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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…Blessed Is That Servant…”

SIH TOTT ICONMatthew 24:, the companion passage to Rev 6:, tells us…

 

Mat 24:46-51 KJV

(46)  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
(47)  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
(48)  But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
(49)  And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
(50)  The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
(51)  And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Did you know that we are all servants of Christ?  Saved or Lost; Physical Jew or Gentile; those of the Christian, Jewish, Buddist, or Muslim faith; Democrat or Republican; Master or Slave; King or Pauper; all of us are under the authority of Christ and held responsible to serve Him. In that sense, we are all His servants and given the responsibility to fulfill His will.

So what is the difference between these differing groups?  Some are blessed servants who are found willfully serving Christ at His coming… others are evil servants who refuse to submit to His authority and disobey His will for their lives.

But the differences between the blessed and evil servant does not end with their desire to serve or rebel against Christ.  The other great difference is found in their eternal end.  For the blessed servant who is faithfully fulfilling the will of Christ, he is rewarded for His faithfulness and shares in Christ’s ruling authority over the coming New Heavens and New Earth.  For the evil servant, he is separated from Christ and consigned to eternal suffering in the Lake of Fire.

The question before us is not “Are we servants of the Lord Jesus Christ?”, actually the question is “What type of servant of Christ are we?”  Are we the blessed servant that is faithful in service and eagerly awaiting His second coming?  Or, are we the evil servant that is willfully rebellious to His will, not recognizing that Christ is coming again and will hold him accountable for his unfaithfulness?

So again…. “What type of servant of Christ are we?”

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation & Matthew:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

Matthew 24: http://wp.me/pU88A-IW

 

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…Of that day and hour knoweth no man…”

SIH TOTT ICON

 

Matthew 24:, the companion passage to Rev 6:, tells us…

 

 

 

Mat 24:36-44 KJV

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

 

In this section of Matthew 24, we come face to face with a very simple, yet important, principle.  This principle is stated in vs 36,42 & 44…

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

 

What is this principle?  NO MAN knows the exact time of the second coming of Christ.  Thanks to the signs of His coming, all mankind is constantly reminded that He is coming again and, in response, we should be forever vigilant and waiting.

However, our text clearly tells us that all of the lost and many of the saved will be caught unawares.  This principle is then illustrated in three ways:

  1. vs 37-39 – Just as in the days of Noah, men will not see the urgency of preparing for His coming nor change their lifestyle in any way.  They will be preparing for a future, uninterrupted life on earth by continuing to marry and make plans for future marriages, eating and drinking to give them strength for the coming day.  Looking for the Lord’s second coming will change our lifestyle and plans for the future.
  1. vs 40-42 – Two men in the field and two women grinding at the meal. In both cases, the saved is taken the lost is left.  In both cases, He came unexpectedly to both lost and saved.  In both cases, lost and saved were not prepared for His coming.   We should never think that, because we are saved, we are exempt from being unprepared for His coming.
  1. vs 43 – The coming of the thief caused great harm and loss because the master of the house was not prepared for his coming. When a person is unprepared, whether lost or saved, great loss will ensue.  For the lost they will be condemned to the Lake of Fire for an eternity, failing to trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior.  For the saved, it will involve a great loss of reward and opportunity to glorify God on earth and in heaven.

 

Are we prepared for His coming?

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation & Matthew:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

Matthew 24: http://wp.me/pU88A-IW

 

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

SIH TOTT ICONMatthew 24:, the companion passage to Rev 6:, tells us…

Mat 24:32-34 KJV
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

 

 

Following a description of the tribulation that we face in today’s time (Matt 24:3-28), we are told that these things are signs of the coming return of Christ. This is how they are described … “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.”

Please note: in this text:
1. the “leaves” are pictures of the tribulations we face in today’s time
2. the “summer” is a picture of the return of Christ.

In other words, the tribulations that are prophesied to take place are signs of the impending coming of Christ. Much like the leaves on a fig tree are signs that summer is near at hand. Folks, look around us, we have clear indicators that the second coming of Christ is near.

Do you recognize all of the false teaching that is being broadcast throughout the world, or what about the many wars that we see taking place? What about the many shortages that the nations of the world are experiencing combined with the horrific deaths that we see on display on the tv news? All of these, and many other tribulations we are facing are constant reminders that Christ is coming soon. These are the “leaves of the fig tree” being talked about.

The disciples are then told that these same “leaves” of the fig tree (“all these things”) would all take place during his generation… “this generation shall not pass, till all these things are fulfilled.” This is teaching us that in the disciples’ day false teachers, wars, famines, horrific deaths, martyrdom, rejection and removal of God’s truth (from Israel), etc etc would take place. And sure enough, with Titus invasion and destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, (70 AD) we have these events taking place within 40 years of Christ’s teachings.

May we all see the wonderous prophesies given to us by Christ that were fulfilled 100%.   Just as these prophesies concering His coming came true in the days of Titus, carrying through today’s time, so too we can count on the promise of His soon return to be fulfilled as well.  May we never doubt that He is coming again… we can know this with certainty because what He says ALWAYS comes true!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation & Matthew:

Seals 1-4: http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ
Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6: http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc
Matthew 24: http://wp.me/pU88A-IW

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

SIH TOTT ICONMatthew 24:, the companion passage to Rev 6:, tells us…

 

 

 

 

Mat 24:29-31 KJV –  “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

 

What a precious promise to all who have trusted in Christ.  At His coming He will take His people home to be with Him!

