Revelation Chapter 6
Rev 6:1 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.
Jesus who is the Lamb that was slain, was dead and resurrected is the only one worthy to open the book and open each seal. Notice the words Come and see. Many translations leave out the word, see and just say come. This would indicate that voice was speaking to the horseman and not to John who was already there seeing what was taking place. However, I will not say that for sure because he may have been speaking to John to come and see. At any rate the horsemen could not go forth unless God allowed them to do so, meaning that the anti-christ will not arise on the scene without God's permission.
Rev 6:2 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.
I do not believe this is Christ just because the horse is white. I believe this rider is the anit-christ. anti-christ does not just mean against Christ even though they are against all that the true Christ stands for. Anti-christ means in place of Christ. Anything that takes the place of Christ is anti-christ. There are many anti-christs in the world and has been since the days of Jesus, deceiving and being deceived, but this final white horse rider is the one who sums up the total power and evil that all anti-christs before him stood for. Satan is in total control of this man. He probably rides a white horse because of his deception. He wants to appear to be pure and white in actions.
to be the answer to all the trouble in the world. He may appear to be a person
that cares for the poor and may probably have programs in place to feed the
hungry and do good deeds but this will be only a short time if it occurs at all.
Actually the very opposite happens.
This man conquers everything in his path mostly centered around Jerusalem.
Some believe this man of sin is a Jew because they would not be deceived by a person
of another race. Orthodox Jews know that their Messiah is supposed to be one of
them according to bible prophecy. Some think he will be Muslim or some other new
worldwide religion of the future, perhaps similar to the New Age
Movement. He seems to be a political figure of some kind that wants
to present himself to be an answer to all the world's problems at
least at first. As of now, 2015, we really don't know who this
will be. He is called the Assyrian in one place in the bible.
One bible theologian believes he will come from either Greece,
Turkey, Syria or Egypt. He believes the man comes from Syria
and will not be a Jew. All these are interesting to ponder.
The whole purpose of the tribulation period is the bring the Jews back to God and help them to see that Jesus is the Christ who already came and is coming a 2nd time. He will not come a second time born from among men but in the clouds of heaven. In fact He will come the 2nd time to do what they thought He was supposed to do the first time around. They Jews failed to realize that they needed to be saved from sin before they could enter into a literal kingdom of God. Both Jews and Gentiles have to be "born again" or saved to inherit the kingdom of God or eternal life.
We cannot enter into that realm without being changed by God's spirit. Jesus brings a new life, not just a new religion. Another purpose for the tribulation is to bring the wrath of God upon those that have done evil and persecuted God's people. If the whole purpose was judgment God could just kill everyone and they would plunge into hell for eternity. This way it will be done so that a remnant can be saved if they would only call upon the name of the Lord and repent.
Rev 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
Rev 6:4 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.
The second horseman is a result of the first one. As a result of the rule of anti-christ and his kingdom, the red horse of war arrives. There will be a war of all wars making the 1st and 2nd world war seem as nothing. Again my words are never to be taken as the gospel truth. The scripture that I put in bold letters is the truth, my words that I do not emphasize is my words and my opinion.
Rev 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
Now we see the result of the first two horsemen causes what happens when the third horseman arrives on the scene. Death is everywhere causes by a famine from a bad economy.
Rev 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
This again shows that the third horseman has something to do with the livelihood or the economic conditions at the time which cause this great famine. Oil and wine do not need to be cultivated so that part is not hurt by this great famine. We see that the things necessary to sustain life is destroyed while oil and wine which are not necessary, survives.
Rev 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
Rev 6:8 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.
Here is where I will get into a little controversy. Most people who believe in the literal 7 year tribulation before the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ believe that this tribulation is world wide and in light of the computer age, TV, cell phones and modern ways to spy on people, this could be true; but there are some that hold with the thought that since this fourth horseman only kills a fourth part of the earth, not all of it, the tribulation is not worldwide. The death caused by this horseman actually is a result of the coming of the first three.
We might assume that the other horseman also have only power over a fourth part of the earth namely the middle east and surrounding countries that used to be part of the old Roman Empire, the Grecian Empire and the Babylonian Empire. There are scriptures that do lean toward this theory. We see from the book of Daniel that the anti-christ is always constantly at war with someone so he may not actually get sole power over all the earth. I personally do not have an opinion one way or another. I honestly do not know.
I'm not sure that he will get power over the whole world but I do see it as a possibility. Here Daniel talks of the fourth beast which many believe is the same anti-christ spoken of in Revelation. In Daniel's visions they do concern the latter day Roman Empire. This really makes an interesting study to do but now I must focus on the book of Revelation as a whole.
