Bible Readings: Revelation 5 and 6

[Revelation 5]
{5:1} And in the right hand of the One sitting upon the throne, I saw a book, written inside and out, sealed with seven seals.
{5:2} And I saw a strong Angel, proclaiming with a great voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?”
{5:3} And no one was able, neither in heaven, nor on earth, nor under the earth, to open the book, nor to gaze upon it.
{5:4} And I wept greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book, nor to see it.
{5:5} And one of the elders said to me: “Weep not. Behold, the lion from the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has prevailed to open the book and to break its seven seals.”

Jesus Christ is worthy to break the seals, which is a figure for the beginning of the tribulation and its unfolding over the course of many years. Therefore, the sufferings of the tribulation are part of the holy plan of God, to correct the peoples of the world, and to lead them to salvation.

[Revelation 6]
{6:1} And I saw that the Lamb had opened one of the seven seals. And I heard one of the four living creatures saying, in a voice like thunder: “Draw near and see.”
{6:2} And I saw, and behold, a white horse. And he who was sitting upon it was holding a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering, so that he might prevail.

The first four Seals are also called the four Horsemen because they are all similar, interrelated, and occur during the same period of time.

First Seal: World War 3 – the war in which the Islamic extremists conquer Europe
Second Seal: worldwide severe civil unrest
Third Seal: a great famine that afflicts wealthy nations more than poor nations
Fourth Seal: death from a variety of causes, including disease, and the fear of death

Fifth Seal: a great Christian Holocaus; Muslim extremists massacre millions of Christians living in the occupied nations (especially Europe).

Sixth Seal: World War 4, an all-out nuclear war

{6:13} And the stars from heaven fell upon the earth, just as when a fig tree, shaken by a great wind, drops its immature figs.

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