Note the series of events that we are told will take place…

  1. Following the tribulation that we face in today’s time (Matt 24:3-28), we have the precious promise of Christ’s second coming.
  2. Accompanying Him at His coming will be great physical changes in the heavens and earth (Matt 24:29).
  3. This will cause great sorrow in the hearts of the unbelievers, because they will recognize that His wrath is ready to fall (Matt 24:30)
  4. Then we are promised that those who have trusted in Christ as Lord and Savior will be taken from the sinful earth to meet Him in the clouds before His wrath falls against sinful mankind (Matthew 24:31).

The taking of His people is described in this passage as he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Believers from all over the world will be gathered to the Lord through the aid of the angels of God.  It will be much like the citizens of a city going out to meet their king and escort Him back into their city.  However in this case, it will be the saints of god being taken from the earth, meeting the Kings of Kings in the air, and then accompanying Him back onto the earth as He comes to judge the world for its sin…

2Th 2:1-2 KJV – “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.”

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation & Matthew:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

Matthew 24: http://wp.me/pU88A-IW

 

Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…all these are the beginning of sorrows …”

SIH TOTT ICONMatthew 24:, the companion passage to Rev 6:, tells us…

 

 

Mat 24:8 KJV – All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

In the context of this passage, we see Matthew 24: listing six “sorrows”, which align themselves perfectly with six seals of Rev 6:…

  1. vs 5… False Teachers and Anti-Christs
  2. vs 6–7a …. Wars and Rumors Of Wars
  3. vs 7b ,,, Famines
  4. vs 7c … Horrific Deaths (pestilences, earthquakes)
  5. vs 8-14… Martyrdom of Saints
  6. vs 15-21… Worship Taken From Jews and Lost World (Taking Truth and Physical Destruction From Lost)

 

Why does this Matthew passage refer to these 6 types of tribulation brought upon mankind as “sorrows”?  The word for “sorrows” is a Greek word for “birth pains”.   Why would Christ describe these as “birth pains”?

There are at least three basic ideas connected with birth pains:

  1. suffering that increases in frequency
  2. suffering that increases in intensity
  3. suffering that lead to a new life

The six types of tribulation listed by Christ will increase in frequency and intensity as the coming of Christ draws near.  This will lead to a whole new type of life at Christ’s appearance in the clouds.  Lost mankind will be destroyed, the world will be purified, and His people will enter into   eternity with Him. This is why these sin areas of tribulation that have, is and will continue to fall upon mankind is described as birth pains.

Folks, as we see these types of tribulation take place around us, and increase in both frequency and intensity over time, may we all continue to remember that these things are leading us to a new type of existence.

At the coming of Christ, His people will no longer be in the presence of sin, nor feel its affects in our lives.  We will enter a world that has been remade by the Lord specifically for the habitation of His people.  We will be living in the very presence of our Lord for an eternity!

May we all rejoice in Him knowing these trials will come to an end someday and we will enter into eternal rest with our Lord!

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation & Matthew:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

Matthew 24: http://wp.me/pU88A-IW

 

Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:17 KJV

(17)  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 

 

 

The second coming of Christ is looked upon by His people as a wonderful event that will bring  great eternal blessings to them.  It is so highly desired that His coming is described as the “blessed hope” for the people of God…

Tit 2:13-14 KJV – “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

 

However, to those who do not know Christ as their Lord and Savior, His second coming is looked upon with fear and regret.  This day is not only a day of great blessing to the saved, but it is also “the great day of His wrath”.  It is a day when the justice, and anger, of God is sent forth against those who have rejected His message (and displays of mercy and grace) and have chosen to live lives in rebellion against Him…

Rom 2:4-6 KJV – “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”

 

Our text goes a step further and asks “who shall be able to stand?”    When the greatness of God’s wrath is fully experienced man, governments or armies, fallen angels, or even Satan himself, will not be able to resist it.  They all will be brought to utter ruin when the Lord returns to judge mankind for their sin and willful rebellion against Him…

Psa 76:7 KJV – “Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?”

 

Not only is God wrath a great motivation for our fear of Him, but also His great mercy and love that He has bestowed upon His people….

Psa 130:3-4 KJV – “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” 

 

Folks, may we all come to a greater reverence and fear of our wonderfully just Lord, who not only punishes sin, but offers complete forgiveness for those sins through faith in His name!  As we go through our day, let us always honor Him with our lives as we remember His great grace He has shown to us.

 

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

 

Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair… And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:12-14 KJV

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

 

The breaking of seal six reveals to John great changes that will take place in the world immediately prior to, and during, the second coming of Christ.  In this section of Scripture, we read about great changes that will take place specifically in the heavens when Christ returns. Although there are other verses in the Bible that seem to describe heavenly changes at the appearance of Christ (Matt 24:29, Isaiah 13:9-12 etc), we must be careful to not quickly assume that the descriptions in Revelation are to be taken with absolute literalness. In some aspects, this text was meant to be read in symbolic fashion.

What is the symbolic truth we can understand in this seal?  The basic principle we can see in all of these descriptions is the fact that the heavens will be darkened resulting in light being taken from the world. If we understand that throughout the Scriptures the truths of God Word is described as “light”, we can easily understand that seal six tells us that as the truth of God is rejected by man, they will gradually be removed from the earth (1 Tim 4:1, 2 Peter 3:2-4 etc.)

Even the descriptive phrase the heaven departed as “a scroll rolled together” gives us a wonderful picture of the truths of God (written in scrolls in those days) would be hidden from man as they turned from His Word and rejected its teachings.

Folks, do not be surprised to see the world rejecting the truth, and generation by generation, the world is losing the truth that we have been given.  As Christians, we are to use these things to remind us of the need to hold fast to that which we possess and pass it down to the next generation so that the truths of God might continue to exist and lead others to Christ.

