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Revelation Chapter 6


Revelation Chapter 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.

As we have already learned in Chapter 5 Verse 6, the Lamb is Christ.  We have also looked at the seals  that are upon this book.  They may be indicating a count down to the end of time, a sort of sequence of events.  We do not have concrete Biblical evidence for this, but it is a well accepted concept that we need to keep an open mind to.  Then there is the thunder again.  As we already know, the thunder is a type of announcement, or a way of getting one’s attention because an announcement is about to be given.

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.

Now we have a set of mysterious symbols that are given to us in verse two.  All we need to do is find a link between these symbols.  What is it that a white horse, a bow and a crown have in common?  We will first look into the white horse.

White Horse
KJV Revelation 19:11.  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
KJV Revelation 19:14.  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

We may discern from these two text that the white horse represents Christ. So if the first seal represents Christ, what does the second seal represent and is there a pattern here that we can follow?

Bow
KJV Habakkuk 3:9.  Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. 10.  The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 11.  The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.

Bow can be used to represent the word of God.

Crown
KJV Psalms 8:5.  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
KJV Hebrews 2:9.  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Jesus was crowned.  But there are other meanings to the word crown that you can look up in the Bible by using a concordance.

3.  And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
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.

Here we are oven yet another sign.  There is very little mentioned in the Bible about a red horse.  There are only 2 text where this is mentioned, Zechariah 1:7-16 and Zechariah 6:1-5.  Neither one of these texts gives a clear indication of exactly what a red horse could mean.

To understand this text we need to look at the rest of it to see if they may be any other clues.  The man on the red horse was given power to “take peace for the earth” and “they should kill one another”.  If verse two points to Christ, verse three and four point to someone quit different then Christ.

At this point we can take a second look at Zechariah 1:7-16 and Zechariah 6:1-5 to see if there are any common links between these texts.

Zechariah 1:10.  And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the Lord hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. 11.  And they answered the angel of the Lord that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.
We now need to determine who it is that walks to and fro through the earth.
KJV Job 1:7.  And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
KJV Job 2:2.  And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
KJV Psalms 107:27.  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.

Stringing this text together we can see that it may be pointing to Satan sitting upon this red horse.  There is of course one more symbol to consider and that is this great sword.  We need to see what a sword can represent according to the Bible.

Sword
KJV Leviticus 26:32.  And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it. 33.  And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.
KJV Deuteronomy 32:25.  The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs. 26.  I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:
KJV Psalms 55:21.  The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
KJV Psalms 64:3.  Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
KJV Ephesians 6:17.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Listed in the Bible there are two symbolic meanings to the word sword.  The first of course deals with a destroying weapon.  The second deals with the use of words and the wounding effect they can have.  The word of the Lord is also compared to that of a sword.  Since we seem to be dealing with a destroying element here in Revelation 6:4 we need to assume at this point that this sword may be either a physical or symbolic weapon, or words that are meant to would or destroy.  At this point we can not determine what Revelation Chapter 6 is pointing to.

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.  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.

Balance
KJV Psalms 62:9
9.  Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
KJV Proverbs 11:1
1.  A False balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.
KJV Proverbs 16:11
11.  A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.
KJV Proverbs 20:23
23.  Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.
KJV Isaiah 40:12
12.  Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Balance is a word that has a single meaning but multiple representations.  The balance is simply a devise used to measure.  We see that man and even the hills can be measured. Just and proper balances are from God and those that are not from God are unjust.  We need to collect more information from the surrounding text to see what these balances are being used for.

Penny
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Strong’s Ref. # 1220
Romanized  denarion
Pronounced day-nar’-ee-on
of Latin origin; a denarius (or ten asses):

When we think of a penny we would think of this as a small amount of money.  When we look at the concordance we see that this word “penny” was used to describe an amount worth 10 asses.  If this is an animal that we are talking about here, this is no small sum of money we are talking about.

We are still left with out a reason why we are told that the oil and the wine should not be hurt.  What do these two things spiritually represent?

Oil
KJV Exodus 25:6
6.  Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
KJV Mark 6:13
13.  And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
KJV James 5:14
14.  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

The oil in the tabernacle was meant to give light to the sanctuary.  We already know that Jesus was the way the truth and the light.  We also see that the oil was used for healing.

Wine
KJV Deuteronomy 32:31-33
31.  For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. 32.  For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: 33.  Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
KJV Isaiah 28:7-8
7.  But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. 8.  For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

We can see that the drinking of wine is to stumble and fall on false preaching.  To put one’s faith in a false god.

KJV Hosea 9:1-2
1.  Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor. 2.  The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.

There are two types of wine.  The wine that makes one drunk and impairs the judgment and the new wine that is unfermented.

