Study of Revelation 6

Key Verse 

“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! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?’” Revelation 6:16-17

Introduction

In chapter 6 the Lamb opens the first 6 seals of the scroll and brings judgment on the world. It is important to remember the genre when we read John’s visions. We should not look to the sky for colored horses but understand what the Lord is communicating. 

An important thing to notice is that God’s judgment is just and is partially an answer to the prayers of the martyrs who cry out for justice. In verse 11 those who had been slain are reassured that God will avenge their blood when the full number of martyrs has been fulfilled.  

Scholarly Commentary

“Just as the vision of the glorified Christ in Revelation 1 leads into the messages to the seven churches in chapters 2-3, so the throne-room vision of Revelation 4-5 prepares the way for God’s righteous judgments that commence in chapter 6.”12

“The first four seals: Christ uses evil heavenly forces to inflict trials on people throughout the church age for either purification or punishment (6:1-8).”13

“The fifth seal: the appeal to God by persecuted and glorified Christians to demonstrate His justice by judging their persecutors will be answered when all His people complete the suffering that He has determined for them (6:9-11).”14

“The sixth seal: God will demonstrate His justice by executing final judgment on the unbelieving world (6:12-17).”15

“Revelation supports the notion that God’s judgments often involved allowing evil to run its course.”16

“The four horsemen remind us not to be seduced by a false sense of security provided by human empires, institutions, or personalities. None of these can save us from death. As a result, this passage implicitly demands a renewed trust in the Lord as our only reliable source of security.”17

“The theological significance of the earthquake is rooted in Old Testament precedent. In previous biblical narrative and imagery, the earth was set to quaking at the coming of the Lord in his holiness to establish justice. God descent to Sinai to deliver his law to Moses for the people was accompanied by earthquake (Exod. 19:18).”18

Reflection

Think about your initial response to the judgments that God brings on the earth and those who refuse to put their faith in Jesus. 

How does your response differ from your glorified brothers and sisters who were slain in Revelation 6:10?

Take some time to thank the Lord that He has delivered you from all of His judgments. 


Works Cited

12, 16, & 17 Duvall, J. Scott. Revelation.

13, 14 & 15 Beale, G. K. Revelation: A Shorter Commentary.

18 Johnson, Dennis E. Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation. 

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