2. The Seven Seals --
The Mystery of God's Economy
a. The First Seal:
A White Horse and Its Rider --
The Preaching of the Gospel
1 And I saw when the aLamb 1opened one of the bseven seals, and I heard one of the cfour 2living creatures saying like the dsound of thunder, eCome.
2 And I saw, and behold, a 1awhite horse, and 2he who sits on it had a 3bow; and a 4bcrown was given to him, and he cwent forth 5dconquering and to conquer.
b. The Second Seal:
A Red Horse and Its Rider --
The Spread of War
3 And when He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come.
4 And 1I saw, and behold, another horse, a 2ared one, went forth; and to him who sits on it, to him authority was given to 3btake peace from the earth, and that men should slay one another; and to him a great csword was given.
c. The Third Seal:
A Black Horse and Its Rider --
The Increase of Famine
5 And when He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, Come. And I saw, and behold, a 1ablack horse; and he who sits on it had a 2bbalance in his hand.
6 And I heard as it were a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying: A 1choenix of wheat for a 2denarius and three choenixes of barley for a 2denarius; and do not harm the 3aoil and the wine.
d. The Fourth Seal:
A Pale Horse and Its Rider --
7 And when He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, Come.
8 And I saw, and behold, a 1pale horse, and he who sits upon it, his name is aDeath; and 2bHades followed with him. And authority was given to them over the fourth part of the earth to ckill with the sword and with famine and with 3death and by the 4beasts of the earth.
e. The Fifth Seal:
The Cry of the Souls underneath the Altar --
The Prayer of the Martyred Saints
from Paradise for Vengeance
9 And when He opened the 1fifth seal, I saw 2underneath the aaltar the bsouls of those who had been cslain because of the dword of God and because of the etestimony which they had.
10 And they 1cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Master, aholy and true, will You not bjudge and cavenge our blood on those who ddwell on the earth?
11 And to each of them was given a 1awhite robe; and it was said to them that they should brest yet a little while, until also the number of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were cabout to be 2killed, even as they were, is completed.
f. The Sixth Seal:
The Shaking of the Earth and Heaven,
the Beginning of the Great Tribulation --
A Warning to Earth's Dwellers
12 And I saw when He opened the 1sixth seal, and there was a great 2aearthquake, and the bsun became black like csackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;
13 And the astars of heaven fell to the earth as a bfig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.
14 And aheaven was removed like a scroll being rolled up, and every bmountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the akings of the earth and the great men and the 1generals and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man bhid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And they 1asay to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the bface of Him who sits upon the throne and from the cwrath of the dLamb;
17 For the agreat day of Their wrath has come, and bwho is able to stand?
g. The Visions Inserted
between the Sixth and Seventh Seals
(1) 144,000 of the Twelve Tribes Sealed --
The Chosen Israelites Preserved on Earth
1 1After this I saw four angels standing at the afour corners of the earth, holding the bfour 2winds of the earth, so that 3no wind would blow on the earth nor on the sea nor on any tree.
2 And I saw 1another Angel ascending from the arising of the sun, having the seal of the bliving God; and He cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom authority was given to harm the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we aseal the slaves of our God upon btheir foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of 1those who were sealed, a ahundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel:
5 Out of the tribe of 1Judah, twelve thousand sealed; out of the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand;
6 Out of the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand; out of the tribe of 1aManasseh, twelve thousand;
7 Out of the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand;
8 Out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand sealed.
(2) A Great Multitude Serving God
in the Heavenly Temple --
The Redeemed Saints Raptured to Heaven
to Enjoy God's Care
and the Lamb's Shepherding
9 After these things I saw, and behold, there was a 1great multitude which no one could number, out of aevery nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, 2standing before the throne and before the bLamb, clothed in 3cwhite robes and 4dpalm branches in their hands.
10 And they cry with a loud voice, saying, 1aSalvation to our God who sits upon the throne and to the bLamb.
11 And all the angels stood around the throne and the aelders and the bfour living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God,
12 Saying, 1aAmen. The bblessing and the cglory and the wisdom and the dthanks and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where did they come from?
14 And I said to him, My lord, you know. And he said to me, These are those who come out of the 1great atribulation, and they have bwashed their robes and made them cwhite in the dblood of the eLamb.
15 Because of this 1they are before the throne of God and 2aserve Him day and night in His btemple; and He who sits upon the throne 3will ctabernacle over them.
16 They will not ahunger any more, neither will they bthirst any more, neither will the csun 1beat upon them, nor any heat;
17 For the aLamb who is in the midst of the throne will 1bshepherd them and cguide them to dsprings of 2ewaters of life; and God will fwipe away every 2tear from their eyes.
h. The Seventh Seal:
Seven Trumpets Brought In --
The Answer to the Martyred Saints' Prayer
in the Fifth Seal
1 And when He opened the seventh seal, there was asilence in 1heaven for about half an hour.
2 And I saw the 1aseven angels who stand before God, and 1bseven trumpets were given to them.
i. The Scene in Heaven
after the Opening of the Seventh Seal --
Christ as the High Priest Offering the Prayers
of the Saints to God
3 And 1aanother Angel came and stood at the 2baltar, having a 3golden ccenser, and much 4dincense was given to Him to 5offer with the eprayers of all the 6saints upon the 7fgolden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the 1asmoke of the 2incense went up with the bprayers of the saints out of the hand of the Angel before God.
5 And the Angel took the censer and 1filled it with the afire of the altar and 2bcast it to the earth; and there were cthunders and voices and lightnings and an dearthquake.