Kay has reminded me of the seven seals in Revelation five and six.
I have not thought of them for some time and her reminder is appreciated.
I view the seven seals as an outline of God’s basic plan for everything. The steps are said as seals, because it is God’s plan, sealed and therefore cannot be changed. Also sealed, that we could not understand it: until now.
(Rev 6:2 NIV) 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.
Starting with the first seal, I believe that the white horse represents governments. They have armies (bows) and they are lead by men that God gave power to. That is why the horse is white; because the gift of authority is straight from God (he was given a crown). The problem is that it is man that receives the gift and once they have the authority, they ride out as a conqueror bent on conquest. It seems right to me that this step or horse comes first, because all of the other steps (seals) are a result of the first seal.
(Rev 6:4 NIV) Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
This is the second horse and it symbolizes war. The horse is red, the color of blood, and it takes peace from the earth. The large sword represents weapons of the armies that wage war. It is the second horse, because armies are a result of authorities that are “bent on conquest”. Those who want to rule must have a tool that makes those, who do not want to be ruled, submit to them.
(Rev 6:5&6 NIV) When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
This horse represents the law. The law condemns man. It is unbending rules of condemnation. Make one mistake and the rider of the white horse will make you pay for it.
As I study the seven seals I see a thread weaving through all of the seals and that is it is God that should rule and He has given us the seven seals so that we might know, by actual experience, not just from words, that He should be the ruler of men.
(Rev 6:8 NIV) I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
The pale horse is man’s transportation to Hell. Satan leads the horse, but he does not ride the horse; it is for man to ride. Those that ride are given power to kill. Kill by the sword (armies). Famine, when the rider of the first horse takes everything from his subjects until they do not have enough left to sustain themselves. Plague is the same result of taking everything from them; the poor must live in squalor, where everything is tainted with germs. Wild beasts of the earth are men that act as animals. Animals only think of themselves and when individuals only think of themselves they are wild beasts of the earth. Many are killed because beasts want what God has given His children.
It can be seen that there are many riders of the white horse and all of the horses, because the other three horses support the riders of the first horse.
The fifth seal shows the result of living as our Father would have us live.
(Rev 6:9 NIV) When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.
(Rev 6:11 NIV) Then each of them was 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.
The sixth seal explains the power of God and what happens to those who ride the white horse and then to those who choose not to ride.
The power of God is in 12 to 14.
(Rev 6:12-14 NIV) I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
What happens to those who ride the white horse is in 15-17.
(Rev 7:1 NIV) After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.
I think the four winds are also the four horses: symbols of symbols! The four angels hold back, or stop the horses from going forth.
Those from the tribes of Israel, in verses four through eight, are identified from Israel, because they were under the Law of Moses. They were servants of God. Those who are identified in verse nine are those who are saved because of the sacrifice of Jesus. They are the children of God.
This is made clear in verse fourteen.
(Rev 7:14 NIV) I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
You see, we are living in the great tribulation right now!
(Rev 7:16 NIV) Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.
We do not hunger or thirst for the Word of God. We have it now and can eat and drink from it, if we want to. That is, want too enough to do it. I see my brothers and sisters look to others as they explain how good the Word of God is, but they do not eat of the Scroll themselves! One can starve watching, while others eat.
(Rev 7:17 NIV) For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
We do not have to wait for Him to pass by and begin to lead. He is already ahead, make an effort to follow now. Jesus is here and rules today, if you let Him.
The seventh seal speaks about Judgment. It seems to change, because it uses trumpets as symbols. It uses the same number seven, because seven is the number of completion.
(Rev 10:7 NIV) But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
If I understand, the mystery of God is that we are being tested to see what is in our hearts. Though God can know everything, I believe He chooses not to know what is in our hearts and He must test us to see if we will turn to Him and believe Him. Most will believe in themselves and other men, but I believe in God, our Father. Who do you believe in?