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                                                                  The Judgment Begins – 7 Seals

Revelation 6

21 Fellowship, SBC – Midway, TX

Dr. Simon Goncharenko

 

The Seven Seals include the whole scope of God’s judgment upon this rebellious world:
 

-          1st seal – white horse – rider has bow and crown - bloodless conquest.

-          2nd seal – red horse – rider has sword – violent wars.

-          3rd seal – black horse – rider has balance scale - food shortage.

-          4th seal – ashen / pale horse – rider named Death (with Hades in tow) - erase ¼ of the population (near 1.7 billion) of the earth by sword (wars), famine, disease, wild animals

-          5th seal – in heaven - souls of the martyred asking to be avenged – their prayers for revenge upon their enemies are viewed as the 5th judgment against the earth-dwellers.

-          6th seal – on earth – unrepentant inhabitants asking to be hidden from God’s wrath - big shaking of the universe causing cataclysmic changes in the sun, moon, stars, sky, earth’s topography.

Matthew 24

            Revelation 6

False Chrits (vv. 4–5)

            White horse rider (vv. 1–2)

Wars (v. 6)

             Red horse—war (vv. 3–4)

Famines (v. 7a)

            Black horse—famine (vv. 5–6)

Death (vv. 7b–8)

            Pale horse—death (vv. 7–8)

Martyrs (v. 9)

            Martyrs under the altar (vv. 9–11)

Worldwide chaos (vv. 10-13)

            Worldwide chaos (vv. 12–17)

-          7th seal – silence --- 7 trumpets (8:1-2)

 

Important Theological Points:

·         God is JUST

·         God is PATIENT

·         God is RIGHTEOUS & HOLY - GOD WILL JUDGE THE WICKED WORLD

·         GOD WINS

·         Tribulation will be a distinct judgment of God

·         Who can stand? Only those who know Jesus as THEIR SAVIOR!