The seven seals — the mystery of God's economy
The first seal: a white horse and its rider — the preaching of the gospel
I saw when the aLamb 1opened
one of the bseven
seals, and I heard one of the cfour 2living
creatures saying like the dsound
of thunder, eCome
I saw, and behold, a 1awhite
horse, and 2he
who sits on it had a 3bow
; and a 4bcrown
was given to him, and he cwent
and to conquer.
The second seal: a red horse and its rider — the spread of war
when He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come.
saw, and behold, another horse, a 2ared
one, went forth; and to him who sits on it, to him authority
was given to 3btake
peace from the earth, and that men
should slay one another; and to him a great csword
The third seal: a black horse and its rider — the increase of famine
when He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, Come. And I saw, and behold, a 1ablack
horse; and he who sits on it had a 2bbalance
in his hand.
I heard as it were a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying: A 1choenix
of wheat for a denarius and three choenixes of barley for a 2denarius
; and do not harm the 3aoil
and the wine.
The fourth seal: a pale horse and its rider — rampant death
when He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, Come.
I saw, and behold, a 1pale
horse, and he who sits upon it, his name is aDeath
; and 2bHades
followed with him. And authority was given to them over the fourth part of the earth to ckill
with the sword and with famine and with 3death
and by the 4beasts
of the earth.
The fifth seal: the cry of the souls underneath the altar — the prayer of the martyred saints from Paradise for vengeance
when He opened the 1fifth
seal, I saw 2underneath
of those who had been cslain
because of the dword
of God and because of the etestimony
which they had.
with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Master, aholy
and true, will You not bjudge
our blood on those who ddwell
on the earth?
to each of them was given a 1awhite
robe; and it was said to them that they should brest
yet a little while, until also the number of
their fellow slaves and their brothers who were cabout
to be 2killed
, even as they were, is completed.
The sixth seal: the shaking of the earth and heaven, the beginning of the great tribulation — a warning to earth's dwellers
I saw when He opened the 1sixth
seal, and there was a great 2aearthquake
, and the bsun
became black like csackcloth
made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;
of heaven fell to the earth as a bfig
tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.
was removed like a scroll being rolled up, and every bmountain
and island were moved out of their places.
of the earth and the great men and the 1generals
and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man bhid
themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains;
to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the bface
of Him who sits upon the throne and from the cwrath
of the dLamb
day of Their wrath has come, and bwho
is able to stand?