Revelation 6 : 1-2 says “I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”
The “Bow” and “Crown” represent power and authority. This “First Rider on a White Horse” prophesied the rising of the first Christian Kingdom in world history by converting the Roman Empire to Christianity. In 313 A.D. the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great proclaimed the Edict of Milan allowing Christians to worship freely in the Roman Empire, which relieved Christians from almost three centuries of persecution. In 325 A.D., Constantine summoned the bishops of all provinces to the Council of Nicaea and established the orthodoxy of Christianity, which later became the state religion for the Roman Empire.
It could also refer to the Hunnic conquest of the Roman Empire. The Huns, especially under their King Attila, made frequent and devastating raids into the Eastern Roman Empire. In 451, the Huns invaded the Western Roman province of Gaul, where they fought a combined army of Romans and Visigoths at the Battle of the Catalaunian Fields, and in 452 they invaded Italy. The Huns are usually depicted in history as horsemen with bow and arrow.
Revelation 6 : 3-4 says “3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.”
As Islam started to spread in the 7th century AD by the arrival and teachings of Muhammed, wars started to increase between Christianity and Islam.
The Reconquista was a period in the history of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain) of about 780 years between the Umayyad conquest of Hispania in 711, the expansion of the Christian kingdoms throughout Iberia, and the fall of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada in 1492. This was a war between the Muslim Moors and Christian Spaniards.
The Crusades were a series of religious wars initiated, supported, and sometimes directed by the Latin Church in the medieval period. The term refers especially to the Eastern Mediterranean campaigns in the period between 1096 and 1271 that had the objective of recovering the Holy Land from Islamic rule.
Revelation 6 : 5-6 says ” 5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
The verses speaks of rationing of food. This is possible in case of a famine. It speaks of the Great European Famine in early 14th century AD. The Great Famine of 1315–1317 was the first of a series of large-scale crises that struck Europe early in the 14th century. Most of Europe (extending east to Russia and south to Italy) was affected.
The Great Famine started with bad weather in spring 1315. Crop failures lasted through 1316 until the summer harvest in 1317, and Europe did not fully recover until 1322. Crop failures were not the only problem; cattle murrains caused sheep and cattle numbers to fall as much as 80%. The period was marked by extreme levels of crime, disease, mass death, and even cannibalism and infanticide. The crisis had consequences for the Church, state, European society, and for future calamities to follow in the 14th century.
In the spring of 1315, unusually heavy rain began in much of Europe. Throughout the spring and the summer, it continued to rain, and the temperature remained cool. Under such conditions, grain could not ripen, leading to widespread crop failures. Grain was brought indoors in urns and pots to keep dry. The straw and hay for the animals could not be cured, so there was no fodder for the livestock. The price of food began to rise; prices in England doubled between spring and midsummer. Salt, the only way to cure and preserve meat, was difficult to obtain because brine could not be effectively evaporated in wet weather; its price increased from 30 to 40 shillings. In Lorraine, wheat prices grew by 320%, making bread unaffordable to peasants. Stores of grain for long-term emergencies were limited to royalty, lords, nobles, wealthy merchants, and the Church. Because of the general increased population pressures, even lower-than-average harvests meant some people would go hungry; there was little margin for failure. People began to harvest wild edible roots, grasses, nuts, and bark in the forests.
Revelation 6 : 7 -8 says “7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”
The “sword” represents the war during this period of time, the Hundred Years’ War between England and France (1336-1453).
The “plague” refers to the Black Death (1347-1351) in Europe. The Black Death was a devastating global epidemic of bubonic plague. It was the deadliest pandemic ever recorded in human history. The Black Death resulted in the deaths of up to 75–200 million people in Eurasia and North Africa, peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351.
The Black Death was the second disaster affecting Europe during the Late Middle Ages (the first one being the Great Famine) and is estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe’s population. In total, the plague has reduced the world population from an estimated 475 million to 350–375 million (verse says fourth of the earth was killed) in the 14th century.
Revelation 6: 9 – 11 says “9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11 Then 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, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.”
Martin Luther was a German monk who forever changed Christianity when he nailed his ’95 Theses’ to a church door in 1517, sparking the Protestant Reformation.
The Protestant Reformation led to a long period of warfare and communal violence between Catholic and Protestant factions, sometimes leading to massacres and forced suppression of the alternative views by the dominant faction in much of Europe.
