Revelation Chapter 6
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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.
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.
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.
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;
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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 6 Bible commentary...
The opening of the seals, The first, second, third, and fourth. (1-8) The fifth. (9-11) The sixth. (12-17)1-8 Christ, the Lamb, opens the first seal: observe what appeared. A rider on a white horse. By the going forth of this white horse, a time of peace, or the early progress of the Christian religion, seems to be intended; its going forth in purity, at the time when its heavenly Founder sent his apostles to teach all nations, adding, Lo! I am with you alway, even to the end of the world. The Divine religion goes out crowned, having the Divine favour resting upon it, armed spiritually against its foes, and destined to be victorious in the end. On opening the second seal, a red horse appeared; this signifies desolating judgments. The sword of war and persecution is a dreadful judgment; it takes away peace from the earth, one of the greatest blessings; and men who should love one another, and help one another, are set upon killing one another. Such scenes also followed the pure age of early Christianity, when, neglectful of charity and the bond of peace, the Christian leaders, divided among themselves, appealed to the sword, and entangled themselves in guilt. On opening the third seal, a black horse appeared; a colour denoting mourning and woe, darkness and ignorance. He that sat on it had a yoke in his hand. Attempts were made to put a yoke of superstitious observances on the disciples. As the stream of Christianity flowed further from its pure fountain, it became more and more corrupt. During the progress of this black horse, the necessaries of life should be at excessive prices, and the more costly things should not be hurt. According to prophetic language, these articles signified that food of religious knowledge, by which the souls of men are sustained unto everlasting life; such we are invited to buy, #Isa 55:1|. But when the dark clouds of ignorance and superstition, denoted by the black horse, spread over the Christian world, the knowledge and practice of true religion became scarce. When a people loathe their spiritual food, God may justly deprive them of their daily bread. The famine of bread is a terrible judgment; but the famine of the word is more so. Upon opening the fourth seal, another horse appeared, of a pale colour. The rider was Death, the king of terrors. The attendants, or followers of this king of terrors, hell, a state of eternal misery to all who die in their sins; and in times of general destruction, multitudes go down unprepared into the pit. The period of the fourth seal is one of great slaughter and devastation, destroying whatever may tend to make life happy, making ravages on the spiritual lives of men. Thus the mystery of iniquity was completed, and its power extended both over the lives and consciences of men. The exact times of these four seals cannot be ascertained, for the changes were gradual. God gave them power, that is, those instruments of his anger, or those judgments: all public calamities are at his command; they only go forth when God sends them, and no further than he permits.
9-11 The sight the apostle beheld at the opening the fifth seal was very affecting. He saw the souls of the martyrs under the altar; at the foot of the altar in heaven, at the feet of Christ. Persecutors can only kill the body; after that there is no more they can do; the soul lives. God has provided a good place in the better world, for those who are faithful unto death. It is not their own death, but the sacrifice of Christ, that gives them entrance into heaven. The cause in which they suffered, was for the word of God; the best any man can lay down his life for; faith in God's word, and the unshaken confession of that faith. They commit their cause to Him to whom vengeance belongs. The Lord is the comforter of his afflicted servants, and precious is their blood in his sight. As the measure of the sin of persecutors is filling up, so is the number of the persecuted, martyred servants of Christ. When this is fulfilled, God will send tribulation to those who trouble them, and unbroken happiness and rest to those that are troubled.
12-17 When the sixth seal was opened, there was a great earthquake. The foundations of churches and states would be terribly shaken. Such bold figurative descriptions of great changes abound in the prophecies of Scripture; for these events are emblems, and declare the end of the world and the day of judgment. Dread and terror would seize on all sorts of men. Neither grandeur, riches, valour, nor strength, can support men at that time. They would be glad to be no more seen; yea, to have no longer any being. Though Christ be a Lamb, he can be angry, and the wrath of the Lamb is exceedingly dreadful; for if the Redeemer himself, who appeases the wrath of God, be our enemy, where shall we find a friend to plead for us? As men have their day of opportunity, and their seasons of grace, so God has his day of righteous wrath. It seems that the overthrow of the paganism of the Roman empire is here meant. The idolaters are described as hiding themselves in their dens and secret caves, and vainly seeking to escape ruin. In such a day, when the signs of the times show those who believe in God's word, that the King of kings is approaching, Christians are called to a decided course, and to a bold confession of Christ and his truth before their fellowmen. Whatever they may have to endure, the short contempt of man is to be borne, rather than that shame which is everlasting.
Robbie's Revelation Chapter 6 comment about verse 8 on 12/09/2013, 2:51pm...
I think this is a telling, of something that has repeated itself many times over, and will do so many times more... The possible meanings are endless, and trying to figure out things that has been revealed to John, by God himself, is as good as trying to fly without wings. It won't make sense just yet, but oneday, when our spirits are no longer trapped and binded by our bodies, our minds will roam as free as our soals, and everthing will be clear... Crystal clear.
Mark's Revelation Chapter 6 comment about verse 4 on 12/08/2013, 6:22pm...
I was reading revelation and the great sword reminds me of islam they use this term: and with islam being the beast it drew me to check more into the matter:the tribulation has already begun in part : Christians all over the middle east are being beheaded: for their testimony it is going to spread world wide and become terrible:
Sherrel's Revelation Chapter 6 comment about verse 8 on 11/28/2013, 6:54am...
The Pale horse is what is interesting to me for translation' depicts it the 'pale-green horse'. This is interesting to know that world wide climate control/ modification and the People and their policies are called 'Green'regarding are treading down and destroying People. Through GMO,vaccines, chem trails, Eugenics to name a few.
Word's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 10/26/2013, 5:00pm...
Remember that when you read about most all these that are dead or being killed through Revelation it's speaking of spiritually dead as in dead men women walking still a live in the flesh but dead in the spirit. You read in Revelation about the sword that is the weapon, Satans sword is lies and his bunch that come with him are here to steal your souls, dead, understand. He comes as if he were Christ and he acts like Christ. You wait for the true Christ Jesus whos Sword cuts both ways and if you waited, His Sword, you won't have to worry about because you waited for the true Husband, for the true wedding that will take place and didn't partake with the antichrist or instead of Christ. Don't chase the dragon that looks like the Lamb that has power given to him and who that is the dragon. They always think a Roman church will be a part of Satan's system but it's the whole world and all will run with the one world system. Wait for the One Who is the true Christ Jesus who is the Power to give life or take it away.
Word's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 10/25/2013, 12:04pm...
my opinion is when you see the whole world believing, chasing, and following a man that looks like the Lamb but that speaks like the dragon who controlls a one world system and stands up claiming to be a god you better remember this it ain't Jesus Christ and if you love the true Jesus Christ you better not bow down to the devil or buy or sale for two and half months.
OGUNOJUWO OLAMIDE OYEDIRAN's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 10/17/2013, 2:04pm...
Those that died for the word of Jesus Christ, those that truly carried His Cross will rise up on the last day with great glory. They will be clothed with a glorious garment. They will be crowned with a glorious crown, with palm front in their hand. They will fly to meet Jesus Christ. They will never to tired nor sick again. Halleluyah will be their song. Knowing that this great blessings awaits true believer, I believe that it is high time we do away with those little sins that easily draw us back and serve Jesus Christ truly because time is running out.
TERRY BROOKS's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 10/11/2013, 11:44am...
Yes all of this is very true. we all must repent and ask for forgiveness. i ask the lord jesus christ to forgive me of all my sin's and i repent of my sin's but i know that i still make mistake's
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