In Revelation 6 then we begin to see that every time Christ breaks on of these seals, something happens on the earth. Revelation 6:1-2 give us a report on what happens when the first seal is broken, “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.”

We may question who this is, but what we do know is that someone is let loose on a white horse to conquer. Some say this is Christ wearing His crown riding a white horse, however Christ comes with a sword, and many crowns. Who then might be loosed on earth to bring all people under his subjection? Might this be the anti-Christ, promising world peace if people will worship him as the Messiah? By his deceptive demonic power the anti-Christ will usher in a time of peace on the earth.

In verse 3-4 we have the second seal, “3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” 4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.”

Here now, after a false deceptive time of peace, there will be blood, there will be conflict. The world is going to go to war unlike we have ever seen throughout history.

The third seal, in verses 5-6, “When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

This is economic hardship and famine. Food will be scarce and expensive. After a false peace and a world war there is collapse and desolation leading to the fourth seal, in verse 7-8, “7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” 8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.”

The term for pale, describing the color of the horse, means a green color like decomposing flesh. This is death and the grave. Creation turns on itself and 25% of the world’s population is killed. In today’s terms that is 1 billion 750 million people dead. That is 400 million more people than are in China, or in India today. That is the total population of China and the USA, or India and the USA…all dead. Four seals and a quarter of the world’s population has been destroyed. But wait, there’s more!

Verses 9-11 show us the fifth seal. “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”

Here we see the special place each martyr has in the Kingdom of God – a special seat, under His Throne! At the breaking of this seal these precious martyrs cry out for vengeance upon those who killed them. That will happen in time we are told, but at this point we are also told that there are more to be added to their number. There are more who will be faithful even unto death, more of whom the world is not worthy.

Verses 12-17 finds the sixth seal opened, “2 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

This is absolute cosmic chaos. The earth will be disjointed by a worldwide quake. The moon looks red like blood, the stars cannot even been seen. And people know why this is happening! The lost beg for death and they know this is God – but rather than turn to Him they seek death thinking that will spare them. How futile to flee the wrath of God for your sin by pursuing death! That will be a rude awakening, stepping into eternity with no atonement, with no pardon, with no Mediator or Advocate.