Revelation 6 and judgment over the people on earth gets rolling.
There are altogether 21 plagues that unfold according to God’s plan, one after the other, and getting progressively worse over a period of seven years.
Revelation 6:1 And I saw when the Lam opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
The Lamb that opens the first seal, and every other seal, is Jesus Christ Himself. See more Revelation, Chapter 5. One of the four living beings told John to come and see with his own eyes, and he gets a first glimpse of future events.
Revelation 6:2: “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.”
In Biblical times, a horse was a vehicle to move fast, and these events are sweeping the world.
John saw a white horse and a man sitting on it, and he was wearing a crown. This man is not Jesus Christ but a pretender, an imposter, the famous antichrist.
His type of crown is an emblem of victory, in Greek, a “stephanos.” He had been allowed success for some time, politically, militarily, economically, and religiously.
He had a bow and not a sword. Paul told us to put on the whole armor of God against this evil one who shoots flaming arrows.
Ephesians 6: “11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
Revelation 6:3: “And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.”
Jesus Christ is opened the second seal, and the second beast told John to come and see it.
Revelation 6:4: “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 on another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”
A second horse, a fiery red one, came running; on it sat a man. It brought war with it. Consequently, peace was no more. The NIV translates it: “to make people kill each other.” And the ESV: “that people should slay one another.” One can sense a provoking force behind it.
Revelation 6:5: “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast 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.”
Jesus Christ opened the third seal, and the third beast told John to come and see it. On it sat a man carrying a pair of scales, symbolising the need to measure carefully and for ration.
Revelation 6:6: “And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts 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 penny, or “a denarius”, was a day’s wages in Roman times. The amount needed to buy wheat for one bread. In other words, the prices were much higher than usual. This black horse speaks of inflation and famine.
Revelation 6:7: “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, come and see.”
Jesus Christ opened the fourth seal, and the fourth beast told John to come and see it.
Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell 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.
We know that one-fourth of the earth is land, where we live, and three-fourths of the earth is water. Thus, authority is given to the rider over the whole population of the earth. People are dying because of the four horses running, and the consequences. And, those who don’t believe in the Gospel are going to hell upon death.
There are different views about the “beasts of the earth.” It can speak of ferocious animals whose food chain was disrupted or deadly pathogens, viruses and insects.
Revelation 6:9: “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”
10. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou 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.
The first four horsemen came, representing the first four seals. Now, we are going to the last three of the seal judgments.
These souls desperately crying out to the Lord are those who repent and accept Jesus Christ after the Rapture. They are called Tribulation-saints and are made up of Jews and Gentiles.
They are anxious for their suffering to end, but God tells them to be patient.
Revelation 6:12 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 as blood;
13. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
John watched the opening of the sixth seal. He saw a mega earthquake and cosmic upheaval like never before rolled out.
Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and very bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and int he rocks of the mountains;
16. And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17. For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand.
Meanwhile, the rich and powerful have built themselves bunkers in the mountains and underground to be safe. But, in vain, God is shaking them out of their hiding places, and they become petrified.
Note! The 7th seal is still to come.
Jesus Christ warned the disciples about the signs of the end times. See Matthew 24. And now, in Revelation 6, these prophecies go into fulfilment.
|The rider on white horse
|Wars and rumours of wars
|The rider on red horse
|The rider on black horse
|Famines and plagues
(Matth 24:7 and Luke 21:11)
|The rider on pale horse
|Persecution and martyrdom
|Terrors and cosmic signs
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