REVELATION - THE END
OF THE AGE OF MAN
(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)
The First 6 Seals are opened
While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and
trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked
like a man. And I heard a man's voice from the [banks of the]
Ulai [river] calling, "Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the
|As he came near the place where I was standing,
I was terrified and fell prostrate. "Son of man," he said to me,
"understand that the vision concerns the time of the end." While
he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to
the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.
|He said: "I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time
of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.
... In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become
completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will
arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will
cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does.
He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. He will cause
deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they
feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the
Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.
|The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is
true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant
|I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days.
... I was appalled by the vision; it
was beyond understanding.
(Daniel 8:15-27 NIV)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
||War in its aspect of subjecting
peoples one to another
||War in its aspect of hate between
nations and individuals
distribution (or general scarcity of goods)
||The death which results from the first
|war, wild animals = hate
|famine = inequitable distribution
|disease = plagues
Come and see
As each living creature announced a horse and rider, it said:
ιrchou ( from erchomai )
The "and see" was unfortunately added to a few translations for what the
translators thought would help the reader to understand.
|to come from one place into another
|to go to follow one
In either case, this was a summons from the living creature for the horse
and rider to come forth and go throughout the earth fulfilling God's
command as He pours out His wrath.
||By these translations/versions
|"Come" or "Come
||New International Version,
Amplified Bible, American Standard Version, New American Standard
Bible, New American Standard Bible-Updated, Contemporary English
Version, Easy-to-Read Version, English Standard Version, Good News
Translation, Holman Christian Standard Bible, New Century Version,
New English Translation Bible, New Living Translation, New Testament
in Modern Speech, Revised Standard Version, New Revised Standard
Version, The Living Bible, The Message, Today's English Version,
World English Bible
|"Go" or "Go out"
||Complete Jewish Bible,
God's Word Translation
The four living creatures are connected with the Throne of Judgment. They express
the mind, and enact the will of that Throne. Much of its power towards the
earth goes out through them. They are the enactors of the judicial energy
of Him who sits upon the throne. And it is in this capacity that they
speak the word Come! And as they speak, so it is. John hears the command, and at once he sees it
being carried out.
(1) Now I
saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the
four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and
see." (2) And I looked,
and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown
was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
1st Seal: White Horse The Rider was given a
making war on the saints
|The rider held a bow
|The rider had a crown
|The rider rode out as conqueror bent on conquest
Jesus answered them, Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving
you and leading you into error]. For many will come in (on the
strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me],
saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many
If anyone says to you then, Behold, here is the Christ (the
Messiah)! or, There He is! do not believe it. For false
Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great
signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible,
even the elect (God's chosen ones). See, I have warned you
beforehand. So if they say to you, Behold, He is in the wilderness
(desert) do not go out there; if they tell you, Behold, He is in
the secret places or inner rooms do not believe it. For just as
the lightning flashes from the east and shines and is seen as far as
the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
NOTE: Commentators have been busy identifying the rider of the white horse
according to their various theories. "It is tempting to identify him with
the Rider on the white horse in Revelation 19:11, whose name is 'the
Word of God'" (Swete). Tempting, "but the two riders have nothing in
common beyond the white horse.
(from Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Electronic Database.
Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. Robertson's Word
Pictures in the New Testament. Copyright © 1985 by Broadman Press.)
(3) When He
opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying,
"Come and see." (4)
Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one
who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should
kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.
2nd Seal: Red Horse Rider was given
Power Conflict on Earth
|The rider given power to make men kill each other
|The rider had a large sword
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not
frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not
yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after
(5) When He
opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say,
"Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who
sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
(6) And I heard a voice in the
midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a
denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not
harm the oil and the wine."
