Revelation 6

Revelation 6 has John watching as the scroll is opened.  “Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, Come”!  From the previous chapter, we understand this scroll is the history and destiny of mankind and creation, and only Jesus – the Lamb – had the right to open the seals on this scroll at the culmination of history.  This chapter has the Lamb opening six of the seven seals.  With the removal of each seal, the instruction is to come.

The first four seals each were removed and then came a horse – white, bright red, black and pale – which bring a specific impact:

  • The white horse brings a dictator who imitates Jesus
  • The red horse brings war and conflict
  • The black horse brings scarcity and inequity
  • The pale horse brings death

Our modern age has seen hundreds of millions killed by dictators, war, and famine. Yet all that will pale in comparison to the death toll coming in the wake of this ultimate dictator in those end times.

Then the fifth and sixth seals are opened.  The fifth seal brings forth the cry of the martyrs. “I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain  for the word of God and for the witness they had borne”.  If you had the thought that following Jesus was easy street or a rose garden, think again.  The fact that these souls were under the altar emphasizes that their life blood was poured out as an offering to God. “They cried out with a loud voice”. These souls in heaven cried out for vengeance and made their cry to God, and left the matter of justice and judgment with Him.

The removal of the sixth seal brought about cosmic disruption.  In the Bible, celestial disturbances are often connected with the coming of the Messiah.  Look at all that happened:

  • there was a great earthquake
  • the sun became black as  sackcloth
  • the full moon became like blood
  • the stars of the sky fell to the earth 
  • the sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up
  • every mountain and island was removed from its place

The question is asked as the chapter ends: “who can stand”?  The answer is simple and clear.  Only the believer can stand before this great judgment, the one who is justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  With Him, there is no hope.  That day is coming.  Are you ready?

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