The seven-sealed book


Rev. 6:1  And

            [1] I saw when the Lamb [Jesus begins to personally direct the course of events] opened one of the seals, and

            [2] 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

            [1] behold a white horse [a symbol of peace (c/p. Rev. 19:11)]: and

            [2] he that sat on him had a bow [but no arrows . . . at first]; and

            [3] a crown was given [he is one of the 10 kings of revised Rome (Rev. 13:1)] unto him: and

            [4] 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.

 6:4  And

            [1] there went out another horse [that was] red [a horse of blood]: and

            [2] [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

            [3] 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

            [1] lo a black horse; and

            [2] 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,

            [1] A measure of wheat for a penny [a day’s wages (c/p. Matt. 20:9)], and

            [2] three measures of barley for a penny; and

            [3] [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine [luxury items for the rich will be plentiful…for a price].


The forth seal: Death and Hell

[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.

 6:8  And I looked, and

            [1] behold a pale horse [greenish; gangrene in color]: and

            [2] his name that sat on him was Death [the angel of death], and

            [3] 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

            [4] 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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