 

2Ti 1:13-14 KJV  – “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.”

 

Eph 6:4 KJV – “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

 

Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…there was a great earthquake… every mountain and island were moved out of their places…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:12-14 KJV

(12)  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake;

(14)  … and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

 

 

With the opening of the sixth seal, John sees catastrophic changes taking place on the earth and in the heavens.  In today’s text, we can see some of the changes that will take place on the earth.  Although this seal contains much symbolism, an affirmation of these types of changes at the second coming of Christ can be found elsewhere in the Holy Scriptures (Zech 14:3-7 etc)

At the Lord’s coming, His wrath is sent against sinful mankind along with His physical arrival upon the earth, will cause this great physical upheaval to take place on the earth. In Zechariah, we are told that this upheaval will cause men to “flee like as when they fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.  Everything that we count as a sure, firm foundation (the earth, mountains, foundations of buildings etc) will be shaken and brought down by the Lord Almighty. At this time, the entire world will be renovated and prepared to be our eternal dwelling place (2 Pet 3:10-13).

What an awesome display of the Lord’s power will be seen at this time!

Folks, on a physical level, there is nothing that offers true stability, assurance and security in the world around us.  The only physical stability that can be found is centered upon Christ and His power as He sustains all things and continually intervenes causing them to continue on (Col 1:17).

However, the unreliability of the things found in this PHYSICAL world stand as a great reminder to us of the unreliability of the SPIRITUAL offerings of this world.  The teachings, philosophies, religions and spiritual powers of this fallen world can offer no lasting security to anyone.  Just as this physical earth will pass away and shown to be of no eternal value, so too, the spiritual offerings of this world will be clearly shown to be worthless and vain when Christ comes in His glory.

Folks, is our hope of eternal life based upon Christ or the spiritual offerings of this temporal, fallen world?   This is no small issue.  Just like this physical world’s passing away, if our salvation is based upon anyone, or anything, other than Christ and His work, that salvation will be shaken and shattered at His coming.  Our depravity and inherent unrighteousness stand in contrast overruling any good works, hypocritical religiosity, or false assurances that we may possess.

May we all take a moment to make sure our salvation is based upon Christ and Him alone…

1Pe 1:3-9 KJV

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

 

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

 

There Remaineth A Rest For The People Of God…

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 6:11 KJV

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.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Wk

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…that they should rest yet for a little season, …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:11 KJV

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.

 

 

One of the great promises that God gives to those saints who have died and await His second coming is the promise of a future blessed rest.  This rest is said to be given to the servants of the Lord who have been serving the Lord and sacrificing their lives for Him.

 

To come to a better understanding of the Rev 6:11 passage, let’s take a look at Revelation 14:13… 

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”  (Rev 14:13)

 

In this passage, we learn 3 basic truths about the blessed rest of the saints of God…

  1. “The dead which die in the Lord”– First of all, we receive this eternal rest at the completion of our course here on earth.  Following the death of the saints, they enter into a conscious state of rest in the presence of their Lord.
  1. “they may rest from their labors”Secondly, when the servant’s work on earth is completed, he enters into a very wonderful special type of rest… It involves a rest from pain, sorrow, and physical suffering.  But also, the Christian will no longer have to struggle against sinful flesh, but will now be able to worship the Lord in sinless freedom.
  1. “their works do follow them”What a tremendous blessing! Just to know that when we serve the Lord on earth, our labors are remembered into eternity.

 

These three principles can be seen in the Rev 6:11 passage where:

  1. The martyrs (“The dead which die in the Lord”)
  2. Should rest a little season (“that they may rest from their labors”)
  3. Receive white robes, which are a remembrance of their faithfulness in service (“their works do follow them”)

 

What a wonderful blessing knowing that God’s people are headed for a wonderful rest with their Lord.  It will begin immediately following their death and continue on through eternity!  What a wonderful day that will be!

 “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.  He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.”   Isa 57:1-2 KJV

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”  Heb 4:9-11 KJV

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

 

Will We Be Dressed In White When We Stand Before The Lord?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 6:11 KJV

(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.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on the subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Wf

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…and white robes were given unto every one of them …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:11 KJV

(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.

 

 

As the vision of the sixth seal continues, John sees the martyred saints receiving white robes as they wait for the Lord’s judgment against those who have mistreated them.  What do these white robes symbolize? Two different aspects of righteousness:

  1. God’s righteousness that is given to all who have been saved.
  2. The martyr’s works of righteousness as they remained faithful to the Lord in the midst of opposition and abuse.

What a very important lesson for each one of us!  These robes of righteousness symbolize for us to two great responsibilities that God gives to mankind:

 

First of all, they remind us of the responsibility to turn from our sins and turn to Christ accepting Him as our Lord/Saviour through faith.

In doing so, the Lord graciously takes from us our guilt and shame and gives to us His eternal righteousness.  It is this righteousness that makes us acceptable in God’s sight and enables us to enjoy fellowship now, and in the eternity to come.

 

Secondly, these white robes remind us of our responsibility to honor and glorify the Lord with our lives by serving Him in spirit and truth.

Once we have received His righteousness, out of a heart of appreciation and love for Him, we commit ourselves to glorify Him in all areas of our lives.  This is done through the possession and exercise of Godly motives and attitudes, Godly speech and Godly actions.

 

Folks, when we stand in His presence will we by clothed in dirty, filthy rags of sin?

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  Isa 64:6 KJV

Or, will we be covered with the white robes of righteousness?

