In our previous message, "Looking Towards Heaven"
we ended our study of the first six chapters of the Book of Revelation
after the Rapture of the Church to Heaven at verse 2 of Ch. 6.
Jesus Christ then sent forth the evil ruler known as the Anti-Christ
upon the world. In verses 2-8 of Rev. 6 we have a sweeping view
of the infamous four horsemen of the Apocalypse. The first of
7 seals that will be opened by Jesus released the Anti-Christ
who was depicted as riding upon the first horse, which is white.
The Scriptures reveal that this man of sin will be exuberantly
received on the global scene shortly after a devastating war
had engulfed the Middle East. He will then strengthen a covenant
in the region for a duration intended to last for 7 years (Dan.
To the world's population peace on earth will finally seem
possible, but we are told otherwise in I Thessalonians 5:3. We
quote, "For when they say, "Peace and safety!"
then sudden destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a
pregnant woman. And they shall not escape."
In Isaiah 28:14-15 we are told that the rulers of Israel will
have in fact made an agreement with Death and Hell during the
time of this 7 year covenant.
The scroll in which Jesus is unsealing emulates the format
of an ancient legal document. The document would have something
written on a portion of it. That portion would then be rolled
up to cover the words. A wax seal would then be applied at that
point. More information would then be added and again the scroll
would be rolled up and another seal added. This procedure continued
until all of the information to be given was thus reserved for
opening respectively at the appropriate time.
Revelation 5:1 reveals to us that this scroll containing 7
seals, which is being opened by Jesus Christ, is written on both
the front and on the back. This suggests that the information
from the 7th seal carries over onto the back.
The second seal which Jesus opens according to Rev. 6:3-4,
sets loose the fiery red horse of war. This horse carries the
one who will take away the peace the Anti-Christ will have been
credited with establishing. Scripture supports that this red
horse refers to the horrendous war of Ezekiel Chapters 38 &
39 which will be led by the ruler referred to as "Gog"
in Ezek. 38:1-4.
In Rev. 6:5-6 we find that when the third seal is broken a
black horse carrying the rider of famine devastates the earth.
We are shown that at this time, the equivalent of an entire
day's wages will barely buy enough food to feed one person. Yet,
we are also informed that the elite of the earth will still be
able to acquire for themselves the provisions of luxury, which
are illustrated by the oil and wine.
Revelation 6:7-8 then has us witness the breaking of the fourth
seal which unleashes the fourth horseman who rides upon a pale
horse. The rider is Death and following behind him to gather
the souls of the damned is the personification of Hell.
They are given the power to kill with the same plagues God
warned He would afflict Israel with if they did not obey Him
in Ezekiel 5:17. These are the beasts of the earth, the sword,
pestilence and hunger.
A quarter of the earth's population will die at this point
of what will have been known as "the beginning of sorrows"
The second part of the Tribulation Period known as the "time
of Jacob's trouble" (Jacob means Israel), or the "Great
Tribulation" is about to begin (Jer. 30:7 & Matt. 24:21).
Revelation 6:9-11 reveals to us the opening of the fifth seal
at approximately halfway through the 7 year Tribulation Period.
Here we find the people who had become believers after the Rapture
of the Church. The Church will have disappeared from off the
face of the earth faster than the blink of an eye at least 3
½ years earlier (I Cor. 15:51-52).
Incredulous at first, shock will quickly turn to recognition
of the fact of the Rapture for many. Having missed their opportunity
to have been caught up at the Rapture the newfound faith of
the tribulation saints brings them the power of Christ in their
lives to pay the ultimate price. We have been told they will
be "slain for the word of God and for the testimony which
The souls of these martyred believers are seen to be located
in heaven "under the altar" while in notable comparison
the members of the Church are seen in Rev. 5:7-11, before the
opening of the first seal, gathered around the throne of God.
Of even greater contrast between the Raptured Church and these
martyred tribulation saints is that Jesus instructed the Church
in Matt. 5:44 to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute
Instead, in Rev. 6:10, we find in contradistinction these
souls crying out with a loud voice for the Lord to avenge them.
They are told they should rest a little while longer until the
number of believing martyrs is completed. We will learn more
of these additional martyrs in Chapter 7 of the Book of Revelation.
