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Revelation Chapter 6 – The Seals

Yochanan’s vision continues with ‘the Lamb’ breaking each of the seven seals on the scroll. Wax seals were used for items of value from precious stones to confidential correspondences. If a document arrived to its destination with a broken seal, it was evidence that someone had tampered with the document. When Yeshua was buried, the tomb’s rock was ‘sealed’ so that none of his disciples could tamper with the grave, remove his body and claim that he resurrected. Most likely, this seal was made of soft clay rather than wax, but it held a Roman imprint for its authority.

“So they went and made the grave [of Yeshua] secure by sealing the stone and putting the guard on watch” (Matthew 27:66).

The Hebrew word ‘seal’ in these verses is chatham and means ‘signer’s imprint.’ The ‘signer’s imprint’ came from a personal signet ring showing the signer had full authority and power to send the message or ‘seal’ the decree. In Genesis, Y’hudah (Judah) gave his ‘kingly’ signet ring to a woman he thought was a prostitute as a guarantee. When Yosef (Joseph) is made second in command of all of Egypt, he is given the Pharaoh’s signet ring so he could make important decisions without asking the king. In Esther, Mordecai is given the king’s signet ring in order to create a new decree that would save Jewish lives because any edict written and sealed with a king’s signet cannot be revoked – Haman’s.

“When she [Tamar] was brought out, she sent this message to her father-in-law: “I am pregnant by the man to whom these things belong. Determine, I beg you, whose these are — the signet, the cords and the staff.”  Then Y’hudah acknowledged owning them” (Genesis 38:25-26).

“Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Yosef’s hand, had him clothed in fine linen with a gold chain around his neck” (Genesis 41:42).

“You should issue a decree in the king’s name for whatever you want concerning the Jews, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; because a decree written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s ring can’t be rescinded by anyone” (Esther 8:8).

The Four Horsemen – Hitgalut

This part of Yochanan’s vision is often referred to as the ‘four horsemen of the apocalypse.’ Apocalypse comes from the Greek and means ‘revelation.’ However, Yochanan wrote in Hebrew or common Aramaic. The Hebrew word for ‘revelation of the end’ is hitgalut and means ‘to be discovered, to be exposed.’ Biblical prophecy is not that we can predict the future, but that it ‘exposes’ the events as they are fulfilled. Scripture can be used to give insight to what each prophetic event means, but they will only become fully discovered as Truth when they happen.

“Again I raised my eyes, and I saw in front of me four chariots coming out from between two mountains…. The first chariot had red horses; the second chariot, black horses; the third chariot, white horses; and the fourth chariot, spotted gray [strong dappled] horses” (Zechariah 6:1-4).

Zechariah had a vision of four horses pulling chariots. The colors of the horses are the same as in Yochanan’s vision with the exception of the final horse. When Zechariah asked the messenger about the chariots, he was told “these are the four winds of the sky that go out, after presenting themselves before the Lord of all the land” (Zechariah 6:6). Each of the four horses go different places: the black and white horses goes to the north, the spotted horse goes to the south, and the gray one wandered throughout the earth. The black and white horses going to the north give the Spirit of Elohim rest in the north country.

When studying at the four horses of Hitgalut, there are two important details to consider. One, the horses represent the four winds of the sky or the heavenly realm, that first present themselves to the Lord. They ‘go out’ from Him. Winds is specific to the Ruach haKodesh, the Spirit of Elohim, His Breath. Secondly, because all Scripture is Jerusalem/Isra’el-centered, all of the horses head north, south or around the world from the region of Isra’el.

The Rider Who Conquers

“Next I watched as the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living beings say in a thundering voice, “Go!” I looked, and there in front of me was a white horse; its rider had a bow and was given a crown; and he rode off as a conqueror to conquer” (Revelation 6:1-2)

‘The Lamb’ breaks the first seal and a ‘thundering voice’ says “Go.” It is my opinion that this voice comes from living being with the lion’s face – the Lion of Y’hudah (Judah). This ‘white horse’ heads north with a bow and a crown to conquer his enemies.

In Revelation 19, Yochanan sees a white horse with a rider who “in righteousness he passes judgment and goes to battle.” The physical description of this rider is much like the one of Yeshua in the first chapter of Revelation; however, now he is the Conqueror. His robe is soaked in the blood – the blood of his enemies. He left wearing one crown as King of the Jews and returns with the crowns of those kings he has conquered, the King of Kings.

