Revelation : Chapter 6
Before you begin reading my breakdown of Revelation 5, please read the chapter in its entirety first. Here is a great website to use : BlueLetterBible
If you haven’t read my other posts on the book of Revelation you can head them here:
Revelation – Introduction
Revelation – Chapter 1
Revelation – Chapter 2
Revelation – Chapter 3
Revelation – Chapter 4
Revelation – Chapter 5
(More to Come!)
Revelation 6 is probably one of the more famous Chapters. It consists of the events of the tribulation and great tribulation up to the moments just before the rapture (the opening of the 1st through 6th seals). This is where we really start to get into the meat of the end times events..
As you will see the order of events lines up perfectly with the prophecy given by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse (Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). There is no skipping around to make any specific doctrine fit, simply moving through the prophecy from Christ in the order He says it will happen. I will be noting the correlating passages in as we go through the Chapter. Feel free to open up to the passages in your Bible and see how they relate. I will also be adding verses from the second half of Revelation so that you can see how the story repeats itself with more detail from a different perspective.
Chronology of the Chapters of Revelation
Chart Made by Pastor Stephen Anderson / FaithfulWordBaptistChurch
The chapter text will be red to make it easily distinguishable.
Revelation Chapter 6 (KJV)
The First Seal
“(1) And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. (2) And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”
The first horseman comes riding a white horse. It is not really contested that this is the antichrist. In order to deceive as many as possible satan would need to mimic Jesus. It makes sense that someone who is a false Christ or antichrist would try to make you think he is Christ. This is what I believe the great deception will be.
Later on in Revelation 19:11 when Christ comes back to destroy His enemies, He is on a white horse.. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”
It is interesting to make note that a “crown was given unto him”. This fits with Revelation 13:2 which says, “the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”
Even though the correlating passages describe many antichrists. We have to keep in mind that in 1 John 2:18 it reminds us that there are many antichrists (plural) but there will be an antichrist (singular) that comes.
Correlating passages to Revelation 6:1-2
Mathew 24:5 (JKV) “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
Mark 13:6 (JKV) “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and shall deceive many.
Luke 21:8 (JKV) “…for many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.”
The Second Seal
“(3) And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. (4) 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.”
The second horseman comes riding a red horse. His mission is to take peace from the earth and set the world at war. This matches with the Olivet Discourse which says there will be wars and rumors of wars.
Correlating passages to Revelation 6:3-4
Matthew 24:6 (JKV) “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
Mark 13:7 (JKV) “And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for [such things] must needs be; but the end [shall] not [be] yet.”
Luke 21:9-10 (JKV) “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end [is] not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:”
Revelation 13:7 (JKV) “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
The Third Seal
“(5) 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. (6) 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.”
The third horseman comes riding a black horse. One of the first questions people ask is, “how much is a penny in this context?” In Matthew 20:1-16 there is a parable about day laborers who would work a 12 hour day, and they had agreed with the master of the house that they would individually be payed a penny for their work. This shows us that a penny in context of the third seal would be the equivalent of a days work.
Now, think about this in context of the amount of wheat and barley. One measure of wheat and three measures of barley is not a lot for two days of work (a penny per item). Basically, this means the prices of food will be very high.
Correlating passages to Revelation 5-6
Matthew 24:7 (JKV) “..and there shall be famines, and pestilences..”
Mark 13:8 (JKV) “..and there shall be famines and troubles..”
Luke 21:10 (JKV) “..and famines, and pestilences..”
The Fourth Seal
“(7) And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. (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.”
The fourth horseman comes riding a pale horse and as verse 8 says his job is to “kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” At this point the world will be seeing death on a mass scale, not only due to war, but also due to the famine from the third seal.
Correlating passages to Revelation 6:7-8
Matthew 24:7 (JKV) “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
Mark 13:8 (JKV) “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these [are] the beginnings of sorrows.”
Luke 21:11 (JKV) “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”
Rev 13:7 (JKV) “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
The Fifth Seal
“(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.”
The fifth seal is an important one, not only because Christians will be martyred, but it actually proves that God’s judgement and wrath has not come yet as we can see in the end of verse 9: “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” This is going to be a dangerous time for Christians to be alive.
Correlating passages to Revelation 6:9-11
Matthew 24:9 (JKV) “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”
Mark 13:9 (JKV) “But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
Luke 21:12 (JKV) “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.”
Abomination of Desolation
Even though this is not talked about in Revelation 6, according to the Olivet Discourse this is where the Abomination of desolation occurs. Here are the passages, and yes, they are still in order with the events of this chapter..