Revelation 6:12 then reveals to us what takes place when Jesus
opens the sixth seal. The breaking of this seal introduces the
terrifying closing half of the Tribulation Period with a great
earthquake, the sun blackens and the moon appears as blood. Stars
will fall from the heavens, the sky will roll up like a scroll,
and every mountain and island will be moved from its place. It
is the day of God's wrath.
Joel 2:27-32 tell us that this will be the long awaited time
when salvation will at last be seen in Jerusalem. This will be
when the Lord calls the remnant of the children of Israel and
they will listen to His voice. Great supernatural manifestation
will once again be seen among God's elect when He pours out His
Spirit upon them.
Chapter 7 of Revelation reveals more concerning this great
spiritual awakening. (See also Ezek. 39:22-29 & Acts 2:17-39).
Revelation 7:1-3 tells us that after the great signs shown
in Rev. 6:12-14, four angels standing at the four corners of
the earth will be instructed to stop the winds from blowing upon
the earth. This will take place after 144,000 children of the
tribes of Israel are sealed by God on their foreheads. This
appears to be a visible seal when considering the language used
in the Scripture of Rev. 7:3.
The stopping of the four winds from blowing across the face
of the earth by God's four angels will cause unimaginable destruction
and will alter the geographical face of the planet.
Many who search for the United States of America in Bible
prophecy are unknowingly reading of its devastating fate when
they read this passage. This may well be the time spoken of in
Luke 21:25 where we are told of, "...the sea and waves roaring."
For further information on this prophecy please review our Rapture
watch Message, "Destruction from Earth's Four Corners."
According to Rev. 7:3-8 before this great destruction takes
place, the sealing of God's servants from the tribes of Israel
will have been completed. Only the tribe of Dan is found disqualified
from the divine protection bestowed upon these 144,000 evangelists.
This is due to Dan's gross idolatry recorded in Deuteronomy Chapter
29. Dan is not excluded from inheriting its birthright though,
as is revealed in Ezekiel Chapter 48.
Once again, with the appointment of these Hebrew witnesses
for Christ, we find a continual Jewish focus demonstrated throughout
the Book of Revelation. For more information on this prophecy
please review our Rapture Watch Message, "And so all Israel
shall be Saved."
We now come to verses 9-17 which bring Ch. 7 to a close.
Here we are given a view of a great multitude of believers who
will be brought to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ during
the final years of the Great Tribulation. These are the fellow
servants and brethren that the martyred souls of Rev. 6:11 were
told they would have to wait upon until they were likewise killed
as they had been. After the last of these servants is slain the
vengeance of God will be completed.
Revelation 7:9-12 tell us they will be comprised of a number
that men will not be able to tally and are found forthwith in
heaven praising the Lord dressed in glorious white robes.
Verses 13 & 14 verify who this vast company of believers
are when the Apostle John is told, "These are the ones who
came out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and
made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
Verses 15-18 confirm that this event we are witnessing in
John's record takes place after the close of the Tribulation
In verse 15 we no longer find the martyred tribulation saints
located "under the altar" in heaven as we were shown
previously in Rev. 6:9. But instead, we now find these martyrs
"before the throne of God' serving Him in His temple.
Verse 16 promises them that they will never hunger or thirst
again nor shall the heat of the sun strike them. These afflictions
as we shall find out in later passages of the Book of Revelation,
were some of the torturous trials these tribulation saints will
have endured upon the earth before having been killed.
This passage refutes the teachings of those who insist that
these tribulation saints are members of the Church who are supposedly
going t be divinely protected from God's wrathful judgments during
Verse 17 of Rev. Ch. 7 then concludes this grand heavenly
scene with the promise of Rev. 21:4. After God has created a
new heaven and earth we are promised that, "God will wipe
away every tear from their eyes."
What a tremendous comfort these Scriptures will bring to the
suffering saints of the Tribulation Period.
The days of the Great Tribulation are unlike anything that
has or ever will happen again in the history of the world according
to Jesus' words found in Matthew 24:21.
This is why Jesus told believers who would be living just
before the day God's judgment was to come upon this earth to,
"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted
worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and
to stand before the Son of Man."
Only those who have put their faith in the Risen Lord Jesus
Christ for the forgiveness of these sins can be counted as worthy
by God to escape all these things.