The rider on the white horse also left the throne room alone. When he returns, he has the armies of heaven with him all riding white horses and wearing fine white linen. He is now seen as the Commander of Elohim’s armies.

“Next he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath [Ruach haKodesh]! Prophesy, human being! Say to the breath that Adonai Elohim says, ‘Come from the four winds, breath; and breathe on these slain, so that they can live.’ So I prophesied as ordered, and the breath came into them, and they were alive! They stood up on their feet, a huge army!” (Ezekiel 37:9-10).

Yeshua’s army is made up of the entire House of Isra’el who had been slain. Their ‘bones’ have dried up, their hope is gone and they are completely cut off from the land of the living. Yet, there is hope for the House of Isra’el. Elohim will open their graves, raise them from the dead, and bring them as warriors into the land of Isra’el. He will place His breath, His Ruach haKodesh into them. They will return to life and become a great army (Ezekiel 37:11-14).

Hebrew Word Pictures

White – Lavan – לון

Lamed is a ‘shepherd’s staff’ and means ‘to urge forward’

Vav is a ‘nail’ and means ‘to bind’

Nun is a ‘fish’ and means ‘life’

Lavan – urge forward to bind to life

Horse – soos – סוס

Samech is a ‘prop’ and means ‘to support’

Vav is a ‘nail’ and means to ‘bind together’

Samech is a ‘propp and means ‘to support’

Horse – sous – סוס – to support and bind together, support

The Warrior

“When he broke the second seal, I heard the second living being say, “Go!” Another horse went out, a red one; and its rider was given the power to take peace away from the earth and make people slaughter each other. He was given a great sword” (Revelation 6:3-4).

‘The Lamb’ breaks the second seal and another living being says “Go.” It is my opinion that this voice comes from living being with the human face – the Tribe of Reuben. I suggest this because war on earth with mankind is the focus of this seal.

Though there are chariots led by red horses in Zechariah’s vision, it is not revealed which direction they go. Perhaps they don’t head a specific direction, but go with a specific purpose – to destroy through war.

The rider on this horse is a Warrior and brings war to the earth. This rider has a ‘great sword.’ This is different from the ‘sword’ of the Word; this Sword belongs to yod hey vav hey. This sword is strong, relentless and will punish the serpent, the monster who comes from the ‘sea’ of nations. This sword will bruise the head of the serpent as prophesied in Genesis 3:15. This sword will be filled with blood of a great sacrifice in the land of Edom, specifically the capital Botzrah.

You will hear the noise of wars nearby and the news of wars far off; see to it that you don’t become frightened. Such things must happen, but the end is yet to come. For peoples will fight each other, nations will fight each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various parts of the world; all this is but the beginning of the ‘birth-pains'” (Matthew 24:6-8).

“Then he told them, “Peoples will fight each other, nations will fight each other, there will be great earthquakes, there will be epidemics [rapid spread of infectious diseases] and famines in various places, and there will be fearful sights and great signs from Heaven” (Luke 21:10-11).

“On that day Adonai, with his great, strong, relentless sword, will punish Livyatan the fleeing serpent, the twisting serpent Livyatan;
he will slay the sea monster”
(Isaiah 27:1)

“There is a sword that belongs to Adonai. It is filled with blood, gorged with fat, filled with the blood of lambs and goats, gorged with the fat of the kidneys of rams. For Adonai has a sacrifice in Botzrah, a great slaughter in the land of Edom” (Isaiah 34:6).

Though the color red is associated with war and blood, red is also symbolic Edom, the land where Esau settled. The Hebrew word for ‘red’ is adom, given to Adam as the first man created from the ‘red earth.’ When Ya’akov (Jacob) and Esau were born, “the first to come out was reddish and covered all over with hair, like a coat; so they named him ‘Esav‘” (Genesis 25:25).

Today Edom is located in the very southeast corner of Isra’el in the country of Jordan. More than the physical descendants of Esau, the Edomites have Esau’s spirit of being a ‘hunter’ and a ‘man of the field.’ In the world, he has been used by the Adversary to ‘hunt’ his brother’s descendants, Isra’el. The prophet Isaiah gives more insight into this bloody battle between Yeshua the descendants of Esau.

