Tag: Revelation 6

“Sovereign Lord, How Long?”

Scripture reading for December 7th:  Revelation 6

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 6:9-11  “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.  They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until You judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”  Then each of them were given a white robe and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.”  

John had watched the Lamb on the throne open the seven sealed scroll he had been given.  The fifth seal brought a revelation of souls under the altar who had been slain on earth for their testimony of Jesus.  These souls were alive and calling out to God:  “How long will it be until you judge the earth and avenge our blood?”  They were told to wait until the full number of martyrs would be killed on earth!

Observations for over-comers:  Jesus Christ, our “Over-comer”, revealed that there would be martyrs on earth during the last days but He would bring justice!  “The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.  Then men will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”  (Psalm 58:10-11)

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The Seals are broken!

Scripture reading for December 8th:  Revelation 6

God’s ultimate plan to call a people from among the nations as an inheritance for His Son would come to pass as the Son took the scroll and unsealed it.

“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals.  Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!”  I looked and there before me was a white horse!  Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”  (Revelation 6:1-2)  As John watched the Lamb open the seals, the four living creatures called out the command “Come!” and horses appeared with riders.  Each horse was a different color with riders who brought God’s judgments on the earth.  The white horse spoke of conquest, the fiery red horse took peace from the earth and men began to slay each other.  The black horse was sent to bring famine to the crops affecting the bread supply.  The final horse was a pale horse with a rider named “Death” and “Hades followed close behind him.”  (Revelation 6:8)  He was given power over one fourth of the earth!

The fifth seal brought John a vision of souls under the altar near the throne.  The souls of men slain for their testimony of Jesus were there crying out, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”   They were told they must wait until all martyrs were received. (Revelation 6:10)  The sixth seal brought a great earthquake that shook the heavens and the earth, causing men to call for the rocks to hide them “from the face of Him who sits on the throne and the wrath of the Lamb”.   God’s judgments brought no repentance! (Revelation 6:16)  In contrast, those sealed in Christ Jesus long to see His face!

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