Verse By Verse Through Revelation (6:1-5)


1. Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”

The start of the seals being open will show the cataclysmic events that will come to the inhabitants of the earth.

The Seraphim by their thunderous voice (pure power) called John to witness these events.

2 I looked, and there was a white horse. The horseman on it had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he went out as a victor to conquer.

The phrase “I looked, and there was a white horse” is an attempt for Satan through the Antichrist to imitate Jesus Christ who rides on a white horse and is victorious.

The first seal cannot be Jesus as the Jehovah’s Witnesses wrongly translate this verse because nowhere in the Book of Revelation do you see Jesus personally taking part as being one of the plagues that are found in the seals, trumpets, or bowls. However, He is the one who is administering the judgments upon the earth not being one of them as the first seal.

Another reason it is not Jesus is that He comes with no weapons but with the sword that comes out of His mouth which is the Word of God (Revelation 19:15). Jesus will defeat the demonic forces and the Antichrist with God’s Word. Nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus shown or mentioned with a bow.

The reason that it is the Antichrist on the white horse who will come to rule the world is that it’s predicted by Jesus in Matthew 24:15-22, also, see Daniel 9:27 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. After he places his image of himself in the third temple, the judgments will start (the seals, trumpets, and bowls) and he will proclaim to be God which will take place in the second half of the 7 years of the great tribulation.

The phrase “and he went out as a victor to conquer” means that the purpose of the Antichrist is to force the human race to abandon God and to worship Satan through the Antichrist by receiving his mark (Revelation 6:13-16).

3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”

The second seal is introduced and John once again is invited to witness the Lord’s judgments.

4 Then another horse went out, a fiery red one, and its horseman was empowered to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And a large sword was given to him.

The second seal was a fiery red horse which most likely is to represent the slaughter that takes place.

The world will lose peace as we know it and wars will break out and people will die on a massive scale.

5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and there was a black horse. The horseman on it had a set of scales in his hand.

Here, John sees the third seal open and is a black horse with a set of scales which represents people having to take great measures to ration their food because there will be a great famine that will cover the whole world.

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