“Who is this, coming from Edom, from Botzrah with clothing stained crimson, so magnificently dressed, so stately in his great strength? Why is your apparel red, your clothes like someone treading a winepress?“I have trodden the winepress alone; from the peoples, not one was with me. So I trod them in my anger, trampled them in my fury; so their lifeblood spurted out on my clothing, and I have stained all my garments; for the day of vengeance that was in my heart and my year of redemption have come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I was appalled that no one upheld me. Therefore my own arm brought me salvation [Yeshua], and my own fury upheld me. In my anger I trod down the peoples, made them drunk with my fury, then poured out their lifeblood on the earth” (Isaiah 63:1-6)

“It is he who treads the winepress from which flows the wine of the furious rage of Adonai, God of heaven’s armies” (Revelation 19:13).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Red – adom – אדום

Alef is an ‘ox’ and means ‘first strength’

Dalet is a ‘door’ and means ‘pathway’

Vav is a ‘nail’ and means ‘binding’

Mem is ‘water’ and means ‘mighty’

Adom – first strong pathway binding the mighty

Each of the living beings tell the riders of the horses to “Go!” In Hebrew this word is bo and can also mean ‘come.’ These riders are told to ‘come forth’ and are given life through the Ruach haKodesh to rise up from the scroll to do the bidding of Elohim.

Go – bo – בוא

Bet is a ‘house’ and means ‘house’

Vav is a ‘nail’ that means ‘bind together’

Alef is an ‘ox’ that means ‘first strength’

Bo – house binds together first strength

The Rider of Famine

“When he broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Go!” I looked, and there in front of me was a black horse, and its rider held in his hand a pair of scales. Then I heard what sounded like a voice from among the four living beings say, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages! Six pounds of barley for the same price! But don’t damage the oil or the wine!” (Revelation 6:5-6).

‘The Lamb’ breaks the third seal and another living being says “Go.” It is my opinion that this voice comes from living being with the face of an Ox – the symbol of the Tribe of Ephraim. The name ‘Ephraim’ begins with the Hebrew letter alef which is a picture of an ‘ox.’ Torah teaches that an ox is not to be muzzled when it is threshing grain just as a “worker deserves his wages” (Deuteronomy 25:4, 1 Timothy 5:18).

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of scales. Black is symbolic of power and fear. The scales in the hands of this rider do not suggest ‘judgment’ as with the Tribe of Dan, but ‘power’ through dishonest profits. Though Ephraim can mean ‘fruitful,’ it also contains the root for ‘depleted.’ Some how, perhaps through a plague, the barley and wheat will be damaged. Evil world leaders will boost the price of food for dishonest gain, however, no one is to damage the oil and wine. Both of these grains which are harvested in spring, and along with wine and oil, are connected to the fellowship offerings in ‘appointed times’ of Firstfruits and Shavuot.

“Don’t be dishonest when measuring length, weight or capacity” (Leviticus 19:35).

Efrayim is chasing the wind, pursuing the wind from the east. All day he piles up lies and desolation — they make a covenant with Ashur, while sending olive oil to Egypt” (Isaiah 12:2).

“Adonai detests a double standard in weights, and false scales are not good” (Proverbs 20:23).

Barley is harvested in the early spring in the month of Abib. In Hebrew abib means ‘newly ripened grain’ and is the firstfruits offering on the Feast of Firstfruits or Yom Habikkurim.

“When Israel entered the Promised Land, they were to celebrate Yom Habikkurim by offering an individual sheaf of grain from their barley harvest.  The sheaf was to be waved by the priest along with a burnt offering of a lamb, a fellowship offering of fine barley grain mixed with olive oil and a drink offering of wine.

“The grain offering was a free will offering.  It was to be fresh kernels, dry roasted and covered in olive oil and frankincense or, it could be a fine flour mixed with olive oil and frankincense poured over it.  A grain offering could be baked in an oven like bread, cooked on a griddle like a pancake or boiled in a pot like a dumpling. 

