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.