Revelation 6:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
First Seal: The Conqueror
6 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals;[a] and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Second Seal: Conflict on Earth
3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”[b] 4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.
Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth
5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart[c] of wheat for a denarius,[d] and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”
Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth
7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” 8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
The first part of the message of tribulation or end-times found in the book of Revelation 6:1-8 talks about that Jesus will sovereignly judge this world because of the sins and wickedness. The Bible portrays that God is a God of love and He is also the God of Justice who loves sinners to come to repentance from their sins and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ-that He died for our sins and on the third day had risen from the dead. And at the same time, God will not tolerate the sins of this world and will bring Judgment in due time.
Some lessons and applications:
- Our passage teaches the absolute sovereignty of God.
- The four seals demonstrate the self-defeating character of sin.
- Christ’s work includes not only redemption but also judgment.
- In this passage Almighty God reveals what this vain, proud, and guilty world is coming to.
Why would God do these things, which cause such misery and pain?
- God wants to bring people to repentance.
- God wants to demonstrate His patience.
- God wants to establish His justice.