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Book of Revelation
The Seal Judgments
- Revelation 6:1-17
Rev. 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened
one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder,
one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. (KJV) As John
watched, the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals on the scroll.
Then one of the four living beings called out with a voice that
sounded like thunder, "Come!"
The “Seals” are the first of three seven-part
judgments. The “Trumpets” (Rev.8-9) and the
“Bowls” (Rev.16) are the other two. As each
seal is opened, Christ the Lamb sets in motion events that will
bring about the end of this world as we know it. The voice, as
the noise of thunder, symbolizes awesome power and authority.
This scroll is not completely opened until the seventh seal is
broken (Rev.8:1). The contents of the scroll reveal mankind’s
vile sinfulness and vividly picture God’s authority over
ALL the events of human history. Upon the opening of the seals,
the Great Tribulation begins,
or as Daniel calls it, the 70th week (Dan.9:24-27). Matthew 24:21 For
then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning
of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (KJV) The ‘church’ is delivered from all that is about
to happen. WHY? Is it because believers are such good, kind, sweet,
wonderful people? NO! We ALL are sinners (Rom.3:10,23),
BUT, we have been saved by the precious Blood of Jesus and the amazing grace of God. Only those who reject God’s grace shall
go through this horrible time.
Here are some things to consider about the Great Tribulation:
- (1) The true church as salt and light (symbol
of good and right) will be gone. The church has very little
influence on the ‘world’ today, but it does have
- (2) The Holy Spirit (who indwells ALL believers,
all of which are now gone) will restrain evil no more (2 Thes.2:6-12).
The Holy Spirit will still be on Earth, but He will no longer
restrain evil. Mankind will then be free to ‘do their
- (3) Satan will have a free rein at this time;
and he knows his time is short, so he will take advantage of
the situation, causing havoc like the world has never known.
- (4) Evil men will be able to carry out their
vicious and wicked plans, and no one shall stop them.
- (5) But in the end, GOD will be victorious,
as always! His judgments will be swift and sure.
Rev. 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. (KJV) John
looked and saw a white horse. The rider carried a bow, and a crown
was placed on his head. He rode out to many battles trying to
Christ shall break all the seals, in order. He is in complete
control of every creature and every situation! Four horses (of
the Apocalypse) appear as the first four seals are opened. The
first horse is white, indicating purity and good, BUT, because
the other three horses relate to judgment and destruction, this
rider on a white horse CANNOT be Christ as many think! There are
many who believe he is Christ because Jesus does come on a white
horse in Rev.19:11, BUT, the rider here has a “bow”
(symbol of war), and he went out to conquer. Does this sound like
Christ? The rider here is NOT Christ, but a satanic deceiver.
He wants people to think he is Christ, and is bringing peace to
the world (2 Cor.11:14). The rider is the Antichrist, and when
he comes, he will NOT appear to be a villain. He comes offering
peace to Israel (Dan.9:27), but midway in the last “week”
(7 years) he shall reveal his true colors.
Rev. 6:3-4 And when he had opened the second
seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.  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. (KJV) When the Lamb broke the second seal, John heard the second
living being say, "Come!" And another horse appeared,
a red one. The rider was given a mighty sword and power to remove
peace from the Earth. There was war and killing everywhere.
Who is the rider on this second (red) horse? Same rider! The
Antichrist! The rider on the white horse could not possibly be
Christ, for when He comes bringing peace, it will be permanent!
The peace the rider on the white horse (Antichrist) will bring
will be very short lived. Now he comes riding on a red horse (bloodshed
and war), showing his true colors! The prophet Daniel foretold
this event (Dan.9:27). He said that in the middle of the “week”
(7 years, the Great Tribulation) the Antichrist would break the
peace treaty with Israel. There shall be war! A great war, world
wide. This has not been fulfilled as yet.
Rev. 6:5-6 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.  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.
