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The Seven Seals of Revelation Have Been Opened!
Opening the First Six Seals (Revelation, Chapter 6)
The first of the seven seals revealed a white horse with a rider who held a bow, was given a crown, and rode off as a conqueror.
The second of the seven seals revealed a fiery red horse with a rider who was given a large sword and the power to take peace from the earth and to cause men to kill each other.
The third of the seven seals revealed a black horse with a rider who was holding a pair of scales in his hand and measuring out the day’s wages.
The fourth of the seven seals revealed a pale horse with a rider, named Death, and Hades who was given power over one quarter of the earth to kill by sword, famine, plague and wild beasts.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- The White Horse. The white horse is bent on conquest just as the world today is bent on warfare, conquest, and bloodshed. We are on a hell-bent course toward destruction. God gives people over to the consequences of their own sin.
- The Red Horse. The red horse is about taking peace from the earth, an example of which is men butchering one another. This is both the judgment of God and the consequence of sin.
- The Black Horse. Famine is the black horse. While some people are starving, there are those who will be concerned with luxuries. There will always be economic disparity.
- The Pale Horse. The pale horse is plague. One of the biggest threats to life in the developing world today is HIV and AIDS.
The fifth of the seven seals revealed the souls of those who suffered for the Word of God and their testimony. Persecution and martyrdom are often the greatest enemies of the church of Jesus Christ.
The martyrs asked for the judgment of those who persecuted the church. The answer: their judgment is sure and it will come.
The sixth of the seven seals revealed a great earthquake in which the world turned black and the moon turned to blood. This is the final judgment, where the powerful and rich of the earth are found hiding in caves and asking the rocks to fall on them.
The First Interlude (Revelation, Chapter 7)
On three occasions in Revelation, there are sets of seven: seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls.
In each case, the first four come together, the next two are different, and the last one is the final, cataclysmic judgment.
The first four are descriptive of judgments that are taking place at this time. The fifth and sixth ones are about the spiritual realities of what is going on, and the seventh one is all about the final day of judgment.
So we must ask ourselves if the seals, trumpets and bowls are coming one after another? No, they are describing the same events, but from a different view. There’s always an interlude between the sixth seal/trumpet/bowl and the final one and this is what we see in Revelation 7 and 8.
The churches in Asia Minor knew about the awful things that were happening, but they needed to hear that it would come to an end with the judgment of God. So the Apostle John spoke comfort and encouragement to those in the churches. The servants of God would be sealed by God and have the stamp of divine ownership. The 144,000 is a picture of those who are the servants of God: the complete church of God.
Then we see a great multitude standing before the throne of the Lamb, wearing white, crying, “Salvation belongs to our God and to the Lamb”. This is the response of worship after hearing about the judgment of God. If God did not judge the world, he would not be righteous or holy.
There is no salvation without judgment. If we don’t understand what judgment is all about, we can’t understand what sin is all about. If we don’t understand sin and judgment, we will never grasp salvation.
Opening of the Seventh Seal (Revelation, Chapter 8)
When the seventh of the seven seals was opened, there was silence. It was a great anticlimax after a period praising God. In the silence, the angel placed incense on the altar of God. The altar and the incense are the prayers of the saints and they are fragrant in the nostrils of God.
Out of the Seventh Seal came Seven Angels with Seven Trumpets. Trumpets were used for warning and their purpose was to warn of the judgments coming to the inhabitants of the earth. The focus here is that those that dwell in this earth (those comfortable in the world) will need to be warned. It is a warning to those who scoff at the coming judgment of God.
The task of the Christian Church is to warn people of what is coming. The greatest compliment and intimate interest that God can ever pay to a person is to promise judgment. If there were no final judgment, then individuals would have no significance.
Don’t count on tomorrow.