THE LAMB OPENS THE SEALS
JESUS REVEALS GOD'S FOUR SORE JUDGEMENTS TO BE POURED OUT
ON THE CHURCH'S ENEMIES
Four Horses, Horsemen and Winds are the four
sore (dreadful) judgments of God. See Revelation
7:1 and Zachariah 6:1-8 to see how the four winds are
God's attacks against the disobedient and that these
correspond to the four different color horses. The
symbol is understood in Ezekiel 14:12-23. By famine,
wild beasts, sword and plague, God punishes a perverse
nation. In Revelation 6 we see 4 dreadful judgments,
the four horses to identify that this is the subject,
but we see another horseman going out in front of the
others. To keep the number four, then, two plagues are
joined in the fourth horseman.
Rider on the white horse is Jesus, the
Living Word that judges and conquers. See Revelation
19:11-16; John 12:48 and 1:1-4. His crown is an
overcomer's crown. The color of his horse symbolizes
purity and justice.
Rider on the Red horse symbolizes war. Red
is the color of blood.
Rider on the black horse is famine. Refer to
Ezekiel 4:10, 16 to see this symbol. With a scale the
food is measured because it is scarce. The money
specified is a day's wage so a man must work all day
just to buy a little bit of the essentials in food. The
nonessentials, wine and oil, aren't lacking because no
one can afford to buy them. All their money will be
used just for survival.
Rider on the pale horse: This judgment
completes the figure of the four horsemen. It is God's
judgment in all its forms. Pale is the color of
A fourth part: This judgment is partial and
not total. There is still an opportunity to repent and
flee from God's wrath.
Fifth Seal: After punishing the earth with
these judgments, the martyrs cry out for vengeance.
God's answer is "not yet … more Christians must die!"
This language makes it clear to the brethren who would
be persecuted that God was in control. Everything would
happen according to the divine plan. They could relax
because their reward was secure.
Earthquake, blackened sun, bloody moon and
falling stars: This is God's wrath poured out on
the evildoers. Compare this to Joel 1:15; 2:1-2, 10,
11, 28-32; Zephaniah 1:14, 15 and Isaiah 13:6-11. John
used the language of the Old Testament prophets to
paint a picture of destruction. It is symbolic language
and not literal. If just one star fell to the earth,
life here would be over. But in the vision life goes
on. The message is that the enemy nation must be
punished and would fall. When God pours out His
judgment on an enemy, nobody escapes.
Jesus begins to reveal the future with respect to
the fight between God and His adversaries. We
already know the final score in any such conflict.
God will punish the church's enemies. He will treat
them as he has always treated perverse nations. He
will bring partial plagues on them to call them to
repentance. If it works - then great! If they
refuse, he will increase the intensity until they
repent or are destroyed. Even though the martyred
Christians ask for vengeance, God is in absolute
control and will proceed as planned, even though
more Christians will die. After all, what is so bad
about being removed from this old world of woe to
go and be with Jesus? For a while, the plagues will
continue. The important question is asked, "Who
will stand in the day of the wrath of God and the
Lamb?" The answer is found in chapter 7.