In Revelation Chapter 6, John described the opening of the six seals. First, he described how he saw the Lamb, a symbol of Jesus, as He opened a seal. John then heard the voice of one of the beasts that accompanied the Lamb. The beast told John to witness something.
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The Four Horses
John saw a vision of four horses. The first horse he saw was a white one with a white pelt. It had a rider who carried a bow. The rider was crowned and he rode on with the goal of conquest. The Lamb then opened up the next seal. Another horse appeared, except this one was red. Its rider was given a sword and it set out to make war on the earth.
The Lamb broke the third seal and another horse came out. This time the horse was black and its rider held two balances. With this, John heard a voice that spoke of the prices of wheat, barley, oil, and wine. This horse represented a great famine.
When the fourth seal was opened, John again heard the voice of a beast, the fourth one this time, commanding that he take notice. This time, the horse that came out of the seal was pale and its rider was Death. What followed them was hell itself.
When the fifth seal was finally opened, John saw the martyrs who died for their beliefs calling out for their deaths to be avenged. But these people were all clothed in robes of white and told to be patient.
The Sixth Seal
When the Lamb broke the sixth seal, the earth shook, the sun was blackened out of the sky, the moon grew blood red, and the stars plummeted to the earth like fruit from a shaken tree. The heavens were warped and the mountains and islands were displaced.
This catastrophe caused every man on earth to try to hide himself and pray for the rocks to fall on him and deliver him from God’s wrath.
Revelation 6 (King James Version)
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?