“And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.”  Zec 3:4 KJV

After coming to Christ will we commit ourselves to wear robes of righteous works to glorify Him?

​“It was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.”  Rev 19:8 ESV

 

These are the great questions that face all of mankind. What is our answer to each questions?  Our eternal destiny and rewards are based upon the decisions we make in these matters.

As we begin our New Year may we all consider these issues and commit ourselves to Christ as our Lord, Savior and the One we desire to honor with our lives.

 

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

 

Revelation 6: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER: 

In Revelation chapter 6:, we begin to see the first six seals (on the seven-sealed scroll) being broken. These seals will reveal to us the types of events that must take place on the earth prior to the second coming of Christ:

 

 

 

  1. Opening of first 6 Seals 6:1-17
  2. 1st Seal – White Horse – False Teachers/AntiChrists 1-2
  3. 2nd Seal – Red Horse – Wars and Rumours of War 3-4
  4. 3rd Seal – Black Horse – Famines and Other Shortages 5-6
  5. 4th Seal – Pale Horse – Catastrophic Deaths 7-8
  6. 5th Seal – Souls Under The Altar – Martyrdom of the Saints 9-11
  7. 6th Seal – Cataclysmic Changes on Earth and in Heaven – Taking of Truth/Undoing Works of Unrighteousness – 12-17

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

  1.  Revelation 6:1-8 – Opening Seals 1-4

In these verses, we see the first four seals located on the seven-sealed scroll broken and their contents revealed to us.  These seals reveal to us four different types of events that have taken place on earth from the times of John to the second coming of Christ.  They all stand as a reminder of Christ’s second coming, the reliability of His Word and His faithfulness to keep His promises given to us.  Also they are required prerequisites for the saint’s receipt of the eternal inheritance that is awaiting them…

  1. Seal 1 – vs 1-2

In this seal we have revealed a rider upon a white horse that shares similarities with visions of Christ in the Book of Revelation. His desire is to “conquer” (overcome, dominate) God’s people.

This rider represents Anti-Christs (those that oppose Christ and those that attempt to replace Christ).  This includes false “Christian” prophets/teachers, those who claim to be Christ returned to earth, and those who are leaders and teachers of other religions apart from Christianity.

 

  1. Seal 2 – vs 3-4

In this seal a rider on a red horse is revealed.  This rider possessed the ability to take peace from the earth, causing great conflicts that result in death, and the ability to create wars and the threat of wars.

This rider represents war and the threat of war.

 

  1. Seal 3 – vs 5-6

In this seal we see a rider on a black horse holding a pair of measuring scales used by merchants to weigh and sell their goods.   We hear in the background a proclamation concerning the current value of daily staples need to survive.  Basically, we are told that one day’s wages can buy one day’s worth of wheat for one person; one day’s wages can buy one day’s worth of barley for a three member family; and there is a great shortage of olive oil and wine.

This rider represents great famines and shortages that will affect all mankind.

 

  1. Seal 4- vs 7-8

In this seal we see a pair of riders “death” and “hell” riding upon “pale” horses.  These riders symbolize the two different results of physical death upon mankind… “death” speaks of the condition of the body when it no longer possesses human life (commonly called a “corpse”).  “Hell” does not speak of a literal place, but it speaks of the condition of the human spirit when it no longer is encased by a body (commonly called a “disembodied spirit”).  We are then told of the causes of the death that has taken place… sword, hunger, death (pestilences), beasts.  All of these speak of horrendous, and many times violent deaths that take place on earth.

This rider represents horrible physical deaths that take place among mankind……

 

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  1. Revelation 6:9-17 – Opening Seals 5-6

In this section of Scripture, we see the next two seals being broken, seals 5 and 6.  These seals continue to reveal to us types of events that must take place before the second coming of Christ…

 

  1. Seal 5 – Vs 9-11

In this seal we see the souls (physical life) of martyrs lying under the altar of God in heaven. Much like the blood of the OT sacrifices that flowed from the animals who were slain as the Jews worshipped Jehovah.  This helps us to understand that their lives were given to Christ was acts of worship, motivated by a desire to please and glorify Him.  We find them questioning when the Lord will judge and avenge them by sending His wrath upon those who abused and murdered them.  They are told to be patient and to rest from their labors as more faithful saints were to be slain and abused before His second coming would take place.   They receive white robes of righteousness that picture both Christ’s imputed righteousness and their works of righteousness which results in their abuse.

In this seal we see the abuse, and murder, of the saints of God.   This seal helps us to understand that those who dedicate themselves to the service of Christ become sacrifices for His glory (either through martyrdom or as “living sacrifices”) and, as such, can expect to be opposed, some even to death for their stand for Christ.

 

  1. Seal 6 – Vs 12-17

In this seal we see several horrific natural disasters that wreak havoc on the earth… a great earthquake, the sun darkened, the moon turned blood red, the stars falling, the entire heavens disappearing, and every mountain and island shifting.  These events picture many of the results of God’s wrath that is currently shown against sin in the lives of the lost including: great mourning; bloodshed (death); the vanity of their earthly pursuits; and especially, the taking of the truths of God for the earth.  These great occurrences reveal to the lost world that God’s wrath will shortly take place (seal 7) which causes them to desire death, hoping to escape the final judgment of God for their sins

This seal represents for us the wrath fo God that is CURRENTLY falling against lost mankind and it’s great results in the lives of the lost.

(Also, perhaps, this gives us a veiled declaration of some of the literal, physical changes that will take place on the earth just prior to Christ’s second coming.)

