Revealing Revelation - Part 6

The great Divide

Chapter six begins the judgment of God on a world of rebellion against Him. There are three sets of judgments—the seal judgments, the trumpet judgments, and the vial or bowl judgments. Each set has a total of seven plagues. Again, seven is a picture of completion, and the number three represents unity (as in the Trinity). The plagues will compliment each other while at the same time they will be complete judgment from the God of Heaven.

The church has been raptured, and Christ is the only One capable of opening the book. Here we have “the Great Divide” of the Book of Revelation. In Revelation 1:19 we see John being told to, “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.” John had already written about the things that have been and the things that are in chapters 1-3. Now he has been commissioned to write about the things hereafter beginning in chapter 6.

This point in time is yet future, Christ has been found worthy to open the seven seals. With each seal a judgment is unleashed upon the earth.Jesus is now on the move. He is not walking through His candlesticks anymore. They have been removed. He no longer sits as High Priest. He now takes the office of Judge. Let the judgment begin.

Revelation 6:1, 2 says, “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.” 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.”

The Four Horsemen

At the opening of the first seal a rider goes out on a white horse with a bow and and is given a crown. A white horse, yes, but not the white horse of Revelation 19:11. In Revelation 19:11, the Son of God will be upon the white horse. Generally in Scripture, white is a representation of purity and righteousness, but not so in this case. Here we have an “imitation” and an “imitator”. II Corinthians 11:14 we are told, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” It is not Christ, but the antichrist that is pictured here.

Notice that he carries a bow, but no arrows. He comes offering peace. I Thessalonians 5:3 says, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety: then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child: and they shall not escape.”

He comes to rule. He is given a crown. Once the rapture is complete, the antichrist will be able to step on the scene and will be given great authority to rule the world. Again, this is not Christ. He is in Heaven opening the seals. Now—seal number two.

“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.” There is a short lived peace. Now the antichrist is actively involved in World War III as he is given a “great sword”. Christ’s peace will be a permanent peace. The wicked will never have true peace. Isaiah 57:21 says, “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”

The third seal is opened in Revelation 6:5, 6—the black horse of famine. The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah mentions is Jeremiah 4:28, “For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it. I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.” He continues in Lamentations 4:8, 9 to explain the plight of those taken by famine. “Their visage is blacker than coal; they are known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones. It is withered, it is become like a stick. They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.”

Black is the color of mourning and famine, and as the third seal is opened, famine is poured out worldwide. The phrase in verse 6, “…A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny…” represents an inflation rate of 800%. If you think gas is high now, just wait. Currently the price of gas is about $3.50/gallon. An inflation rate of 800% would put the price for a gallon of gas at about $28.00/gallon. Be glad we will not be here then.

The phrase “and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” refers to the ability of the wealthy to continue to but luxury items like toiletries and liquor. It has always been that way. The poor suffer, but the rich survive in style.

Enter—seal four, the pale horse. Verse 8 tells us, “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.” A sickening greenish-yellow is the color of this horse. It represents pestilence. Every war brings famine, and famine always brings pestilence. Pestilence brings death.

Death is not the only one riding on the pale horse. Hell rides on the back of this beast and takes 1.5 billion people hostage. Death takes the body, but hell takes the soul. The wild beasts will eat the human “leftovers”. No doubt there will be germ infections from both death and warfare.

The Remaining Seals

Christ opens the fifth seal in verses 9-11—martyrdom. We see in verse 9 the altar. Remember that after the resurrection, Christ ascended to the Father to offer his blood. Hebrews 9:23, and 24 says, “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.”

Luke 11:50, 51 tells us, “ That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation. From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily, I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.”

Revelation 6:11 mentions the martyr’s fellowservants. Apparently, at the altar we have the Old Testament saints that were martyred waiting for the Tribulation saints that will be martyred . Both are pleading for justice under the law, not grace. The age of grace is over, and God’s wrath is poured out.

The sixth seal involves a great earthquake that will shake the world (6:12-17). The heavens will be shaken and the stars will fall to the earth. The very abode of God (verse 14) will be moved. Verse 16 says, “And {men} 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.” Joel foresees this day when he writes in Joel 2:30, 31, “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD.” Peter mentions this day in Acts 2:20 as he quotes the Old Testament book of Joel, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.”

