We find seven seal’s in the sixth chapter of Revelation. We also find four horsemen in the first four seals. Horses in scripture represent triumph, majesty, power and conquest. (See Rev. 19:11, Job 39:19-25, Proverbs 21:31). These riders represent forces and not necessarily men. Many debates go on concerning who the rider is on the first horse. On the surface we see seven, but inside these seven is contained many more judgments. The seventh seal contains seven trumpets which will bring about judgments. The trumpets are blown by angels who come forth to blow. The seven trumpets lead up to the seven bowls of God’s wrath.
The idea here is God is now beginning the process of wrapping up the things in and on earth. This time of judgment is the “beginning of the end”. Though many things happen here the most important thing to know is God is bringing about, once again, all He said He would.
Reading of these judgments should be enough to cause all men to run to the foot of the cross, but many refuse to believe in Christ. Whether one believes in the pre tribulation rapture or the post tribulation rapture Christ promises to care for His people during the tribulation. We take the position of the pre tribulation rapture of the church. God is now proving what Paul said in Romans 12:19 dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
I. First Seal
a. Who is the Rider = many ideas abound
i. some say anti-Christ
ii. some say Christ
b. What does he accomplish
i. peace = false peace
1. Beginning of Tribulation / Peace time 3.5 years
· he has a bow, but nowhere do we read of arrows / (long reaching effects)
· No blood is shed
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
→This will likely coincide with anti-Christian ideologies.
→Freedom From Religion posts an article claiming religion contradicts the morality it claims http://ffrf.org/index.php
This is merely a scratch on the surface of the groups fighting against religion. Just imagine what the time of the Great Trbulation will be like.
Exploring Revelation, John Phillips, (First by Moody Press) Loizeaux Brothers Neptune, New Jersey, 1974, 1987
Because the Time is Near, John MacArthur, Moody Publishers, 2007
My friend Derek Anderson has recommended great resources as well /
The New International Greek Testament Commentary on Revelation by G. K. Beale. Beg, borrow or get a member to gift it to you as an early Christmas present. It will be your most valuable tool when you leave chapter 3 – so you have some time. Beale is fair in evaluating all the views but keeps focused on the text and does a good job of offering solutions to problem texts.