KJV Isaiah 65:8
8.  Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
KJV Joel 1:5
5.  Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

To gain a full understanding of wine we need to take a look at the new wine and the wine that we think as familiar.  The new wine is of course the fresh juice of the grape.  There is nothing added.  The fomented wine has things that are added by man and then the wine is allowed to sit while the added ingredients are allowed to do their job.  False teachings are a lot like this old wine.  Things have been added so long ago that today they seem like the natural thing to most of us.  Just as it is strange to think of pure, common grape juice as wine, it is difficult to accept the pure word of God as the truth.

When we see a great change in the world’s economy we will not at first see an attack upon the word of God.  That is what is meant by not hurting the oil and the wine.  For a time we will still be able to freely seek the word of God.

7.  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
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.

Hunger

We have already learned that a sword can be a symbol for the word of God.   KJV Amos 8:11  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:   Amos explains to us that there will be a famine upon the earth meaning that the word of God will not be there to nourish.

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:

Verse 9 gives us additional details on the famine in the land.  We see that there will be those that will be slain for the word of God.  As history has shown, many saints have been slain though out the ages for the testimony they were to give.  If this were to be a prophesy regarding a certain point in history it would be speaking of the dark ages, the thirteenth through seventeenth centuries in Central and Western Europe.

Testimony

There is yet one more word to look into in verse 9.  The question is, what is this testimony that these saints died for?  There are actually two points that the Bible ties to the word testimony.  The first is the word of God, His commandments.

KJV Exodus 31:18
18.  And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

The second is prophesy.

KJV Revelation 19:10
10.  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

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?
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 fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Rest (death)

The white robes as we have already studied represent the righteousness if Christ.  Those that are crying are of course those that have been slain for the word of God in verse 9.  At first glance this may be viewed as a text that supports a belief that the dead go directly to Heaven.  A closer look will reveal a fact or two that puts questions upon this belief.  The first fact to consider is, where are these souls?  Verse 9 clearly indicates that they are “under the alter”.  This raises the question, is the verse merely symbolic?  The second fact shown in verse 11, “they should rest yet for a little season”.  The term rest is the same used when Jesus spoke about Lazarus.

KJV John 11:11-14
11.  These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12.  Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13.  Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14.  Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

We can see by the word of Jesus, He also spoke of death as sleep.  Generally speaking, this text from verse 9 to 11 is a warning for us of what is to come.  It is to be an encouragement to all of those in the future that are to die for His cause.  Death is but a sleep for a little while.  As verse 11 points out, there will be persecution up until the end.

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;
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.
14.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
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;
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:
17.  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

So many of these words mentioned in the sixth seal are so difficult to but one significant spiritual meaning to.  An earthquake can be used to indicate a sign of end times.  (Matthew 24:6-8, Mark 13:7-8)  An earthquake was also used to signal the death and resurrection of Christ.  (Matthew 27:52-54, Matthew 28:1-4)   But how does this help us to understand the sixth seal of Revelation?

Words such as ‘sun’, ‘moon’, ‘blood’ and ‘stars’ are so widely used in the Bible, it is difficult to say that this spiritual meaning is for this context and that for another.

Mountain

There is one word here that can help shed some light on the subject of end time events.  The word mountain(s) is mentioned three times in these verses.  We all expect to see an earthquake upon Jesus’ return.  We can understand the darkening of the sun, the moon turning to blood and the falling of stars.  It also seems normal for the wicked to be attempting to hide themselves in caves and under rocks. But why would these same men be taking to the mountains and rocks?  What do these mountains represent?

KJV Exodus 3:12
12.  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

KJV Isaiah 11:9
9.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

It is easy to see that God uses a mountain to represent His throne, or a belief in Him.

KJV Micah 6:2
2.  Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord’s controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

Is God really talking to the mountains and expecting them to listen?  This is actually a link establishing mountains as a symbolism for people.  Here it is used to represent Israel.

KJV 2 Chronicles 18:16
16.  Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master; let them return therefore every man to his house in peace.

Why is Israel scattered upon mountains, with no shepherd?  That is because Israel is no longer worshipping at the mountain of God, but rather they have wandered away.  They are now without the guidance of a shepherd.

KJV Amos 6:1
1.  Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Here we see a false religion represented as a mountain.

KJV Revelation 17:9
9.  And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth

We have seen how God and his people, rather their beliefs, are represented as a mountain.  We have also seen the false religion practiced in Samaria represented as a mountain, a place where people trust.  The seven mountains in Revelation 17:9 are also false beliefs, or shall we say lies that the woman sits upon.  So how does all of this explain people talking to the mountains upon Christ’s return?  When these people, those that are still alive at the second coming, see Christ on His return, they will not feel the joy and relief they had expected.  At that moment they will realize that they are lost and they will turn to those that have taught them these lies, and will say to them, “you said we would be saved”.  In one last futile attempt they will turn to their leaders and ask why following their instructions did cover their sins as they were promised.  The rocks that they are asking to fall on them and cover them are the practices they lived by and were told would save them.

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