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (KJV) “3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
Daniel 9:27 says “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Matthew 24:15 says “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
According to Daniel, the abomination of desolation occurs in the midst of the week, or in other words, about the middle of the 7 year period of the end times. If it happens in the middle of the seven year period, it is safe to say that the events of the first 5 seals take place over the course of about 3 and 1/2 years.
Preterits will say that this already occurred in 167 B.C when a Greek ruler by the name of Antiochus Epiphanies set up an altar to Zeus over the altar of burnt offerings in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. He also sacrificed a pig on the altar in the Temple in Jerusalem. I however believe that Bible Prophecy is cyclical in nature and that this was merely a shadow of things to come. I believe the Bible teaches Pre-Millenialism. If the final abomination of desolation has truly happened then why hasn’t the rapture happened? Daniel 9:7 says the abomination of desolation occurs in the “midst of the week”. Matthew 24 says it happens shortly before the 6th seal (“except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved” v22). Just some food for thought.
As we see in Matthew 24:21, which is discussing the abomination of desolation, this begins a time of “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be”. If we look at the very next verse in Matthew 24, verse 22, it says “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened”. We will see in a moment that the 6th seal does in fact shorten this time period for the “elect” or those who are saved.
(If you haven’t read my Revelation Introduction post, I go into great detail on why the elect are those who are saved and not merely the Jews)
The Sixth Seal
“(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?”
These 6 verse are referring to what scripture calls the day of the Lord. If you remember, this day was alluded to back in Chapter 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen”. The sixth seal is the day of rapture. The key to knowing the timing is verse 12 “..and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;”. Verses 15-17 show us how fearful people on the earth are because they know the time has finally come. This all correlates perfectly to the references I will provide below for the “day of the Lord”.
Correlating passages to Revelation 6:12-17
Matthew 24:29 (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:”
Mark 13:24-25 (KJV) But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
Luke 21:25 (KJV) “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;”
Chapter 7 discusses the rest of the events of the rapture occurring as seen by John in heaven..
Revelation 7:9 (JKV) “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;,”
Revelation 7:13-14 (JKV) “13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
The 7th and final seal is not opened until Chapter 8
Revelation 8:1 (KJV) “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour”. The seventh seal is what unleashes Gods wrath and judgement. Therefore the events of chapter 7 take place during the 6th seal.
If the Rapture occurs after the 5th seal and the 7th seal being opened (Chapter 8) is the beginning of God’s wrath, then the 6th Seal is the Rapture (day of the Lord). This means that the first 5 seals are tribulation-great tribulation, and then the Rapture happens (6th seal), and then Gods wrath is poured out. The timing of all of these events are easy to see when you understand that the abomination of desolation happens in the “midst of the week” (Daniel 9:27), or in the middle of the seven year period. This means that the tribulation will last approximately 3 and 1/2 years.
The Bible Teaches a Post Tribulation Pre Wrath Rapture
For Further Reading on the phrase “day of the Lord” in the Bible.
It appears 18 times in the Old Testament
– 3 times in Isaiah (2:12, 13:6, 13:9)
– 1 time in Jeremiah (46:10)
– 2 times in Ezekiel (13:5, 30:3)
– 5 times in Joel (1:15, 2:1, 2:11, 2:31, 3:14)
– 2 times in Amos (5:18, 5:20)
– 1 time in Obadiah (1:15)
– 2 times in Zephaniah (1:7, 1:14)
– 1 time in Zechariah (14:1)
– 1 time in Malachi (4:5).
It appears 5 times in the New Testament
– 1 time in Acts (2:20)
– 1 time in 1 Corinthians (5:5)
– 1 time in 2 Corinthians (1:14)
– 1 time in 1 Thessalonians (5:2)
– 1 time in 2 Peter (3:10).
This concludes my breakdown of Chapter 6. In Chapter 7 we will be continuing with the evens of the sixth seal – the day of the Lord – the rapture.
As always thank you for reading! Please feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Your brother in Christ Jesus
Here is one more chart for further study. It is a more in depth layout of the chronology of events of the end times and shows how the timing of the prophecies given in the books of Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke and Revelation all line up. I don’t typically like charts because they tend to get very confusing and are often filled with error, however, I have been studying this one for a few years now and have found it to be Biblically sound. The chart itself is too large to post on here but you can view and save it by clicking the link below.
–> Daniels 70th Week Chart <–
Chart Made by Pastor Stephen Anderson / FaithfulWordBaptistChurch