Summary: This chapter typifies the dramatic, heavily symbolic description of end-times events for which Revelation is famous. Series from Revelation, Verse by verse teaching. John sees a series of visions corresponding to Jesus opening the first six seals of the scroll He received in chapter 5.
And The Creatures Say—Come.
We learn from chapter 5, that Jesus is the Lamb and He alone has the moral and legal right to open the scroll that He took from God's right hand (Revelation 5:5–7). Further, He alone is worthy to open the seven seals that kept the scroll shut.
This chapter typifies the dramatic, heavily symbolic description of end-times events for which Revelation is famous.
John sees a series of visions corresponding to Jesus opening the first six seals of the scroll He received in chapter 5.
The first four seals unleash four horsemen, respectively symbolizing a world leader, war, famine, and death. The fifth seal reveals the prayers of martyrs pleading with God to avenge their deaths. The sixth seal unleashes massive natural disasters. In response, the people of the world cower in fear, admitting that they are suffering under the wrath of God.
However, most refuse repentance.
Revelation 6:1ESV Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”
When the apostle Paul preached in Athens, he announced that God has set a day when He will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom He has appointed.
This word—Come, is a call to the horsemen who will carry out God’s judgement.
Very Important: The bride—His church, has been called-up, Come, and then judgement begins.
Presently, as I think of the word—come, I think of the plea and call of the bridegroom—Jesus to His church—He pleads come!
Jesus cries in Matthew 11:28ESV Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Revelation 6:2ESV And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.
This white horse is the first of four horses of different colors, similar to the horses seen by Zechariah (Zec. 1:8; Zec. 6:2-6).
The main theme of verse 2, is the rider who carried a bow, and a crown given to him, he comes to conquer.
Jesus ushers forth total victory—He will conquer every foe!
Revelation 6:3-4ESV When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.
This rider seated on his red horse will take away peace.
In the actual tribulations and circumstances of the moment, pain works for us an eternal hope. We have all had the experience that it is only in the days of affliction that our true interests are furthered.”(Sermon central)
Men will slay one another, while the rider on this red horse will take away peace.
Presently, Jesus cries in John 14:27KJV Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Notice, Jesus offers His peace; this peace based solely on the fact that—Jesus is Lord!
Here’s some brief descriptions of eight types of tests that every Christian will likely face:
• Fiery trials: intense encounters or struggles; bursts of anger, grief, or lust
• Infirmities: physical limitations and illnesses
• Reproaches: ridicule and rejection on account of faith or holiness
• Persecutions: harassment and oppression due to religious convictions
• Necessities: wear and care of daily responsibilities
• Distresses: disappointments and deep hurts
• Tribulations: unusual pressures and challenges
• Temptations: opportunities to yield to our sinful nature
Revelation 6:5ESV When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand.
Again, the word, come! The rider and his black horse carry a set of scales in his hand.
This rider’s agenda, is to bring world-wide famine.
Why famine? Everything that transpires is to produce—repentance.
Please understand, it’s not God’s will that anyone shall perish.
2 Peter 3:9-10KJV The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.