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

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WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In the next lesson in our series, we will be looking at Revelation 7:.  In Revelation 7: we will see events that will take place immediately prior to the sending of God’s wrath at His second coming (seal 7) upon lost mankind.  Basically, this section of Scripture, which takes place prior to the opening of seal 7, speaks of God taking His people from the earth, as an act of protection before His wrath falls…

1.   The Sealing Of 144,000 (God’s people identified and protected) 7:1-8
a.  4 angels with 4 winds 1
b.  Angel with seal of God 2-3
c.  Sealing of 144,000 4-8
2.  Worship In Heaven (God’s people, now protected, arrive in heaven and worship) 7:9-17
a.  Innumerable Multitude 9-10
b.  Angels, Elders, Creatures 11-12
c.  Questioning about Multitudes 13-17

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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Lets Stop, Remember, And Appreciate Our Lord’s Faithfulness To His Promises To Us!

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 6:10 KJV

(10)  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…O Lord, holy and true …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:10 KJV

(10)  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

 

 

 

The souls of the martyred saints cry out for God’s judgment to fall against those who opposed, abused, and murdered them.  In this cry for justice, they describe the Lord as being “holy and true”.  What a wonderful description of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the title “holy” we can see that our Lord is entirely separated from sin.

In the title “true” we can see that our Lord will keep His promises to us, what He says is always true and will come to pass.

 

These two descriptions go hand-in-hand.  Because He is separated from sin, He cannot lie.  Because He cannot lie, He must be faithful to the promises that He gives to us.  The martyrs are relying upon their Lord being holy and true to remain faithful to His promises to punish those who have abused and murdered them.

Folks, the principle that the Lord keeps His promises extends far beyond His promises of judging those who oppose His people.  He is faithful to every promise He makes to us.  What a blessing it is to know His promises will be kept 100% of the time.  There is no doubt He will be faithful to His Word to us. Even if we doubt His faithfulness, He will keep His Word, He cannot deny Himself…

“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.  2 Tim 2:13.

 

We can rest assured that He will keep all of His promises that He gives to His redeemed.  There are many, many, promises He gives to His people.  Some of these include promises to forgive all of our sins, grant us fellowship and communion with Him, meet our every need, accompany us through all the events in this life, send us the indwelling Holy Spirit to comfort and teach us His Word, enable us to serve Him, etc etc.  But the greatest of all His promises to His people is the promise of the hope of eternal life….

Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;  But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;  Tit 1:1-3

 

May we all be eternally thankful for His faithfulness to His promises He has do graciously given to us… especially the promise of eternal life.  Let this appreciation motivate us to serve Him in greater ways as we wait for our homecoming and entrance into the eternity with Him.

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:9 KJV

(9)  And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

 

 

 

John now sees seal number five being opened.  With the opening of the seal we will see another event that takes place in the world around us that reminds us that Christ’s second coming is near.

So far in this series of visions we have seen four indications of Christ’s second coming that takes place around us today…

  1. seal one – False teachers and AntiChrists (False Christs)
  2. seal two – Wars and Rumours of Wars
  3. seal three – Famines and Shortages of All Kinds.
  4. seal four – Horrific Death by Sword, Starvation, Disease, Natural Disasters, Wild Beasts etc.

The next event is represented in seal number five… the persecution and martyrdom of followers of Christ.

 

Christ, Himself, had much to say about the abuse that His followers would experience as they chose to serve Him in the midst of a fallen, sinful world (Matt 5:10-11; Mark 10:28-31; Luke 21:10-19; John 15:18-25 etc etc).   Opposition, abuse, persecution, and even the loss of life is to be expected by the people of God.  Paul stated it very simply for all of us to understand, when he said…

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  (2Ti 3:12 KJV)

 

The martyrdom of the saints reminds us that there is coming a day when Christ will return to the earth and avenge those who were abused for His name’s sake.  When we see persecution take place around us, keep in mind, these things is come to an end someday and all will be made right.  No one will escape the justice of our Lord when He returns to end the abuse and judge those who have opposed His work throughout time.

But in addition, when we expereince persecution and then see other Christians persecuted in the world around us, it reminds us that there are others faced with these same life choices.  They are choosing to serve Christ on a daily basis.  We are not alone.  We, along with many others, are choosing the eternal over the temporal, to honor our Lord over pleasing men.

Anyone persecuted in Christ’s name is following the example set by Moses declaring that he is willing to suffer loss of earthly things to gain the spiritual things of eternity…

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.  (Heb 11:24-27 KJV)

 

What a powerful example for us all!  When we are faced with a choice to either serve the Lord or gain the favor and things of this world what will be our choice?    Will we stedfastly choose to honor Christ knowing He is coming again to bring deliverance and justice? Or will we choose to enjoy the world’s offerings in an effort to avoid persecution at the expense of Christ’s glory?  Every day, the choice is ours to make.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…I looked, and behold a pale horse: …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:8 KJV

(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.

 

 

As seal number four is opened, John sees a rider upon an ashen (pale) colored horse.  This horse represents horrible types of death and is, appropriately, the color of a human corpse.  Notice all the different types of horrendous deaths that are mentioned in this passage:

  1. death by sword
  2. death by starvation
  3. death by catastrophic means such as earthquakes, lingering diseases, torture, invasions, (death)
  4. death by being eaten by wild animals

Folks, when we see these types of suffering, painful, violent deaths take place they are a reminder to us of the physical effects of sin in our lives.  They exist because sin exists.   Because sin exists and we possess a fallen nature, all of us are facing physical death and, in at least some cases, that death will come through violent, painful, catastrophic means.   But the lessons to be learned from the horrible deaths we see take place does not end with their physical results.