“In order for the sheaf  of grain to be accepted on Yom Habikkurim, the high priest had to wave it before God. After being raised from the  dead, our High Priest, Yeshua, ascended to his Father to offer his sheaf of Firstfruits.   Once his sheaf of grain, filled with innumerable seeds was accepted, the spiritual harvest of souls could begin.  Yeshua’s family would not only include his brothers and sisters in Israel, but those brought forth in a harvest from the nations.” (Excerpt from “Journey With Jeremiah: Nourishment for the Wild Olive.”)

For the 50 days following Yom Habikkurim, the nation of Isra’el ‘counted the omer.’ They counted the seven weeks between two holy days with a daily offering of an omer of barley. An omer of barley is about 9.3 cups of dry grain.

It was during the days of counting the omer that Ruth gleaned in the fields, met, and married Boaz. In fact, along with the commands for the harvesting grain during the omer is the command “don’t harvest all the way to the corners of your field, and don’t gather the ears of grain left by the harvesters; leave them for the poor and the foreigner; I am Adonai your God” (Leviticus 23:22).

At the end of the omer, the wheat harvest began. This was known as the second firstfruits and the ‘appointed time’ of Elohim associated with this day is the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot (Greek: Pentecost). The offerings on Shavuot included two leavened loaves of wheat bread, a wheat grain offering with oil, and a drink offering.

It could be suggested that the timing of the black horse coincides with the spring mo’edim. The prices for wheat and barley will become so high that it will be nearly impossible to keep the holy days in Jerusalem.

“I will gather those of yours who grieve over the appointed feasts and bear the burden of reproach [because they cannot keep them]” (Zechariah 3:18).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Black – shokor – שחור

Shin is a ‘tooth’ and means ‘consume’

Chet is a ‘fence’ and means ‘protect’

Vav is a ‘nail’ and means ‘bind to’

Resh is a ‘head’ and means ‘head’

Shokor – consume and protect the binding head

The black horse is always associated with a food famine which happens when when food prices become too high for the wages of the worker. If the black horse affects the offerings of the spring mo’edim, is it possible that the famine affects far more than physical food?

Yeshua taught from Torah that man does not live only on bread, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of Elohim (Deuteronomy 8:3). What if the Word of Elohim is no longer heard or able to be taught? What if the Torah no longer comes forth from Tzion and the Word of Elohim from Jerusalem because it is illegal? Remember the days of Antiochus and the Abomination of Desolation spoken about by Daniel? In the days of the black horse, there could be a serious hunger and thirst for the Word of Elohim.

“The time is coming,” says Adonai Elohim, “when I will send famine over the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Adonai” (Amos 8:11).

On Shavuot, the Ruach haKodesh was poured out on the Jewish people who gathered from all nations in Jerusalem for this ‘appointed time.’  They became the firstfruits of the new covenant instituted by Yeshua at Pesach weeks earlier.  This event began the ‘sealing’ of Elohim’s people, His set-apart people, those who put their faith in Messiah Yeshua and obey His commandments (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Though the scales will tip on the monetary value of barley and wheat, the oil and wine are not damaged. The Ruach haKodesh is symbolized by oil in Scripture and was used to purify and anoint priests and kings. Pure oil was put into the lamps of the wise virgins. Pure oil was used in the grain offerings of fine flour mixed with oil. Wine represents joy, sustenance, and life in the Ruach haKodesh. Perhaps by not harming the oil and wine, Elohim shows that even in the days of famine – whether food or His Word – His Spirit remains to strengthen and protect His people.

The Death Rider

“When he broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living being say, “Go!” I looked, and there in front of me was a pallid, sickly-looking horse. Its rider’s name was Death, and Sh’ol followed behind him. They were given authority to kill one-quarter of the world by war, by famine, by plagues and with the wild animals of the earth” (Revelation 6:7-8).

‘The Lamb’ breaks the fourth seal and another living being says “Go.” This voice, I believe, comes from the being that has the face of an eagle which can only be the Tribe of Dan. Where I live in Alaska along the Kenai River, I have the privilege of watching Bald Eagles soar down the valley on a daily basis. Eagles are massive birds with a wingspan the width of my truck and yes, I’ve seen their underbellies several feet above my windshield. They not only soar high above the trees dotting the blue sky, but swoop down toward the river in order to snag a salmon swimming upstream. The eagle is a bird of great power and agility, and Elohim uses it to describe His swift and complete judgment on Edom and Bozrah.