This series of events begins the second half of the Tribulation known as the Great Tribulation, the day of God’s wrath. Still, the worst is yet to come for Revelation 16:18 speaks of a great earthquake like none that man has ever seen.

Chapter 7:4-8 deals with the sealing of the 144,000. God tells us exactly who they will be. They will all be Jews, 12,000 from each of the tribes. They will be virgins (Revelation 14:4).

In verses 9-11 we see a tremendous group of saved Jews. These 144,000 Jews will do more to spread the gospel in seven years than the church did in 2,000 years.

In chapter 8:1 we have the seventh and last “seal” judgment. Christ opens the seventh seal and there is silence in Heaven. “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”

Remember please, that Christ is directing the affairs of earth. He is the great Judge and He is now judging. No man can hide from Him at this point. Six terrible judgments just fell on the earth. But that is only the beginning. Seven more “trumpet “ judgments are on the way. They will be worse that the previous seven, but not as bad as the last “vial” judgments. So what we have is the seventh seal judgment introducing the first trumpet judgment. It is the calm before the storm. Remember too, that God is always slow to bring judgment. Ezekiel 18:32 says, For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

This brings us to the close of the first seven judgments that will be poured out on the earth. Remember that the church is in Heaven during this time. People will still be saved, but the Holy Spirit will not have the same ministry that He has now. He will revert back to His dealings with men in the way He dealt with them in the Old Testament.

Even though much of Revelation seems unbelievable, the bulk of the book is to be taken literally. This world will be a terrible mess. Man can not possibly stand against the wrath of Almighty God.

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

OK, so...I am confused. Who is being saved? The Jew? Didn't you say there would be no more saved? I am not trying to argue, honestly, just understand what you are saying. May be tomorrow night before I can get back but I am very interested. Just busy things going on now not allowing me much time here but I want to grasp this. I thought people could not buy or sell without a mark and if they didn't take the mark they were killed but went to heaven. Lost their life but soul is safe?


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi Bill, I need clarification on a few things: 1) So the scales the rider holds on black horse....has that a double meaning? Judgement, and weighing for wheat etc as famine arrives? And how did you arrive at the penny for a measure of wheat representing an inflation rate of 800% ?

I cant shift the feeling that we already have much of this happening in the world already...starvation, peoples remains being eaten by wild animals, certainly in Africa, inflation putting cost of a lot of foods beyond our pockets....foods that were staples before....e.g peanut butter here in Africa is exorbitant and marmite and all breakfast cereals. They are now luxuries and many other things are too. Even toilet paper. A year ago we had protests all over the world at the cost of food rising. Martyrdom is also already happening in literally all muslim countries and in the Chinese Christian House Churches which are illegal.

We have not had a big earthquake that shakes the whole world yet but it does feel like it is leading up to that with new earthquakes happening from week to week. They are so common now that they do not even make the news any longer.

and in v 9 and 10, those under the alter that were slain sound very much like those slain before because of v 10 and 11 and what they say.

And ch 7 v 9 immediately after the 144.000 are sealed it goes on to say: After this I beheld.......could this not be when the church was removed? Here we are actually told in v 14 that they, the multitude arraigned in white robes, are they who came out of the great tribulation.

I have no fixed ideas on this...just want to follow what scripture tells or hints at.

I wonder, because YHVH is a God of order and He has always required His people to "go through" the tribulations before, from which He delivers them. (Egypt, Angel of Death, Red Sea; Sodom and Gom etc, even their capture and deliverance from Babylon)

Just wondering.....


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jackie and Karen,

Thanks for the questions. Like you Jackie I'm finding out I have little time as there is much going on. I may have bitten off more than I can chew time-wise with this series. I promise I will get back to you both as soon as I can. Thanks for sticking with it, and your questions deserve answers.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Okay Jackie,

Admittedly, Revelation is a difficult book so I can't be dogmatic, but this is how I understand it. I assume you're referring to this line, "Apparently, at the altar we have the Old Testament saints that were martyred waiting for the Tribulation saints that will be martyred ."

I see the tribulation as the last week of Daniel 9. So the tribulation is mainly aimed at the Jews as God calls them back to Himself as His chosen people. I believe many Jews will be saved during this time. In Revelation 14 we have the 144,000, all saved which we will look at briefly later.

