Verse By Verse Through Revelation (7:1-8)

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1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, restraining the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.

Who are these four angles? In Revelation 9:15 there are also four angels that are unleashed with one of the Trumpets and are clearly demons who come to make war. The context here doesn’t say but it does make a distinction between the angel who has the seal, see verse 2 or mark of God with the four angels who do not have the seal of God. The four angels could possibly be fallen angels since they like those in Revelation 9:15 will bring destruction upon the earth. Another possiblity that they (the four angels) could be demons is because God is going to protect His children from these angels. Only demons attack believers, not angels from the Lord, see Job 1.

Angels from the Lord and fallen angels are participating in God’s judgments, see Revelation 9:1-12 (demons) &  see Revelation 16:8 (an angel from the Lord)

The phrase “four corners of the earth” could refer that there will be no escaping for what’s coming.

The four angels were holding back God’s judgments that not even the wind was allowed to blow on the earth until the 144,000 were sealed with God’s seal, see verse 3.


2 Then I saw another angel, who had the seal of the living God rise up from the east. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were empowered to harm the earth and the sea:

The phrase “who had the seal of the living God” means a distinguishable mark to reveal that the angel belongs to the Lord. Satan through the Antichrist also mark those who belong to them.


3 “Don’t harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we seal the slaves of our God on their foreheads.”

God protects His saints by sealing them with His mark (Jesus and the Father’s name was placed on their foreheads, see Revelation 14) so that they will be off limits to the four angels.


4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 sealed from every tribe of the Israelites:

The ones who are being sealed are messianic Jews who came to believe that Jesus is the Messiah through faith.


5 12,000 sealed from the tribe of Judah,
12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
12,000 from the tribe of Gad,

6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,

7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,

8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
12,000 sealed from the tribe of Benjamin.

These 12,000 per tribe are selected for a special ministry for the Lord because they were blameless and righteous before God’s eyes, see Revelation 14:5 and He will protect them so that they may accomplish His will.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (6:16-17)

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16 And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb,

All of the wicked people who worshiped idols, self, practiced witchcraft, denied the existence of God, now wants to hide from Jesus Christ’s judgment.

They wanted to be covered by the mountains but the mountains had no refuge for them because justice will be delivered.


17 because the great day of Their wrath has come! And who is able to stand?”

Everyone knows that they are guilty of sin because the Holy Spirit has made it evident to them but they love physical pleasures, what satisfies the flesh like riches, women, fame, power, love of self, and greed rather than Jesus Christ who gave up His life for them.

The phrase “And who is able to stand?” refers to being guiltless or asking the question of whos sins has been washed away by the blood of Jesus? The word “stand” means declared righteous as seen in  Jude 1:24 which says, “Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy”

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (6:11-15)

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11 So a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little while longer until the number would be completed of their fellow slaves and their brothers, who were going to be killed just as they had been.

“white robe” refers to those whose sins have been forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ.

God’s justice is based on His timing and His will, even though sometimes we might be impatient, it would be prudent to wait on the Lord.


12 Then I saw Him open the sixth seal. A violent earthquake occurred; the sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair; the entire moon became like blood;

The earthquake that will occur will be very destructive with other things hitting the earth that will most likely cause a great amount of dust to go up and block the sun from shining and cause the moon to look like blood according to Joel 2:30-31 which says, 30 I will display wonders in the heavens and on the earth: blood, fire, and columns of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and awe-inspiring Day of the Lord comes.

These events show that Jesus’ return will be real close (see also Matthew 24:29).


13 the stars of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree drops its unripe figs when shaken by a high wind;

Meteorites will bombard the earth which will contribute to darkening of the sun and kill countless of people.


14 the sky separated like a scroll being rolled up; and every mountain and island was moved from its place.

The phrase “the sky separated like a scroll being rolled up” refers that the sky will not be visible with all of the smoke from fire, dust, and debris.

Most likely a tremendous earthquake that’s off the charts will change the geography. Islands will seem to move by the earthquake by causing a bigger land mass to break into smaller islands.


15 Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the military commanders, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.

The phrase “kings of the earth, the nobles, the military commanders, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person” refers to everyone, atheist, occultist, agnostic, those who denied Jesus as God, actors, all the Bill Gates (the rich) and the poorest who rejected Jesus as Lord will try to hide because they will know that they are guilty of sin. The sin of rejecting the only savior of the world, Jesus Christ and judgment is coming to them.

Atheists will no longer be an atheist and the deniers will no longer deny, that Jesus Christ is Lord of lords and King of kings.

 

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (6:6-10)

 

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6 Then I heard something like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius—but do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”

The Seraphim declared that in the time of the third seal there will be a great famine because the destruction that takes place on the earth (wars, plagues, and drought) will affect food growth and production (Matthew 24:7).

A denarius was a silver coin and it was a day’s wage (Matthew 20:1-2).

Food will be very expensive in the end times for the lack of it and those who will suffer the worst will be the poor and middle class.


7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”

The Lord opens the fourth seal and the Seraphim tells John to come and see the next judgment that takes place.


8 And I looked, and there was a pale green horse. The horseman on it was named Death, and Hades was following after him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill by the sword, by famine, by plague, and by the wild animals of the earth.

The phrase “a pale green horse” resembles the color that a dead body gets after a person has been dead for 24 hours.

A fourth of the earth population (25%) will experience death (1.8 billion people will perish) which includes animals as well. To reach such high casualties would most likely include a nuclear exchange (Zechariah 14:12in a very big war (Ezekiel 38-39) by multiple countries. Plus, the high prices of food that almost no one can afford will cause people to die of starvation along with plagues that we will get into the further we get into the chapter which talks of the remaining seals.


9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the people slaughtered because of God’s word and the testimony they had.

The fifth seal reveals the saints who died in the great tribulation (Revelation 7:9-14) by the hands of the Antichrist and the false prophet for refusing to worship him and the image of the Antichrist. Their heads were cut off (Revelation 20:4) who did not denounce their testimony in Jesus Christ or the Word of God but died because they were Christians who loved the Lord more than their lives.


10 They cried out with a loud voice: “Lord, the One who is holy and true, how long until You judge and avenge our blood from those who live on the earth?”

The believers were in the presence of the Lord which after the death of a believer he/she will immediately go to be with Jesus according to 2 Corinthians 5:8 which says, “8 and we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord.”

The believers cried out to Jesus for justice because they were put to death but were innocent, they did not commit any crime deserving death. They were asking the Lord God when Lord will you avenge us?

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

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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 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 because it is 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.