Revelation 6 Lesson

The first six seals are revealed

Earlier in Revelation, we saw that God was sitting on a throne surrounded by 4 creatures, and 24 elders on thrones. There was a book that was sealed by 7 seals, and only Jesus was found worthy to open the book.

Now in chapter 6, we find out what the first 6 of the 7 seals are. The 7th seal will be revealed in chapter 7. 

There is some debate over what the opening of each seal symbolizes. Most agree that in the final days, there will be an epic battle between good and evil. Rulers in that time will commit horrible, sinful acts until Jesus ultimately defeats them.

Most believe that the book held by God with the 7 seals is an account of all things that ever were, and all things that ever will be.

The first 6 seals are:

  1. A rider on a white horse.  He also had a bow and, “Went out conquering and to conquer.”
  2. The 2nd seal deals with war. For this seal, we see a rider on a red horse who was, “Granted to take peace from the earth, and that  men  would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.” Perhaps this is God asserting that He has the right to take peace from the earth as He sees the need to do so. Mankind has always found reasons to go to war with one another. Sadly, this will continue until the end of days.
  3. The 3rd seal mentions a black horse and that its rider had two scales. Once again, John writes that he heard a voice tell him to, “Come,” so that he could get a closer look.  He writes that he heard a voice coming from the area of the four creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.” So what does this symbolize? Perhaps the scales are representing the exchange of money for the wheat and barley. The NASB study Bible refers to the 3rd seal as “Famine.”
  4. The lamb (Jesus) breaks the 4th seal. This time John sees an ashen (pale) horse. The person sitting on this horse had the name, “Death.” John writes that Hades was following with him and that, “Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.” The 4th seal of the book held by God and being opened by Jesus has to do with death and hell (Hades). Is it significant that they were only given authority over 25% of the land?  Perhaps the 25% represents the worst of the population on earth.
  5. As Jesus breaks the 5th seal, John does not see a horse. Therefore, to summarize, in the first four seals we have four horses: a white horse (associated with conquering), a red horse (seems to represent war), a black horse (possibly representing famine or the limited supply of wheat and barley), and an ashen, or pale horse (representing death). In the 5th seal, instead of a horse, John sees underneath the alter, “The souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained.” They are held in reverence and John writes that they were each given a white robe. This is symbolic of their favorable position with God. These martyrs cried out with a loud voice saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” They were told, “They should rest for a little while longer, until  the number of  their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.” It seems as if God knows who will be martyred and when. It also seems that these people are remembered and that they are going to be honored by God for their sacrifice.
  6. As Jesus breaks the 6th seal, John gets a look into the awesome things that will take place on the, “Day of wrath”, which most likely is talking about judgement day after Jesus returns. John writes, “I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth  made  of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

To better understand what we are reading in Revelation 6, we need to go back through our earlier studies in Revelation to gain some context.

In Revelation 1:3, John records, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

From that scripture, we know that the words in Revelation are a prophecy. Since prophecy refers to, “A foretelling, prediction or a declaration of something to come,” (Source: Webster’s “American Dictionary of the English Language) we can deduce that what we are reading about in the book of Revelation are things that will take place sometime in the future.

Revelation is talking about things to come in the end of days, and based on Mathew 24:36 only God knows when that time will be.

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

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Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

What type of blessing do you hope to receive?

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Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

What type of blessing do you hope to receive?

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Ula
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The blessing I hope upon living man (myself as well) is to understand the language of God's forgiveness, and how to weave it in how we speak to ourselves and to those who have harmed us. Maybe in that way, we can honor the Lord Father with the gift he has given us through the blood of Christ. During the End Times, I hope that forgiveness will ease those of us who fall into the Lord's shadow. May peace reign for His glory, Amen.

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James A Guillory
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The ultimate goal of the heavenly father in the life of a Christian is to transform the Christian into the likeness of his son Jesus and it says blessed is He who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy and heed the things which are written in it for the time is near. I know that anytime that you take to heart the words of scripture and allow the words to dig into your life into your heart that a transformation takes place into the likeness of our Savior Jesus this is truly a blessing to be more and more like our King and Lord!

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Everyone has a story about their faith. What is your story?

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Pat Dermody
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The longer I live the stronger my faith becomes. Right now I am concentrating on spending more time LISTENING to God and His message to me. As I listen I am more aware of His presence in my life throughout the day even when someone has hurt me or angered me. Someone said to me “Silence is God’s first language.” As I listen I know He is nearby and I can more readily “let go and let God. “

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