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Keys to Revelation - Chapter 6

Written by: Capoccia, Tony    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                        Keys to Revelation - Chapter 6

Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

          BIBLE TEXT                                  COMMENTARY

REV 6:1  I watched as the Lamb            [Lamb] - Lamb of God is Jesus Christ. opened the first of the seven            seals. Then I heard one of the four      NOTE: With the opening of the first living creatures say in a voice          seal, the beginning of the seven-year like thunder, "Come!"                    tribulation period is described,                                            which is the time of judgment for                                            Israel and for the whole world.   

                                          [Come!] - This call is for the first                                           of the four horses.       

REV 6:2  I looked, and there before      [white horse] - It was customary in me was a white horse! Its rider          biblical times for a conqueror to held a bow, and he was given a            ride in triumph on a white horse. crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.              [bow] - Typical weapon for a king to                                           carry into battle in that part of the                                           world. 

                                          [crown] - Greek word is "stephanos"                                           which is a crown of victory and not                                           a crown of a sovereign. 

                                          [conqueror] - This is the AntiChrist,                                           the "man of sin" who comes and tries                                           to conquer the world.  See DAN 9:26-                                           27.

REV 6:3  When the Lamb opened the          second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" 

REV 6:4  Then another horse came          [fiery red] - A color representing out, a fiery red one. Its rider was      bloodshed and sin. given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each          [rider..given..power] - A reminder other. To him was given a large          that in all events it is God who  sword.                                    allows and empowers mankind to carry                                           out His will.

                                          [take peace..make slay] - This rider                                           follows the Antichrist who tries to                                           take over the world and the result is                                           war and bloodshed. 

                                          [large sword] - A long sword often                                           carried into battle that symbolizes                                           violent death and war.

REV 6:5  When the Lamb opened the        [black] - The color of mourning, third seal, I heard the third            affliction, and famine.  living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a        [scales] - A yoke or beam with a black horse! Its rider was holding        weight on one side and the substance a pair of scales in his hand.            to be measured on the other.

REV 6:6  Then I heard what sounded        [quart of wheat] - Dry measure of like a voice among the four living        about a quart (1.92 pints).  This was creatures, saying, "A quart of            daily ration of food for one man. And wheat for a day's wages, and three        he got it for his [day's wages]. This quarts of barley for a day's wages,      would indicate that the famine and and do not damage the oil and the        inflation levels after the first wine!"                                    series of wars was so severe, that a                                           man worked all day for just enough                                           food for himself, leaving his family                                           and those unable to work without                                           meals.

                                          [three quarts of barley] - Poor man's                                           diet and cheaper than wheat.  The                                           worker could chose it instead of the                                           wheat.

                                          [oil..wine] - Staples of the society                                           and God in His judgment continues to                                           show mercy by not making the famine                                           as severe as He could. 

REV 6:7  When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" 

REV 6:8  I looked, and there before      [pale horse] - The word means a me was a pale horse! Its rider was        yellowish green, but refers here to named Death, and Hades was                the color of a corpse or the look following close behind him. They          of a person struck with terror. were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine        [Death] - This is the death horse and and plague, and by the wild beasts        right behind him is a fifth horse of the earth.                            named Hades, which is another name                                           for Hell, the place of torment until                                           the Final Judgment.

                                          [fourth of earth] - Today it would be                                           approximately 1.5 Billion people                                           killed.                     

                                          [sword] - The wars and bloodshed

                                          [famine] - Starvation of the masses

                                          [plague] - Diseases from the war, if                                           they used "germ warfare" and/or the                                           simple judgment of God in the form of                                           a Divine ordered disease.

                                          [wild beasts] - A revolt of the                                           Animal Kingdom, possibly caused by                                           the displacement of war and the                                           scarcity of an adequate food supply.

REV 6:9  When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the          [under the altar] - In the Levitical souls of those who had been slain        rite the blood was poured out at the because of the word of God and the        foot of the altar.  John sees an testimony they had maintained.            altar in heaven with souls (people)                                           under it.

                                          [slain] - They were Christians that                                           had been killed for their faith in                                           Christ.  It is likely that these                                           Christians were killed during the                                           Tribulation Period.

REV 6:10  They called out in a loud      [avenge] - They cry out like David voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord,        for God to judge wickedness because holy and true, until you judge the        God is Holy and all sin is an affront inhabitants of the earth and avenge      to His Sovereignty. our blood?" 

REV 6:11  Then each of them was          [white robes] - See REV 19:8 and given a white robe, and they were        19:14 told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants      [wait] - God has a timetable for this and brothers who were to be killed        world and is very patient with the as they had been was completed.          wickedness of man, but the day is                                           coming when the evilness of man will                                           be completed and then Jesus will                                           judge the world.

REV 6:12  I watched as he opened          [sixth seal] - The first five seals the sixth seal. There was a great        were the direct result of man's earthquake. The sun turned black          actions.  A man tried to conquer the like sackcloth made of goat hair,        world (Antichrist-Seal 1).  Men from the whole moon turned blood red,          this attempted takeover fought with                                           each other (War-Seal 2).  The result                                           of this major war was a worldwide                                           food shortage (Famine-Seal 3).                                           Because of the war, famines, and the                                           problems that ensued many on earth                                           died (Death-Seal 4). The mass killing                                           of Christians by unsaved man.                                           Martyrs-Seal 5)

                                          But the sixth seal is the direct                                           action of God, where He pours out His                                           judgments against man and his earth.

                                          [great earthquake] - God often has                                           used earthquakes to introduce His                                           judgments.  This was not a local                                           quake but rather one that likely                                           shook the entire world. 

                                          [sun..black] - A black sun is in fact                                           no sun!  There would be total dark-                                           ness except for the red moon.

                                          [red..moon] - The whole world sees a                                           blood red moon which causes fear and                                           panic in the hearts of sinful man.                                           Since the moon gets its light from                                           the sun, God somehow caused the moon                                           to emit it's own light of judgment.

REV 6:13  and the stars in the sky        [stars..fell] - Literally, shooting fell to earth, as late figs drop          stars were observed to be "falling" from a fig tree when shaken by a          to the earth. strong wind. 

REV 6:14  The sky receded like a          [sky receded] - Violent sights in the scroll, rolling up, and every            heavens that made the sky appear to mountain and island was removed          roll up like a scroll.  from its place.                                            [mountain..island..removed] - They                                           did not necessarily disappear, but                                           may have literally moved to new                                           locations by the violence of Nuclear                                           War or simply by the finger of God.

REV 6:15  Then the kings of the          [man hid] - The events on the earth earth, the princes, the generals,        and in the heavens were terrifying to the rich, the mighty, and every          every man and woman on earth. slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 

REV 6:16  They called to the              [hide us] - God's judgments were to mountains and the rocks, "Fall on        not only judge sin, but also to cause us and hide us from the face of him      sinful man to repent and cry out to who sits on the throne and from the      God for mercy.  However, they would wrath of the Lamb!                        not acknowledge their sin but only to                                           hide from the wrath of God, wishing                                            that the rocks would crush and kill                                           them, rather than agree with God                                           about their sins and submit to Him.

REV 6:17  For the great day of            [who can stand] - No one can ever their wrath has come, and who can        stand smug in their sins before God stand?"                                  when He comes to judge the earth.

Tony Capoccia BIBLE BULLETIN BOARD Box 130 Shreveport, LA 71110 Modem (318) 949-1456 300/1200/2400/9600 Baud

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