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.
Edward's Revelation Chapter 6 comment about verse 9 on 6/16/2013, 3:05am...
In Rev 6:9 are these the Martyrs that come after Christ time on earth to the time of the fifth seal opening? Looking for Scriptural help here...
David's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 5/02/2013, 10:00pm...
ACTS 2 38 REPENT AND BE BAPIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE HOLY GOST...WITH OUT IT YOUR FEET WONT LEAVE THE GROUND WHEN JESUS CALLS US HOME
Garyloyd's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 4/24/2013, 1:07pm...
Protected because they are not tempted nor deceived by Christ false Jesus that the whole world believes is a god just because he has powers given to him, so don’t believe that lie lest you follow him to he'll; for he will be buying souls.
Dennis's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 3/24/2013, 9:23am...
Please let’s set the record straight on the rapture. The rapture is a sixth seal event of the large scroll. It will happen during the tribulation, not after. When the sixth seal is opened you have the sign in the sun, moon and stars. Then you have the sealing of the 144,000, 12,000 from each tribe of Israel. These are protected from Satan’s wrath. Then the next event is the rapture. In Revelation 7, it is very clear because the elder in heaven says in amazement: "who are these and where did they come from?" and the answer is “…they come from great tribulation”. Then I believe the next event is the 7th seal.
Duncan's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 3/02/2013, 6:22pm...
According to the bible, you must be an Israelite to teach the word of God to the nations. If you are not an Israelite, your teaching is vanity, and God is going to kill you for your deceit and sinister behavior.
Bman's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 2/09/2013, 7:11pm...
God’s Word is clear Jesus says in Matthew 24:29, Immediately after the tribulation, (Verse 30) Then shall appear ... Then shall they see The Son of man. Verse 31, With a great sound of a trumpet. Friends if you truly want to understand end time events do a study of the Feasts of The Lord. Jesus fulfilled the Spring feasts, The Fall feasts are yet to be consummated. The next will be the blowing of the Trumpet of Yom Teruah. The Day of the awakening blast, when the Feast of Trumpets begins. The 3 Fall Feasts. Feast of Trumpets then Day of Atonement then Feast of Tabernacles explains it all. Leviicus 23 lists all seven Feasts. God Bless you all.
Trubeliever's Revelation Chapter 6 comment on 2/07/2013, 11:04am...
I caution all readers of these comments to recognize that the only truth we must take from the Bible is that our salvation resides in our faith in Jesus, and that we must be born again (John 3:3, 16) by calling on Him to forgive us of all our sins, and come into our hearts, and be our Lord and Saviour. After that it is clear that good men may disagree honestly about what is going to happen in the last days, in many respects, but not all. The one who denies that the body of believers in Jesus will be "caught up" by His holy angels and thereby spared the wrath of God to follow, is dangerously in error, as Matthew 24:31 clearly attests. Beyond that, sincere and honest disagreement as to "pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or post-tribulation" is irrelevant, as the scriptures are purposely uncertain on the matter in order for us to see the need to constantly pray and meditate on His Word, on these and many other points of scripture. But when scripture clearly and emphatically states that something will happen, as in Matthew 24:31, the discussion is over. For the true believers in Jesus, the exact timing is less important.
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