Anti-Protestantism originated in a reaction by the Catholic Church against the Reformation of the 16th century. Protestants were denounced as heretics and subject to persecution in those territories, such as Spain, Italy and the Netherlands in which the Catholics were the dominant power. This movement was orchestrated by popes and princes as the Counter Reformation. There were religious wars and eruptions of sectarian hatred such as the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572, part of the French Wars of Religion in some countries, though not in others.
So says the above verse “souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained“. Protestants were killed because of the word of God.
Revelation 6 : 12 – 17 says “12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the 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 their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”
The 1755 Lisbon earthquake, also known as the Great Lisbon earthquake, occurred in Portugal on the morning of Saturday, 1 November, Feast of All Saints, at around 09:40 local time. In combination with subsequent fires and a tsunami, the earthquake almost totally destroyed Lisbon and adjoining areas. Seismologists today estimate the Lisbon earthquake had a magnitude of 8.4 on the moment magnitude scale. Chronologically it was the third known large scale earthquake to hit the city. Estimates place the death toll in Lisbon alone between 10,000 and 30,000 people, making it one of the deadliest earthquakes in history.
Portugal is predominantly a Catholic country. They were part of the Counter Reformation (Anti-Protestantism).
Revelation 6 : 10 says “They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”
The earthquake took place on November 1, Feast of All Saints at local time 9:40 am. The people (Catholics) who were part of Anti-Protestantism and killed many saints who bore testimony to Yahshua were ironically attending the Church Service (All Saints day). As the above verse says “avenge our blood”, so it was a punishment from God for the Anti – Protestantism.
After the catastrophe, King Joseph I developed a fear of living within walls, and the court was accommodated in a huge complex of tents and pavilions in the hills of Ajuda, then on the outskirts of Lisbon. The king’s claustrophobia never waned, and it was only after Joseph’s death that his daughter Maria I of Portugal began building the royal Ajuda Palace, which still stands on the site of the old tented camp. The kings’s claustrophobia is a fulfillment of Revelation 6 : 15
New England’s Dark Day occurred on May 19, 1780, when an unusual darkening of the day sky was observed over the New England states and parts of Canada. The primary cause of the event is believed to have been a combination of smoke from forest fires, a thick fog, and cloud cover. The darkness was so complete that candles were required from noon on. It did not disperse until the middle of the next night. When the night really came in, observers saw the Moon colored red. This fulfills Revelation 6 : 12. Check out the link below regarding this
In 1833, Leonids Meteor Showers were visible in America. Although it has been suggested the Leonid meteor shower and storms have been noted in ancient times, it was the meteor storm of 1833 that broke into people’s modern day awareness – it was of truly superlative strength. This fulfills Revelation 6 : 13 (stars fell from the sky)
In the aftermath of the 1883 Krakatoa eruption, it was found that Krakatoa had almost entirely disappeared, except for the southern third. This fulfills Revelation 6 : 14 (mountains and islands are moved from its place)
Revelation 8 : 1-5 says “When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.”
The Seventh Seal must have occurred after the 1883 Krakatoa eruption (Sixth Seal). The above verse says that there was silence in heaven for half an hour.
2 Peters 3 : 8 says “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
If a day (24 hours) is 1000 years, then 0.5 hour (half an hour) is (0.5*1000)/24=20.833 years. Approximately 21 years. That means the Seventh seal must have occurred between after 1904 (1883+21).
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California on April 18 with an estimated magnitude of 7.9. Devastating fires soon broke out in the San Francisco and lasted for several days. More than 3,000 people died. Over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed. The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest earthquakes in the history of the United States. The Fire and Earthquake fulfills Revelation 8 : 5. This is the Seventh Seal.
Click here to check out my interpretation for the other chapters of the book of Revelation.
|First Seal||Emperor Constantine-Council of Nicaea(325)-Christianity state religion-Hunnic Conquest of Rome(451)|
|Second Seal||Reconquista(711-1492) and Crusades(1096-1271)|
|Third Seal||Great European Famine(1315-1317)|
|Fourth Seal||Black Death (1347-1351)-Hundred Years’ War(1336-1453)|
|Fifth Seal||Protestant Reformation(1517)|
|Sixth Seal||Lisbon Earthquake-1780 Dark Day-1833 Meteor Shower-1883 Krakatoa Earthquake|
|Seventh Seal||San Francisco Earthquake- 1906|
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