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Summary: The Lamb opens six seals the prelude to the Day of the Lord

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Revelation Chapter Six

Title: ‘The Great Shaking’

Text: Revelation 6:1-17

Theme: The Opening of the Six Seals

I. There Is A Great Sovereign Savior (v.1,3,5,7,9,12,7:1) [The Lamb Who Controls-He Gives/Allows-v.2,4,8]

A. He Opens the 1st Seal (v.1,2) [Parallel: Matthew 24:4,5]

1. Introduced by One of Four Beasts [Angelic Living Creature]

2. Imitator of Christ [White Horse-Color of DECEPTION]

3. Involves Horseman [Weapon of War, Headpiece of Ruler, Conquering Nations]

4. Instigated by Satan [Wrath/ God not Mentioned-Authored by Satan vs. Allowed by God-v.2]

B. He Opens the 2nd Seal (v.3,4) [Parallel: Matthew 24:6,7a)

1. Introduced by One of Four Beasts [Angelic Living Creature]

2. Involves Horseman [Red Horse-Color of DYING]

3. Intensifying of War [Peace Taken from Earth/Killing/Great Sword]

4. Instigated by Satan [Wrath/God not Mentioned-Authored by Satan vs. Allowed by God-v.4]

C. He Opens the 3rd Seal (v.5,6) [Parallel: Matthew 24:7b)

1. Introduced by One of Four Beasts [Angelic Living Creature]

2. Involves Horseman [Black Horse-Color of DOOM]

3. Implications of War’s Aftermath [Agricultural/Economic Failure]

4. Instigated by Satan [Wrath of God not Mentioned-Authored by Satan vs. Allowed by God]

D. He Opens the 4th Seal (v.7,8) [Parallel: Matthew 24: 7b, 8)

1. Introduced by One of Four Beasts [Angelic Living Creatures]

2. Involves Horseman [Pale Horse-Color of DEATH]

3. Intensifying of Global Authority [Physical-25% Land-Mass 9 Nations]

4. Instigated by Satan[Wrath/God not Mentioned-Authored by Satan vs. Allowed by God-v.8]

E. He Opens the 5th Seal (v.9-11) [Parallel: Matthew 24:9-26/G.T.]-INQUIRING of Wrath of God/Day/Lord

1. Symbols Removed (v.9)

2. Slain Souls Request (v.10)

3. Savior’s Response (v.11)

4. Satanic Wrath (Revelation 12:12)

F. He Opens the 6th Seal (v.12-17) [Parallel: Matthew 24:29]-IMPENDING Wrath of God/Day of Lord

1. There is A Great Shaking (v.12a)

a. E-quake/Shaking is Creation/Global Mov’g (8:5,11:19,16:18-Mark’g Beg/End Wrath 15:5)

b. E-quake/Shaking is Creator/God’s Method (Ex 19:18; Ps 68:8; Isa 2:11-21/Day of Lord)

2. There is A Great Sign in the Heavens (v.12b,13) [Day of the Lord/Wrath of God]

a. 1st O.T. Record (Joel 2:1,2, 10,11 30,31 3:14,15)

b. 2nd O.T. Record (Amos 5:18-20, 8:9)

c. 3rd O.T. Record (Isaiah 13:6-13)

d. 4th O.T. Record (Zephaniah 1:14-18)

e. 5th O.T. Record (Ezekiel 32:7,8)

f. 1st N.T. Record (Mark 13:24,25)

g. 2nd N.T. Record (Matthew 24:29)

h. 3rd N.T. Record (Luke 21:25)

j. 4th N.T. Record (Acts 19:20,21)

k. 5th N.T. Record (Revelation 6:12)

3. There is A Great Shockwave (v.14-16a)

4. There is A Great Showdown (v.16b,17)

G. He Opens the 7th Seal (8:1-4) [Parallel: Zephaniah 1:7]-INITIATING Wrath of God/Day of Lord


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