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Chapter 06 - Revelation Commentary

Chapter 06 - Revelation Commentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Chapter 6 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The first six seals are opened releasing the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, and John sees the souls of those slain for their testimony and a forecast of upcoming visions.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).
Chapter 6 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The first six seals are opened releasing the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, and John sees the souls of those slain for their testimony and a forecast of upcoming visions.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).

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Chapter 6
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
In Revelation 6:1-8 GNT the Lamb opens the first four seals on the bookwhich describe some of the things that will take place on earth in accordancewith Daniel’s prophecy.
“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as a voice of thunder, Come and see. And I saw, and behold, a white horse: and he sitting on it having a bow;and was given to him a crown, and he went forth overcoming and that he might overcome. And when he opened the second seal I heard thesecond living creature saying, Come and see. And went forth another horse red; and to him sitting on it was given to him to take peace fromthe earth, and that one another they should slay; and was given to hima great sword. And when he opened the third seal I heard the third liv-ing creature saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and he sitting on it having a balance in his hand. And I heard avoice in [the] midst of the four living creatures, saying, a choinix of wheat for a denarius, and three choinixes of barley for a denarius: andthe oil and the wine thou mayest not injure. And when he opened thefourth seal, I heard [the] voice of the fourth living creature saying, Comeand see. And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and he sitting on it, his65
 
name [was] Death, and hades follows with him; and was given to themauthority to kill over the fourth of the earth with sword and with famineand with death, and by the beasts of the earth.” 
 This scripture is so majestic and loaded with significance that interpretationcan only be attempted under great fear of the Lord. Different interpretationshave been suggested for these verses, none of which will be reiterated here. The interpretation that God has given me is discussed below. The readershould judge this interpretation just as we are encouraged to judge all prophe-cy (1 Co. 2:15, 14:29).Although some older versions of the Bible omit “
come
”, “
see
”, or both inthis passage, the GNT says that with the opening of these first four seals Johnis told to “
come and see
” by the living creatures. We note that in his vision John was in the throne room just prior to this chapter. Obviously the scene hadto change for John to witness the consequences of releasing these four horse-men. The four horsemen were given power and authority to, 1) overcome andconquer, 2) take peace from the world, 3) bring famine, and 4) kill. However, John did not record the actual occurrence of conquering, world war, famine,nor killing that these spiritual horsemen were empowered to initiate. I believethe devastation the riders foster in the spirit world is progressive, starting at,or near, the beginning of the seven-year period, and continuing through (atleast) the time referred to as the “
beginning of sorrows
” in Matthew 24:8. Therelease of these demon riders must be sequentially timed to achieve their evilmission. When the disciples came to Him on the Mount of Olives Jesus told
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them that deception, wars, famines, pestilence, and earthquakes would char-acterize this time. These same events are initiated by the going forth of thefour horsemen. These horsemen are spiritual beings (fallen angels), with greatpower, held in check until God releases them at the beginning of Daniel’s 70thweek. Note that the opening of these four seals does not precipitate any phys-ical destruction on earth, instead, they spread spiritual wickedness that will bewrought by the rulers of the darkness of this world through the hearts of menon earth. In Matthew 24:4, Jesus, responding to the disciples questions about His re-turn and the end of time, told them to take heed that no man deceive them,for many would come claiming to be the Christ. The deception of men is theassignment of the first horseman, who goes forth as a conquerer, to overcome(conquer). We see that the result of opening the first seal corresponds to theevent described by Jesus as the start of the “
beginning of sorrows
” in HisOlivet discourse. This first horseman is like an advanced guard, sent in earlyto influence men in deciding who they will follow. As we will see later, the an-tichrist makes war to
overcome
the saints. We have previously noted that
overcoming
is the work of the first horseman. Revelation 13:12 says that thefalse prophet (the second beast of Revelation Chapter 13), is the one whocauses them that dwell on the earth to worship the antichrist. In other words,the false prophet’s mission is similar, if not identical, to that of the first horse-
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