The horrible deaths that we see take place around us should also remind us of the spiritual results of sin… spiritual death. This spiritual death, if not remedied through the application of Christ’s work in our hearts, will result in eternal suffering in the Lake of Fire.  This eternal suffering far outweighs any type of suffering and death that we can experience on earth.

Stop and think about it, when we see horrendous deaths taking place around us (beheadings, earthquakes, bombings, lingering cancers, and the such like) we need to remember that all of these pale, and in actuality are nothing, in comparison to the great suffering that will take place in the Lake of Fire.

Mat 13:41-43 KJV – The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 

The death that we see taking place around us should be a tremendous motivation for us, as Christians, to be sharing Christ with others through our words and actions.  Just as we hate to see others suffer around us in this physical world, how much more do we not want to see them suffer exponentially in the world to come?  Our opportunity to be a witness for Christ will end at His second coming.  We must be about our business NOW.   The suffering and death

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…lo a black horse …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:5-6 KJV

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

 

This third seal presents to us the rider on a black horse that symbolizes famines and other types of material shortages.   Some of these include food, water, energy, and medicines among others.   All of these types of shortages bring, at the least, physical discomfort but in many cases can lead to long suffering deaths.

Shortages of the necessities of life can affect the most powerful and wealthy to the most poor and weak nations of the earth.  How can this be?  It is because the forces of nature are in the hands of God alone.  Droughts, flooding, excessive cold or heat and other types of extreme weather can produce shortages to even the most powerful of nations.   The Lord alone is the One who can control these fundamentals of the world’s ability to produce life’s necessities.

The shortages that takes place in the world around us is a very powerful reminder of man’s inability to provide for his own physical needs.  The simple things in life that many of us take for granted like food, clothing and shelter are truly day by day blessings given to us by Almighty God.  Apart from His giving us our daily needs we would live lives of great want.  For these blessings we should be forever grateful…

Psa 68:19 KJV – Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

 

But the lesson learned from shortages does not end here.  More importantly, we can learn that the times of life threatening physical shortages picture mankind’s spiritual needs and man’s inability to meet those needs.  Just as the physical needs of man are supplied through divine intervention, so too the spiritual needs of mankind rely solely upon the intervening grace of God in their lives.

It is only through the grace of God that mankind will see their need of salvation, turn from those sins in repentance, and turn to Christ in saving faith. All of these are divine graces that take place in the heart of sinful mankind bringing them to a genuine salvation experience…

2Co 4:3-6 KJV  …For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2Ti 2:24-26 KJV  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Eph 2:8-9 KJV For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.    

As Christians may we all allow the times of worldly shortages to remind us of our Lord’s gracious intervention in our lives meeting both our physical and spiritual needs.  But also, may we use these times of need to remind us of lost mankind’s great need of Christ and the necessity for us to take the gospel message to them.

Finally, may we use these times to place our minds upon the coming return of our Lord and Savior who will, at that time, bring the blessings of our salvation complete as we enter into eternity with Him.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

Revelation 6:9-17 “The Lamb Opening Seals 5 and 6”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 

The Opening Of Seals 5 and 6…

 

Revelation 6:9-17 KJV

(9)  And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were 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, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on 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.
(12)  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
(13)  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
(14)  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
(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;
(16)  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
(17)  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In chapter 6 we begin to see the seals being opened. All seven seals represent for us the events that will lead up to the  the Christian’s receipt of their eternal inheritance:

  1. Seals 1-6 reveal the events that take place before God’s wrath falls upon the earth.
  2. Seal 7 represents God’s wrath falling which prepares the way for His eternal kingdom on the New Heavens and Earth.
  3. Scroll opened reveals the eternal inheritance of the saints which will be received at His second coming.

 

Here is a brief outline of Revelation chapter 6:…

Opening Seals 1-4 (Revelation 6:1-8)  – All four of these seals affect everyone who is living on earth

  1.  1st Seal – White Horse – False Teachers/Christs 1-2
  2. 2nd Seal – Red Horse – Wars and Rumors Of War  3-4
  3. 3rd Seal – Black Horse – Famine and Scarcity  5-6
  4. 4th Seal – Pale Horse – Death  7-8

Opening Seals  5-6 (Revelation 6:9-17)

  1. 5th Seal – Persecution/Martyrdom 9-11 – This seal is pointed towards Christians (faithful servants of Christ)
  2. 6th Seal – Heaven’s Shaken – God’s Wrath Falling 12-17 – This seal is pointed towards the unsaved (those who oppose the work of Christ on earth.

In this lesson, we will see the opening of seals five and six…

Seal Five –  We see symbolism of souls as blood flowing under the altar that finds it origins in Leviticus 4:7, 17:10-11 etc)

Seal Six – We see the symbolism of earthqukes, storms, and great changes in the heavens picturing God’s wrath.  These are found linked to God’s wrath in many places throughout the OT including Isaiah 13:9-10, 29:6, Joel 2:30-31, Haggai 2:6-7 etc)

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 6:9-17 KJV

 

And when he had opened the fifth seal,

Following the opening of seals 1-4 which represents the types of events that must take place before Christ comes again.  These first four seals affected everyone who is living upon the earth:

  1. 1st Seal – White Horse – False Teachers/Christs 1-2
  2. 2nd Seal – Red Horse – Wars and Rumors Of War 3-4
  3. 3rd Seal – Black Horse – Famine and Scarcity 5-6
  4. 4th Seal – Pale Horse – Death 7-8

 

The seals continue to be opened as he sees seal 5 broken (vs 9-11)…

 

I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Here, John sees the souls of those who have died as the result of their testimony for Christ.  Please keep in mind these things are symbolic in nature…

1.  The altar being spoken of is the brazen altar (altar of burnt offering) spoken of throughout the OT writings.

This is the altar where the animals lives were taken, their blood shed, and then their blood placed under this altar. (Lev 4:7, 5:9, 8:15 etc).