“Behold, He will mount up and fly swiftly like an eagle and spread His wings against [the city of] Bozrah; and in that day the heart of the mighty warriors of Edom will be like the heart of a woman in childbirth” (Jeremiah 49:22 Amplified Bible).

Death and Sh’ol

The color of this fourth horse varies between the translation of the two visions. Zechariah sees the horse as being dappled (Hebrew, as with hail) and gray (Hebrew, strong), while Yochanan sees it as ‘palid.’ The Hebrew word for ‘palid’ is yarokrok and means ‘greenish.’ I put the two visions together making this horse strong and greenish with white spots.

Green is very important in Islam because the prophet Muhammed wore a green cloak and turban. In Quran 32 there is a description of paradise where people “will wear green garments of fine silk.” Green is used in the binding of Qurans, the domes of mosques, and is part of the flags of Iran (modern-day Persia) and Saudi Arabia.

The name of the rider on this green and white spotted horse is Death and Sh’ol (the place of the dead) followed him. According to the prophet Isaiah, there will be nations who mock the people of Jerusalem and the Jewish people. They make a “covenant with Death and a contract with Sh’ol” believing their agreements will protect them from the judgment to come against Isra’el. They embrace lies and create falsehoods about the end times, the Jewish people, and the holy city, but they will be utterly destroyed by their own deception and live in ‘sheer terror.’

“So listen to the word of Adonai, you scoffers, composing taunts for this people in Yerushalayim: Because you said, “We made a covenant with death, we made a contract with Sh’ol. When the raging flood passes through, it will not touch us. For we have made lies our refuge and hid ourselves in falsehoods” — therefore here is what  Adonai  Elohim saysWhen the raging flood passes through, you will be trampled down by it. As often as it passes through, it will take you, for it will pass through every morning, day after day, night after night; understanding the message will be sheer terror” (Isaiah 28:14-19).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Terror – emah – אימה

Alef is an ‘ox’ and means ‘strength’

Yod is a ‘closed hand’ and means ‘finished work’

Mem is ‘water’ and means ‘chaos’

Hey is a ‘window’ and means ‘reveal’

Emah – strength of finished work of chaos revealed

With the release of this final horse, one-quarter of the world’s population will die through famine, plagues, and wild animals. Today there are 7.7 billion people in the world; one-quarter of that amount is 1.9 billion. Today, in 2020, there are about 30 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen facing famine conditions. Plagues can be diseased-based pandemics and as I write this, Coronovirus from Wuhan, China is making the news. Plagues can also come from insects like locusts which are destroying parts of India, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East. A plague of bats is infesting Queenstown in Australia. Wild animal attacks from foxes, coyotes, wild boars, mountain lions, moose, and bear are on the rise.

Though none of these famines, plagues or wild animal attacks have come close to killing 1.9 billion people, the prophecy stands as truth. Famine and hunger leads to plagues of disease, diseases lead to death, and wild animals become numerous. This is one reason why Elohim did not give the Israelites the Promised Land all at one time – the wild animals would become too numerous for them. With the death-toll in the nations from famine and plague, wild animals will complete the process.

“Adonai your God will expel those nations ahead of you little by little; you can’t put an end to them all at once, or the wild animals will become too numerous for you” (Deuteronomy 7:22).

What is a plague?

The Hebrew word for ‘plague’ is maggephah and means ‘a blow’ and ‘a calamity.’ However the ‘blow’ arrives, it creates a ‘calamity’ within a group of people.

The most well-known plagues are in Exodus when Pharaoh refused to let the Hebrews leave Egypt. Elohim judges each of Egypt’s false gods with each plague. Once the Hebrews leave Egypt, the Israelites experience their own plagues. Many die after the golden calf and having to drink water mixed with the powder of the destroyed idol. Many died when they received so much quail that a plague took them while they were still chewing the meat for which they begged Elohim. Many more died in the plague caused by their grumbling after the death of Korach. Even more died when they joined with the Moabites and worshipped Baal Pe’or. Each of these incidences coincide with Isra’el‘s grumbling, disobedience, and the worship of false gods. Each plague was a divine judgment.

The word ‘judge’ is generally used in a negative sense, however, in the days of the Judges it had a different meaning. The 12 Judges were Spirit-inspired Israelites like Gideon, Samson, and Deborah. Each of them were called to deliver Isra’el from Canaanite control as they defeated them for the Promised Land.