(KJV) When the Lamb broke the third seal, John heard the third
living being say, "Come!" John looked and saw a black
horse, and its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.
A voice from the midst of the four living beings said, "A
loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley for a day's pay.
And don't waste the olive oil and wine."
Deception and false religion lead to war; and war leads to famine
and disease. Following the horrible war, there shall be a great
famine. After every war there is a shortage of food because men
are at war; crops are not planted, and there is destruction of
crops that were ready to harvest. Millions shall die of hunger.
Food will become so scarce that it will have to be rationed (symbolized
by the pair of balances, or scales). Oil and wine symbolize the
food of the wealthy. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer!
The rich will be able to buy their luxury foods while the poor
people starve to death.
Rev. 6:7-8 And when he had opened the fourth
seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
 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. (KJV) When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, John heard the
fourth living being say, "Come!" John looked and saw
a horse whose color was pale green like a corpse. Death was the
name of its rider, who was followed around by Hell. They were
given power over one-fourth of the Earth, to kill with the sword
and famine and disease and wild animals.
Famine follows war. Death follows famine. Does Hell (Hades) ride
a separate horse than Death? Or does Hades ride with Death? The
riders described in Rev.6:2-8 are commonly referred to as the
“four horsemen of the Apocalypse.” The riders are
given power over one-fourth of the Earth, showing God’s
mercy. He is limiting His judgment --- it is not yet complete.
There is still time for unbelievers to turn TO Christ and AWAY
from their sin. God is demonstrating His wrath on sin, but also His merciful love in giving people
yet one more chance to turn to Him before He brings final judgment.
The rider was Death (king of terror), and this period will be
one of great slaughter and devastation, brought about by four
different means: (1) Sword (war). (2) Famine (hunger and starvation).
(3) Death (fatal pestilence, plagues, disease). (4) Wild beasts,
which shall roam unrestrained.
Rev. 6:9-11 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: 
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?  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 fellowservants also and their
brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (KJV) When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, John saw under the altar
the souls of all who had been martyred for the Word of God and
for being faithful in their witness. These souls cried out to
the Lord saying, "O Lord, holy and true, how long will it
be before you judge the people who belong to this world for what
they have done to us? When will you avenge our blood against these
people?" A white robe was given to each of them, and they
were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their
fellow servants of Jesus had been martyred.
What John saw when the fifth seal was opened really affected
him. Souls of martyrs under the altar, at the foot of the altar
in Heaven, at the feet of Christ! Persecutors can kill ONLY the
body; they CANNOT kill the soul! God has provided a wonderful
place, in a much better world, for those who are faithful unto
death (Mark 13:13), those who persevere and keep their firm stand
for our Lord. But we must remember, it is NOT their death, but
the Sacrifice of Christ (HIS death) that gives them entrance into
Heaven. WHO are these souls? They cannot be from the church age,
for those souls were taken by Christ to Heaven at the Rapture
(1 Thes.4:13-18). These souls under the altar are the Tribulation
saints who took a stand for Jesus, and were martyred for their
faith. This same group is again mentioned in Rev.7:9-17. The cause
for which they suffered was the Word of God; the best for which
any man can lay down his life; faith in God’s Word, AND
the unshaken confession of that faith. We must tell others of
Jesus! We cannot be ‘closet Christians.’ When this
is fulfilled, God will send great tribulation to those who trouble His own, and wonderful happiness,
peace and rest to those who are troubled. These martyred souls
are extremely eager for God to bring justice to the Earth, but
they are given white robes and told to wait a little while longer;
until all their fellow servants and family are also killed as
they were. . . . http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_why_h_s.htm . . . http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_what_h_s.htm
Rev. 6:12-13 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;  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. (KJV) John watched as the Lamb broke the sixth
seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark
as black cloth, and the moon turned as red as blood. The stars
of the sky fell to the Earth like green figs falling from trees
shaken by mighty winds.
