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The Fifth and Sixth Seal Judgments (9 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
December 7, 2008
INTRODUCTION: In last week's lesson, we looked at the first four seal judgments, containing the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, each rider bringing one of God's severe judgments on earth. The first rider rode on a white horse. He had a bow, but no arrows. This rider represents the Antichrist, who will conquer the world by peace. The second rider sat on a red horse. He represents war, taking peace from the earth. In vs. 4, there was given unto him "a great sword." The third rider represents famine; people will starve to death. The fourth rider represents death. Death always follows famine and war. A fourth part of the world will die at this time (vs. 8).
Now we move into vv. 9-17, with the fifth and sixth seal judgments.
I. THE FIFTH SEAL JUDGMENT (VV. 9-11)
A. Souls Under the Altar (vs. 9)
1. Who are these souls, and where did they come from? These are the souls of Christians who will have been martyred during the opening of the first four seal judgments. Remember, at this time, one fourth of the world's population will have been destroyed; this number, of course, will include not only the unsaved but the saved, as well. The persecution of Christians will be unprecedented. We find later in Rev. 20:4a that Christians will have their heads taken from them. John said, "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands..."
a. The altar of course, is the Old Testament picture of sacrifice, where the blood of animals was poured out as an offering to God. Here the saints of God have paid the ultimate sacrifice, shedding their own bloo ...
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