the same time with the same events happening.

 
7th Seal - Voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
7th Trumpet - Lightnings, and voices, and thundering's, and an earthquake, and great hail.
7th Vial - Voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake.


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Trumpets Prepare to Sound

6 And the Seven Angels which had the Seven Trumpets prepared themselves to sound.


America is known as Modern Day Babylon, and it does appear that she will come under judgment when the first Four Trumpets are sounded. The destruction of North America would be about a Third part of the earth.


Revelation 14:8 "And there followed another Angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."


Revelation 16:19 "Great  Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath."

Revelation 18:21  “A mighty angel took up  a stone like a great millstone, and  
cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”


Jeremiah 50:24-25  "I will render unto Babylon ... Behold, I am against you, O destroying  mountain, says the Lord I will ... roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a  burnt mountain.


First Trumpet

7 The First Angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the  third  part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Second Trumpet

8 And the Second Angel sounded, and as it were a great  mountain burning with fire  was  cast into the sea: and the  third  part of the sea became blood;


9 And the  third  part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the  third  part of the ships were destroyed.

ThirdTrumpet

10 And the Third Angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the  third  part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;


11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the  
third  part of the waters became  wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.


Nuclear bombs will cause the water to become bitter. The English translation of the Russian word "Chernobyl" is "Wormwood". The sky will be darkened with the debris fallout from the residual radioactive material propelled into the upper atmosphere following a nuclear blast.

FourthTrumpet

12 And the Fourth Angel sounded, and the  third  part of the sun was smitten, and the  third  part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a  third  part of it, and the night likewise.


Woe, Woe, Woe

13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven [the sky], saying with a loud voice, Woe, Woe, Woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!