 

2.  In this vision, the souls of the martyrs (the physical life they lost for the cause of Christ) replace the animal’s shed blood. Picturing for us the fact their lives were taken by the hands of others as an act of sacrifice for Almighty God. These faithful saints gave their lives willingly, choosing death over compromising their ministry for their Lord as an act of worship and honor to Him.

This is why we are told their souls were slain “for the word of God” (their verbal presentation of God’s Word) and “for the testimony which they held” (their active lifestyle testimony as followers of Christ).

This symbolically represents not only the martyrs who gave their lives for the cause of Christ, but also those saints who are “living sacrifices” for Christ.  Although they are not called upon to literally give their lives for Christ, they are called upon to give up the world’s offerings and suffer abuse at the hands of others in the name of Christ as living sacrifices for Him (Roms 12:1, Phil 2:17, Hebs 13:16)

 

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

These faithful, sacrificial saints who have gone on before us, cry out with an amplified voice saying….

  1. “O Lord holy and true”

They recognize the Lord as being totally separated from sin (holy) and faithful to His Word (true)

  1. “dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth”

These sacrificing saints know that those who have killed them, abused them and opposed them should be punished and brought to defeat.  But this has not happened on earth yet. Christ has not come back yet.  Things continue on as before with many of the wicked seemingly prospering.

Because they know He is holy and true they know that He should be judging the lost… this is why they are questioning why God has not brought vengeance and judgment upon their abusers which were still living on the earth.

  

And white robes were given unto every one of them;

Throughout the Bible white robes are associated with righteousness…

  1. the righteous of Christ that is placed upon the saint at their salvation (Isa 61:10, Luke 15:22)
  2. the righteous works and testimony of the saints that are worn like clothing by the saint (Deut 6:24-25, 1 Peter 5:5).

In this case, probably both apply.  These faithful saints are shown being given the robes of righteousness, confirming to us they were genuinely saved and possessed a testimony of righteousness as servants of Christ.  This in comparison to hypocritical “believers” that only served God out of selfish motivations, such as the lost Pharisees of Christ’s day (Matt 23:27 etc)

 

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.

These faithful saints, now that they have passed on to heaven, are told to “rest a little season”.  In other words, they can now rest from their labors for Christ and wait for Him to return to earth at His second coming.  At that time, they would return with Christ to receive their glorified bodies.

The time of their waiting is described as “a little season”.  In other words, when compared with spending an eternity with Christ, the time they had to wait (between their physical death and their return with Him at His second coming) will be a very short period of time.

During this time of waiting for the saints in heaven with Christ, time will continue passing on earth with more saints being martyred, abused and opposed as they seek to serve the Lord.  These are the times we are living in right now.  There have been faithful saints who have gone on before us and are waiting in heaven for His second coming.  Likewise, we are continuing here on earth seeking to faithfully serve our Lord while faced with martyrdom, abuse and opposition, eagerly awaiting Christ’s second coming also.

 

This fifth seal is the fifth sign of Christ’s second coming…. martyrdom and abuse of God’s people on earth as they faithfully minister for Him.  As we see these things taking place around us, keep in mind, it is to be expected, these things must take place before Christ comes again and takes us to be with Him and the saints who have gone on before us!
This event described the sufferings and afflictions of God’s people.  In the next seal, we will see Christ’s response to their question by picturing God’s wrath falling against the lost now and, especially, just prior to His second coming…

 

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal,

John now sees the opening of the sixth seal.  Showing to him the sixth sign of the second coming of Christ. 

John will be seeing great cataclysmic events taking place in nature.  These events can be summarized into two basic types of devastating events:

  1. those that take place on the earth (vs 12a, 14b)
  2. those that take place in heaven (vs 12-14) 

Certainly, it is possible that this seal points us to devastating events of nature that have, and will take place in the earth and heavens.  It is very possible that, immediately prior to Christ’s second coming there will be horrific events that will take place in the world around us.

However, with an understanding that all of these seals involve a great deal of symbolism, we can learn much more about these events that will take place before Christ’s coming than simply catastrophic events in nature.

 

and, lo, there was a great earthquake;

The first overwhelming event John sees is an overwhelming earthquake.  This is the type of earthquake that destroys much of the area that it hits.  This is an event that affects the earth but does not affect the heavens.  Throughout the Old Testament, earthquakes are linked with God’s wrath falling upon rebelliously sinful mankind.

 

John now begins to see a group of changes in the heavens…

and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, 

John sees the sun turn dark colored like the typical clothing they wore during times of great mourning and loss.  This symbolizes for us that, during times of God’s wrath falling upon mankind, it is times of great mourning and sorrow upon the lost.

 

and the moon became as blood; 

John sees the moon turning a deep red color of shed blood.  God’s wrath upon the lost will involve, in many cases the death and destruction of the lost.  This is why the moon is pictured as being blood red in color.

 

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind

John sees the stars of heaven falling upon the earth much like a fig tree forced to drop her fruit prematurely due to a great windstorm that is striking them.  In this case. the windstorm is a picture of God’s wrath falling upon sinful mankind resulting in them losing the worldly gain that they had lived their lives to accumulate.  This would include wicked fruits that were born to gain wealth, power, fame, and fleshly pleasure.