With the blessing Dan receives from Ya’akov (Jacob), he may be the delivering Judge that Isra’el needs in the end times. The Tribe of Dan is the viper on the road that bites the heels of a horse making its rider fall. This rider be the Islamic ideology that desires to swallow Elohim’s chosen people in Death. While Death contracts with the nations who hate Isra’el promising their destruction, Isra’el is taken away from the serpent on the wings of a great eagle and the destruction falls back on the nations. This is exactly how yod hey vav yeh delivered the Israelites from Egypt.

“Dan will judge his people as one of the tribes of Isra’el. Dan will be a viper on the road, a horned snake in the path that bites the horse’s heels so its rider falls off backward. I wait for your deliverance,  Adonai” (Genesis 49:16-18).

“But the woman [Isra’el] was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where she is taken care of for a season and two seasons and half a season, away from the serpent’s presence” (Revelation 12:14).

“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself” (Exodus 19:4).

The Martyrs

“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been put to death for proclaiming the Word of God, that is, for bearing witness. They cried out in a loud voice, “Sovereign Ruler, HaKadosh, the True One, how long will it be before you judge the people living on earth and avenge our blood?” Each of them was given a white robe; and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow-servants should be reached, of their brothers who would be killed, just as they had been” (Revelation 6:9-11).

‘The Lamb’ breaks the fifth seal and under the altar Yochanan sees the souls who were murdered for proclaiming the Word of Elohim. Some who study Revelation wonder who will persecute these holy ones because nothing is specifically mentioned in the four horses. I disagree. I believe that Yeshua fights Edom and Bozrah to their end because they represent the political/religious ideology represented by the ‘greenish’ horse. That system continues to murder and behead those who refuse to ‘submit to the will of Allah.’

“He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!” (Genesis 4:10)

The souls of the martyrs cry out from underneath the altar for the Sovereign Ruler, the True and Holy One to avenge their deaths. I believe these are those souls who are beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming the Word in Revelation 20:4.

The Hebrew word ‘soul’ in this verse is neshama and means ‘the breath of Elohim.‘ In Leviticus 17:11, Elohim says that the “life of a creature is in the blood … for it is the blood that makes atonement because of the life.” This suggests that Yochanan is actually seeing the blood of these souls; and like faithful Abel’s blood cries out, so does the blood of these faithful murdered followers of Yeshua.

They cry out to the “Sovereign Ruler” which in the Hebrew text is the yod hey vav hey, the ‘I Am that I Am’ or Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. HaKodosh is ‘the holy one’ and is the shortened form for ‘the Holy One of Isra’el.’ HaEmeti can be translated ‘the True One,’ but also ‘the Faithful One.’ These souls cry out to the “Faithful I AM, the Holy One of Isra’el.”

There are two altars in the Tabernacle: the Altar of Sacrifice and the Altar of Incense. Though the Altar of Sacrifice could represent the sacrifice these souls made for the Word of God, that Altar was given for atonement and these souls did not make atonement for anyone not even themselves. The Altar of Incense is for the prayers of the holy ones and these souls are praying, crying out for their blood to be avenged. I believe the altar in this verse is the same altar that Abel’ built to offer his sacrifice. Their blood is underneath the same stones as Abel’s – poured out on the ground – the altar of human sacrifice.

Yochanan is looking toward the future at those who will die over the millennia for proclaiming the Word of Elohim. They are told to ‘wait a little while’ or in Hebrew ‘to rest more’ until the completion of their ‘(gentile) fellow servants’ and ‘(Jewish) brothers’ are martyred. Each of these souls is given a white robe as a hope and vision for the coming resurrection.

The Creation

“Then I watched as he broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake, the sun turned black as sackcloth worn in mourning, and the full moon became blood-red. The stars fell from heaven to earth just as a fig tree drops its figs when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place” (Revelation 6:12-14).

‘The Lamb’ breaks the sixth seal and all of creation reacts: the earth quakes, the sun turns black, the full moon becomes blood-red, stars fall from heaven to earth, the sky recedes like a rolled-up scroll, and mountains and islands are moved from their places. All of this ‘childbirth’ activity throughout the heavens and earth begins the end days of the present heaven and earth as we know them and ushers in a new heaven and earth. With the sixth seal, the ‘old contract’ between Elohim and mankind begins its demise for a new one to be administered by King Messiah (Hebrews 8:13).