Dan 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Dan 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Dan 7:26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Sometimes the words for "whole world" mean the majority of the world or almost all. There are always remnants who escape or refuse to go along with the whole world thinking. At the time of John's writing the whole world meant the Roman Empire territory. That was considered all of it but we know that there were other nations that they didn't know about or that had not been conquered yet. There are plenty of scriptures to support both view points and it really is interesting to study. We do know for certain that most of Revelation takes place in the vicinity of Israel and the Middle East where the final battle of Armageddon takes place.
If the church is removed first, we can almost guarantee that other nations will be on the side of this anti-christ and give him support including the United States if they exist at that time. Some latter day prophets are predicting the end for our country shortly so if they are right we may not be in the picture at all. I have no opinion one way or another on that subject.
Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Here we rejoice to see that there were many who were saved during the tribulation. These were killed for their faith in Christ. These were those that chose to die rather than deny Jesus Christ. They were slain for the word of God. This too may represent all which were killed for the cause of Christ since the time of Christ's first coming which would include the apostles and others killed after them. Some believe these are those killed during the future seven year tribulation.
It is unpopular even now as I write to stand for the word of God and claim to literally believe what that word says. Even churches are watering down the meaning of God's word compromising sound doctrine in the name of unity. This is not the true unity of the spirit that Jesus desires us to have. This is a false unity that denies the truth. God never teaches us to forsake truth for the sake of unity. The Holy Spirit bring us true unity. He is the Spirit of truth, not the spirit of error.
These people didn't die because they believed that someone named Jesus once lived, these people died because they believed in Jesus to the point of believing and living by His word. They kept the word and did not deny their faith. They also did not deny his name. In other words they did not deny that the name of Jesus (Yeshua) is the only name under heaven whereby one can be saved from sin and inherit eternal life. They did not deny His authority and that He had authority over all from God our Father. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no person can come to the Father except by Jesus Christ.
In this today's world, again in the false name of unity, there is a teaching that there are other ways to God. This is a lie straight from the pits of hell. If there had been another way, Jesus would not have had to take all our sins upon Himself and receive the punishment for sins He never committed.
This "go along to get along" is not the truth. True love will not lie. True love will tell the truth. Jesus is the only way to be reconciled to God. There is no other way. Whether we call Him Jesus or Yeshua, He is the only way to God.
Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
We see the day of mercy is closing. In the days of the apostles, we saw Stephen pray that the sin of his persecutors not be laid to their charge. Now we see the souls of these persons who were killed, asking for vengeance. In the previous chapter of Revelation were vials held by the 24 elders that contained the prayers of the saints. Saints remember are all true believers in Jesus. The saints mentioned here are the ones who were killed during the first half of the tribulation. Another thought as I briefly mention before is that these saints were those martyred all during the early church by the Romans, the Middle Ages by the Catholic Church, and those martyred by Protestants after the Reformation as well as those killed during the tribulation.
Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.
God is going to answer those prayers during the second half of the tribulation.
Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
More people were to yet die by the hands of the anit-christ and those that follow him. See how important it is to stay so pure in love and in truth so that we are never deceived into the religious delusion that God wants us to kill those that do not believe the way we do or go along with our own agenda whether that agenda be political or religious. If we hold to the teachings that we as Christians are supposed to set up the kingdom of Christ before He comes literally, we can become unknowingly involved with this anti-christ and the spirit that kills and destroys all true believers. How do I know this? Read church history and discover that those that claimed to follow Christ did not even know Him. How do I know? Jesus said it.
John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
Joh 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
If we think the Lord delays His coming and began to smite our fellow servants we could fall into this class of people who do not even know the Lord.
Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
Luk 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
This could happen literally or the earthquake produces such dust and debris that it darkens the sun and moon was a reddish color because of heavy pollution. I believe the earthquake is literal.
Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
They probably considered meteorites stars and that is what is described here. This is the grand finale before the wrath of God is poured out.
Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16 And 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:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Now we see the God is justified for all His judgments. He is justified by the time this action takes place. The men who hid themselves and cried out know who this is who is about to judge them. They will be without excuse.
We see that He sent preachers, prophets, teachers from the prophets in the Old Testament to the preachers of the gospel. There are preachers of the truth all over the globe. I realize some are apostate but there still are those who are faithful to His word even as I write laboring for the gospel. There are bibles in every major store and on the Internet. The beginning of these things are happening now: Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes abound and yet men do not see them as judgments but only the result of global warming or some other explanation. Men even now do not repent but continue in sin and ignore the gospel that is the only way to bring them salvation and unite them back to God.
In many places in the world even today, true believers are persecuted and killed for believing in this Jesus who is the Christ. In the United States this does not yet occur but we can see that it may soon come because the name of Jesus is already removed from the prayers of those leading the government offices. Prayer altogether is removed in many schools. We already have turned our backs away from God in the name of being politically incorrect or in fear of offending other religions. Other religions cannot save the soul. Jesus is the one God sent to save us and Jesus is the name that one day every knee shall bow to. We may one day have to choose whether to offend or deny His name. I hope we offend no matter the cost. Jesus was an offense and so we must be.
Jesus said: Mat 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
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