 

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;

John now see the entire heavens rolled up and being totally removed.  First, the sun was blackened, then the moon was darkened, then the stars fell from the sky taking them from view.  Now finally, the entire heavens are rolled up and removed from the view of all mankind.

Throughout the Old Testament, we read of the heavens being one of the greatest tools used by the Lord to reveal Himself to mankind.  This part of the sixth seal helps us to understand that one of the great methods of judgment against the lost takes place with the gradual taking of truth from mankind.   Basically, the longer mankind rejects the Word of God the more truth is taken and the world falls into greater and greater levels of spiritual darkness and depravity.

 

and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

John now sees the great moving of mountains and islands.  Perhaps this is the result of the great earthquake, or else some other type of catastrophic event.  In either case, the basic principle is that the things that give lost mankind great security and stability are moved and no longer stable.

But keep in mind, mountains were one of the great meeting places for man with God.  With the mountain being moved out of place it helps us to see that God no longer is meeting with mankind as before.  Because the world, in general, has rejected the Lord, He no longer meets with them and shows His glory as in days past.  He removes His hand of blessing and no longer reveals Himself and His will to mankind as He used to.

Islands in the OT many times are associated with Gentile nations.  Even the Gentile nations who had been recipients and propagators of the truth of God in NT times, now have their testimony restricted and gradually removed from the earth.   Some of the greatest nations that could be counted upon to uphold the truths of God and send missionaries into all the world, no longer have a significant ministry on the earth.

 

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;

John sees the lost who possess all social positions becoming desperate as the second coming of Christ draws near.  Everyone, from the richest to the poorest, the ruler to the slave… they all try to rely upon their own ingenuity and ability to escape the great wrath of Almighty God.

We see this take place every day in the lives of those who rely upon the works of man to secure their salvation. Day after day they reject the truths of God and choose to live their life in the fulfillment of their sinful flesh.  The fruits of their labors may be great, but they are only worldly in nature.  Sadly, just as the men in John’s vision, there will come a day when they realize they cannot escape the wrath of God of their own merit or earthly accomplishements and come to realize they have no hope…

 

And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

The lost come to the conclusion that their only hope is for their life to be taken before His coming in the hope that they will escape His wrath.  However, even this effort on their part is only a fallacy.  Even in death, they must face the judgment of God.  And in the future be resurrected to stand before the Lord and be sentenced to an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

 

For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

For the lost, Christ’s second coming is a great day of distress, anguish, sorrow, and remorse of a worldly type. For the saved, it is a time of vengeance and recompense.

Keep in mind the question asked by the saints in the prior seal… “Lord why aren’t your avenging us and judging the lost”… now we see His response.  Even now, His wrath is gradually falling and the lost are being punished for abusing His people.   Although His judgment upon the lost is being shown in many ways, the greatest form of wrath during this time is the gradual taking of the truths of God from the lost world.  Finally His wrath will be shown fully as He returns to the earth in all His glory to utterly destroy the lost and purify the sinful earth.

To summarize seal number six.  We see the wrath and anger of God falling upon the lost of the world even in today’s time.  Although it may not be recognized by some believers, the taking of the truth from the world is clearly a judgment against a rebellious and sinful generation that is living upon the earth.  This taking of truth is gradual and will consistently increase leading up to His second coming.  At that point in time all hope is lost for unbelievers who now must face the wrath of God as He comes back in power and glory to destroy His enemies and purify this earth.

(Once again, please note that there are other places in the Scriptures that teach us that there will be great changes that take place in the heavens and earth at the second coming of Christ.  Therefore the cataclysmic events described in this sixth seal MAY touch upon these great changes that will take place at His second coming.  However, based upon the symbolic nature of the book of Revelation, there is much, much more that can be learned from this text.)

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of our study we see Christ revealed as the One that is “holy and true”.  In other words, He stands in opposition to sin and wickedness while remaining faithful to His promises that He has given to His beloved.  He proves this to us all by rightly avenging His people who are killed, abused and opposed as they serve Him.  His wrath is being revealed in today’s time and especially, will be revealed fully at His second coming.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

As we looked at the persecution and martyrdom the faithful saints of this time period along with the wrath of God falling upon the lost in today’s time, we can come to a better understanding of the events that are taking place around us.

Why do we see so many calamities taking place and seemingly on the increase?  It is because our world is rejecting Christ, His will, and those who are His servants.

Why do we see the truth gradually being taken from the world, especially from the nations that used to have such a firm grips on the truths of God?   Once again, it is a type of punishment being shown against the sinful world around us.

As we see the rejection of Christ and the truths of His Word, may we all “lift up our heads”, it is simply another sign that His coming is close at hand…

  1. 1st Seal – White Horse – False Teachers/Christs 1-2
  2. 2nd Seal – Red Horse – Wars and Rumors Of War 3-4
  3. 3rd Seal – Black Horse – Famine and Scarcity 5-6
  4. 4th Seal – Pale Horse – Death 7-8
  5. 5th Seal – Persecution/Martyrdom That Will Affect The Saints 9-11
  6. 6th Seal – Heaven and Earth Shaken – The Truths Of God Taken From World That Affect Lost Mankind 12-17

 

All of these are taking place around us now and are indicators that Christ is coming back and we need to be watching with uplifted heads!

 

In seal #7 we will see the last seal broken and the final preparatory act taking place before Christians will receive their eternal inheritance.  This seal will describe symbolically the second coming of Christ in power and glory!

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

 

 

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Christ’s Eternal Peace Will Do Away With Today’s Wars

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 6:4 KJV – 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.

 

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