“The creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed; for the creation was made subject to frustration — not willingly, but because of the one who subjected it. But it was given a reliable hope that it too would be set free from its bondage to decay … the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth …” (Romans 8:19-23).

On the fourth day of creation, Elohim created the sun, moon, and stars to determine His ‘appointed times’ or mo’edim. With the sixth seal, the sun turns black as if mourning. A blackened sun symbolizes judgment on the nations. With a black sun, a day can no longer be determined as there is no sunset to sunset.

A full moon begins two ‘appointed times:’ Passover and Sukkot – the first and last of the mo’edim. A blood-red full moon, especially when one falls on an ‘appointed time’ is a warning of war to Isra’el.

The stars that determine the yearly cycle of the holy days fall from heaven like figs on a fig tree. This ends the ‘appointed seasons’ as they were established in Leviticus 23.

The fig tree has always symbolized Isra’el. Yeshua said that when the fig tree buds, Isra’el would become a nation again starting the divine clock of end-times prophecy. When the figs fall off the tree shaken by a strong wind, the powerful Ruach, the nation of Isra’el will go from an earthly nation to a kingdom nation ruled by their Messiah, King Yeshua.

The sky recedes like a scroll. The heavenly scroll that is firmly fixed in heaven is the Word of Elohim, the Torah. When this seal is opened, the paper Torah will be rolled up and the Torah in the flesh will begin his kingdom reign as King Yeshua.

“Your word continues forever, Adonai, firmly fixed in heaven …” (Psalm 119:89).

“Instead, you have given me open ears; so then I said, “Here I am! I’m coming! In the scroll of a book it is written about me. Doing your will, my God, is my joy; your Torah is in my inmost being” (Psalm 40:8-9).

There will be a great earthquake and the islands and mountains will be moved from their places. In the moment when Yeshua returns to the Mount of Olives from where he ascended millennia earlier, the geography of Jerusalem will change. It will no longer look like it does today. All of the graves in front of the the Golden Gate protecting it from the arrival of Messiah will disappear.

“On that day his [Yeshua’s] feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which lies to the east of Yerushalayim; and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, to make a huge valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and half of it toward the south … (Zechariah 14:4-5).

The Great Day

Then the earth’s kings, the rulers, the generals, the rich and the mighty — indeed, everyone, slave and free — hid himself in caves and among the rocks in the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of the One sitting on the throne and from the fury of the Lamb! For the Great Day of their fury has come, and who can stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17).

The power of Elohim will bring down earth’s leaders – political, military, and economic. It will change the whole demeanor of the world in which we live. Rich and poor, slave and free will hide in caves and cry out for the rocks in the mountains to fall on them. In this moment with the ‘fury of the Lamb,’ they will not only know and understand there is One sitting on the throne, they will actually see Him appear and fear for their lives.

This event will not be like Moshe who hid behind the Rock as the presence of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh passed by. For Moshe, there was shalom in knowing He was being protected by the Hand of Elohim, covering His face. No, with this event, Elohim will remove His Hand and the nations of the world will see the utter result of His bringing forth chaos. This seal will cause such fear that no one will be able to stand.

“In the name of myself I have sworn, from my mouth has rightly gone out, a word that will not return — that to me every knee will bow and every tongue will swear about me that only in Adonai are justice and strength” (Isaiah 45:23).

“That in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow — in heaven, on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai — to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Face – panim – פנים

Peh is a ‘mouth’ and means ‘to speak’

Nun is a ‘fish’ and means ‘life’

Yod is a ‘closed hand’ and means ‘finished work’

Mem is ‘water’ and means ‘chaos’

Panim – to speak life and finish the work of chaos

Fury – ayam זעם

Zayin is a ‘sword’ and means ‘to pierce’

Ayin is an ‘eye’ and means ‘to see’

Mem is ‘water’ and means ‘chaos’

Fury – to pierce and see the chaos

“Fury is cruel and anger overwhelming, but who can stand up to [Adonai’s] jealousy?” (Proverbs 27:4)

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