3rd Seal: Black Horse Rider had no power other than to weigh what was Scarcity on Earth
|The rider had a pare of scales
|A voice from among the four living creatures
|A quart of wheat for a day's wages
|Three quarts of barley for a day's wages
|Don't damage the Oil
|Don't damage the Wine
When I break your staff of bread and cut off your supply of food,
ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall ration
your bread and deliver it again by weight; and you shall eat, and
not be satisfied. (AMP)
(7) When He
opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living
creature saying, "Come and see." (8)
So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat
on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given
to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with
hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
4th Seal: Pale Horse The Rider was given power (exousia
capacity) Widespread Death on
|The rider was named Death
|Hell (the grave) followed close behind
|They both had power over one fourth of the earth to:
|Kill by Sword
|Kill by Famine
|Kill by Plague
|Kill by the Wild Beasts of the earth
All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs
[of the intolerable anguish].
Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who
is on the housetop not come down and go into the house to take
anything; and let him who is in the field not turn back to get his
overcoat. And alas for the women who are pregnant and for those who
have nursing babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be
in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation
(affliction, distress, and oppression) such as has not been from the
beginning of the world until now no, and never will be [again].
[Daniel 12:1; Joel 2:2.] And if those days had not been
shortened, no human being would endure and survive, but for the sake
of the elect (God's chosen ones) those days will be shortened.
(9) When He opened the fifth
seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been 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, until You judge
and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
(11) Then a white robe was
given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should
rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow
servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was
5th Seal: Souls under the Alter The effect on the war with the saints
|They cried out:
|How long until you judge the inhabitants of
|How long until you avenge our blood?
|They were each given a white robe
|They were told to wait a little longer until the
number of martyrs was completed
Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation
and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My
name's sake. And then many will be offended and repelled and will
begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey]
and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one
another with hatred.
As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and
defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced
judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry
out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you,
he will see that they get justice... (NIV)
looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a
great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair,
and the moon became like blood. (13)
And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its
late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
(14) Then the sky receded as a
scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was
moved out of its place. (15)
And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the
commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid
themselves in the caves 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 who sits
on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
(17) For the great day of His
wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
6th Seal: A Great Earthquake The final judgments on Antichrist and his
|The sun turned black
|The moon turned blood red
|The Stars fell to the earth
|Every mountain was moved
|Every island was moved
|Everyone on earth tried to hide in caves and rocks
of the mountains
|Everyone knew the day of the wrath of the Lamb had
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be
darkened, and the moon will not shed its light, and the stars will
fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
34:4; Joel 2:10,11; Zephaniah 1:15.] Then the
sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the
tribes of the earth will mourn and beat their breasts and lament in
anguish, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of
heaven with power and great glory [in brilliancy and splendor].
[Daniel 7:13; Revelation 1:7.] (AMP)
Question: Who is the man on the white horse, who has a crown and a bow?
||Could this be the Lord Jesus who will
come on a white horse in
||This is not war and bloodshed between
man and man, for that is the work of the rider of the red horse.
||It is not about famine and scarcity,
for that is the work of the rider on the black horse.
||Neither is it about pestilence and
mortality, for that is the work of the rider on the pale or livid
||Some interpret this to be the Messiah
(the Christ), but this is not He. It is a false Christ, who
will establish a temporary peace in the world. What was the
first prediction of
Matthew 24:5? Many shall come in My
name, saying I am Christ.
||Of the four horsemen, only this one has
a crown. His conquests, therefore, are specifically conquest of
the crown-achievements augmentative of heavenly dominion.
||The color of the horse is white which
is the color of righteousness, triumph, and peace. If he is to be
accepted as the Christ, he must appear (at first, at least) as the
||The picture must then somehow link
itself with something that is righteous and good, though it is
associated with a judicial proceeding. [Take the mark and live,
refuse and die
Rev. 13:16, 17]
||The rider of this horse has a bow.
This is an instrument of war, but as no literal slaughter connects
with this horseman, so it speaks not of the destruction of life, but
to a moral effect.
||And finally note the language employed
here, He goes forth conquering and to conquer. There is an idea of
continuity in the expression. It describes an ongoing work, a
continuous one, resulting, along with what else comes upon the
scene, in complete and sovereign dominion.
And they worshipped the dragon [Satan], which gave power unto the beast:
and they worshipped the beast, saying 'Who is like unto the beast? Who is
able to make war with him? (Revelation 13:4)
The first conflict is for the throne of God through the ministry of the
beast and false prophet.