Revelation 6 & 7

Three waves of destruction are unleashed from heaven.  The first are unleashed by the breaking of seals.  The secod is unleashed by the blowing of trumpets.  The third is unleashed by the pouring out of bowls.  The three waves increase in severity.  Because of the severity of this destruction many see these events as placed in the future.  The four horsemen of the apocalypse ride forth in the first wave.  The colours of the horses indicate the nature of the riders.  However, it must be remembered that the Lamb send each of these calamities on Earth.  We often associate Jesus with mercy and grace, but not here.  The grandeur of Jesus is reflected by the scale of destruction Jesus unleashes on those who deserve it.  The fact is that the Bible measures all mankind and finds every individual worthy of the cruellest death.  God has stayed his hand but he will not do so forever.  Those who wish for God to put an end to sin are rarely aware of the hellfire destruction that they are asking for.

We should remember that God creates Hell for Satan, daemons and the unrepentant.  It is his judgement on sin.  In Revelation hell is not something that the devil does or dictates.  Hell is something that God creates and designates.  Hell-on-earth is a rightous punishment from God.  This is how 144, 000 can be saved by God.  It is hell on earth that causes the citizens of heaven to fall down before Jesus.  Those on the Earth will not repent.  They see nothing to repent for.  They will cower in fear, but they will be mad as hell.

Revelation 6 & 7

1 I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.

5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds[a] of wheat for a day’s wages,[b] and six pounds[c] of barley for a day’s wages,[d]and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters,[e]were killed just as they had been.

12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us[f] from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their[g] wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”

1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” 4Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

5From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,

   from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,

   from the tribe of Gad 12,000,

6from the tribe of Asher 12,000,

   from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,

   from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,

7from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,

   from the tribe of Levi 12,000,

   from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,

8from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,

   from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,

   from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.

The Great Multitude in White Robes

9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice:

   “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying:

   “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

13Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14I answered, “Sir, you know.”

   And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore,

   “they are before the throne of God    and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne    will shelter them with his presence. 16 ‘Never again will they hunger;    never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’[a]    nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne    will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b]    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[c]


  1. What is destroyed by the seals?
  2. Why does the Lamb unleash so much destruction?
  3. Why is the slaughtering of millions not mass genicide in this case?
  4. Does your view of sin take you to a place where this is truly justice?
  5. Do you worship God for this destruction or question its necessity?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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