Revelation 6 Reading Guide

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Chapter Overview:

Chapter 6 takes place within the scene set in chapters 4 & 5, in which God's almighty throne is set in the center of the universe where He's in control of all things. The Lion/Lamb has stepped forward as the only one worthy to open the scrolls, which symbolize God's will be carried out.

It's important to understand that Revelation is not just about the future. In fact, most of John's visions are of things that have occurred in the past, are now occurring, and will continue occurring in the future.

Such is the case with the scroll of God's will. As it's unsealed, 5/7ths of it are happening right now, with only the 6th and 7th seals containing future events.

  • v1-8 - The first four seals (AKA: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse)

  • Notice that all four are introduced the same way: a command from heaven to "Come!"

  • Watch the sermon recording below for an overview of who these horsemen are and what they're doing in our world (starting at 32:15).

  • v9-11 - The fifth seal acknowledges Christian martyrs.

  • v12-17 - The sixth seal brings an end to the created order as the universe dissolves and people of every race, class and position beg unsuccessfully to be obliterated as well.

  • Being buried alive is a preferable option for them (v16).

  • It shows the tremendous fear instilled by the holiness of God and the Day of the Lord (v15-17) that the mighty kings of the earth would rather be buried by rocks than be exposed to "the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!"

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