It would appear to me that at the time of the rapture the Holy Spirit will be removed from His human temple according to II Thessalonians 2:7. But I do not believe that He will be totally absent from the world scene. He will continue to draw many that have never heard the Gospel and they will turn to Christ. I also believe that those who have heard the Gospel before the rapture takes place have sealed their doom according to II Thessalonians 2:10-12. Hopefully that clears some things up. If not, let me know.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Karen,

Hope you're having a good day. My computer is acting up. I had a reply ready to send and somehow I deleted the whole thing. so I'll try again.

As for the black horse - I see it representing the judgment of famine. Because of the famine prices sky rocket thus causing an 800% increase in price. As food becomes more scarce the prices soar. I'm not sure of the exact source, but somewhere in my studies I had learned that in John's day a measure of wheat sold for 1/8 penny; the same for three measures of barley. During the tribulation it would cost one penny or an 800% increase.

There can be no doubt that the signs of the tribulation are taking place even now, but I believe they will increase greatly as the tribulation begins. I'm seeing things from a pre-tribulation view.

I believe what we have in Revelation 6:9, 10 are the martyred Old Testament saints along with the martyred tribulation saints who died for their testimony and wait for God to avenge their blood. I see the same group in Revelation 7:9, 10. I do believe that many will be saved during the tribulation and these verses would include them. The biggest difference is probably pre-trib vs. mid-trib. Now if I don't delete this before I post, I'll feel pretty good. Have a wonderful day in the Lord, Sister! Anything that's not clear, let me know. I can muddy the waters at times.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jackie,

One other thing - the 144,000 witnesses will lead many gentiles to Christ as well. I have also heard of groups hiding Bibles in caves in Israel hoping they will be found during the tribulation and through this many may also be saved. For all the pain involved I believe that there will also be a great harvest.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

This does make a lot of sense but very sad for those we hope would see the light once the rapture took place. It is what it is though and this will be very interesting reading in a new light. Thank you for the insight.


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

This is wear it all gets hazy for me. following along as well as with comments trying to get my brain to understand it. I appreciate your study and explanations will keep grinding those clunky gears in my head.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jackie,

Glad that makes some sense. There's a lot I may not completely understand, but if you have any other questions, let me know. Thanks for livening up the conversation.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

There is certainly a lot to wade through. If there's anything I can help clear up let me know. Glad you're along!


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Lifegate. Yes the Book of Revelation is allot I have really got into reading the book and following along with you. God Bless you for guiding us along. I am not real clear on some things. (referring mostly to the rapture of the church) Saints is mentioned many times after chapter 3 in Revelation. I will not reference the numerous verscs but I have read with my own eyes. It is no doubt the saints are the church in all of scripture.

no man could number, of all nations, and tribes, and people, and tongues, ... who came out of great tribulation," (Revelation 7:9, 14), which was how they obtained their white robes. "After this" (Revelation 7:9); referring to the sealing of the 144,000 Israelites (Revelation 7:1-8)Referring to Gentiles as well as Jews will go through great tribulation.

Anyway I am learning a great deal and I appreciate your hard work brother. May God Bless you for it my friend. He will indeed. He is faithful and true. Sweet Jesus come soon. In the time we have work to do, Amen. Bless you and yours and all of the 6 precious granddaughters. Your sista in Christ. Skye


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Sista,

Thanks for the comment and the thoughts. Just to add my thoughts - I do not believe the word "saints" (which appears 13 times in Revelation) is referring to the church, but rather to the tribulation saints, those who have been saved during the tribulation. The same word is found in the Old Testament as well 35 times. I believe the church did not start until after the resurrection so the OT saints would be not part of the church - God's children, yes, but not part of the church. The word saint, in the OT and NT basically means "one that is pure or morally blameless".

God dealt with His children differently in the OT. The Holy Spirit would come upon an individual, but did not dwell within Him as He does today. After the rapture God will once again deal with His people in the OT way as the Tribulation time is really about God dealing with His chosen people, the Jews.

So we agree to disagree. One way or the other we'll all be home in Heaven very soon. Bless you for your faithfulness to this series.

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