When the 6th seal is opened, the scene is again shifted to the
Earth. Scripture does foretell of this eventful time in other
places (Isa.13:9-13; 34:1-4; Joel 2:30-31; Zeph.1:14-15; Mat.24:29;
Mark 13:24-25). The first five judgments were directed toward
specific areas, but this judgment will be world-wide.
EVERYONE will be afraid at the awesome power of God. Even the
Earth itself shall tremble! Dread and terror shall seize ALL mankind.
Rev. 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll
when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were
moved out of their places. (KJV) John saw the sky rolled
up like a scroll and taken away. And ALL the mountains and ALL
the islands moved from where they had been.
Nahum 1:5-6 states this very same truth; also Rev.20:11. This
is to be taken literally! The sky shall be rolled up
like a scroll; and EVERY mountain and EVERY island shall be moved
out of their place! This is going to be one humongous earthquake,
one as this world has never seen! God has power beyond
Rev. 6:15-17 And 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;  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:
 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be
able to stand? (KJV) The kings of the Earth, the rulers,
the generals, the wealthy people, the people with great power,
and every slave and every free person . . . EVERYONE hid themselves
in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They cried
out to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide
us from the face of the One who sits on the throne and from the
wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of their wrath has come,
and who will be able to survive?"
Grandeur, riches, valor, nor strength, will be able to support
ANY man at this time! People shall know that it is God sitting
on His Throne, that has caused this catastrophe. ALL human beings,
great and small, will be terrified! They will beg the mountains
to fall on them so they don’t have to face the judgment
of the Lamb. This will be the most pathetic and tragic prayer
meeting ever! They will pray for death that will not come! This
vivid picture is NOT intended to frighten believers. For them,
the Lamb is a gentle Saviour and Shepherd. But, ALL those generals,
emperors, kings, well known celebrities, AND common folk, who
previously showed no fear of God and blatantly flaunted their
unbelief and rejection of Christ will KNOW they were wrong (Isa.45:22-23;
Phil.2:10-11), and that they will have to face God's wrath. NO ONE who has ever rejected God can survive the day
of His wrath, but those who belong to Christ will receive a reward
rather than punishment. Do you belong
to Christ??? . . . You do NOT want to feel God's wrath. http://www.hisservants.org/god%27s_holy_wrath_h_s.htm
The wrath of the Lamb is a paradox (a statement that
seems to contradict itself, but in fact is true). God created
the lamb to represent Christ. The Lamb is a symbol of gentleness
and meekness. From the days of Abel to John the Baptist, Christ
is depicted as a Lamb. But, just suppose this Lamb were to get
angry. What then? What about the ‘other side’ of Christ?
The wrath? Jesus did get angry (John 2:15), and He made a whip
and chased the money changers out of the Temple. Jesus
is GOD! He is righteous and holy and pure; and He hates
everything that is contrary to Himself! He does NOT hate what
you and I hate, He is NOT vindictive or malicious. Romans
1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the
truth in unrighteousness; (KJV) If we look at the world around
us, we can’t help but see it revealing the wrath of God.
Christ the Lamb, will one day be the supreme Judge of ALL mankind whether you accept this fact or not. And He
will most certainly show and express His wrath on all ungodliness.
His wrath and judgment shall absolutely come! Christians (TRUE
believers, TRUE children of God) are called to an already decided
course; that strait and narrow path that leads to eternal life
(Mat. 7:13-14). NOT all people are God’s children
as some false teachers teach! NOT everyone will go to Heaven. Just those who believe and accept Jesus as Saviour and
Lord (John 1:12-13; 3:3; 1 John 5:10-12). We must be bold for
the cause of Christ, confessing the Truth about Him (Gospel),
and living and serving Him every day that we live. Whatever we
go through, He is always with us (Mat.28:18-20; Heb.13:5; Phil.4:13). . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.hisservants.org/will_christ_be_judge_h_s.htm
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