Bible: Revelation 6:1-8:6

The Seven Seals

6:1 I looked on when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a thunderous voice, 1 Come! 2  6:2 So 3  I looked, 4  and here came 5  a white horse! The 6  one who rode it 7  had a bow, and he was given a crown, 8  and as a conqueror 9  he rode out to conquer.

6:3 Then 10  when the Lamb 11  opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come! 6:4 And another horse, fiery red, 12  came out, and the one who rode it 13  was granted permission 14  to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher 15  one another, and he was given a huge sword.

6:5 Then 16  when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So 17  I looked, 18  and here came 19  a black horse! The 20  one who rode it 21  had a balance scale 22  in his hand. 6:6 Then 23  I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart 24  of wheat will cost a day’s pay 25  and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But 26  do not damage the olive oil and the wine!

6:7 Then 27  when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come! 6:8 So 28  I looked 29  and here came 30  a pale green 31  horse! The 32  name of the one who rode it 33  was Death, and Hades followed right behind. 34  They 35  were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, 36  famine, and disease, 37  and by the wild animals of the earth.

6:9 Now 38  when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed 39  because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given. 6:10 They 40  cried out with a loud voice, 41 How long, 42  Sovereign Master, 43  holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood? 6:11 Each 44  of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached 45  of both their fellow servants 46  and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.

6:12 Then 47  I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge 48  earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, 49  and the full moon became blood red; 50  6:13 and the stars in the sky 51  fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping 52  its unripe figs 53  when shaken by a fierce 54  wind. 6:14 The sky 55  was split apart 56  like a scroll being rolled up, 57  and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 6:15 Then 58  the kings of the earth, the 59  very important people, the generals, 60  the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave 61  and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 6:16 They 62  said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 63  6:17 because the great day of their 64  wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it? 65 

The Sealing of the 144,000

7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so no wind could blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 7:2 Then 66  I saw another angel ascending from the east, 67  who had 68  the seal 69  of the living God. He 70  shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission 71  to damage the earth and the sea: 72  7:3 Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees until we have put a seal on the foreheads of the servants 73  of our God.” 7:4 Now 74  I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, 75  one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all 76  the tribes of the people of Israel: 77 

7:5 From the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed,

from the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand,

7:6 from the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Manasseh, twelve thousand,

7:7 from the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand,

7:8 from the tribe of Zebulun, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.

7:9 After these things I looked, and here was 78  an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, 79  people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. 7:10 They were shouting out in a loud voice,

Salvation belongs to our God, 80 

to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!

7:11 And all the angels stood 81  there in a circle around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 82  before the throne and worshiped God, 7:12 saying,

Amen! Praise and glory,

and wisdom and thanksgiving,

and honor and power and strength

be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!

7:13 Then 83  one of the elders asked 84  me, “These dressed in long white robes – who are they and where have they come from? 7:14 So 85  I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” 86  Then 87  he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They 88  have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! 7:15 For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve 89  him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 90  7:16 They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, 91  7:17 because the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” 92 

The Seventh Seal

8:1 Now 93  when the Lamb 94  opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 Then 95  I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another 96  angel holding 97  a golden censer 98  came and was stationed 99  at the altar. A 100  large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne. 8:4 The 101  smoke coming from the incense, 102  along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 Then 103  the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth, and there were crashes of thunder, roaring, 104  flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

8:6 Now 105  the seven angels holding 106  the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

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