Rev. 6:1 And
 I saw when the Lamb [Jesus begins to personally direct the course of events] opened one of the seals, and
 I heard, as it were the noise of thunder [from the throne of God (Rev. 4:5)], one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
The first seal: the Antichrist begins as a man of peace
6:2 And I saw, and
 behold a white horse [a symbol of peace (c/p. Rev. 19:11)]: and
 he that sat on him had a bow [but no arrows . . . at first]; and
 he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
The second seal: war caused by the Antichrist's conquering
6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
 there went out another horse [that was] red [a horse of blood]: and
 [power] was given to him [the demonic prince] that sat thereon
[a.] to take peace from the earth (Matt. 25:6), and
[b.] that they should kill one another: and
 there was given unto him a great sword.
The third seal: famine resulting from the wars [Matt. 24:7]
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.
6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say,
 A measure of wheat for a penny [a day’s wages (c/p. Matt. 20:9)], and
 three measures of barley for a penny; and
 [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine [luxury items for the rich will be plentiful…for a price].
[1.5 billion people killed]
6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
 behold a pale horse [greenish; gangrene in color]: and
 his name that sat on him was Death [the angel of death], and
 Hell [the under lord of hell…likely Apollyon (Rev. 9:11), anxious to claim the souls of the lost] followed with him [on the same or, perhaps, another horse]. And
 power was given unto them [the angels of death and hell ] over the fourth part of the earth, to kill [over a billion and a half people will be killed (c/p. Rev. 9:18)]
[a.] with sword [war], and
[b.] with hunger [famine], and
[c.] with death [plagues], and
[d.] with the beasts of the earth [hungry because of the famine].
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